VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Plenty of opportunities to get involved across the area

Citizen advocate (Arun area) – Impact Initiatives

A citizen advocate is someone that will develop a longer term partnership with a person with a learning disability and speaking up for them.

This is a partnership between two people. The person with a learning disability is called the advocacy partner.

An advocacy partner is someone at risk of having choices, wishes and decisions ignored, and who needs help in making them known and making sure they are responded to.

A citizen advocate is a person who volunteers to speak up for and support an advocacy partner.

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Chairperson – Ferring Fun Time Pre-School

Ferring Future Community Pre-School is about giving children opportunities to access good quality play experiences indoors and outdoors, through the seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Ferring Fun Time Pre-School is looking for a chairperson.

Working as part of a pre-school committee is all about opportunity, for the pre-school and for yourself, meeting new people and sharing your skills and ideas with others.

It is about giving something to a worthwhile community of children and families and early years practitioners.

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Fire and emergency support volunteer (Littlehampton) – The British Red Cross

The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency Support Service (FESS) is an exciting, rapid, response service.

Working in partnership with the Fire Service, we provide practical help and emotional support to people affected by fires and other emergency incidents.

As a FESS volunteer, working as part of a team, you’ll provide much-needed help to people who have suddenly found themselves homeless, or in need of support, following a fire or similar incident.

Equipped with a specially prepared vehicle, you’ll support people in crisis by providing practical help and emotional support.

In addition, you could be providing support to the emergency services as part of the BRC response to an incident.

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Planning worker, West Sussex (Arun area) – Council for the Protection of Rural England

The Council for the Protection of Rural England promote for the benefit of the public, the improvement, protection and conservation of the countryside of Sussex and its towns and villages, and the environmentally better development of the same.

They establish and maintain District Committees throughout Sussex which will monitor planning applications and comment on local plan reviews.

They also deal with strategic planning matters including the County Structure plans, waste plans, coastal and flood defence and so on.

The main purpose of the planning worker volunteer role is to prevent inappropriate and damaging developments in the area.

The role will also include attending public inquiries in addition to written submissions.

The officer will also be part of a local working group which meets periodically to discuss problems and agree policy.

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 www.skillshare-westsussex.org.uk/

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