VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Happy Volunteer's Week

As it is Volunteer's Week, we'd like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who already volunteer their time to help local organisations. We think you're amazing! Volunteering can be a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience, but more importantly it makes such a difference to the organisations, the services they provide and their clients. So thank you!

Volunteers Week runs from June 1 to 12
Volunteers Week runs from June 1 to 12

See some of the ways that you can get involved below.

Shop trolley volunteer (Arundel) – Sussex Community NHS Trust

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Sussex Community NHS Trust are the specialist provider of community health and care services to the people of West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area

They are looking for volunteers to take a small trolley around the wards at Arundel and District Community Hospital so patients can purchase small sundries.

This is a new service for the patients and they hope to set this up in the afternoons.

They are looking for good communicators who have empathy with the elderly and their needs, and are trustworthy and reliable. You need to be over 16 and have the ability to push a small trolley around the wards.


Volunteer mentor men’s project – Sussex Pathways

Sussex Pathways operates a mentoring support service to offenders being released back into the community, primarily from HMP Lewes and HMP Ford Open but also extending to HMP Bronzefield and HMP Highdown.

Mentors engage with people who are soon to be released from prison, and the mentoring begins pre-release with weekly meetings, for about two months.

The mentor and mentee develop a resettlement plan for the mentee and then the mentoring continues for a further six months in the community.

The mentor role includes guiding the offenders to the relevant specialist services that they require to assist them in rebuilding their lives, acting as advocate when necessary, establishing clear lines of communication and referring to external agencies.


Town and village coordinators – Carers Support West Sussex

Carers Support helps carers from all communities across West Sussex by providing practical information and emotional support.

The town and village coordinators will coordinate community outreach and engagement initiatives.

They will work to increase presence in the community and will build relationships with individuals, community groups and other organisations in support of the work of carers support.

The outreach coordinator will directly contribute to increasing name awareness in the community and increasing community support for the organisation.


Drivers and trustees – Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport

The purpose of this charity is to provide transport to the local community by means of minibuses, a dial-a-ride service and a social car scheme.

It is there to provide easy affordable transport to people who are unable to use public transport.

They are looking for drivers to drive their own cars, the dial-a-ride car or their minibus. You must have a clean driving license and be flexible and outgoing.

They also need more trustees to help run the charity, to enable them to move forward due to an increase in bookings for the services.

No particular skills are required for this role but someone who has good ideas in fundraising would be a help.

• 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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