Meet our volunteer driver – Hasan’s Story

Hasan, FareShare volunteer driverVolunteer driver FareShare

13 August 2018

Having been volunteering as a driver with the charity since 2005, Hasan is one of FareShare’s longest serving frontline volunteers.

We caught up with him to find out more about what it's like to be a volunteer driver for FareShare.

What made you decide to get involved with FareShare?

"I’ve always hated food waste. In the past I worked at a bread factory, and I would always take any bread left at the end of the day and give it to people in my local area who needed it. So I guess you could say it’s always been in my nature to fight food waste and help those in need.

"Having worked in driving roles for over 40 years, I’d also got to know London like the back of my hand. Prior to driving for FareShare, I’d worked as a taxi driver and driven for a local community and food enterprise, so I knew I’d enjoy and do a good job of driving and making deliveries. It definitely makes journeys efficient if you know every street corner."

What has kept you volunteering for such a long time?

"I’ve helped as a driver for over a decade because it makes me feel like a big part of the community. During deliveries we get to know so many local faces - they all know me by name now and often invite me to parties and events they’re running. The relationships I’ve made feel like friendships.

"I just love the people, not only at FareShare but across all of our charity members. As frontline community groups, they always need donations and support and as a volunteer I love that I am able to help by delivering surplus food across the city.

"Now most of my children have moved out of the family home I’m also afforded even more time and flexibility. Volunteering at FareShare I find is the most rewarding way to invest my time, it gives me a strong sense of purpose that I’ve not found with some other jobs.

"If I’m not working, I will come by and help. It’s an easy decision to give my time to such a worthy cause."

What has been the best thing about your volunteering experience at FareShare?

"In the past 13 years, I’ve met people from all walks of life and worked with so many different community groups and charities, ranging from domestic refuges, to churches and homeless shelters.

"Helping Hands, which provides home care & live-in care, is one charity that particularly sticks with me. They are always so happy to see us and grateful for all the food we provide for their beneficiaries. We regularly attend their events now too.

"There’s no such thing as a typical day at FareShare and that, as well as the fact I get to meet and help so many different people, is why I love it. I’m happiest when helping people, so FareShare is the perfect fit for me."

If you like the sound of being a volunteer driver for FareShare, then sign up to volunteer at www.fareshare.org.uk/volunteer