Fareshare Driver Assistant

Edinburgh, Falkirk, Scottish Borders, West Lothian

From 7am Wednesdays and Friday

How to Apply

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

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


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?

  • Accompany our volunteer drivers to deliver and collect food
  • Help load and unload the vans
  • Be an extra pair of hands helping the driver with navigation, route planning and timing
  • Working with other volunteers to load up the van with daily deliveries before you head out
  • Working within food safety guidelines (training given), and keeping the van clean and tidy.
  • Operate within Cyrenians’ core values of compassion, respect, integrity and innovation.

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

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Volunteer Application Form DOCX, 54.7KB

Step 2

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Step 3

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