Our Volunteer Network
Calling Passionate Foodies!
Are you passionate about food in your local area and do you want to make a difference to your community? If the answer is “yes”, then you could make a great Love British Food Community Volunteer and we would love to hear from you!
Love British Food is looking for enthusiastic volunteers around the country to help us shout about the benefits of buying and eating from our home produced British larder. People who will champion our cause and encourage their local retailers, producers, schools and other organisations to get behind British Food promotion.
What is involved?
Our Community Volunteers act as Love British Food’s eyes and ears on the ground to help spread the word about British Food Fortnight and Bring Home the Harvest. Each Community Volunteer will cover an area of the UK. They will reach out to existing participants and try and find new ones, developing relationships across the community. The main activities of a Community Volunteer include the following, but the most important ingredients are time, plus plenty of energy and enthusiasm!
- Help discover networks and groups in your area that are unaware of British Food Fortnight.
- Make and maintain contact with different networks and groups and encourage them to take part in the campaigns e.g. schools and colleges, local shops
and restaurants, allotment groups, etc.
- Keep an eye out for food related events taking place in your area, particularly during British Food Fortnight, and let us know about them.
- Work with other community programmes to tie Love British Food campaigns in with existing community activity.
- Keep us up to date with foodie news in your area. We will use the information you provide to populate a regional page on our website, including an
- Actively support our social media activity and campaigns – liking, following, sharing and talking about us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Contributing relevant blog articles to be posted on our website (if you are able to).
- Tell us about organisations or companies that express an interest in becoming members or partners, or becoming involved in other ways.
- Informing us of case studies of exceptional campaign activity and potential “Producer of the Month candidates”.
What skills are needed?
The most important thing a Community Volunteer needs is a passion for your local produce and the wish to deliver positive food messages to your local communities. Any experience or an interest in the food industry or being involved in the community would be helpful, but not essential. It would also be a very helpful bonus if you are social media savvy and have a Twitter and Facebook account (personal or company).
How much time will I need to give?
We know everyone is very busy and anticipate that Love British Food Community Volunteers will be the type of people that are either in a position to give some spare time and/or are already part of the local food scene so can carry out the role at the same time as their existing activities. The amount of time you put into this role is therefore entirely dependent upon the time you have available, but a minimum of a few hours a week would be recommended. What we will need is an update of activities every two months, via a short feedback report.
Busiest times will be September and October; during British Food Fortnight and over the Harvest Period, although the role is year round.
What’s in it for me?
- You will make a real and worthwhile difference in your community, with the backing of a national campaign.
- A chance to network and speak to a range of organisations and businesses in your area.
- You will be able to use the exclusive Love British Food Community Volunteer logo on your communications, including social media.
- You will be eligible for VIP invitations to national events organised as part of British Food Fortnight celebrations.
- If you have a small business (less than 10 outlets) we can also offer:
- The right to participate in British Food Fortnight, including use of the official event logo.
- Promotion of your activities in press releases issued to media as part of the Love British Food media programme.
- Details of your British Food Fortnight activities on the event's ‘What's Happening’ pages.
- Promotion on lovebritishfood.co.uk Community Volunteers page with your company logo linking to your own website. (lovebritishfood.co.uk is a year-round
source of advice on sourcing and eating British)
- Access to free online publicity materials.
What support will be given?
- Initial telephone call or meeting with Love British Food staff so that you can learn more about the organisation, British Food Fortnight and the Bring
Home the Harvest campaign.
- Welcome information and tool pack.
- Monthly news round-up about our activities and current messages.
- Social media channels will be used to broadcast news and information.
- We will be available by email and telephone to talk to you during working hours throughout the year.
- Annual feedback conference call for all Community Volunteers in November.
How can I become a LBF Community Volunteer?
Contact us to find out more.