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The Southport Foodbank says it needs volunteers to help hand out supplies to people in need.

As older volunteers were shielding early in the year, vacancies were taken by workers who were furloughed.

Jess McGlynn, manager at Poverty Reduction which runs Southport Foodbank, said this week that they now need to appeal for more support.

She said: “We’re so thankful for those who volunteered during lock- down, but as they return to work, and our service expands in the autumn, some of our usual volunteers are unable to come back and help so we would really appreciate support from new volunteers.”

The service requires people to be available for up to two hours a fortnight, in one of seven locations from Monday to Saturday.

The role involves providing direct support to people who use the foodbank, providing a warm welcome, picking food parcels, checking vouchers, offer a listening ear and provide 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 compas- sionate and dignified experience.”

Training and support will be provided.

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