Katherine began volunteering at FareShare Midlands as a means of building her portfolio of graphic design work, as she wished to pursue a career in the industry. Upon her arrival and welcome into the communications team, she was surprised at how much more she would gain from her volunteering role.Katherine began volunteering at FareShare Midlands in January 2023, after being recommended to join the charity by a friend:
“I had a friend who worked for both FareShare Midlands and FareShare UK for a period of time. I was talking to her about my dilemma of not having enough experience to get into Graphic Design and she told me about FareShare and how volunteers are a major part of the charity and you can volunteer in any role. I also knew some of what FareShare do as I previously worked for Central Co-op who donate their surplus food to FareShare.”
As a volunteer in the communications team, Katherine is involved in a range of activities, including: designing healthy eating resources, community food member case studies and impact reports, producing branded van design proposals and writing blog posts.
“Not only do I really enjoy the projects I work on, but I have also been able to produce many more examples of work for my portfolio and learnt a great deal.”
As well as this, Katherine is proud to be part of a team fighting hunger and waste, and finds the social element of volunteering at FareShare Midlands really enjoyable.
“Originally, I wanted to focus on getting more graphic design experience, but the more I learned about what FareShare do, the more I really understood the value of what this charity does. I really see the benefit of FareShare’s help across communities and it makes me proud to be a volunteer.
“I was pleasantly surprised at first at how I am treated as a member of the team, and how I was given freedom to share my ideas. I really enjoy talking to the friendly staff in the office.”
Our communications team are so grateful for the support Katherine provides to our wide range of work. There is so much we couldn’t do without her!
“I would highly recommend volunteering at FareShare Midlands. 10/10!”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us, visit: https://faresharemidlands.org.uk/join-our-team/volunteer-vacancies/