Volunteer in London

WHY VOLUNTEER

Volunteering at The Felix Project is a great way to fight food waste and hunger in London and give back to your local community. It's also a fun way to keep fit, practise mindfulness and meet different kinds of people. Plus, any food that we are not able to distribute is free for volunteers to take home (but you do so at your own risk!).

CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEERING

Due to a recent increase in volunteers across our operations, we are not recruiting seasonal volunteers this Christmas, and will be covering the holiday period with our existing volunteers. However, if you are interested in volunteering at Christmas and beyond, please fill out an application form and we will be in touch to get you started.

WHERE YOU CAN VOLUNTEER

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You can sign up to volunteer at any of our three warehouse operations in London:

  • West London, Park Royal, W3 0RU
  • North London, Enfield, EN1 1SH
  • South London, Deptford SE8 5HY
  • Central London (Zone 1)

Keep an eye on our social media pages for new volunteering opportunities arriving soon in East London.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

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WAREHOUSE VOLUNTEERS

4-hour volunteering shifts are available in our Park Royal W3 0RU, Enfield EN1 1SH, and Deptford SE8 5HY depots.

Sort and pack food with Felix and become an essential part of our operations to get food out to Londoners in need. Anyone can do it, as long as you are relatively fit and active. We have strict COVID health & safety measures in place at both depots. Depots are well ventilated / open.

Register & book onto your first shift via the link above, and then just book onto shifts as and when they become available, at a time and frequency that suits you.

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CENTRAL LONDON WALKING/CYCLING ROUTE

1.5-hour volunteering shifts available on our Central London green routes.

Join our green team of walkers and cyclists. Using one of our Felix courier bags, you’ll collect food leftover at the end of the day from cafes, delis, and bakeries and deliver this to charities helping the homeless and other vulnerable groups in Central London.

This role will give you the opportunity to get out and about in London and see first-hand the impact the food you deliver has on people’s lives. You’ll also be able to get your step count up as some of our routes are 10,000 steps!

Register & book onto your first shift via the link and then just book onto shifts as and when they become available, at a time and frequency that suits you.

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VOLUNTEER DRIVERS & CO DRIVERS

2/3 hour shifts available in our Park Royal W3 0RU, Enfield EN1 1SH, and Deptford SE8 5HY depots.

Drive a small van on a designated route around London, delivering food to charities and schools. Get to see where Felix food goes, who it helps, and even pick up some more food to be sorted and shared!

Drivers drive the van and help to unpack the food at the stops. Co-drivers navigate and help to pack and unpack the food at the stops.

You can opt to drive a route without a co-driver, but please note this requires unpacking heavy creates by yourself. If you are doing a route as a pair, and are not from the same household, you must wear a mask at all times.

Drivers need to be able to drive a van confidently, and:

  • Have a full driving licence with less than 6 points on the licence
  • Be over 21 years old
  • Have been driving for over 1 year
  • Ideally, you will have some professional driving experience

Anyone can be a co-driver as long as they are relatively fit & able to lift crates of food.

We normally ask prospective driving volunteers to do some shifts as a warehouse assistant as a first step to getting a feel for our work. You will also be asked to complete a driving assessment with us before you can go out in the van on your own.

HOW TO BECOME A FELIX VOLUNTEER

Becoming a volunteer with us is very simple. All you need to do is:

  • Choose which location you would like to volunteer in.
  • Fill out the short application form online, to create your Better Impact profile.
  • Login to your Better Impact profile and sign up to an online induction.
  • Once you have completed your induction, you will be able to sign up to shifts at a time that suits you.

Please note: you need to be 16 or over to volunteer with The Felix Project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What time are the volunteering shifts?

AVAILABLE SHIFTS

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How regularly do I need to volunteer?

That is entirely up to you. You can book your own shifts in Better Impact. Some of our volunteers like to do one shift per week, some like to do one per month. We do not request a minimum 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.

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What is Better Impact?

Better Impact is the volunteer management software used by The Felix Project. Volunteers use it to sign up for shifts, update their contact information, and generally access volunteering info. It’s easy to use and means you’re able to manage your own volunteering directly.

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Do I have to come in on the same day every week?

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 logistics schedules.

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Do I have to be physically fit?

You need to be fairly active to be a Felix volunteer. Roles involve lifting crates of food and boxes can weigh up to 11kg. Driver roles are particularly physically demanding because you must unload all the food from the van yourself.

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What do I need to wear?

We provide hi-vis vests, and advise volunteers to wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothes and close-toed shoes.

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Do I need a driving licence?

Driver volunteers need a valid licence with no more than 5 points on the licence. You must be over 21 years old. and have been driving for over 1 year. We have a very strong preference for drivers with professional driving experience.

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Will I receive any training?

Yes, you’ll receive on online induction before your first shift.

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How do I apply?

Click on the button below to become a Felix volunteer. You will be asked to choose where you want to volunteer and then you will need to fill in a form to create your Better Impact profile. From there, you can sign onto an online induction and, after that, book your first shift.

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How old do I need to be to volunteer?

You need to be 16 years or older in order to volunteer with us.

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.

Winston Gordon , 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!

Thérèse Diffey , 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.

Sean Birch , 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.

Ken Goodman , 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.

Tony Stokes , Volunteer