Brent Foodbank seeks new trustees to help shape vital support for local community
Brent Foodbank, which provides a lifeline for people experiencing hardship in the borough of Brent, is set to become an independent charity and is looking for dedicated people to help guide this transition.
By becoming an independent charity, rather than being operated by the Trussell Trust, Brent Foodbank aims to further enhance its ability to serve the community and make a lasting difference in the lives of those who are unable to afford the essentials.
Under the guidance of the Trussell Trust, Brent Foodbank has been a key service within the borough, providing support to people experiencing hardship, but becoming an independent charity will ensure the food bank is better placed to understand local needs. This shift to local governance will empower Brent Foodbank to better tailor its services and foster stronger connections within the community.
A significant part of this transition involves the formation of a dedicated board of trustees, drawn from the local community. The food bank is actively seeking committed people to join the new trustee board who can bring valuable insights, expertise, and a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by Brent’s residents.
Speaking about the search for a new board, Ruth Koch, Network Lead for London at the Trussell Trust, said: “We invite Brent community members with a passion for making a positive impact to consider this valuable opportunity. In line with our commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity, we are actively encouraging expressions of interest from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and people with impairments, learning difference or long-term conditions, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions and those with a lived experience of poverty.
“Throughout this transition, Brent Foodbank will remain fully operational and we are committed to ensuring uninterrupted support to anyone who needs to access its services. We are immensely grateful to our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters who have been instrumental in our journey so far, and we look forward to their continued involvement and invaluable contributions”, Ruth added.
Applications close 24 July 2023.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Deep Shinji, Brent Foodbank Lead
T: 0203 745 5972