Josephine’s story

27 July 2017

Josephine (top left) credits volunteering at FareShare with restoring the confidence she lost after her parents passed away. She started volunteering as a driver at FareShare West Midlands over the next two years both completed training and found the sense of purpose that she had lost. This led to her securing a permanent role as a Shift Coordinator with FareShare in 2015.

“Volunteering and working at FareShare has had a very big impact on my life. FareShare has become my family. It’s funny, I think I’ve found my vocation at last!

I received a lot of support and training from Will (FareShare West Midlands Warehouse Manager) when I first started volunteering. I’d never worked in a warehouse before but Will saw the potential in me and trained me. I went for my Fork Lift Truck license and passed it, then I did the reach truck. I did counter balance and I got that license too. I’m now doing my level 3 Health and Safety and I’m doing my diploma in business studies. FareShare has opened up so many opportunities for me as well as massively increasing my confidence.

From volunteer to staff member

I loved volunteering at FareShare so much that when I applied for a position elsewhere (when I was still a volunteer) I spoke about FareShare so much that they said I should wait for a position to come up here instead of going for their job! They were right. I got the job of Shift Coordinator at FareShare West Midlands in 2015.

Joining FareShare has shown me that there are always people worse off than me and that’s made me feel stronger and passionate about what I do at FareShare. You think about how much food would be going to waste but instead it’s going to people who need it. For me, I want to help families on low incomes because if you have food, that frees up your money and you can pay your bills and buy the other things you need.

I would recommend volunteering. It’s a laid-back place, you meet new people and you go through these new experiences with other people. If you need it to beef up your CV, you can get the experience you need.”

About warehouse volunteering

  • Sort through surplus food in our warehouse and ensure its quality and safety.
  • Organise food into orders for our charity members.
  • Perfect if you are looking for a practical activity, looking to gain experience or just want to make a difference in your community.
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