Shop for less, reduce food waste, get advice & support, build connections…

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Our volunteers care passionately about our community and are dedicated to making South Tyneside an outstanding place to live, where local people can thrive. Without their commitment, we simply couldn’t make the difference we do.


Why volunteer?

The amazing team at Key to Life come from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for volunteering, which allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise and experiences: asylum seekers, unable to work but wishing to be productive members of society whilst awaiting leave to remain, whose language skills have proven invaluable; job seekers or career changers looking to improve their employment prospects through valuable third sector work experience; retirees looking for an opportunity to put existing skills to good use while meeting new people; those battling ill health or social isolation who overcome various personal challenges to attend.

What kind of volunteering opportunities are available?

We have a variety of different roles on offer at Key to Life: welcoming and reception duties; providing advice and signposting to other services; sorting and unpacking donations; making up food parcels; community collections; housebound delivery and facilitating food drives.

How can you get involved?

If you’re interested in signing up to become a foodbank volunteer, please complete the form below.

Key fact

In 2021, on average, 40 individual foodbank volunteers collectively contributed a whopping 50 volunteering sessions per month at Key to Life.

Become a volunteer

We are always on the lookout for more volunteers to join our team. If you are interested, please complete the form below:

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"I volunteered after retirement. With working in the benefits system for over 40 years I know how difficult it can be to manage feeding a family on benefits. I enjoy meeting people and can advise on claiming benefits."

Adrienne, Key to Life Volunteer