Distributing donated food to FareShare Cymru community food members involves a wide variety of tasks – our volunteers must have some real organisational talent as our days tend to run so smoothly at the depot! It is a tough job, considering how much there is to do on a daily basis and it’s wonderful to hear how enjoyable it can be.
Matt, who is working towards a QCF, says that volunteering at the depot is ‘probably the most enjoyable job’ he has ever had. Matt’s volunteer role has elements of ‘warehouse and multi-drop delivery’, both of which he enjoys.
Since volunteering with FareShare, he has gained ‘a wider knowledge base of warehouse operations’, which is improving his prospects of a career in the industry.
Keith, another regular depot volunteer, mentions driving, forklift operating, picking orders as well as customer service as his main duties. He got involved following a period of ill health. Keith chose FareShare to help him recover, and ‘ended up staying long term’. He is currently not working and by volunteering he is able to keep his CV active. Whilst volunteering at the depot, he has also gained a forklift license.
As part of the charity’s goals, FareShare Cymru aims to provide opportunities for people living in South Wales. In addition to providing food for those in need, there are also a number of volunteer opportunities and work placements available. In return for making a volunteer commitment, FareShare Cymru provides training and experience. In 2012, nine people on different placements gained paid employment. It is about ‘giving something back’ all around.