Sue’s thoughts on volunteering during COVID

Sue has been a volunteer at Fareshare since January 2019. She joined the team after a conversation with her daughter over Christmas about reducing food waste and the importance of helping out the community. Sue volunteers once a week and is responsible for FareShare Cymru’s administration work, which involves tasks such as updating invoices of where food is going and how much is being sent, checking the dates of surplus food and sorting items in the warehouse. 

‘When I retired I wanted something to do with my time. The admin role really interested me and I thought it would be a really rewarding job for me to do’ 

Throughout the pandemic Sue has continued her volunteering and has been an invaluable member of the team.  

‘I really enjoyed volunteering throughout lockdown as it gave my week some structure and got me out the house for a really good reason’ 

As a result of Covid the office and warehouse split into teams to make social distancing easier. Although this meant that Sue was not in contact with as many people as normal she got to meet lots of new faces. FareShare Cymru gained lots of new volunteers during the lockdown as people were keen to help out anyway and many people had more time to volunteer as a result of furlough or working from home. 

‘I got to work with lots of really interesting people from teachers to museum curators who otherwise might not have had the time or idea to volunteer.’ 

Thank you Sue for all your hard work and helping us out, especially during the pandemic, we really appreciate everything you have done and are doing for FareShare Cymru!