Opportunity: Volunteer Van Drivers, FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland
Are you looking for your next volunteering opportunity? Why not become one of our van drivers at our social enterprise, FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland (FSGWS)!
Move On is a mentoring, employability and support charity. We work with vulnerable people of all ages, particularly young people aged 14-25. Our mission is to help our service users take their next steps to lead an independent, fulfilling life.
We also run two social enterprises – Move On Wood Recycling (MOWR), and FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland (FSGWS). MOWR is a sustainable waste wood collection service and retail business. FSGWS is a regional centre for UK-wide surplus food redistribution charity FareShare. Both are actively involved in our work supporting employability, and provide training and volunteering opportunities.
The people we support are vulnerable for many reasons. These include poor mental health, substance misuse, care experience, homelessness, and debt. Many have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, and gained few qualifications and skills due to lack of opportunity. They often suffer from low levels of confidence and motivation as a result.
We’re committed to providing opportunities. By doing so, we offer people an equal chance to reach their full potential, and find their path.
FareShare Glasgow & The West of Scotland
FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland works to fight food poverty, while reducing waste. We send quality surplus food, which would otherwise go to landfill, to over 100 frontline charities, or Community Food Members (CFMs). Our CFMs work with the most vulnerable people in society, and include homeless shelters, refuges, pantries and community centres.
Millions of people across the UK are severely affected by food poverty. As a result of the pandemic, economic crisis, and soaring food prices, we expect this to worsen in the coming months. Every month, more than 81,000 people in need access food provided by FSGWS. In 2021, we delivered more than 3.5 million meal portions to those most at risk of going hungry.
These deliveries also saved 1500 tonnes of good-to-eat surplus food from going to waste at landfill, at an approximate value of over £5.3m. Every tonne of surplus food saved by FSGWS also saves the wastage of 1.5 million litres of water, and 1.6 tonnes of harmful CO2e emissions.
FSGWS is central to supporting our main aim at Move On; supporting those furthest removed from the world of work. FSGWS is our main source of work experience, training and volunteering opportunities. We offer a supportive environment for people to learn and develop key employability skills. As a user-led organisation, we pride ourselves in investing in this essential part of our service. We support volunteers, trainees and service users alike with careers advice, literacy and numeracy skills, and gaining qualifications. We can then guide them through the process of CV writing, job-hunting, and interview prep.
The thing is, we can’t achieve this kind of impact without a strong team behind us. With so much going on, we’re constantly looking for new volunteers. Right now, we need drivers!
Our drivers are vital to the work of FareShare, ensuring food is collected from our food suppliers, and makes it safely to our Community Food Members! As one of our volunteer drivers, you’ll;
- Safely and courteously drive our vans to deliver and collect food
- Represent FareShare in a friendly, professional manner at all times
- Complete any relevant paperwork
- Plan routes, sort food, pick orders, load and unload the vans
- Carry out routine checks on the vans, taking responsibility for them throughout the day and reporting any accidents or damage
- Assist in general maintenance and cleaning of the vans.
FSGWS opens 5 days a week – 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. We need help every day. Whether you can commit to a couple of days per week, or even just the odd hour here and there, you can make a difference and we want to hear from you!
All you need to get involved is a standard driving licence, and time to give once or twice a week delivering food to organisations helping some of the neediest people in our local communities. It’ll also help if you’re physically capable, as some heavy lifting may be involved.
Most importantly, we hope for our volunteers to be team players, who share our values. A strong sense of community and communication is so important for helping you get into the FSGWS spirit of things. All Move On sites embrace a shared ethos of equality and diversity. Volunteering at FSGWS means meeting with people from all walks of life, so you’ll need to be comfortable forming new relationships with anyone who comes through our doors. Our volunteers are so important to what we do, and we want you to really feel a part of it!
We welcome people from all backgrounds, and provide full training and support. You don’t need to have previous depot experience, just a desire to help and a willingness to learn.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How To Apply
Please fill out our application form, and one of the team will be in touch ASAP.