VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Don’t put it off – get involved in the community and Volunteer Now!

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Local charities and organisations are crying out for more volunteers to help them provide much-needed services.

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, why not stop thinking and start doing!

Volunteer Now! is on hand to help you find the perfect role.

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Community companion – St Barnabas House hospice

St Barnabas House community companions are volunteers who provide social and practical support to patients and their carers.

They offer befriending, sitting or practical support to patients and carers in their own homes to encourage and support independent living which in turn leads to increased wellbeing.

St Barnabas House will provide you with full training covering the principles of palliative care, moving and handling, lone worker training, supervision, boundaries, data protection, confidentiality and safeguarding.

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Volunteer recovery coach, family coach and community coach – Emerging Futures CIC

Emerging Futures CIC believes that everyone has the potential to grow, learn and achieve the best they can in everything they do.

They are looking for volunteers to work in the community supporting people in recovery from addiction; working towards building a recovery community across West Sussex.

Role requirements are as follows: recovery coach – in their own sustained recovery for six months or more; family coach – have experience of family member addiction,; community coach – want to make a difference in their community.

You must be over 18 for this role and a DBS check will be required.

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Information and advice caseworker – Age UK West Sussex

Age UK West Sussex Information and Advice (I&A) service provides information and advice to older people on matters such as welfare benefits, health and social care, housing and local services.

Volunteers deal with a wide range of enquiry areas, including benefits and debt, employment, housing, community care, family and personal matters, and consumer problems.

In this volunteering role, you will be helping the I&A service to support older people to access welfare benefits, deal with money issues – such as debt and bills, access health and social care services, improved housing, and other related issues – by providing timely support, following up with their enquiries, and taking action.

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Introduction to Volunteering workshop – Volunteer Now!

Come along to our Introduction to Volunteering workshop on Tuesday (November 15) from 10am to 11.30am at Dove Lodge, Littlehampton, to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

You will have the chance to find out a bit more about what volunteering entails, what might be expected of you, and have a chat with some of the local organisations that are looking for volunteers.

For more information contact us on 01243 864220 or email: volunteernow@vaac.org.uk

• 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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