Charity Shops

Barnardo’s:  A wide and varied range of roles are on offer to help run the shop.  You may do stock preparation, merchandising, customer service on and off the till.  Full training will be given. Skills can you gain: teamwork, problem solving, creativity, communication skills, customer service. 16 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3LP,

T: 01323 749910.

Bookends Volunteer: For 14 to 16 year-olds who are doing the Duke of Edinburgh award or similar specified programme. Bookends sells ex-library books and merchandise associated with books and literature. Bookshop volunteers deputise for the volunteer manager during their absence. Tasks include, selling books, pricing books, cleaning and preparing books for sale, display and presentation of books, cash handling and managing, moving and handling items, welcoming and helping to train new volunteers. Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, BN21 4TL, T: 01323 463881

British Red Cross: Volunteers can work through three levels of volunteering and receive certificated training to help gain experience in retail work. Help with social media also needed. 20 Grove Road, BN21 4TR, T: 01323 412787

E: 15yrs +

Cancer Research UK: 16 year-olds.  Join the CRUK team in one of their fun and fashionable stores! The shops have many roles you can get involved with and volunteering here is a great way to get new skills, meet new people and help an amazing cause. 172 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3BB, T: 01323 739703.

Chestnut Tree House: 15 to 16 year-olds who are doing the Duke of Edinburgh award.  A wide and varied range of roles are on offer to help run the shop, including customer service, sorting and prepping donated stock, operating the till and visual merchandising. Full training will be given. 176-178 Terminus Road, BN21 3NX, T: 01323 729433. 

Samaritans: 14 to 16 year-olds resident in UK for 2 years or more. A traditional charity shop selling donated goods to raise funds for their listening centre in Eastbourne. Friendly, reliable and enthusiastic people required. Ideally, 3 or 4 hrs each week on a regular basis. 31 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TT, T: 01323 646624

E: Contact the Manager, Lindy Morton.

Community Support

East Sussex Children in Care Council Member:  The opportunity to meet and influence decision makers and act as an advocate for looked after children in East Sussex.  You will attend meetings, attend training, and take part in campaigning and fundraising. You will be able to develop the following skills for your CV: Problem solving - solving issues raised by Young People; Creativity - working creatively using technology and arts; Independence - travelling independently; Teamwork - working closely with other YP who may be different from you; Communication - acting as a good role model and speaking on behalf of others.  Archery Recreation Ground, Willoughby Crescent, Seaside Road, Eastbourne BN22 7RR. Contact: CICC, 3rd Floor, St Mark’s House, Upperton Road, Eastbourne, BN21 1EP.

St John’s Ambulance: 10 to 17 year-olds can register as a Cadet with St. John’s Ambulance. You will learn first aid skills and volunteer in your community by providing first aid cover at public events such as football matches and music festivals.  You will learn leaderships and public speaking skills by teaching first aid to other young people.  Find your nearest unit by emailing or call 0121 392 6500 (select option 2).

Environmental Conservation

South Downs National Trust Volunteers:  Young people with a love of the outdoors  who would like to make a difference to the environment. No experience of practical conservation work required. You will have the opportunity to take part in fence removal, coppicing, scrub management, path clearance and so much more. You will be able to add communication, resilience, teamwork and confidence to your CV.  Contact: South Downs National Trust Volunteers, ℅ The Clergy House, The Tye, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5TL, E:

National Organisations

National Citizens Service

This is a four week program for fifteen to seventeen year olds that comprises of a one week residential program at an outdoor activity centre, one week of independent living in university style accommodation, and two weeks of social action in the local area. It is aimed to build the confidence of young people. E:

Students for High Impact Charity: This charity is about exploring the most important questions facing humanity and figuring out the very best way to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.  You can volunteer from home, nationwide. When: Flexible.  Commitment: Flexible. What you need: A computer and people skills. What skills you can add to your CV: Problem solving, teamwork and communication.  

SHIC’s program uses science and critical thinking to investigate many of the world's most pressing issues such as world poverty, effective (and ineffective) charities, animal welfare, catastrophic risks to humanity and climate change. Most importantly, students learn how to make meaningful and effective progress on these issues, and can begin to take action by fundraising for high-impact charities, and by considering effective career choices. Contact: SHIC 19 Jarman House, Jubilee Street, London, E1 3BL.