A huge thank you to our amazing volunteers

During Volunteers Week in June we celebrate the contribution made by volunteers to the community and voluntary sector across the city.

by Jo Glazebrook, Volunteer Coordinator

@NCVOvolunteers #volunteersweek

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is committed to the five pledges in the Power of Volunteering vision for Brighton & Hove. We know the true value of volunteers in our work which we simply could not deliver without them.  We are immensely proud to be able to offer diverse and supported volunteer opportunities at BHFP and are consistently encouraged so many people support us in offering their time so generously.

composting volunteersTo give you a bit of an idea of what this looks like I’ve added up some numbers:

  • Over a year we have 50 people contributing about 2500 hours of volunteering across BHFP led projects – this includes our gardening, cooking and nutrition work, support in our office and our Board.
  • We support an additional 40 people who voluntarily cook about 450 meals for others though Casserole Club
  • Nearly 800 households take part in the cities Community Compost scheme which is run by 30 volunteer compost monitors, diverting 52 tonnes of food waste from incineration per year. Imagine 3.75 double decker’s worth of food waste.  All put to good use in local parks, gardens and allotments.

This is a fragment of the picture. We know the city’s thriving community food sector is underpinned and upheld by volunteers on all levels  doing project delivery, to coordination, management and governance.

In  feeding people, supporting people to eat together, reducing food waste, teaching people how to cook, how to grow food and tending to our parks and gardens, volunteers are also supporting peoples’ physical and mental wellbeing, reducing social isolation and creating spaces where people can connect, enjoy, and feel a sense of purpose.

So a big round of applause, high five and thank-you to everyone involved!

To find out how you can join in contact me jo@bhfood.org.uk.

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