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In the UK, we throw away £20 billion of food every year, and almost 70% of this wastage happens at home.

As an Ambassador with Replenish, you will be at the forefront of our mission to reduce household food waste. You will help run stalls at public events to provide people with practical skills for saving food and 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!

Tasks & time commitment:

You will work alongside a fellow ambassador to run 3-4 stalls between June-September (3-5 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.

Training and support: 

All volunteers will complete our Food Waste Foundation Training, which 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.

Optional follow-up training sessions include public engagement, advanced home composting and cooking with food surplus.

Buddy system: All new volunteers will be paired up with a more experienced volunteer during their first few events, and as far as possible volunteers always attend events in pairs.

Person specification:

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!

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 and the project coordinator will be in touch.

Replenish is funded by Oxfordshire County Council. For more information about the project, click here.