Student Volunteer Stories: Meet Elle


15 February 2019

Volunteering for FareShare doesn’t just mean working in a warehouse or going out on the vans. You can help in all sorts of ways, from lifting and carrying food to answering Customer Service calls and emails. Master’s student Elle, our student volunteer from FareShare in Leeds, is a social media ambassador, volunteering for FareShare in a flexible way that fits around her studies.

Elle, what do you do at FareShare?

“I’m the FareShare North East Social Media Lead. The role allows me to work remotely (from home) by getting updates from the Volunteer Coordinator which I then use to create engaging posts on Facebook and Twitter. I started in April 2017, during my second year at University. Having recently becoming appointed the Social Media Lead for the Geography Society at Newcastle University. I wanted to expand my horizons and experience by applying to charities that needed their social media boosted.”

What attracted you to FareShare?

“I want to go into development and charity work after I finish university, and therefore, as I am interested also in the prevention of food waste, I thought by applying to FareShare it would also boost my experience in the sector I want to go into.”

What’s it like volunteering remotely?

“I’m well supported by volunteers and staff through regular communications, who are such a friendly bunch, dedicated to tackling food poverty. Not only am I volunteering as a social media lead, I have also had the opportunity to help organise events, participate in food collections, develop research papers based on distribution efforts and also develop fundraising opportunities.”

Think you could join Elle and help support FareShare? We’re recruiting for Volunteers across the UK – find out more and sign up now.