Food Sharing HUB Supporter Volunteer

Volunteer Role

 

Food Sharing Edinburgh is working on an exciting new project, called the Food Sharing Hub. This will be a permanent space that enables more food to be distributed to the public, while providing a platform for food waste education and campaigning.

 

Supporter volunteers are responsible for helping run the Food Sharing Hub, by being part of one its seven teams. Each team is led by a ‘Guardian’. They are as follows:

 

    1. Business Relations Team
    2. Finance Team
    3. Partnerships Team
    4. Charity Relations Team
    5. Promotions Team
    6. Health and Safety Team
    7. Volunteer Experience Team

 

Business Relations Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

    • Becoming familiar with our current partner businesses (30) and the agreements we have established

 

    • Establishing connections with supermarkets and large businesses, bolstering current Food Sharing procedures to ensure contracts are signed and regular food collections are maintained

 

    • Negotiating with businesses in face-to-face meetings

 

    • Working closely with the Health and Safety Guardian to write contracts

 

    • Maintaining good relationships with all our partner businesses

 

Finance Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

    • Being familiar with the budget

 

    • Keeping up-to-date on project spending

 

    • Reallocation of funds from under budgeted area to over budgeted area

 

    • Working closely with Ollie (ollie.nathan@shrubcoop.org) and having a 1:1 check in at least once per month

 

    • Contributing to the Social Enterprise Working Group

 

    • Bringing budget to monthly FSH Guardians meetings and advising on what we have money for

 

Partnership Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

    • Becoming familiar with our current Partnership Agreements with partner organisations

 

    • Reviewing proposed Partnership Agreements with various organisations

 

    • Maintaining good relationships with our partners (through face-to-face check ins)

 

    • Being aware of how our Partnership Agreements may assist or clash with proposed activities of Food Sharing Edinburgh – particularly raising these points in group meetings!

 

    • Reaching out to potential new partners, establishing a beneficial and reciprocal relationship

 

Charity Relations Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

    • Becoming familiar with and updating the current procedure Food Sharing uses to connect with charities

 

    • Establishing connections with more charities through social media posts, face-to-face and over the phone

 

    • Ensuring all partner charities are receiving adequate food supplies

 

    • Ensuring partner charities receive weekly regular deliveries from the Food Sharing Hub Pantry – communicating with Pantry volunteers to ensure reliable delivery

 

    • Administering surveys for partner charities

 

Promotions Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

  • Creating and implementing a Food Sharing communications strategy

 

  • Facilitating video/photographic projects to promote the Food Sharing Hub

 

  • Sharing material on social media (Facebook and Instagram specifically)

 

  • Attending promotional events

 

  • Advertising the Food Sharing Hub effectively (posters, flyers, online etc.)

 

  • Working closely with Rob, the communications coordinator for the overall Zero Waste Edinburgh project (shrubzwtcomms@gmail.com)

 

  • Coordinating general Food Sharing volunteers and delegating tasks accordingly

 

Health and Safety Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

    • Becoming familiar with Food Sharings current health and safety policies and filling in the gaps accordingly  (e.g. reviewing and implementing risk assessments)

 

    • Reviewing records of health and safety checklists

 

    • Working closely with the Food Sharing Hub Store Coordinator to ensure that the Food Sharing Hub exceeds health and safety standards

 

Volunteer Experience Team

This role will specifically focus on tasks such as:

      • Recruiting volunteers to be part of the Food Sharing Hub (e.g. post across our recruitment channels)
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      • Administering surveys to record volunteer and customer experiences
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      • Evaluating how we can improve the experience for Food Sharing volunteers and customers – finding out what they want from Food Sharing; finding out whether they are getting this?

 

About you

We need volunteers who are organised, responsible and can dedicate time to weekly meetings. Ideally volunteers would have previous experience volunteering for a charity, not-for-profit of social enterprise and will be familiar with the area of the project they choose to support.  Applications are also welcome from those with professional expertise in food waste, sustainable food or the non-profit sector.

 

Practical details

 

  • FSH Supporter volunteers are expected to meet with their Guardians at least once per month and take on tasks of choice in-between meetings.
  • It is highly recommended that FSH Supporter volunteers work in the Shrub Co-Op office space alongside their Guardians for a two hour shift per fortnight.
  • Volunteers are also expected to attend at least one general Food Sharing meeting per month.
  • Food Sharing Edinburgh meet on Mondays (6pm til 7pm) in the Shrub Co-Op, on 13 Guthrie Street (EH1 1JG).
  • The role requires around 2 hours of work per week.
  • A minimum commitment of 6 months is desirable.
  • This role is supported by the Project Facilitator, who is on hand if you have any questions or queries.

 

Please email Laurie King (foodsharinghub@gmail.com) if you’re interested!