VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Volunteer for a cause close to your heart

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If you care about something, for example animals, the environment or a particular group of people, why not volunteer some of your time to help?

Even a small amount of time from you can contribute to huge benefits to your chosen cause.

If none of these opportunities appeal to you, check out www.do-it.org to see what other organisations need help in your area.

Magazine compiler – The Voice of Progress

The Voice of Progress was formed in 1975 and is wholly run and supported by volunteers; they produce fortnightly recordings of local news, taken with permission from our local newspapers, and also a talking magazine.

They are looking for volunteers who would like to join the production team, producing a magazine for inclusion in the recordings.

The magazine runs to about 35 minutes and the packages are very varied and diverse.

The volunteers would be self-sufficient, preparing, producing and recording their magazines but there would always be a very friendly team who will help and support with the production.

PA support – 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.

Their home is Rustington, St Bridget’s, holds regular residents meetings to enable the people living at the home to discuss issues, future developments and put their views across.

The resident who chairs these meetings requires secretarial support to do so.

The volunteer will need to be reliable with good communication skills, patience, knowledge of agenda setting and minute taking, the ability to use IT and a sense of fun!

Volunteer crew – Active Sussex

One of the 45 county sports partnerships, Active Sussex’s main aim is to increase participation in sport and physical activity at a local level.

Sport can’t happen without volunteers and that’s why Active Sussex are proud to support community and county-wide events through their new volunteer initiative.

Recent insight from their annual survey has confirmed people in Sussex would like short-term volunteer opportunities, and Active Sussex are often inundated with requests from event organisers who need volunteers.

So with that in mind they’ve decided to recruit volunteers who would prefer a one off, event style opportunity to match these events; their only requirement is that each volunteer completes two events per year.

Shop worker (Littlehampton) – Scope West Sussex

Scope exists to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

They provide support, information and advice to more than a quarter of a million disabled people and their families every year.

Shop workers are required to carry out various duties such as: till work; sorting, hanging and steaming clothes; sorting bric-a-brac and window dressing.

No experience is needed as full training will be given, but you will need good team skills and a pleasant manner plus a good sense of humour.

Various days and hours are available to suit you.

• 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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