VOLUNTEERS: Become a lifeline to selfless young carers

Julie is one of the volunteers helping to shuttle scores of kind-hearted young carers to social events as part of the West Sussex Young Carers Service SUS-150327-140419001
Julie is one of the volunteers helping to shuttle scores of kind-hearted young carers to social events as part of the West Sussex Young Carers Service SUS-150327-140419001
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VOLUNTEERS like Julie, pictured above, are needed to give dedicated young carers the chance to enjoy their childhood away from the stresses of home.

West Sussex Young Carers Service is appealing for more drivers to support youngsters in the Littlehampton area.

Many of the children tend to disabled or ill family members and often don’t get much time away from their duties.

However, volunteers with the young carers service can help by offering a transport lifeline.

The role sees them providing a door-to-door service for the carers who may otherwise not be able to get out to social groups.

For more information on any of the roles featured this week, please call Volunteer Now! on 01243 864220, or email: volunteernow@vaac.org.uk or visit www.vaac.org.uk

Other roles available this week include:-

n Drivers are needed to transport patients of an East Preston surgery to appointments and hospital clinics.

Patient Link is searching for more people to support its service at the Willow Green Surgery, in Station Road.

Volunteers are rarely called upon more than once a week and can claim a mileage allowance plus any other direct expenses. Applicants must be over 18 and hold a clean driving license.

n A Wick charity is seeking a new team member to lend a helping hand at its evening youth group.

Project 82, in Wick Street, runs an information ‘shop’ for young people aged 13 to 25, offering a range of advice, mentoring and support services.

The role would see volunteers helping to provide key life skills to youngsters and running the evening sessions, alongside trained youth workers.

Applicants are encouraged to work a minimum of two hours, one evening a week.

n People are needed to help prisoners understand the consequences of their wrong-doing.

Sussex Pathways operates a mentoring scheme for offenders due to be released back into the community after spending time in jail.

The programme operates at Ford Open Prison, as well as in jails in Lewes, Ashford and Banstead.

As part of the project, Sussex Pathways conducts a restorative justice scheme designed to get prisoners to realise how their actions have impacted others.

The organisers are now appealing for a restorative justice ‘facilitator’ to conduct face-to-face events between victims and offenders. Good communication skills are needed and ability to commit to four to six hours a week.