VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Get involved in your local area during Volunteers’ Week

Happy Volunteers’ Week! We’d like to thank all the volunteers that work with us and our local organisations, without you a lot of the amazing work that is done wouldn’t happen. Thank you! Here are just some of the exciting opportunities that are available for you to get involved with.

Arun and Chichester Citizen’s Advice Bureau offers free, confidential information and advice on: debt, housing, welfare benefits, employment, consumer problems, family issues, legal issues and many other areas.

They are looking for an admin worker/receptionist who would like to volunteer in a busy office.

You must be flexible and willing to work as part of a team, and must also have a commitment to the aims and principles of the CAB service.

Tasks will include typing, using the photocopier, filing, helping with reception, dealing with the post, keeping records up-to-date, making appointments for clients, using the computer and answering the phone.

Are you IT literate, organised and able to spare approximately seven hours a week? This could be the opportunity for you.

Worthing Churches Homeless Project provides a range of services for adults who are homeless and insecurely housed; including a day centre providing crisis support, accommodation projects, a breakfast club, an outreach café, homelessness prevention, resettlement and various activities that empower individuals in their recovery journey out of homelessness.

They are looking for volunteers to help greet breakfast club clients as they arrive, take orders and pass them to kitchen volunteers.

There may be some cash handling, and volunteers will need to be available one weekday morning per week, between the hours of 8am and 10.30am.

St Bridget’s is a residential home for adults with a physical disability.

An important part of the service is having volunteers assisting disabled people in their everyday life; to join in activities and go out to shops and social events.

At St Bridget’s they aim to support all of the residents to be independent and get the most out of life – both in the home and local community.

Volunteers are needed to assist in various activities to help achieve this aim.

For example, could you support one of the residents to go to a Worthing Thunder basketball game?

Or perhaps you’d like to take residents swimming or assist them in cooking a simple meal?

Or maybe you’d just like to act as a chaperone when residents go out on social outings?

There’s lots of ways to become involved, so please get in touch to find out more.

Healthwatch West Sussex is the local watchdog for health and social care services in the county and therefore seeks out and represents the views of people who use those services.

They need volunteers to listen to individual experiences of healthcare and collate evidence to help improve service provision.

They are also looking for volunteers to visit hospitals, care homes and GP practices to assess the quality of services provided.

No qualifications are required for either of these roles, just a desire to see an improvement in quality of health and social care services.

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/