In the UK, we throw away £20 billion of food every year, of which 70% occurs in the home. This is largely due to people lacking knowledge around how to store food correctly and make the most of what they buy. The Replenish Project aims to tackle this by sending our team of Food Waste & Composting Ambassadors to public-facing events in order to provide people with practical tips on how to reduce their food waste and start composting. Over the last year, our ambassadors have attended over 40 events and given advice to over 1,300 people. By cutting household food waste, we can help save the average family up to £840 a year. The associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is the same as taking one in four cars off the road!
As an Ambassador with Replenish, you will be at the forefront of our mission. You will help run food waste/composting stalls at public events to provide people with practical skills for saving food and composting. You do not need prior knowledge of these topics, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn!
- You will work alongside a fellow ambassador to run 3-4 stalls between June-September (3-6 hours per event). These will be as local to you as possible and flexible around your commitments/holidays
- You will have the opportunity to be involved in other events and projects after the summer season
- Ambassadors should comply with Replenish health & safety procedures when at events, for their own safety and for that of members of the public
- Ambassadors should work constructively with fellow volunteers and event organizers
Our Ambassadors are:
- Approachable and friendly
- Organised, punctual and reliable
- Professional and able to work well in a team
- Clear communicators and good listeners
- Passionate about reducing food waste and promoting composting!
Food Waste: Foundation Training
If you cannot make the training sessions below, but would still like to volunteer with us, please get in touch with the project coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The training will be in two parts, comprising a theoretical and practical component:
Induction session (2 hours): Wednesday 22nd May, 18:30-20:30, Central Oxford
This session will cover the main causes of domestic food waste and practical strategies for combating this. We will also look at the basics of home composting and using your food recycling caddy. Each Ambassador will take home a guide to running a stall, comprising example activities and a set of resources.
Practical session (3.5 hours) at Blenheim Palace Food Festival, Woodstock, 25th-27th May
Volunteers will attend Blenheim Palace Food Festival and practise running a stall with the support of the project coordinator. Volunteers will spend 3.5 hours on the stall on either the 25th, 26th or 27th May and can spend the rest of the day enjoying the festival. This hugely popular event will be packed with engaging talks and demonstrations from celebrity and local chefs, including Raymond Blanc OBE (Mon 27th), Jean-Christophe Novelli (Sun 26th) and Celebrity MasterChef Champion, Angellica Bell (Sat 25th).
Optional follow-up training sessions include public engagement, advanced home composting and cooking with food surplus.
Expenses: Volunteers will be fully reimbursed for travel to and from training and volunteering activities, and can claim up to £7.50 for subsistence when volunteering 3 hours or more.
Volunteer Eat & Greet: All new volunteers will be invited to our spring social on the evening of May 30th in Oxford. A vegetarian and vegan buffet will be provided by local food business, Waste 2 Taste, who transform food surplus into tasty meals!
Why volunteer with us?
As a Replenish volunteer, you will meet a host of like-minded individuals and become part of an Oxfordshire-wide network of volunteers who are fighting food waste. As well as organising regular volunteer socials, we will support your personal and professional growth by offering you ongoing training and volunteering opportunities centred around your interests. Several of our volunteers are helping to run cookery classes promoting healthy eating, and others are setting up ‘community fridges’ that save surplus food from supermarkets. If you have an idea or a project that you would like to develop, we can support you in making it happen.
How to apply:
Complete our short application form by midday on Friday 17th May 2019.
If you cannot make the above training sessions but would still like to volunteer, please contact the Project Coordinator: email@example.com
Replenish is funded by Oxfordshire County Council. For more information about the project, click here.