Compassion Acts, who run Southport Foodbank, is appealing for volunteers who can help with Foodbank sessions, which are due to expand in the Autumn.

As older volunteers were shielding early in the year, vacancies were taken by workers who were furloughed. Jess McGlynn, Poverty Reduction Manager, explained, “We’re so thankful for those who volunteered during lockdown, but as they return to work, and we’re expanding – and some of our usual volunteers are unable to come back and help – we would really appreciate support from new people.”

The requirement would be for up to two hours a fortnight, in one of seven locations from Monday to Saturday.

This role involves providing direct support to people who use Foodbank, providing a warm welcome, picking food parcels, checking vouchers, offer a listening ear and providing further signposting support.

Jess added, “Through use of these skills you can make a real difference to your local community, helping to eradicate poverty and ensuring that those who attend our Foodbank are given a compassionate and dignified experience.”

Training and support will be provided.

For more details and the application form go to www.compassionacts.uk/volunteer