FareChance can support you to find your place in the world – at work, and in the rest of your life.

This free six-to-twelve-week programme helps young volunteers in Bristol get valuable work experience and training, gain new skills, and build their confidence in order to find meaningful work.

As a young volunteer with FareChance, you’ll get direct hands-on work experience in logistics, project management, and professionalism. You’ll develop skills that are transferrable to industries including hospitality, logistics and events, while receiving personalised career mentoring, and qualifications.

At FareChance we’re led by you: what you’re passionate about, and what you want your life to look like.

During the programme, you could develop and use skills in:

  • Project management
  • Logistics and warehouse management
  • Event planning and coordination
  • Marketing, communications and fundraising
  • Photography and art
  • Professionalism and team working
  • Being independent

But you’re an individual, and your FareChance experience will be what works for you.

Register your interest in FareChance now, and we’ll contact you.

James came across the FareChance opportunity at his local job centre when his confidence was at an all-time low.

As soon as he arrived in the warehouse, he knew it was the right place to be. It was friendly and warm, and there was plenty to keep busy with.

James’ favourite moments were being in the van, assisting on deliveries and meeting all kinds of people: volunteers in other warehouses, food partners, and the people who receive food. He liked seeing how the work he was doing was benefiting other people. All that hard work was rewarding.

Being around so many different people and learning new things every day helped build James’s confidence. He’s now excelling in a busy customer-facing role, confidently chatting to and serving customers.

Welcome to Vale Lane

Vale Lane isn’t a classroom where you’re taught how to write a CV.

It’s a working warehouse with a mission: to support our local community by redistributing good-to-eat surplus food, and by supporting people like you to get a fresh start.

Vale Lane is on a journey to becoming co-designed and co-led by young people. Come back soon to find out more.

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What to expect

Farechance currently runs from the FareShare South West Vale Lane warehouse, in Bedminster (BS3).

Start dates are flexible and trainees are welcome to join at any time.

Trainees spend two days a week as part of the warehouse team, gaining practical, useful work experience including warehouse management, stock rotation and dispatch/delivery processes.

You’ll get accredited qualifications in Food Hygiene and Health & Safety, and support the operations team to manage and deliver good-quality, surplus food to charities, schools and food banks across Bristol and beyond.

As well as spending time in the warehouse and out on the vans, we’ll help you set goals, write a top notch CV and gain crucial communication skills. You’ll take part in practice interviews and get support and signposting for next steps. After the team get to know you, we’ll talk about possible internships to maximise your potential and support you to develop more skills for the future you want.

No previous experience or skills are required: just a willingness to turn up and get involved.

If you’re aged 18 – 25 and looking for meaningful work experience, we want to hear from you! Register your interest by filling out the form below or email farechance@faresharesouthwest.org.uk.

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The food waste hierarchy calls for food to feed people first

Food companies are legally obliged to use food to feed people before sending to anaerobic digestion or for animal feed. We help them do that.

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