Move On FareShare Employability Project (MOFVEP)
Move On receives funding from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver our FareShare Volunteering Employability Project (MOFVEP). This helps highly vulnerable young people from Glasgow to make the difficult transition from the care system or homelessness to a stable, adult life.
Our unique programme provides intensive personal support and extensive, well-structured voluntary work experience in a live warehouse environment, offering positive outcomes for 200 vulnerable young people over a five year period.
Establishing good work habits, building self-esteem and self-confidence, providing additional support and advice, MOFVEP assists participants to sustain appropriate accommodation, accredited training and invaluable employability experience.
Participants volunteer with FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland, redistributing food to disadvantaged groups through our Community Food Members, and learning key transferable skills in an expanding sector of the economy. They experience first-hand the value of community self-help and further benefit from the input of the partners involved in the project including statutory and voluntary agencies as well as representatives of major commercial food retailers.
Our approach is characterised by defining a clear series of stepping stones which enable young people to make the transition to employability. At the front end this can begin with a focus on basic – but vital – attitudinal issues and extends to consolidated support to ensure the sustainability of outcomes.
Our staged approach covers the steps below:
- Motivational and personal planning
- Personal and social development
- Education and soft training
- Pre-vocational and formal training
- Employment access
- Consolidation and sustainment
Work Experience and Training
All MOFVEP volunteers contribute to the Fareshare Glasgow and the West of Scotland distribution model, gaining hands-on experience for up to 20 hours per week over a period of up to nine months. This real working environment proved a popular draw for young people we consulted, as they felt it would help prepare them for a job.
As well as the above, training volunteers also receive accreditations, including:
- SQA accredited training/qualifications
- Food and hygiene training
- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)
- Health and safety training
- They also have the opportunity to receive forklift licence training after a period of commitment.
The majority of opportunities are in the warehousing and distribution of food – receiving deliveries, shelving stock, maintaining inventories and sorting orders – with a smaller number of volunteers being offered opportunities to gain work experience within the administrative side of the project.
Some community food members visit the warehouse to pick up deliveries so volunteers experience dealing with “customers”, preparing orders and appropriate paperwork. Visits to the various CFMs to make deliveries also feature strongly, reinforcing the ethos of the work and allowing participants to experience the positive end results of their contributions.
It is this exposure to a real working environment, achieving considerable community benefit, which we believe motivates the MOFVEP volunteers and add considerable value to the volunteering opportunity.
For more information, contact Shug in our Glasgow office, 0141 221 2272, firstname.lastname@example.org