At FareShare Sussex, we have over 70 dedicated volunteers who support us as drivers, as warehouse assistants, and in our office. They are at the heart of our work, and we truly wouldn’t be able to fight food waste and hunger without them.
We are honoured to have such a large team of wonderful people from all walks of life giving up their time each week to volunteer with us. Last Friday, our trustees threw a post-Christmas celebration, which was a brilliant chance for us to thank our hard-working team. There was delicious food provided by the trustees, lovely people, and a funky playlist courtesy of our Depot Assistant Andy. As one of our volunteers Simon said, “it was a great atmosphere”.
Brighton and Hove Mayor, Councillor Pete West, even came along to express his thanks to our volunteers for all the great work they achieve in Brighton and beyond. He applauded the ‘huge commitment’ of volunteers at FareShare Sussex, noting that we are all ‘collectively richer’ when we take time to give back to the community.
“It was a lovely atmosphere and so nice to be thanked by the mayor who made a really good speech.” – Mel, volunteer.
Volunteers at FareShare Sussex have the opportunity to gain transferable skills such as delivery driving, forklift training and manual handling. FareShare Sussex is often the stepping stone to employment for our volunteers, providing training and a space for volunteers to build up confidence and experience.
What our volunteers say the best thing about FareShare Sussex is:
“The fab people who work here!”
“Teamwork and the positive spirit”
“It’s a fun place to work and meet new people while doing something for a good cause.”
“It gives good opportunities, like the forklift training”
Not only does volunteering increase employability, it is also hugely sociable and a great way of meeting new people. We all thoroughly enjoyed getting everyone together at the party.
“It was nice to have everyone under the same roof, as it’s not often that
everyone can get together at the same time.” – Wilf, volunteer.
Friday was also a chance to properly welcome our new Development Manager, Rachel Carless, who officially joined us on the 5th January. We are all so glad to have her on board, and look forward to the year ahead working with her.
With over 70 volunteers, it can be rare to bring everyone together in the same place at the same time. Our celebration on Friday was a brilliant chance for everyone at FareShare Sussex to get together and celebrate the hard work of volunteers and staff in the last year. We look forward to what 2017 brings for FareShare Sussex and all our wonderful volunteers, staff and supporters!