Guild Care is looking for volunteer drivers and charity shop assistants

Since our charity was founded in 1933 by a team of dedicated volunteers, Guild Care has always benefited from members of the community kindly giving their time.

Our charity’s mission is to deliver innovative and life-changing care services which help older people, children and adults with learning disabilities, and those living with dementia and their carers to share and enjoy a richer family and community life. To achieve this, we require the assistance of people in our community.

Although the pandemic has meant that volunteers have had to change the way they give their time, it has been heart-warming for charities across the country to see that people’s passion to make a difference has not been diminished.

The willingness and genuine compassion to help others over the last year has been humbling. Volunteering groups were created overnight and hundreds of thousands signed up to support those staying at home with vital supplies and caring smiles.

Alex Brooks-Johnson, chief executive of Guild Care

With things slowly returning to ‘normal’, the way that our community can give their time will also become more familiar. Volunteers can provide an invaluable contribution in helping us continue to run our community services. We recognise and greatly appreciate the skills, experience and enthusiasm that they bring. Every single one of our volunteers helps to make a big difference to the people we work with.

If you have a couple of hours or a bunch of days free to help, our volunteering team would love to hear from you and can advise you on how best you can get involved. Volunteers decide how much time they give and what days best suit them. For most positions, no previous experience is necessary – just a willingness to learn and a desire to help other people.

We have a variety of different volunteer opportunities across our services to suit a variety of interests, skills, and experience levels. From gardeners to maintenance support, befrienders to activities assistants, there is sure to be a role fit just for you.

We are currently looking for people to fill two volunteer roles in particular – drivers and charity shop assistants.

We need volunteer drivers to take our minibuses in and around Worthing. They pick up people who use our services and take them to and from our centres and care homes.

Our volunteer drivers are provided with full training and ongoing support. You do not need to have experience of driving a minibus but you should be a confident driver. Due to the terms of our insurance, our volunteer drivers need to be aged between 22 and 70, have held their driving licence for at least two years, and have a D1 category on their licence.

Having our charity shops closed during the lockdowns of the last year has been difficult for Guild Care They are our community face and raise vital funds to ensure that we can continue providing our community services.

There is good news, though. Since reopening on Monday, April 12, with social distancing measures in place, our shops have seen record-breaking amounts of donations and sales made. To help with these booming times, our 11 shops across Worthing and Littlehampton are in need of further assistants to sort donations and serve customers.

Again, I would like to reiterate that we would appreciate any help that you can give. Never think that you do not have enough experience. Every single one of our volunteers helps to make a big difference to the people we work with.

To find out more about volunteering at Guild Care, please visit our website www.guildcare.org/volunteer