Charity number 1100051

We believe that no good food should go to waste When we saw the problem of UK hunger we found a solution. It’s simple really. We redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals. We are a community. We get things done. We change lives.

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Scottish Affairs Lead

  • Part time
  • £34,000 – £36,000 pro-rata
  • Field based (but remote working under current guidelines)
  • Closing 20th January 2021

About FareShare

FareShare now operates 22 Regional Centres around the UK. The majority of these are run by local charitable organisations we call our Delivery Partners. This enables us to be a UK-wide organisation yet also think and behave with local concerns at the heart of our actions. We support 10,943 local charities and groups – our Community Food Members. Over the past year over 20,000 tonnes of food were redistributed by FareShare Regional Centres nationwide, feeding 975,000 people every week. We operate across 1,900 towns, cities and villages and we save UK charities and redistribute enough food for 46.5 million meals.

FareShare Scotland comprises of 4 Regional centres; in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. They serve over 800 community organisations and cover all 32 Scottish Local Authority areas. We are a key delivery partner in achieving Social Justice goals of reducing household food insecurity and child poverty in Scotland and eliminating the need for emergency food aid. We play a key role in supporting government EU Exit and COVID responses and have membership of relevant policy circles as part of the Social Renewal Programme. We support Scotland’s wider Good Food Nation ambitions and our key policy priorities include helping to achieve Scotland’s Food waste reduction targets and playing an active role in the circular economy.

Hunger is a growing issue in the UK and there is a great deal of nutritious surplus food going to waste. While surplus food can be an important source of food aid in times of crisis, in Scotland we endeavour to use surplus food for wider social good; to support community development, supporting front line organisations tackling the causes and effects of food insecurity and helping to build resilient communities. More information can be found on our website fareshare.org.uk.

FareShare’s nationwide network of regional centres

FareShare Scotland is delivered by a partnership of 4 major Scottish charities; Cyrenians, Move On, Transform CD and , running the 4 Regional centres with compliment of paid staff and development managers. The Regional centres are supported by FareShare UK who provide leadership, support services and surplus food sourcing. Volunteers are the life blood of FareShare, ensuring the food received from the UK’s food industry, makes its way to the charities and community groups we support. We aspire to grow our number of volunteers to help us deliver our mission and that of our member charities and community groups, whilst helping to ensure the ongoing sustainability of FareShare Scotland’s Regional Centres.

Main purpose of this role

The Scottish Affairs lead is responsible for Government relations, policy and strategic development for FareShare Scotland and the management of Scottish corporate affairs and communications. The role works closely with the Scottish Network Development Manager and FareShare’s delivery partners’ Heads of Service to develop and deliver on policy priorities in Scotland.

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