29 May 2019
University of Ulster student Ciara Doherty has been volunteering at FareShare Northern Ireland since September 2018. The third-year geography student gets stuck in to every aspect of life in the warehouse, from taking orders, packing and unpacking and going out on the vans making deliveries.
Ciara explains that before she started volunteering at FareShare she didn’t know how much food within the supply chain was wasted. “It shocked me,” she says, “but helping FareShare to turn this unwanted food into something valuable makes it a pleasure to be working here.”
Ciara loves how social volunteering can be. “You’re constantly meeting new people, either in the warehouse or members of the community when we’re out on deliveries.”
During her time at FareShare, Ciara’s picked up some new skills that will come in handy when she finishes university and starts looking for work. “I’ve learned about food safety and manual handling, and talking to people on the telephone has really improved my communication skills. I’m also going to undertake forklift and kitchen inspection training, which will really help when it comes to looking for paid employment.”