FareFutures is FareShare UK’s new employability initiative. This will see us work regionally and nationally to deliver projects which support people into sustained and meaningful employment. All of the projects which make up FareFutures will be tailored to meet local priorities but share the same key principles:

  1. Participants wellbeing – this will be at the heart of what we do. We will support people holistically to not only get them into work but also equip them to sustain employment and lead more fulfilling lives.
  2. Supporting FareShare’s mission – all projects will be based within our operation. This will both strengthen our operations, enabling us to redistribute more food, and provide participants with meaningful, real world, work experience whilst also enabling them to positively impact their local community.
  3. Build stronger partnerships – all projects will look to partner and collaborate with other organisations. By working together with key partners we will ensure participants are able to access more opportunities for training , education, employment and personal development.

FareFutures will aim to be open to everyone seeking work each project will create and deliver inclusive projects which are tailored to meet the local priorities.

KickStart (national project)

FareFutures secured a contract on behalf the FareShare Network to deliver KickStart placements at 16 of our regional centres. This contract will see over 130 unemployed young people join FareShare on a six month paid work placement. Up to the beginning of December 2021 we have successfully recruited over 70 young people within our network. These roles include warehouse assistants, administration assistants, volunteering management assistants and customer service.

As part of their placement, each individual will receive a tailored package of support, depending on their role and ambitions for the future. They will gain significant real world experience to help them realise their own employment goals. Each person will also receive specific employment support with writing CVs, job searching and interview skills. Our first KickStart Placements are coming to an end and many have already secured future employment both within FareShare and beyond.

KickStart placements are open to those aged 16 – 24 and in receipt of Universal Credit.

To find a KickStart placement at your local FareShare Regional Centre: either speak to your work coach or search on https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/

New Horizons (regional project in FareShare Merseyside – Speke, Liverpool)

New Horizons is the flagship project for FareFutures based at our regional centre in Speke, Liverpool. New Horizons will provide flexible support to unemployed people from the local area. Participants on the New Horizons project will receive individually tailored employability support including relevant work experience, vocational training, help to find and apply for jobs and support around their personal wellbeing.

The New Horizons project is particularly suited to those seeking work in warehousing however the team can also support people looking to move into work in administration, customer service or delivery driving and other roles.

Following a full induction, participants will join our volunteers in the Regional Centre to gain real world work experience whilst also receiving relevant training. For those seeking work in warehousing their training could include food hygiene, manual handling and operation of forklift trucks, all of which are externally accredited. For those seeking work in other areas specific training to that role will be included.

Each participant will receive dedicated 1–to-1 employment support around becoming job ready. This could include CV writing, job searching, interview skills and ongoing mentoring.

A key aspect of New Horizons is that people are supported holistically with their wellbeing and we build upon the strengths that they already have. This could include joining in activities not directly job readiness, but that provide important life skills and support around physical and mental health. These activities will be delivered by the New Horizons team or by our partners within the local community.

The team are already off to a flying start with 75% of participants securing work or moving into full-time education.

To find out more about New Horizons and if it is the right choice for you please complete the form and one of the team will contact you.