Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society
Thanks to a team of 50 local volunteers supporting a small team of 3 people we run a surplus foodbank very close to UCL campuses in Somers Town (NW1 1ES) just north of the Euston Road behind the British Library. We collect surplus from circa 45 local supermarkets and stores every week using a mixture of hand carts, bicycle trailers, cargo bike and cars. This surplus is sorted thru at our surplus…

Thanks to a team of 50 local volunteers supporting a small team of 3 people we run a surplus foodbank very close to UCL campuses in Somers Town (NW1 1ES) just north of the Euston Road behind the British Library. Inside the foodbank we also have a 'Room of things' from where people can take what they need. We are about to expand the access of this room to other service users: Those residing in hostels, Parents in need, Care leavers, etc. Items in this room come in donated almost on a daily basis from service users, volunteers and the wider public. These items need checking and organising into the room itself and our excess storage area on a regular basis. You can come and do this on the time and day that suits you but we ask that you commit on a regular weekly basis or alternate weeks. This can be done alone or in pairs if you want to volunteer with a friend.

More about the work we do: We collect surplus from circa 45 local supermarkets and stores every week using a mixture of hand carts, bicycle trailers, cargo bike and cars. This surplus is sorted thru at our surplus foodbank and redistributed to 80 local households who visit the foodbank. Our volunteers also take the surplus and redistribute it to support 11 local hostels, 1 after-school club and a church group. Due to the nature of mixture transport: 36% of our collections are carbon avoided and 72% of redistribution is carbon avoided. We take in circa 15 tonnes of surplus food every quarter! Food and packaging that would have otherwise gone to waste/ incineration. We also operate a surplus cart outside for member of the public to engage with. The rise in energy bills means that there are many people in need in the local area. Just under half of all those we support in-house are children; circa 125. Our beneficiaries are hard-to reach communities and have English as an additional language. Mostly Somali and Bengali households. Thanks to volunteers we have been able to support some homes back into employment. The majority of people prior to the pandemic worked in the service and hospitality industry. We have so many opportunities for volunteers to engage with. What we ask from you is an 'intersectional' approach to how you treat people and a commitment to a regular shift on a weekly or two weekly basis. Do check out our instagram for more information.

Time commitment

Weekly on the time and day that suits you for 2-3 hours per session. Between 11.30am to 5.30pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
We also ask that volunteers take the rapid/ lateral flow testing prior to their shift (Camden are still providing test kits to the centre which we can provide to you) ** Mask wearing is mandatory at the centre as some of our users are fighting Cancer, have HIV, etc. This is to protect them. ** We can provide you with masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.