About the organisation
Manchester South Central Foodbank opened in April 2014 in response to the need for a foodbank that covered the Hulme, Moss Side and Whalley Range areas. We are a small local charity – Bridging the Gap, established by local people who are concerned about isolation and food poverty in the area. Our Board of Trustees is made up of a strong female leadership team with a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the voluntary sector and expertise in health, social housing, community development and positive activism.
At our launch the Trustees said: “The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, so we really need local citizens to give what they can to help. It’s not just people on low incomes who are feeling the pinch at the moment, increased redundancy and fewer jobs are having a real financial impact on local people”.
We franchise our service from a national foodbank organisation (the Trussell Trust) which ensures we adhere to certain standards and that our work is monitored and good practice is promoted.
About the role
As a Trustee you will play a vital role to Bridging the Gap by ensuring that we are meeting the demand for our services, providing help and support to people in crisis in the local community. As well as providing strategic direction for the charity. The Foodbank has recently become a Financial Inclusion Hub offering CAB and Manchester Mind personnel the opportunity to work alongside us.
Manchester South Central Foodbank are seeking to recruit Trustees with experience in Finance, amongst other skills.
The Trustees may also undertake additional work for the charity between meetings subject to their availability and skill set. This may include for example attending meetings, training etc.
Our ideal candidate
We are looking for professionals who want to help their local community in working towards the eradication of food poverty whilst also currently providing food to people who find themselves in food crisis situations.
What’s in it for you
By supporting the governance of the food bank operation, you are part of a team providing a vital holistic support function in your local community, ensuring a dignified experience to anyone visiting or anyone who comes into contact with Manchester South Central Foodbank. By volunteering your time as a Trustee you will be able to:
- Utilise your existing skills to make a difference.
- Meet new people who share your passion to eradicate poverty in the local community.
- Make a real difference to the running of the food bank.
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