Opportunity: Volunteer Van Drivers, Move On Wood Recycling

Hours: Flexible

Location: Edinburgh

Are you looking for your next volunteering opportunity? Why not become one of our van drivers at our social enterprise, Move On Wood Recycling!

About Us

Move On is a mentoringemployability 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.

Move On Wood Recycling

The MOWR model is simple but effective – if we do say so ourselves!

MOWR collects waste wood from a range of different sites. We then re-sell it as quality reclaimed timber and upcycled wooden products through our workshop and retail space in Granton, Edinburgh. Our business customers range from the smallest independent shops, right up to large construction sites. We also work within the arts, collecting from festivals, studios and more!

We offer local businesses a way to dispose of their wood waste responsibly. Many of our smaller clients couldn’t do this without us, due to their lack of recycling space and resources.

Our reclaimed wood is a brilliant alternative to virgin timber. It’s cheaper, locally sourced, and has more character than mass-produced timber. It’s not at all unusual to find pieces with a real story to them in our shop. This year alone, we’ve sold pieces from stage sets at Leith Theatre, beams from the historic ship the MS Fingal, and spoil boards from a local design studio!

What’s better, this has a real environmental impact. We’re a proud member of Community Wood Recycling, a UK-wide network committed to responsibly recycling and re-using waste wood. By reducing the use of virgin timber – and the energy and pollution associated with processing, importing and distributing it – we reduce the unnecessary release of harmful CO2e into the air. Wood waste is also responsible for around 5% of UK landfill greenhouse gas emissions. In the last year alone, we collected 368 tonnes of waste wood. Had this been left to decay at landfill, almost 243 tonnes of harmful gases would have been released.

We also have a social impact! We offer volunteering and training opportunities for people with a variety of support needs. This includes training programmes for disadvantaged young people, and volunteer placements for people with learning disabilities. We offer around 30 to 40 people each year a supportive environment in which to develop their skills and confidence.

The Role

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 volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at MOWR, supporting us in a variety of roles. We get so much from our volunteers; from the help they offer us in our day-to-day operations, to the contributions they make to our community. We urgently need van drivers to help us out! As a MOWR van driver, you’ll help with bringing in reclaimed timber, and dropping off our brilliant products to the local community!

Our drivers are constantly up, about and moving – you’ll be kept on your toes during a day with us! Staying active in this way can help keep you physically healthy, and improve your mental wellbeing. There’s also always plenty going on, so you’ll have the opportunity to help out with tasks such as talking to customers, de-nailing timber or making upcycled products in the workshop if you’d like! You’ll also meet loads of new people. Our staff, trainees and volunteers are all dedicated to providing a supportive and fun working environment.

MOWR opens 7 days a week – 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am -5pm at the weekends. 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!

Role Requirements

Our drivers must be at least 25 years of age, and hold a full, clean UK driving licence. We use a 3.5 tonne caged pick-up truck, so you’ll need a valid licence, and experience of driving a similar vehicle in a safe, courteous manner. You’ll also need to be physically capable, as some heavy lifting will 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 MOWR spirit of things. All Move On sites embrace a shared ethos of equality and diversity. Volunteering with Move On 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 workshop or recycling experience, just a desire to help and a willingness to learn.

More Information

For further information please contact the team on wood@moveon.org.uk, or 0131 551 6937. More information about all aspects of Move On Wood Recycling operations can be found on the MOWR website.

How To Apply

Please email wood@moveon.org.uk with your availability, and a member of the team will be in touch ASAP