Volunteer Van Driver Food Power Network


Are you a confident driver with some time to spare? Do you consider yourself adaptable, enthusiastic, and reliable?

Join our volunteer electric van team (full training provided) and make a difference to local people. Help the Stockton-on-Tees Food Power Network fight food waste and prevent hunger across the Borough.

Our drivers collect food from supermarkets and deliver it to schools and community pantries, preventing food waste and preventing hunger locally. Our regular deliveries focus on pickups and drop-off locations within Stockton-on-Tees, with one monthly collection of food parcels from Sedgefield.

The role is flexible, and deliveries run across the week. Just let us know your availability, and volunteer flexibly to suit your schedule. A rota timetable is sent to volunteers via email for the following week of deliveries.

Van volunteers are expected to ensure compliance with all relevant safety / fleet procedures. After training, all volunteers complete a short van driver assessment to comply with Stockton Borough Council’s insurance process.

Purpose of the role:

The Stockton-on-Tees Food Power Network is a network of foodbanks, community pantries, charities and community groups. We work together to prevent food waste, alleviate food poverty and build community skills – like growing food, cooking workshops and much more. Our electric van is just one way we redirect food waste away from landfill and donate it to organisations who will benefit. Find out more about us on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Stocktonfpn

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Food Power Network

  • Drive an electric van from a base in Billingham to various pick up and drop-off locations across the Borough (one monthly pick up from Sedgefield).
  • Load the van with crates of food at collection points, and drop off the donations
  • Distribute food to schools & 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.

  • A confident and competent driver, happy to drive 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.

  • You have a friendly and welcoming personality, and be willing to represent the Food Power Network in a professional way.
  • You are reliable, trustworthy and proactive.
  • Good time management.

Other requirements:

  • A valid drivers’ license.

Time commitment:

Shifts will be between 2-4 hours and we ask that volunteers commit to at least 1 shift per week.


Catalyst will provide generic volunteer training including:

  • Volunteer induction
  • Training on Catalyst policies and procedures, including our Diversity and Equality, Health and Safety and Safeguarding Policies

Additional role specific training provided by Stockton Borough Council, including:

  • Manual handling
  • Driving an electric vehicle training
  • Food hygiene certificate

Other information:

  • Catalyst requires evidence of your full, clean UK Driving Licence to be produced for checking before you undertake volunteer driving duties, and 6-monthly thereafter
  • Must successfully complete relevant initial and ongoing training within required timescales and be assessed as confident and competent for driving and volunteering.
  • Will be reimbursed for all reasonable out-of-pocket costs incurred travelling between home and the van depot upon completion of the appropriate claim form.
  • 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.

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