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.
We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. To give you a flavour of how you could help, we have three main volunteer roles:
Most of our shifts are approximately three hours long and none is longer than four hours. During daytime operations, we have both morning and afternoon shifts each day. Start times are slightly different depending on what day of the week it is but all begin between 8.45am-9.30am for a morning shift and 12.30-1.30pm for an afternoon shift.
For our evening operations, shifts start between 5pm-7pm, and typically finish around 9.30pm-10pm.
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.
We collect and deliver boxes/crates/sacks of food so there is usually some lifting involved.
You don’t need a driving licence to help with collections and deliveries or to help around the warehouse. If you’d like to drive our vans then you do need a valid licence and must be over a specific age. 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.
We have two depots:
We also have evening shifts that start from these London postcodes:
Yes, you’ll learn what you need to do at your volunteer induction or on your trial shift. There may be additional training courses available too. We will give you more details about these when we speak to you.
Yes - we have evening and Saturday shifts available.
There is no uniform but we advise our volunteers to wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. There will be a bit of light lifting involved and you need to be comfy. In winter, it can get very cold in the warehouse so please bear this in mind and dress warmly.
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“ 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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