Updating our volunteer roles at Olio
From April 2023 onwards, we’re making some important changes to our volunteering roles. We’re removing a couple of our existing positions, and have explained why below.
Why we’ve decided to retire our Squad Starter role
Why we’re retiring our Home Hero, Digital Ambassador, and Community Hero roles
I still want to do my bit to support Olio. When can I sign up for the new Ambassador role?
As soon as Olio’s new website goes live, you can sign up for our brand new Ambassador role. This will be at the start of April.
I have a business I'd like to refer to Olio. What should I do?
If I can't refer a local business to Olio's Food Waste Heroes Programme, can I organise collections from there myself?
Whilst Olio is stepping back from signing up smaller, single-site businesses, we understand that some members of our community will still want to help fight food waste at businesses in their local area.
If you do want to organise independent collections at a business near you, we would recommend that you register as an Olio Food Waste Hero if you haven't already.
It's important that you complete our core induction models to learn basic food safety guidelines. We also strongly recommend that you register with your local council as a food business as you will be legally responsible for the safety of the food you redistribute. In the UK, you can register for free here (it takes only 10 mins).
I’m currently collecting from a small business set up by a Squad Starter, what’s happening with the collection slots?
These collections from smaller, single site businesses will continue as normal for now. We’ll be reviewing all the sites that have been set up by Squad Starters on a store-by-store basis over the next few weeks. Any next steps will be communicated to the relevant FWH collecting from those sites.
We’re doing our best to find the right solution that will work for FWHs, food businesses and the Olio team. We appreciate there’s a lot of time and effort that has gone into these collections and we want to strike the right balance of saving as much food as possible whilst ensuring food safety compliance and not oversubscribing our small team in supporting these sites.