VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Spread some spring sunshine

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

You could spread some happiness this spring by volunteering some of your time to help other people; make their days easier and help them to enjoy the things they want to do.

Here are just some of the ways you could do that – find even more at www.do-it.org.

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Readers – Sussex Coast Talking News

Come along and meet a lovely set of people at this very worthwhile volunteering opportunity. Sussex Coast Talking News was formed in 1975 and is wholly run and supported by volunteers.

They produce fortnightly recordings of local news, taken with permission from local newspapers.

As well as the news they also produce a talking magazine put together by very talented and passionate volunteers.

Initially, any new reader would be put on a reserve list and can then read as often as they like when it is convenient for them.

Readers are also asked to compile one audio magazine a year about one or more subjects which interest them and hopefully which would interest their blind listeners.

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Social club volunteer – Rustington Platinum Social Club

Rustington Platinum is an over-60s club which aims to offer programmes devoted to physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the older adults in the community.

The club provides weekly fitness and social activities to widen social contact with people of the same generation by offering and involving the group in physical activities within their capacity.

At the moment, the social part of the club meets once a week on Thursday for four hours for Scrabble, card and board games, knitting, crochet, or just a chat.

The role will involve: helping to set up at the start and tidy up at the end of the session, preparing and serving drinks and refreshments, and cleaning the cups and plates.

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Residents’ social activity/wellbeing – Green Willow Care Home

Green Willow Care Home is a residential care home for the elderly and they are looking for someone to improve the social wellbeing of their residents.

Activities include chatting, reading (newspaper/book), sharing hobbies and craft activities and gathering information about residents’ social histories.

A great opportunity for a volunteer to gain work or educational experience or for a semi-retired person to remain active in the community.

You can volunteer for as few or as many hours as you would like.

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Driver/helper – Littlehampton Social Club for the Blind & Partially Sighted (Affiliated to 4 Sight)

The Littlehampton Social Club for the Blind & Partially Sighted aims to bring blind and partially sighted people together for a social afternoon to stop them feeling isolated at home.

Activities include bingo, quizzes, talks, outings, singing and games.

General helpers/car drivers are needed to collect one or two members and bring them to the club and return them home.

Drivers are requested to use their own vehicle but mileage allowance will be paid.

If you have a clean driving licence and the ability to get on with people (patient with a good sense of humour and willingness to help people) they would love to hear from you.

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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