Volunteer with us

Volunteers are the heart of FareShare Sussex and they keep the project thriving. We are always looking for more enthusiastic people to get involved. You could drive the vans, assist on deliveries, sort food or maintain the warehouse. We also sometimes have office and events roles available, and we are always looking for people interested in fundraising for us too.

If you are looking to build your confidence and your work skills, meet and socialise with a great mix of people and support the fight against food waste and poverty in your city, why not come and work with us?

For warehouse based volunteers, we ask for a commitment of at least one shift per week. For all volunteers, it requires an ability to follow procedures and a commitment to equal opportunities and adherence to FareShare’s policies.

Read our volunteer stories here.

Volunteer Roles

Delivery Driver

This role involves:IMG_7329

  • Driving a FareShare van that delivers food to our member organisations
  • Collecting food from suppliers
  • Carrying out comprehensive vehicle checks before and after each shift
  • Loading and unloading deliveries
  • Providing a high level of customer service to our member organisations
  • Representing FareShare out in the community

This role requires:

  • A full clean licence
  • Volunteers to be over 25
  • A full DBS check
  • Punctuality and good time-keeping skills
  • A commitment of one shift per week

“I have a clean driving licence but can’t afford a car so I hadn’t driven for a while. I wanted to get back on the road and gain experience whilst on Job Seeker’s Allowance to help my chances of getting into paid work. My confidence has already grown in the few months I have been here. I am learning new routes and improving my driving skills on the van.” Guy, Volunteer Driver since August 2014

Delivery/Warehouse Assistant

This role involves:

  • Picking stock and labelling orders for deliveries
  • Going out on the van with the Delivery Driver making deliveries
  • Sorting food and restocking shelves
  • Loading and unloading the van/deliveries
  • Heavy lifting
  • Recording van temperatures and taking signatures on deliveries
  • Providing a high level of customer service to our member organisations
  • Representing FareShare out in the community

This role requires:

  • Punctuality and good time-keeping skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A commitment of one shift per week

“I love going out and seeing the smile on people’s faces when we give to someone with nothing and they say ‘wow!’ I get a real buzz from that.” Jon, Delivery Assistant for 6 years

 Office Assistant

FareShare_Phase_II_SimonCallaghanPhotography.com_179The role may include:

  • Administrative tasks such as data inputting and filing
  • Answering phones
  • Researching funding opportunities and sending out applications
  • Events organisation
  • Monitoring and evaluation assistance

The role requires:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Competent IT skills
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • High level of customer service skills

Please note that due to limited office space, this role is not always available.

“During my time working with FareShare I’ve developed an awareness of the logistics of fundraising, PR, team-work and general management. There’s lots of scope to make your ideas heard and put your own mark on making a difference in the local area.” Lizzie, Office Assistant, Summer 2014

Downloadable forms

Volunteer Application Form 2018

Equal Opps Form