Help PCA Fight Hunger & Loneliness in Wiltshire

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Positive Community Action is an organisation that delivers radical, grass roots solutions to combat food poverty, food waste, malnutrition, loneliness, isolation and cultural deprivation in Wiltshire.

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Food and household supply boxes delivered to people suffering from financial hardship

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People helped with BURP boxes through struggling times

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meals cooked and delivered to help fight malnutrition

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Trays of food saved from landfill and redistributed into the heart of our community

Join PCA today and become a part of our community.

PCA relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would
you like to become a volunteer with us? Volunteering is a great way to meet new
people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community. We have a
wide range of roles which suit your availability and skills. All volunteers
receive service specific training and are offered ongoing training in relation to their
area of work.

Most of our activities take place between 9.00am and 1.00pm Monday to Saturday. It is up to each volunteer to decide how much time they have available to work with PCA. We can discuss this with you.

Once you have signed up here we will contact you to come down for a chat. Bring photo ID such as a driving licence or passport and if you are DBS checked please bring proof of this. If required we will set up a DBS check on your behalf. Our photographer will take your photo and issue you with an official PCA ID card. Once we have all this in place you’ll be sent a welcome letter with your procedures, safeguarding policy and any training help required and we will introduce you to your team.

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We Need You!

Can you help?

Monday and Thursday: Foodshare Team

We collect food from Lidl in Devizes and distribute it to those in need in our community to combat food waste and food poverty. The driver must get to Lidl in Devizes for around 9am and return to Pewsey before we open up Foodshare at 10am until we pack up at 11am. We also distribute to the local schools. We need two people to run Foodshare.

Wednesday and Friday: BURP Team

We distribute nutritious food boxes to families and individuals who are struggling financially. This service is to help combat food poverty. The hours are from 9am until noon.

Thursday and Friday: Community Meals Team

We need chefs to cook nutritious healthy meals from your own kitchen at home on Thursdays and deliver to us in Pewsey on Friday mornings. Each of our cooks must pass an online Level 2 Food Hygiene course which we will pay for. This service is to help fight malnutrition and food poverty.

Friday: Meals Dispatch Team

We pack, collate and deliver meals which are cooked by our chefs the evening before, cooled and dropped off to us on Friday morning. The hours are 9am until noon.

Friday: BURP Assessor

This role requires a level of training which we will provide as you will be responsible for assessing what help is needed for new BURP sign ups and if the service user meets our criteria. From the data gathered you will make the decision to either grant a BURP box or signpost for further help.

Saturday: Friendship Café and Community Market Team

Every Saturday morning we hold a friendship café for those in our community who need a bit of company. We serve donation based hot drinks and cake and we also have fresh fruit and veg for our patrons to take home afterwards. This service is to combat isolation and loneliness and helps improve mental health. We need help with shopping and food services between 9am and 1pm

The Buddy Crew (flexible)

This is a telephone befriending service for the more isolated members of our community. Recommended phone calls once a week for a friendly, informal chat.

Creative Communities Team

We also run seasonal creative projects to encourage creativity and improve creative culture in rural areas. Please ask us about this if you are interested in getting involved.

Community Bus Team (Flexible)

We need help fitting out our community bus and we require drivers with a HGV licence.

If you can drive our bus, have carpentry skills or are registered as an electrician or gas safety engineer please get in touch here.

Fundraising, Management and Administration Team (Flexible)

We are always on the lookout for people who can help us behind the scenes with admin tasks, grant applications and fundraising. These roles may lead to managerial positions where decision making and coordination of volunteers is required. If you can’t physically volunteer in our operating hours but can help remotely and you have skills and experience with any of the above we would love to hear from you.

Become a volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Submit your details below and one of our volunteer team will contact you with more information.


Do you Need Help?

If you’re struggling to make ends meet with weekly food and bills we may be able to help.

Maybe you’re suffering from isolation and could do with a friendly chat, or you’re neglecting yourself nutritionally and would benefit from a wholesome home cooked meal once a week.

Sign up here and see if we can help relieve some of these mental stresses.

Can You Donate?

We are a voluntary organisation that relies on the good will of our volunteers and your donations to operate.

Without your help we simply wouldn’t be able to run our services. We need money to buy food and supplies, for running costs and overheads. If you are able, please donate using the button below or if you prefer you can request our bank details by emailing donations@ourpca.uk and put money straight into our account.

Your kindness goes a very long way and makes a huge difference in the lives of the people we support. Thank you for caring.

Our approach

What we do

Positive Community Action is an organisation that delivers radical, grass roots solutions to combat food poverty, food waste, malnutrition, loneliness, isolation and cultural deprivation in Wiltshire. We offer the following:

Basic Universal Resource Plan (BURP)

We deliver emergency food and household supply boxes to families and individuals experiencing financial hardship and food poverty.

Community Meals

We cook meals every week for vulnerable members of our community to ensure they enjoy nutritious, home cooked meals that they so crucially deserve. These meals are delivered to their homes by volunteers who may be the only friendly face they see all week. The doorstep chat is all part of the service.

The Buddy Crew (telephone befriending service)

We match volunteers with people living alone for a friendly chat over the phone as our Buddy Crew continue to help those in isolation and give a helping hand where needed.

Friendship Cafe & Fruit and Veg Market

We run a donations based fresh fruit and veg market and friendship cafe so people who are isolated may come down, meet new friends and have a chat over free tea, coffee and cake, going home afterwards with a bag of fruit and veg.

Positive Foodshare

Our volunteers collect food from supermarkets that would otherwise go to landfill, distributing this food into the heart of our community where it’s needed most.

Creative Communities

We organise creative events and workshops for all sections of our community.
Schools, local businesses, creatives and local groups are encouraged to get involved with one aim, which is to bring everyone together including the often isolated, excluded and marginalised sectors of this very rural area.

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