Recycling Lives in Preston desperately need volunteers to help with pandemic efforts

Posted on - 20th February, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, Proud Preston
Volunteers are desperately needed at Recycling Lives Charity

A charity which tripled its output to respond to the growing demanding during the Covid-19 pandemic is appealing for volunteers to supports the vital work they do.


Recycling Lives Charity has delivered over 2.3 million meals to people in need since the outbreak of the pandemic, ensuring families and vulnerable groups have had food, even if they are unwell or facing financial insecurity.

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The Food Redistribution Centre, which is run in partnership with national charity FareShare, takes surplus stock from supermarkets and suppliers to deliver to community groups, charities and schools, helping groups to feed communities and reduce food waste.

The charity are now appealing for new volunteers to join its team at the Preston centre.


People will be keeping to strict Covid-safe working conditions to protect themselves and those receiving the food.

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The centre urgently needs volunteers for morning (8am to midday) or afternoon (1-5pm) shifts on weekdays.

The roles cover:

  • Selecting food and goods – ensuring each group receives the right items for their target group. This is a manual role, requiring a good level of fitness.
  • Supporting logistics – taking accurate records of goods into the Centre, using operational systems. This is a combination of administrative and manual work.
  • Rotating stock – managing movement of stock, focussed mainly on the chillers and freezers, to minimise potential waste. This is also a manual role, requiring a good level of fitness.
  • Allocating goods – recording the items selected and sent out to groups. This is an administrative role requiring close attention to detail.

The Charity’s team is also open to applications from anyone wishing to do general warehouse and office work.

Volunteer manager Vivienne Ashurst said: “Our volunteers are an essential and highly valued part of our operation, each bringing different skills and experiences to deliver our vital service.

“In return for their time we support each volunteer to enjoy their own benefits from the experience, whether that’s supporting job seekers to develop transferable skills, or ensuring retired professionals can use their experience to help communities.

“Volunteering can be a transformative experience for anyone – it is a way to develop skills or meet new people as well as give back to your community and help others.

“We’re hoping to hear from anyone who’d like to help us to feed people most in-need in these challenging times.”

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The Food Redistribution Centre supports more than 200 groups across Lancashire and Cumbria, including grassroots charities delivering meals on wheels services to elderly residents who are shielding and school breakfast clubs supporting families in need.

The Centre is located in a large warehouse facility on Preston’ Red Scar Industrial Estate, providing ample room for the team to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Charity volunteers are considered essential workers and receive a key worker pass.

To find out more, please contact: or 01772 665958.

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