VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Get involved and make a difference in the community

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There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area.

Fundraising and events helpers in the community – Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability provides services in support of disabled people in the widest context: care at home, supported living, domiciliary support, day services, rehabilitation and respite care.

They are looking for volunteers to help raise funds and organise events.

Whatever level of responsibility you are looking for, whether it is fundraising locally or helping at events, they will find a post for you.

They welcome people to bring new ideas, their skills and experiences to enhance the team.

Volunteers will be trained and given full support from the volunteer co-ordinator, who you will be able to contact at most times of the day.

Travel and other expenses are paid.

It would be helpful if you have some experience but it is not essential.

You will need people skills, basic IT skills, organisational skills and must be reliable.

Lunch club assistant – Angmering Community Centre Association

Angmering Community Centre Association is in desperate need for more volunteers to help at their monthly lunch club.

Food is provided and prepared by Northbrook College so cooking is not required, but you will help to set up the dining area and serve the food.

This lunch club can only continue if they find more volunteers so if you can help please get in touch.

Transport volunteer – West Sussex Young Carers Family Resource Service

Young carers take on responsibility at home because someone in their family is disabled or has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to drugs or alcohol.

Lots of young people want to help and feel proud that they are lending a hand; but at the same time the impact of these responsibilities may cause difficulties at home, at school and elsewhere.

Using your own car, you will offer door-to-door transport for those young carers who would otherwise be unable to access groups and other activities.

The transport service offers freedom and independence to young people who may be socially and geographically isolated, to help build their self-esteem, self-confidence, and support networks.

The Young Carers Team provides training to enable volunteers to undertake this role.

Volunteer advocate – Impact Initiatives

Impact Initiatives is a Sussex charity that has been running for more than 35 years and who work with other charities, not-for-profit organisations and private and public funders to set up and manage projects and services that support local people of all ages.

Volunteer advocates provide support on a variety of issues, helping people with disabilities to understand their rights, make informed choices and have their views and wishes communicated to others.

You must have good communication and negotiation skills, be non-judgemental and respect confidentiality, have the ability to think creatively and develop tools for supporting communication with partners and an ability to cope with sometimes stressful situations.

• 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 http://skillshare-westsussex.org.uk/

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