VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Lend a hand and make a difference

For more about Volunteer Now! on their website - www.do-it.org
For more about Volunteer Now! on their website - www.do-it.org

Every day charities and organisations make a difference to your local community; the services they provide could be a lifeline to the people around you.

But they need help, and that’s where you come in! Find a volunteer role below or at www.do-it.org.

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Community fundraising champion – Wadars

Wadars works towards the rescue and rehabilitations of wildlife, and the rescue and re-homing of domestic animals.

Every year the charity re-homes more than 500 cats, dogs and other companion animals, and rescues and releases more than 2,000 wild creatures back to their natural environment.

As a fundraising champion you will work mainly in your own community and will have the huge satisfaction of organising events and co-ordinating other volunteers with the full support of the fundraising co-ordinator and other champions.

It is also a great opportunity to get out and about and meet lots of people.

You will be able to chat to them and raise awareness of what Wadars does and you can go home knowing that you have made a real difference.

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Community companion – St Barnabas House hospice

St Barnabas House community companions are volunteers who provide social and practical support to patients and their carers.

They offer befriending, sitting or practical support to patients and carers in their own homes to encourage and support independent living which in turn leads to increased wellbeing.

St Barnabas House will provide you with full training covering the principles of palliative care, moving and handling, lone worker training, supervision, boundaries, data protection, confidentiality and safeguarding.

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Event organiser – The West Sussex Mediation Service

The West Sussex Mediation Service mediates for neighbours or families in dispute – i.e. noisy or inconsiderate neighbours, boundary/hedge disputes, problems with parking, ball games, pets, rubbish and disagreements over shared driveways.

There is a need to develop new funding streams that will include fundraising through events.

Examples might be encouraging fundraising participants in fun runs, marathons and sporting challenges, and arranging social events such as balls, car boot sales, fun days, charity auctions or smaller low key events such as fetes.

Experience is not required, but would be an advantage.

All that is needed is enthusiasm and energy; there will be full support from staff and trustees.

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Admin support – Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex Community NHS Trust is the specialist provider of community health and care services to the people of West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Every day its expert teams provide medical, nursing and therapeutic care to more than 8,000 people.

The trust is looking for someone to help the podiatry team at Littlehampton Health Centre with some admin support.

This will include: filing, photocopying, folder preparation, filing patient notes away and pulling files for booked clinics.

You will be a good communicator who is organised and reliable, ideally with some admin experience.

For more information on the above roles, or to find out what other opportunities are available, please visit www.do-it.org, call Volunteer Now! on 01243 864220 or email: volunteernow@vaac.org.uk

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