Volunteering and training opportunities are currently limited due to COVID-19. Please contact us for more information.
Whether it’s a once a week, an occasional (one-off) contribution of your time, or a team day with your employer, we can offer a wide range of interesting and rewarding voluntary opportunities.
People giving their time is at the heart of everything we do. Volunteering will give you the chance to get involved in our rewarding activities, gain a sense of achievement, meet new people and use your skills.
Training, ongoing support, protective equipment, tailored personal development support and out-of-pocket expenses are available to all volunteers, as needed. We are also happy to provide job references for volunteers seeking to return to paid work.
FareShare Greater Manchester
FareShare Greater Manchester is always set on receiving new volunteers. Whether you want to help people affected by food insecurity, stop good food going to waste or perhaps gain some valuable experience, we can offer a variety of roles in our busy and friendly team including:
Delivery Drivers and Delivery Assistants:
Drive our vans, help us get food out to our frontline community food member organisations right across Greater Manchester
Sort food received, pick daily orders for our community food members and help in keeping a tidy warehouse
Customer Service Assistants:
Help with administrative tasks, including taking food orders over the phone and dealing with general enquiries
Corporate (Employer Assisted) Volunteering
When our operational circumstances allow, we offer fun and rewarding corporate volunteering packages specifically tailored for organisations. A Team Volunteer Day, for example, is a great team-building opportunity where staff can get involved at the very heart of our operations, working alongside our regular volunteers.
Working with EMERGE is an opportunity to develop mutually beneficial partnerships that demonstrate CSR and social value to customers and stakeholders.
Corporate (Employer Assisted) Volunteering
When our operational circumstances allow, we offer fun and rewarding corporate volunteering packages specifically tailored for organisations. A Team Volunteer Day, for example, is a great team-building opportunity where staff can get involved at the very heart of our FareShare food operation, working alongside our regular volunteers to help deliver food to the community organisations we support.
Working with FareShare Greater Manchester is an opportunity to develop mutually beneficial partnerships that demonstrate CSR and social value to customers and stakeholders.
Whether you’re a job seeker or student wanting to launch your career in carpentry, a hobby DIYer or actively retired, we welcome regular volunteers to help out in our busy reclaimed wood workshop.
Our workshop volunteers help to receive collections of pallets and timber, prepare it for storage and retail, and assist with customer orders. All you need is a basic level of physical fitness and the ability to work in a team!
We also offer training certificates related to wood and workshop operations, supported by hands-on training in the workshop, so you can boost your knowledge, skills and gain practical experience in construction and woodworking skills.
Find us, or get in touch!
If you want to know more about our volunteering opportunities and what might suit you, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re always happy to talk.
EMERGE Touch Wood
We offer a full range of recycling services, all of which can be tailored to your specific requirements. From office waste collection, to WEEE destruction and confidential shredding, we can accommodate your needs.
Do you need to get rid of waste wood? We offer a competitively-priced collection service and process reclaimed timber for resale to the public. We also practice upcycling; creating expertly-crafted items from reclaimed wood in our specialist workshop, including bespoke pieces of furniture.
EMERGE carries out the Greater Manchester operations of surplus food charity FareShare, which combines sustainability and humanitarian practices by redistributing overstocked donated fresh food to charities and community initiatives across the city region.
“I’m so proud to know that I’m playing a key part in helping to tackle food poverty in and around Greater Manchester. If anyone reading this is new to FareShare, or would like to get involved and volunteer too, I couldn’t recommend it enough. They have been one the most friendly and welcoming organisations I’ve ever been part of.”
“I would definitely recommend volunteering at Touch Wood! It was a great experience, a great chance to get some work experience and a very supportive environment. I have definitely grown in confidence!”