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Get the summer volunteering vibe!

 
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Get the summer volunteering vibe!

Last few places available

Throughout the summer, Sodexo employees have been making their #MyStopHungerPledge to volunteer with charitable causes that tackle hunger and malnutrition. It’s been a really successful campaign so far and there are still a few weeks left and some places to fill before the end of August. See all the dates and locations.

Remember – Sodexo’s volunteering policy gives all employees the chance to take up to three days’ paid leave to volunteer with charities or organisations aligned to Stop Hunger’s goals. You can really help make a difference.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read the experience of Jennifer Shaw from Service Operations, who recently spent three days with Community Food Initiatives North East in Aberdeen.

My three days of volunteering this year were spent with CFINE in Aberdeen. This was an invaluable experience that I will remember indefinitely.

Each day was varied with lots of different tasks. These included working in the food bank, distributing food parcels, making up meal bags and stock rotation in the warehouse – there is a job for anyone! The staff and other volunteers were so grateful for the extra help that if there was anything that I was not comfortable doing, they would have been more than happy to give me a different task.

Over my three days I got a break from the office over the summer and had the opportunity to support an amazing cause in my local community. You don’t have to commit to a full day, you could even do half a day if that is all that is needed. CFINE were just grateful for the assistance as they rely primarily on volunteers to help continue their hard work.

I signed up to volunteer with a local organisation, seeking out a charity that supports Stop Hunger’s aims. Stop Hunger already helps by offering some amazing opportunities with Fareshare and the Trussell Trust. I regularly volunteer with various charities and organisations, and Sodexo has supported this by giving me the time off work to help. You can volunteer with any charity or organisation that supports Stop Hunger’s aims.

Sign up as a team or as an individual (like I did). There were always other volunteers to talk to. The people coming in to use the service are equally as chatty and appreciative.

In my experience, volunteering helps to develop new skills and builds on existing experience and knowledge – it is something I will definitely be putting on my CV! Volunteering is also known to help improve self-confidence, provide a sense of purpose and counteract the effects of stress, anger and anxiety – things we can all benefit from.

On a personal note, I gained a valuable insight into the charitable sector, made new friends and generally had a very humbling experience. I cannot wait to get involved again in my spare time!”

Jennifer Shaw

Need help?

If you have any questions or can’t find an organised opportunity near you, please contact StopHunger.UKandIE@sodexo.com. We are happy to help!

More information on Sodexo volunteering can be found on Sodexo_Net or Your Sodexo.

 

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