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Jospehine's story - volunteering as a driver at FareShare

Josephine (top left) credits volunteering at FareShare with restoring the confidence she lost after her parents passed away. She started volunteering as a driver at FareShare West Midlands over the next two years both completed training and found the sense of purpose that she had lost. This led to her securing a permanent role as a Shift Coordinator with FareShare in 2015.

"Volunteering and working at FareShare has had a very big impact on my life. It’s funny, I think I’ve found my vocation at last!

I received a lot of support and training from Will (FareShare West Midlands Warehouse Manager) when I first started volunteering. I’d never worked in a warehouse before but Will saw the potential in me and trained me. I went for my Fork Lift Truck license and passed it, then I did the reach truck. I did counter balance and I got that license too. I’m now doing my level 3 Health and Safety and I’m doing my diploma in business studies. FareShare has opened up so many opportunities for me as well as massively increasing my confidence.

I loved volunteering at FareShare so much that when I applied for a position elsewhere (when I was still a volunteer) I spoke about FareShare so much that they said I should wait for a position to come up here instead of going for their job! They were right. I got the job of Shift Coordinator at FareShare West Midlands in 2015.

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