VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Spring has sprung – make the most of it and volunteer outside

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area
There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area

Spring is officially here and with warmer weather on its way (so the weatherman keeps promising us), why not make the most of it and find a way to put your time to good use out in the fresh air.

There are lots of outdoor volunteer roles available, and you could be helping other people to enjoy their surroundings too, whether it’s sprucing up the local facilities or helping people to get up close to nature.

Here are some of the opportunities that are available:

Gardener – East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School is a two-form infant school and the children range from 4 to 7 years of age.

A volunteer gardener is required for general gardening within the school grounds.

If you have a warm personality, good sense of humour, are able to talk to small children and have a good understanding of the ethos of the school; as well as good knowledge of gardening and an ability to perform light to medium out-door tasks, this might be the ideal role for you.

You must be over 18 for this role and a DBS check will be required.

Seasonal assistant groundsperson – Littlehampton Sportsfield Trust

The Littlehampton Sportsfield will create, develop, coordinate and promote opportunities for all the community to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation leading to an improved quality of life, health, social and emotional wellbeing.

A volunteer is required to provide assistance to the groundsman with various duties including pitch rolling, grass cutting, strimming, hedge trimming and other seasonal work.

Whilst driving a tractor or triple mowers on site will be a requirement, training will be given and there will be no driving on public highways.

Driver/helper – Littlehampton Social Club for the Blind & Partially Sighted

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’d love to hear from you.

Country centre support volunteer – Ferring Country Centre

Ferring Country Centre (FCC) are looking for volunteers to support clients and customers with learning and physical disabilities, as well as to help with the running of the centre itself.

Departments where volunteers can help include: riding therapy unit, cafe, small animal farm, administration and fundraising.

FCC recognises the value provided by volunteers and aims to ensure their work is enjoyable and rewarding; volunteers can make a significant contribution to the work of the centre.

Volunteers do not need specific experience in social care, but must be committed to FCC’s customer group and help with their development and work-based training.

• 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 skillshare-westsussex.org.uk

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