What Student Michael enjoys about volunteering

1 September 2017

Student Michael has been volunteering at FareShare since October while studying for his MA in photography and urban cultures at Goldsmiths University of London. Every Tuesday, he works in our London warehouse sorting food saved from waste. We caught up with him about his experience at FareShare.

Image of volunteers in warehouse with quote saying I know my presence here is needed and I feel I'm helping out


What are your reasons for volunteering at FareShare?

I am working for a property guardian company while studying and staff do a minimum of 16 hours volunteering a month.

I wanted to go somewhere where I was needed and my company directed me to FareShare. The work they do redistributing food to charities is amazing. It is quite shocking how much goes to waste! Ever since I started as a volunteer, my experience has had a good impact on my life, it makes me more aware of things around me.


What do you enjoy most about your experience at FareShare?

What I enjoy most about my experience at FareShare is being in touch with other volunteers. I meet different and interesting people each week and the staff are really nice. They train me and they are here to support me.

I know my presence here is needed and I feel I’m helping out. I also have a general sense of wellbeing knowing that what I do is something good.

Besides, there’s the physical aspect to it. I do a lot more physical work than I usually do, so it’s good for my health!


How does volunteering fit in with your studies?

It fits in really well with my studies because I study part-time. Between work and school, I have a couple of days off and I usually volunteer.

I am used to work in the photo sector where it’s more one-on-one, so I don’t usually get to work with groups of people. Volunteering at FareShare gives me the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and to be part of a team.”

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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