Student volunteer is a social media success

23 February 2017

Volunteer FareShare Student

Sports Journalism student Daniel Carr is helping to run FareShare Yorkshire’s social media campaigns.

21 February  2017

Daniel Carr, currently in his final year studying Sports Journalism at Leeds Trinity University, has had his eyes opened to the world of volunteering as part of his work with FareShare.

As part of his degree, Daniel, aged 22 and originally from Darlington, was required to complete a volunteer placement to gain hands on work experience. Having researched different options, Daniel’s sister, who works at FareShare Scotland, suggested he got in touch with the Yorkshire Regional Centre. After some initial conversations, working closely with FareShare Yorkshire’s Chief Executive Gareth Batty, FareShare Yorkshire created a role for Daniel, working on specific social media campaigns as well as helping with marketing plans for FareShare Yorkshire.

Daniel said: “I’m really enjoying my work with FareShare Yorkshire and seeing the amazing work they do. I’m really pleased to have been given the responsibility I have as part of my role. I’m planning on focusing my activity on social media, predominantly through Twitter, to reach and engage with audiences in the upcoming media campaign.

“The volunteering hours work really well for me as I am able to fit them in around my studies. I’ve been able to see first-hand how rewarding volunteering can be. Although the volunteering work was originally part of my course, I always ask if I can help more as I enjoy the work I do and want to do more.

“I’ve met people volunteering who are out of work and are now looking for new employment, and volunteering at FareShare gives them an opportunity to really gain hands on experience through something worthwhile.”

As part of his volunteering, Daniel has been to visit the FareShare Regional Centre in Barnsley to see the work they do and gain an overall picture of how the charity works. “FareShare redistributes surplus food to local charities including homeless shelters and local community centres. It’s amazing to see the quality and variety of food they receive. As part of my role at FareShare I want to get across to people what FareShare does and what it can offer”.

Having already done several work experience placements in journalism, Daniel wanted to experience something different, “Working with FareShare has really opened my eyes and shown me there is more out there when thinking about career options for the future.”

Daniel graduates this Summer and is already thinking about what kind of career he would like to pursue after university. As well as helping the charity by volunteering, Daniel is also training to run the Sheffield Half Marathon on 9 April to raise funds for FareShare.