Fareshare Driver

Edinburgh, Falkirk, Scottish Borders, West Lothian

from 7 am Wednesdays and Fridays

How to Apply

84-84 Jane St, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5HG

From 7am (time depending on route) Wednesdays and Friday


We have a Good Food Programme which is a social enterprise that supports people to move towards a more settled lifestyle through access to food and cooking skill development.

Part of the Good Food Programme includes FareShare: a national network redistributing surplus food from supermarkets and bakeries to organisations working with vulnerable people. We are the FareShare delivery partner for Central and South East Scotland.

Our depot has a small staff team who work alongside a number of committed trainees and volunteers, who participate in all aspects of the process and contribute to the successful running of the project.

What are the aims and expectations of the role?

  • You will be the vital link between the Depot and the charities, getting the food to where it’s needed.
  • You’ll be responsible for dropping off the weekly orders of food at local charities and collecting surplus from local food businesses with the help of a Driver’s Assistant.
  • You’ll be the friendly face of FareShare, interacting with the charities and making sure they get the food they need.
  • You’ll be working with other volunteers to load up the van with daily deliveries
  • You’ll also be working within food safety guidelines (training given), and keeping the van clean and tidy.

What kind of volunteer are we looking for?


  • 18+ years of age
  • Standard, clean driving license
  • Confident in driving a medium sized van (experience is preferable)
  • Confident at map reading and able to use a Sat Nav system
  • Able to perform physical tasks including lifting and loading.
  • Adaptable – managing surplus can be unpredictable and routes may vary
  • Enthusiastic about tackling food waste and poverty
  • Able to operate within Cyrenians’ core values.


  • Positive, friendly and personable, interacting well with different people
  • Understanding of confidentiality and boundaries (training provided)
  • Enjoy working with other people
  • Good listening skills
  • Friendly and approachable personality
  • Reliable with good time keeping
  • Able to work with individuals who may have different support needs
  • Non-judgmental

What you can gain from this opportunity

  • Active and sociable role, building relationships with the charities we support
  • Gain a variety of skills such as route planning, organising and communication skills
  • Working reference available after 3 months in the role
  • You will directly ensure that good quality food is not wasted and gets into the hands of the people who need it
  • Reasonable travel expenses and free food

Further Info


We cover local travel costs at public transport rate or mileage, and £2.50 or a meal if volunteering over 4 hours at one time.

How to Apply

Step 1

Download the application form below

Volunteer Application Form DOCX, 54.7KB

Step 2

Complete the form and save it

Step 3

Upload your completed application form using our online submission tool

Back to