August Volunteers Newsletter
A reflection on the last 7 months
The last 7 months have been extremely challenging for many of us but as we start to look forward to new freedoms and new beginnings we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered at Second Helpings this year. Your help and support has enabled us to welcome over 10,000 customers to our bunker, cook over 9,000 takeaway meals and save 56,000kgs of surplus food ending in landfill.
The Community Fridge has reopened!
As we edge cautiously out of lockdown we are starting to resume some of our previous activities including reopening The Community Fridge Tuesday to Saturday 9:30-5:30!
In the short term all food will be stocked by our bunker volunteers and will be wrapped. Please use the hand sanitizer provided and only touch what you plan to take. Unfortunately, we aren’t currently able to accept food donations from customers into the Community Fridge, but we will keep reviewing and will make further announcements in the future. Continue to look out for announcements regarding the Saturday Café which we hope to reopen in the near future!
Volunteers Week Coverage
In June we celebrated Volunteers Week. At Second Helpings we have over 250 volunteers who, since the start of the pandemic have given up their time to collect fresh produce, clean, cook, serve in the bunker and many more roles. Every single role is incredibly important and enables Second Helpings to open its doors 5 days a week and has helped us to serve 13,920 people last year alone.
During the week we featured some of our most well-known faces at Second Helpings. Julie has been one of our most regular volunteers during the pandemic, cooking thousands of takeaway meals for those in our community including her hugely popular cheesy potato bake. Julie started volunteering at Second Helpings 3 years ago setting up and clearing away the hall for the Saturday cafe as well as helpings with summer kids clubs. She only started cooking full meals in the kitchen at the start of lockdown as one of our fantastic cooks and in the last 6 months has become one of our lead cooks.
Julie is an amazing member of the team and we are incredibly grateful for all she does. Thanks to all her hard work she’s started a role at The Blonde Beet so she won’t be at Second Helpings as much as before but she still gives up her time every Friday to cook her tasty take-away meals.
The 2nd featured volunteer of Volunteers Week was Robin. Robin has been involved with Second Helpings for 5 years and works tirelessly in the background to keep operations moving smoothly. No job is too big or too small for Robin and he isn’t afraid to get up very early to clear snow from the Stamford Methodist Church carpark to enable the bunker to open safely, to sort all the cardboard from our food collections and to move crates of food into the bunker in the hall. Robin is always happy to help, particularly when there’s a lovely cup of tea with two sugars and a piece of cake to reward him!
The 3rd featured volunteer of Volunteers Week was Rhea. Rhea has been involved with Second Helpings for a couple of years, starting as a collector and sometimes volunteering in the bunker. Since the start of the pandemic she has become our head of bunker and is one of our Committee members. Her driving force for volunteering at Second Helpings is multifaceted. Sustainability -we saved 91 tonnes of food from going to the landfill in 2020, the joy of providing a meal to an individual or family, bringing the community together (whether here to support the food waste or food poverty) and relationships built with customers, suppliers and volunteers.
The 4th featured volunteer for Volunteers Week is Paul. Paul has been involved with Second Helpings since its inception. He is a well-known face and a listening ear to many of our regulars and has a smile for everyone. He has made great friendships at Second Helpings, which will last a lifetime. He has previously headed up our bunker and is now one of our collectors as well as an amazing cook in our Second Helpings kitchen.
Paul is a photographer by trade and still captures many of the fantastic photos of volunteers, collections and our takeaway meals, which we feature on our Facebook page.
The 5th and 6th featured volunteers for Volunteers Week were Pauline and Godfrey. They have been volunteering for Second Helpings for 5 years as collectors. Collectors are the unsung hero’s of our organisation, working behind the scenes to collect fruit, veg and bakery items from local suppliers and supermarkets and enabling us to achieve our mission of ‘feeding bellies not bins’. They are passionate about volunteering as it’s something they can do for the community to help out others.
Our 7th featured volunteer of Volunteers Week was Sue. She is one of our newer volunteers and has been supporting in our bunker for 14 months. She is always positioned at our bakery table and fridge, greeting customers with a smile. She also delivers to two families in her area. She is passionate about volunteering for Second Helpings as its great that good food isn't going in the bin, and she loves chatting to customers about recipes and what they have made with food they have collected. She has made some lovely friends through. volunteering.
Thank you to all our volunteer’s past and present you are all amazing and we greatly appreciate all you do.
