On Monday 6th, Anna W. started in post as our new Warehouse Manager. Here we talk with her about her experience at FareShare Sussex so far. We are so proud to see how Anna progressively made it to where she is today; joining us in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as an emergency warehouse support and later as Warehouse Assistant.
What brought you to Fareshare Sussex?
I started volunteering with FareShare Sussex in April 2019. I left my previous job and wanted to do something which would be helping people. During my volunteer induction, everyone was so welcoming and friendly and encouraged me to get stuck in. On my volunteer shift we would usually have deliveries from Tesco and Higgidy Pies; I couldn’t believe all the amazing food which would have been wasted!
“What I have always enjoyed about volunteering at FareShare Sussex is all the different people you meet.”– Anna W.
What was your experience as a Warehouse assistant?
When COVID 19 hit, I was asked to become a lead volunteer. I was really pleased but remember being quite nervous. I feel I have learnt so much in the past year working in the fast-paced environment of the warehouse and with a flexible and resilient team!
Whilst volunteering I was asked if I would be interested in driving the vans and I remember thinking there was no chance I would be able to do that, but since becoming a warehouse assistant, I have learnt and now I really enjoy it! I also now operate the forklift and ride the E- Cargo bike.
Another highlight of working as a warehouse assistant has been getting to know our community partners better. It has been amazing to learn about the work our Community Food Members do and how they use all the surplus food!
How does it feel like to be the Warehouse Manager?
I am pleased to be taking on this new challenge with such a supportive team and amazing volunteers. I also feel fortunate to have learnt so much from our previous warehouse manager, Emily.
An important part of my role will be managing our fleet. The e-cargo bike has recently been integrated into our fleet and it is great to see how both the staff and volunteers have loved learning to ride it, as well as the benefits of it being fast and super sustainable.
“From my experience of working as a volunteer to warehouse assistant and now warehouse manager, I have seen so many changes… I look forward to embracing the challenges to come!”– Anna W.