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Volunteering: An opportunity to learn through service
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17th May
to 31st May
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Volunteer Yard Storage Organiser

17th May to 31st May
The Yard Storage Organiser will help FareShare Greater Manchester ensure that all food storage equipment is correctly sorted and stored.
This activity is brought to you by The Union in partnership with Manchester Community Central

About FareShare
FareShare is a national charity which fights food poverty by tackling food waste.
We source food which is surplus to requirements from food retailers and manufacturers and engage many volunteers to help redistribute this to local Community Food Members (CFMs), who, in turn, provide meals to vulnerable people.
FareShare’s Greater Manchester regional centre, based on New Smithfield Market, has been run by the sustainability charity EMERGE 3Rs since 2008.
The Yard Storage Organiser role will help FareShare Greater Manchester ensure that all food storage equipment is correctly sorted and stored.
Location: EMERGE, Maynard House, New Smithfield Market, Openshaw M11 2WJ.
Hours: 9am - 3pm (we have a minimum requirement of a 4 hour shift).
Days: Tuesday, Thursday Friday. (Training will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Volunteers are typically involved for one day a week.
What will I be doing?

Storing roll cages, ready for use or despatch to the supply chain network.
Ensuring that suppliers’ vehicles take the appropriate quantity when leaving the EMERGE site.
Sorting and storing food trays, ready for use in warehouse operations, or for return to the supplier.
Sorting and storage of various types of bread trays.
Sorting and storing of suppliers’ miscellaneous equipment, in readiness for return.
Assisting with gathering cardboard waste for its correct recycling collection point.

Supervised by: Yard Controller
Our Requirements

Positive attitude; friendly and personable; able to interact well with different people.
Interest in the work of FareShare and our values.
Ability to follow both safety and operational procedures and instructions.
Able to perform physical tasks, including lifting and loading.
Available to commit to an agreed shift/day.

What you can expect from the volunteer role

Volunteer Induction.
Initial training will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Following training, you will choose your preferred shift and day.
Health and Safety and Manual Handling techniques.

If applicable:

Work experience to add to your CV.
A work reference for those who have satisfactorily committed to at least 3 months.


Expenses for travelling to and from FareShare, up to £6.00 per day.
Lunch is provided, or reimbursement given up to £3.00, if you have dietary requirements.

You will be required to complete introductory sessions before you are confirmed in the role.

Volunteering with Rise

You can claim rise points any volunteering you undertake - from an hour to a sustained commitment. All you need to do is fill in a Self Claim for your points

Available Times:

Tuesday AM
Tuesday PM
Thursday AM
Thursday PM
Friday AM
Friday PM