Jo Kemp Opens The Blonde Beet
June has been an exciting month for Jo Kemp, one of our founding Board members and our previous Head of Cooks. She has taken the leap and moved her takeaway busines, The Blonde Beet, from her kitchen to a permanent venue and is now open and serving her fantastic food!
The Blonde Beet is a mostly plant-based cafe, bistro and community space at 7 St Paul's Street. Jo, Julie White and the team love creating and sharing excitingly different vegan and veggie food, sourcing as much as possible locally, seasonally and ethically. They have a lovely courtyard and takeaway as well as a beautiful upstairs seating area. Lots of the Second Helping’s family have already popped in to see Jo and Julie and taste some of their delicious coffee, cakes, takeaways, lunches and much more. Look out for news on their evening meals and events where they will be chatting all things sustainable.
Stamford Town Council Thank You Event
On Sunday 4th July, Steve Wilkinson attended an event at Stamford Townhall, hosted by the Town Council, as part of National Thank You Day. Second Helpings, along with 14 other community and voluntary organisations, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for our support of the Stamford Community during the pandemic. Congratulations to all our volunteers who have been part of the great team, which has served our community through these challenging times.
Volunteers required for Stamford Diversity Festival August Bank Holiday Mon 30th 2021
“A Celebration of World Music, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink” Stamford Diversity Festival will be a free, open access, family event. The aim of the Festival is to promote Unity through Diversity. It will be a Celebration of World Music, Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink & Community Interest Stalls. It will take place on the Stamford Recreation Ground from 11am to 6pm, with stall set up 9am to 11am and take down 6-8pm.
Second Helpings will be part of the Stamford Churches Together Stall. We are look for volunteers who are able to donate a couple of hours of time on that day to be part of the stall, talking to members of our community about our aim of ‘feeding bellies not bins’ and about what its like to be a volunteer. It promises to be a day of fun so if you would like to be involved we’d really like to hear from you. Please contact Audrey Hensman email@example.com
Kitchen Clean Team Volunteers Required
We are looking for volunteers to join our clean team to help ensure our beautiful new kitchen remains in sparkling condition. We are seeking volunteers from both the Methodist Church and Second Helpings to be part of a small clean team.
As part of this clean team you will only be required to donate 2- 2 ½ once or twice a year on a Monday to give the kitchen a deep clean. This is perfect for anyone who feels more comfortable working in a small team as only two members of the team will clean at a time. Please contact Audrey Hensman firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up.
Would you like to be our Head of Volunteers?
Second Helpings is looking for a Head of Volunteers to join the Management Committee. Working closely with committee members and the operational teams, you will be responsible for all volunteer issues, from recruitment, induction and training, resource allocation, safeguarding and compliance, volunteer communication, minimising volunteer turnover through exceeding expectations and maintenance of a complete and fully GDPR compliant volunteer database.
- Coordinate volunteer staff across all parts of Second Helpings
- Recruit volunteers, manage relationships between volunteers and team leaders, maintain organisational policies and procedures, and promote the organisation and its volunteers’ accomplishments.
- Manage the Second Helpings Duke of Edinburgh programme
- Cultivate a positive and supportive atmosphere by recognising volunteer efforts and assisting volunteers with their endeavours
- Manage communication among volunteers and with the organisation in order to share news, progress, and available positions with support from the relevant committee members and other key volunteers
- Maintain a GDPR compliant database of volunteers
- Promote the organisation, its volunteers’ efforts and accomplishments internally and
- Lead, in conjunction with Stamford Methodist Church, in the safeguarding of volunteers.
- Proficient written and Verbal Communication
- Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to support, inspire and lead a diverse group of passionate volunteers.
- Time commitment required is approximately 5 hours a week, including monthly shadowing of volunteers roles throughout the organisation. Plus monthly Management Committee meeting lasting up to 1 hour.
If you are interested in applying for this exciting role or would like more information please email a brief CV to Audrey Hensman email@example.com
Thank you’s and donations
A massive thank you to all the businesses, organisations and individuals who have donated this year. To ensure our cooks are able to continue to make a selection of delicious meals there has been an increase in the amount of store cupboard essentials, meat and takeaway containers and we are very grateful for the donations which have enabled us to cook 4 days a week as well as purchase essential PPE and cleaning equipment for the bunker.
|Stamford Cycle Club
|Co Op Fund
|Lincs Food Partnership/ Bishop Grosseteste University
|Stamford Labour Party Quiz
|Daniel Lambert Lunch Club
|Total 1st Jan to 30th June 2021