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FareShare Greater Manchester is always looking for volunteers including job-seekers who want work experience.

fridayPeople giving their time is at the heart of everything we do. Volunteers and work placements help our small staff team to run our operation. In return we provide on-the-job work experience and accredited training in food safety, warehousing and delivery driving. Whether you are thinking about volunteering because you want to help people suffering food poverty or because you hate to see good food going to waste... Or perhaps you just need to improve your skills in order to get in to work...

Call our Volunteer Manager, Liz to find out more 0161 223 8200 (press Option 6) or email: volunteering@emergemanchester.co.uk

FareShare is happy to provide a job reference to volunteers who are seeking to return to paid work. This is normally after a minimum period of 3 months.

What Volunteer Roles Can I Register For?

frontDelivery Drivers help us to get the food to over 200 Community Food Member organisations locally and right across Greater Manchester. This role includes van loading, collecting and delivering donated food and completing documentation. Training is provided. Drivers work with a Delivery Assistant. Reliability is crucial as is the ability to provide a link between our Community Food Members and FareShare.

teamDelivery Assistants direct drivers safely to delivery and collection points. Load and unload food deliveries. They work in a team with the driver to provide quality service to our Community Food Members.

insideWarehouse Assistants receive food deliveries and select food for redistribution. They help to complete stock takes and maintain food temperature records. The key part of this role is physically picking orders for our Community Food Members. They may get involved in helping sort through fresh produce. Personal protective equipment is provided as is on-the-job training. Physical fitness is also important because this is a manual role in a warehouse environment.

sortFruit & Veg Interceptors help to sort out edible fruit and vegetables from New Smithfield Market. This role would suit you if you know (or want to know) a bit about fresh food and cooking and equally, if you just want to prevent food waste and help provide more fruit and veg to those who need it. This role works alongside the FareShare Operations Team. As with all our roles, personal protective equipment and on the job training is provided. Believe it or not, we never have enough people willing to help us with this crucial part of our work! Involves working outdoors.

KhadijaOffice Assistant help with the administrative tasks including answering the phone, dealing with general enquiries, organising paperwork and filing, data entry for collections and deliveries, photocopying, typing up notes and organising mail outs. Ideally, this role requires some experience, IT and organisational skills. In addition to people who are jobseeking who need more experience, this role is perfect for someone who is semi-retired or retired, who wants to remain active and involved in the community.

on phoneFood Order Assistant take and make orders for our Community Food Members by phone. Working on a computer, using our in-house database, assistants allocate food and prepare printed orders which are then used by our operations team. They also help with stock management. Ideally you need to have an excellent, confident telephone manner and good computer skills. We really need more reliable people to help us with this important task. This role is for you if you are able to make an ongoing commitment to regular attendance. Training and support is provided.

Survey Assistants are urgently required! FareShare is now upgrading its membership database; to enable more efficient management of the food we provide, better reporting to donors and funders in terms of impacts and also to help save time and cost! We therefore need assistants to conduct telephone questionnaires with our Community Food Members and record their responses. This role would suit confident communicators with good telephone skills who enjoy interacting with people. Great experience if you want a public facing or customer related role.

professionalResearchers, business development support & Food Member 'Buddies' along with other specialist roles (promotion, social media, training, etc) are also required to help us keep up to date on the issues of food poverty and related policy developments; we need assistance securing food supplies from the food industry and help with actively monitoring and supporting our Community Food Members (beneficiaries) in the field. These are but a few examples... You may have ideas, skills and experience which FareShare could utilise to fight hunger and tackle food waste. Please give us a call!

What can FareShare offer me as a volunteer?

  1. The satisfaction and reward of being able to give practical help to fight hunger locally and tackle food waste (learn all about the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!).

  2. On-the-job training and individual support; we can help you to improve your skills.

  3. An opportunity to gain valuable work experience, keep active and involved in something positive whilst meeting new people!

  4. A work reference if wanted, when returning to paid employment. You may want help to improve your CV and we can help with this too.

  5. Reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

What experience and skills do I need?

No experience is required but a willingness to work and to learn about the various tasks and procedures. Tasks may be adapted to suit various levels of ability.
Drivers need to be over 25 and have a full UK driving licence with no more than three penalty points.

What commitment do I need to make?

Ideally you will need to be able to commit to at least one day per week but we will consider a minimum of 4 hours depending on what skills and experience you can offer.

Commitment to equal opportunities, adherence to the policies of EMERGE and FareShare and recognition of the need for confidentiality are all essential.

All volunteers need to be able to follow procedures, especially relating to food hygiene and health and safety.

Please contact Liz on 0161 223 8200 Option 6 or email: volunteering@emergemanchester.co.uk to chat through any questions or issues you might have, or use our contact form here.

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