VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Volunteer your time to help others enjoy theirs

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

Volunteering can be a great way of finding new hobbies and things to enjoy, but you can also use your time to help other people to enjoy doing the things that they love. By volunteering just a little of your time, you can support people who may otherwise be unable to do the things they’d like to, helping them to lead more enjoyable and fulfilling lives.

Let’s explore the local area – Leonard Cheshire Disability

Leonard Cheshire Disability provides services in support of disabled people in the widest context: care at home; supported living; domiciliary support; day services; rehabilitation and respite care.

One of the residents at their home in Rustington, St Bridget’s, would like to go out to the shops, the sea and to social events, but to achieve this they need some help. Could you do this?

An interest in rugby and most genres of popular music would be welcome. You will also need a good sense of humour, clear communication, be able to keep your composure and have the ability to work on your own initiative.

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Volunteer sessions worker – Arun Sunshine Group

Arun Sunshine Group aims to provide a regular break for carers by providing a safe and friendly befriending service and social programme for adults with a learning difficulty in their care.

The group aims to counter isolation, provide friendship, company and stimulation, whilst aiming to improve communication and social skills.

Activities include board games, jigsaws, arts and crafts, and trips out to local pubs.

As a volunteer sessions worker you will help to run this very worthwhile project under the supervision of the senior sessions worker.

No special skills are required; you just need to be loving, caring and enthusiastic.

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Juicing plant and orchard volunteers – HFT Sussex

The Sussex Orchards project in Walberton provides occupation and training for people with learning disabilities supported by HFT.

The orchard contains over 1,200 apple and pear trees and a small juicing factory that produces apple, pear and blended fruit juices.

They are looking for volunteers to support this project by helping in the Orchard and juicing plant.

Tasks might include: planting, cultivating, and harvesting fruit; weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; cleaning, grading, sorting, packing and loading harvested products; helping in the juicing room and bottling the juice.

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Readers – The Voice of Progress

The Voice of Progress 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 a talking magazine put together by their very talented and passionate volunteers.

Readers are required to compile one talking magazine a year which consists of a talk about one or more subjects which interest them and hopefully which would interest the listeners.

As a start, any reader accepted would be put on a reserve list and they can then read as many or as few times as they like when they are asked.

• 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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