Do you have a few hours to spare one morning or afternoon? Perhaps you can commit a couple of days a week? Our Volunteer programme is flexible to fit around your other commitments.
You’ll drive one of our lovely green vans on a delivery and collection route, and help load and unload food. You will need to be over 21 with a full driving licence.
You’ll accompany a driver, to help with navigation, call our charities and suppliers before arriving, help load and unload the van, and choose the radio station.
CYCLIST / WALKER
You’ll cycle using your own bicycle, or walk, collecting food and delivering it to a charity. We provide a route and a courier bag, you do the leg work.
You’ll be based at one of our bustling warehouses, helping rotate stock, sort food for charities, and keeping the place clean and tidy.
Shift lengths and start times depend on which role you volunteer for
Driver, Driver Assistant and Warehouse Assistant shifts are around 3 hours
• Morning shifts start between 8–9:30am and finish between 12pm-1pm
• Afternoon shifts start between 12pm – 1pm and finish between 4–5pm
• Saturday morning shifts start between 9 – 10am and finish at 12pm
Start times vary between 6pm – 7:30pm and you’ll finish by 10pm at the latest
• Cyclist and Walker shifts are around 1 - 2 hours long
• Driver and Driver Assistant shifts are around 2 hours, and occasionally up to 3 hours
That is entirely up to you. Some of our volunteers like to do one shift per week, some like to do more. We do not request a minimum (well, at least one!) or maximum commitment from our volunteers – all we ask is that if you can’t attend a shift that you have committed to, you let us know as soon as you can.
No, you don’t have to. Although it is really helpful for us when volunteers can book in for regular shifts each week (i.e. every Wednesday morning or every Thursday afternoon), as it helps us to plan our schedules.
Driver, Driver Assistant and Warehouse Assistant
If you like to be active, but are not looking for physically demanding work, these roles are for you. They involve light lifting crates of food. Heavier crates are carried by people working in pairs, and pallets are moved using a manual pallet lifter or a forklift truck.
Cyclist and Walker
If you like to keep fit and can carry a courier bag of food on your back while cycling or walking, these roles are for you. The maximum cycling distance is 7km and the maximum walking route is 4km.
We provide hi-vis vests, and advise volunteers to wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and close-toed shoes.
Driver volunteers need a valid licence and must be over 21 years old. We are required to provide a driving licence summary, issued by the DVLA, every six months. You may be asked to generate this yourself and you are obliged to tell us if you incur any points on your licence in the interim for insurance purposes.
Daytime shifts operate from our depots
• Our West London depot (W3 0TJ) is close to Park Royal tube station on the Piccadilly line, 95 and 487 bus stops
• Our North London depot (EN1 1SH) is close to Southbury and Bush Hill Park overground stations, and 377 and 217 bus stops
Evening shifts operate from individual van and courier bag collection points
• City of London
• Notting Hill
• West London
(Camden and North London coming soon)
Yes, you’ll learn what you need to do at your volunteer induction and on your trial shift. There may be additional training courses available, such as our Driver Awareness Course. We will give you more details about these when we speak to you.
First and foremost, you’ll be stopping good, edible food from being wasted, and getting it to frontline charities who are addressing the huge and growing problem of food poverty.
At the same time, you’re part of a wonderful team. Our volunteers include people who are retired, students, and people in full-time and part-time work. Everyone has their own motivation for getting involved, and every contribution is hugely appreciated, however large or small.
As a volunteer with The Felix Project you're saving food and ensuring it gets to people who need it, meeting new people, and learning new skills that can boost your confidence and your CV.
Just click on the Volunteer With Us button below!
We’ll contact you with more information about relevant shifts, and invite you to an induction
The induction explains how our operation works, health and safety practices, and how to book shifts. It's also your first opportunity to meet The Felix Project staff and other new volunteers.Volunteer
“ Volunteering has enabled me to obtain a good understanding of what happens to unwanted food from wholesalers and retailers in an urban environment. I would like to think that the support that I have given, big or small, has benefited someone somewhere. ”, Volunteer
“ There is great camaraderie in the team and whether I'm out in the van as a co-driver or helping in the warehouse, I finish my shift with a smile on my face. ”, Volunteer
“ The charities all rely on us, and I know this personally as I work for one of the charities we deliver to. I cook the food on Tuesday that Felix deliver on a Monday. The job needs doing and I’m very happy to be a part of Felix. ”, Volunteer
“ I volunteer as a co-driver at least twice a week and feel so privileged and so happy to work with the best team of people from many different backgrounds, nationalities and professions. This is a most fulfilling and heart-warming new chapter in my life. ”, Volunteer
“ When I saw the ad in the Evening Standard late last summer I immediately knew this was the kind of volunteering I wanted to get involved in. The wonderful food we pick up is far too precious to be thrown away, and so it makes sense to distribute to different charities. So rewarding - can’t get better than that! ”, Volunteer
“ As I retired recently I started helping out on the Felix Project in West London. A worthy cause that came from a sad event. I love the work and the people are fun and I enjoy spending a morning or afternoon giving something back to the community. ”, Volunteer
“ I am a retired person with too much spare time on my hands and this volunteering opportunity gives me something useful to do, as well as the chance to meet new people. ”, Volunteer
“ There is so much food wasted every day when there are people all around us who are hungry. Collecting surplus food donated by supermarkets and delivering it direct to other charities, who then use this food to make meals, is such a simple but brilliant idea. ”, Volunteer
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