VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Do you want to find out more about volunteering?

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area

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Would you like to come along to a free workshop to find out what being a volunteer means, what might be expected of you, what your rights and responsibilities would be, and what sort of opportunities are available near you? Our next workshop is in Littlehampton on Tuesday, May 24 – book your space now! Contact us at volunteernow@vaac.org.uk or 01243 864220.

Here are some of the opportunities that you could find out about.

The Look and Sea Centre is looking for volunteer guides W18300H13

The Look and Sea Centre is looking for volunteer guides W18300H13

Community fundraising champion – Wadars

Wadars works towards the rescue and rehabilitations of wildlife, and the rescue and re-homing of domestic animals; every year they re-home more than 500 cats, dogs and other companion animals, and rescue and release more than 2,000 wild creatures back to their natural environment.

As a fundraising champion you will work mainly in your own community and will have the huge satisfact ion of organising events and co-ordinating other volunteers with the full support of the fundraising co-ordinator and other champions.

It is also a great opportunity to get out and about and meet lots of people; you will be able to chat to them and raise awareness of what Wadars do and you can go home knowing that you have made a real difference.

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Assistant private rented sector access worker – Worthing Churches Homeless Projects

Worthing Churches Homeless Project provides a range of services for adults who are homeless and insecurely housed.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to develop their knowledge of the private rented sector, current homelessness issues and to gain administration skills.

No previous experience is necessary, although the role will ideally suit somebody looking to go into housing charity work or further their housing knowledge and experience.

The applicant needs to be willing to learn, be non-judgemental and be able to work in a sensitive and confidential manner.

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Volunteer guide – Look and Sea Centre

Look and Sea aims to provide a first class experience for visitors to and residents of Littlehampton, capitalising on its unique position on the bend of the River Arun.

They are looking for adults of any age who are interested in assisting with school visits and children’s holiday workshops or acting as a guide for the Littlehampton Experience Heritage Exhibition.

Volunteers may offer as little or as much help as they wish and this can vary from time to time according to their personal wishes.

If local history and helping people interests you, then volunteering at the Look and Sea Centre would be an ideal choice.

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Reading buddies – Arundel C of E School

Arundel C of E School would greatly appreciate help from adults from the local community, able to come into school and help children with reading.

Adult volunteer ‘reading buddies’ will be paired with children at the school, and work with them to help develop their reading.

The children read aloud and their reading buddy can help them relate to new words or concepts, instilling a love of books which it is hoped will stay with the children throughout their lives.

Time commitment to carry out this valuable task can be negotiable.

• For more information on any of the above roles, please call Volunteer Now! on 01243 864220, or visit www.do-it.org. For bite-sized volunteering of ten days or less please visit skillshare-westsussex.org.uk

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