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Today we have a special guest for our blog series! We want to introduce our amazing office volunteer and trustee Betsy Brewer. She started volunteering at FareShare Sussex in March 2018 and was appointed as a new Board Member in March 2020. It’s amazing how FareShare Sussex is able to offer opportunities for progression for its volunteers!

Since Betsy has begun working at FareShare Sussex as office volunteer she’s done a whole range of jobs supporting operations from filing despatch notes; updating spreadsheets with survey results, updating beneficiary data to filling last minute slots in the volunteer rota. 

She explains to us “with a wobbly back, I wasn’t really up to working in the warehouse, so the then volunteer coordinator suggested I help out in the office. So, my work varied from administrative work to providing information to support senior decision making, and the various jobs gave me a good overview of how Fareshare Sussex worked.” Betsy has helped with researching solutions to tricky issues facing senior managers sometimes involving statutory bureaucracy, and drafting papers for the Trustees. 

In the time that Betsy has been volunteering, the organisation has grown and a new strengthened management structure has been introduced at FareShare Sussex. To match the development of the charity, the Board needed strengthening and Betsy joined the Board adding both her volunteering and project management experience.

Betsy tells us:

“I remember the role specification listed various desirable criteria to be met, and clearly, as a volunteer, I was well placed with knowledge of FareShare Sussex”.

Betsy Brewer

She also has held several governance roles from parent governor at school, staff governor at the University of Brighton to member and then Chair of Trustees at Whitehawk Crew Club, and elected member of Brighton and Hove City Council. 

We’re so lucky to have Betsy in our team both as trustee and office volunteer!