Volunteer Van Buddy (Food Power Network)

  • Volunteer Van Buddy (Food Power Network)
  • Billingham
  • Catalyst

The Stockton-on-Tees Food Power Network (SFPN) is a partnership of community groups, VCSE bodies and Stockton Borough Council, aiming to transform the way that communities experiencing food poverty access support, helping people to have long, sustainable lives that are free from hunger.

The role contributes to the aims of the Food Power Network to
ensure surplus food is put to good use providing low cost food to those who
find themselves in food poverty rather than being wasted.

Volunteers are needed to accompany a volunteer driver in compliance
with all relevant safety / fleet procedures. The van driver will enable the
collection of surplus food from a venue in Newcastle for transport and
distribution to community pantries and other locations across Stockton on Tees. The Buddy will
assist the driver with directions, loading and loading/ unloading crates of

To apply for this role, please complete the application form using the link below rather than the contact form.

Application Form for Volunteering at Catalyst (volunteero.org)


Food Power Network



  • Travel as a passenger in an electric van from a base
    in Billingham to a location in Newcastle to collect surplus food from a depot.

  • Load the van with crates of food assisted by a
    volunteer driver.

  • Distribute food to community pantries across the
    Stockton on Tees area.

  • Carry out vehicle safety checks before each journey
    and report any issues or concerns.

  • Re-charge the
    vehicle as necessary on route or at the start/ end of the shift.

Knowledge & Skills

  • A friendly and supportive person. happy to travel on the motorway and around
    town centres.

  • Happy to route plan and time manage journeys.

  • Able to respond to change and adjust plans to complete
    the tasks as needed.

  • Reliable, trustworthy and proactive.

  • You should have a friendly and welcoming personality
    and be willing to represent the Food Power Network in a professional way.


Personal Qualities

  • Good time management

  • The ability to work unsupervised in a proactive and professional way


General Requirements

  • This role will involve early starts and the need for
    volunteers to arrive to meet the van from a depot in Billingham by 7.30am.

  • Shifts will be between 3-5 hours and we ask that volunteers
    commit to at least 1 shift per week.

Volunteers are required to complete all training considered to be relevant to the role including:


  • Catalyst induction

  • Manual handling

  • Food hygiene certificate

All training is provided free of charge.


Health & Safety at Work Act: It is the responsibility of all volunteers to ensure that the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act are complied with; safe working practices are adhered to and that hazards are observed and reported to the appropriate member of staff.


Please complete the form below to register your interest in the opportunity.