Tony was in homeless accommodation and receiving addiction treatment when he was inspired to start volunteering in our FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland warehouse. The treatment centre received their food from our warehouse and Tony “liked the way Move On helps individuals and families.”
After volunteering to help us distribute surplus food, Tony trained to become a volunteer mentor, to help support a vulnerable young person to achieve personal goals and improve their confidence and social networks. He says the mentor training was excellent and helped improve his own confidence to feel ready to support a young person.
Tony says what he enjoys most about volunteering at Move On is spending time with other volunteers and our staff, adding “I like the atmosphere, everybody seems to get on really well.” As well as enjoying the social side of volunteering, Tony credits the experience with improving his self-esteem and changing his outlook on life: “When I was in homeless accommodation, Move On was the place that got me mixing with people and that gave me confidence. With support from the staff at Move On I’m pleased to say I’ve passed my SVQ 3 in Health and Social Care. I recommend Move On to nearly every person I meet and will continue to do so – Move On have been massive for me!”
Tony has now secured a job in our FareShare warehouse as a Delivery Driver, helping to redistribute surplus food to communities across Glasgow and the West of Scotland. He also continues to volunteer as a mentor.