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

Young Carers transport volunteers
Young Carers transport volunteers

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area.

Cafe assistant – Angmering Community Centre Association

Could you help to serve teas and coffees on a Wednesday morning at the Angmering Community Centre café?

You will need to be able to carry drinks to tables, handle cash, and wash up and clear the kitchen before leaving.

You will be needed for approximately three hours each Wednesday morning.

There are also other volunteering opportunities available at the centre if you would like to help more.


Office administrator – Crossroads Care South Central

There are six million carers in Britain who care for others.

Many reach a turning point, a crossroads, at which they feel they need help with caring, a sympathetic ear or some time to themselves. This is what Crossroads does.

They are looking for a volunteer to input data from report forms and survey responses onto their system.

This is something that can be done in a couple of hours once or twice a week, but they would consider other options.

They need someone who has at least a basic knowledge of computers and who would be comfortable with inputting data.

The vacancy is in their office at Climping, and they will pay travel expenses, either fuel or bus fares, but would prefer volunteers to be travelling no more than ten miles.


Fundraiser – Guide Dogs

The charity provides guide dogs and rehabilitation services for blind and partially sighted people, to enable them to make the best use of their mobility.

This role can be as exciting as you want to make it.

Primarily you will be assisting the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs.

If you are particularly enthusiastic and want to organise your own ‘stand-alone’ or ‘challenge’ events to raise money, we are happy to help support this.

The role may involve: street collections on ‘flag’ days, helping on information and merchandise stalls at local events such as fetes, taking collection boxes or envelopes to local businesses, as well as the opportunity to organise your own one-off challenge events to promote Guide Dogs and raise funds.

You must have enthusiasm and good communication skills, be willing to work as part of a varied team, and willing to talk to the public about the work Guide Dogs.

Any previous experience of fundraising or new ideas is always welcome.


Volunteer buddy – West Sussex Learning Links

Learning Links is a charity based in West Sussex that supports adults with a learning disability to access local community learning, leisure or social activities, visits to the cinema or theatre; to attend group outings or activities, including ten-pin bowling, skittles, information evenings, meals out and visits to places of interest.

Volunteer buddies are needed who can support a Learning Link’s student and they can choose the type of volunteering they would like to undertake.

It takes a few hours a week and can be a really rewarding experience – learning new skills, making new friends and enabling someone to enjoy something new.

You will be matched up very carefully to make sure you and your student get the most out of your chosen activity.

• 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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