Volunteer Opportunities

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Charity Shops

Barnardo’s -  A wide and varied range of roles are on offer to help run the shop.  You may do stock preparation, steaming, pricing, shop design, merchandising, customer service on and off the till.  Full training will be given. Volunteers as young as 14 years old can apply.  Skills can you gain: teamwork, problem solving, creativity, communication skills, customer service. Variety of volunteer shifts available: 09:30/10:00 to 13:00, 13:00/13:30 to 17:00 Mon to Sat and 10:00-16:00 Sundays.  All shift patterns are negotiable.  Contact: Mrs Andrea Valentine,Store Manager, 16 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3LP, Tel: 01323 749910.

Alice Croft House -  16 Grove Rd, BN21 4TR, tel. 01323 728157. Volunteers needed currently for Monday and Tuesday 10-1. Volunteers are usually started off with one shift a week and offered more if they are available. info@alicecrofthouse.co.uk, www.alicecrofthouse.webs.com

British Red Cross -  20 Grove Road, BN21 4TR, tel. 01323 412787. 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. E:  eastbourneshop@redcross.org.uk 15yrs +

Demelza House Hospice Care - 220 Terminus Road, BN21 3DF, tel. 01323 739206. As a Demelza volunteer, you will receive ongoing support and training throughout your role. Demelza are proud to have received official recognition for our dedication to our volunteers including The Queens’ Award for voluntary service in 2012 and the Investing in Volunteers (IIV) accreditation in 2015.  www.demelza.org.uk

Chestnut Tree House -  176-178 Terminus Road, BN21 3NX, tel. 01323 729433. 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.   www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk


Friends of Eastbourne Hospital - volunteers are needed for the various activities the Friends group undertake at the hospital. Friends Shop – this is a busy shop selling toiletries, confectionery, newspapers and magazines, and so much more. Volunteers can gain retail and customer service experience or work behind the scenes keeping the stock levels in place. They also have a smaller shop downstairs in the staff area with a selection of goods from the main shop. This is less busy and would suit someone who is happy to work alone. Flower Shop – either with a floristry background or to serve the customers. Daily sandwich trolley round - this goes around the wards 365 days a year so that staff who are unable to leave their working area can purchase sandwiches and light snacks. This always gets a very warm welcome in the wards! Volunteers are also needed to take trolleys round the wards to patients and visitors weekday afternoons, with a selection of goods from the shop, so that patients who don’t necessarily receive visitors are still able to buy papers and have little treats.The Friends group are always keen to speak to anyone who might be interested in helping them  with fundraising events too. Contact Sue Duffell (Secretary - usually in the office on Monday afternoons and all day Tuesdays and Thursdays) t: 01323 438236, e: sue.duffell@nhs.net  w: www.friendsdgh.org.uk  

Bookends Volunteer - (second hand book shop within Eastbourne Library), Grove Road, BN21 4TL, tel. 01323 463881. Bookends sells ex-library books and merchandise associated with books and literature. You will price and sell books and merchandise. This role involves customer service skills and cash handling. 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. www.eastsussex.gov.uk

Relate- can you volunteer a few hours a week to support a local charity, or would you like to train towards a retail qualification. Relate have opportunities for everyone. 30 Meads Street, Eastbourne. BN20 7QY. T: Jayne Ennis 01323726804.

Samaritans - 31 Grove Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4TT, tel. 01323 646624. 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. samsretail@btconnect.com

Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service - Volunteers needed in our charity shop to help raise money for sick and injured wildlife. There's a variety of tasks to choose from including sorting and preparing donations, steaming clothing, restocking and serving customers. Our shop is oven 7 days a week and volunteer shifts are either 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. Ad-hoc hours and taster shifts available.  t: 01323 643111 e: fwrasshop16@gmail.com

British Heart Foundation- volunteer at your local store, if you have a few hours or even a couple of days to offer please contact your local store, or visit W : bhf.org.uk/volunteer T: 08009151111.

Michelham Priory - Shop volunteers Serving customers, stocking shelves,tidying the shop, checking stock 10.30 – 1.30 or 1.30 – 5.00. We have a Volunteers Open Day on 13th February 11.30 – 1.30 so anybody that is interested can come along, meet the team and have a chat about volunteering and meet some of our current volunteers. T: Lindsay Lawrence 01323 844224. e: tradingmich@sussexpast.co.uk

Marie Curie:
54 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3LX, Tel: 01323 736136 Email: volunteering@mariecurie.org.uk 

Office Based & Admin roles

Eastbourne Volunteers Community Hub - volunteers needed to deal with phone calls and drop-ins from members of the public and maintain our database of community information. 1 The Labyrinth, 7 Mark Lane, BN21 4RJ, tel. 01323 381811, email eastbournevolunteers@gmail.com, www.eastbournevolunteers.co.uk

Cancer Research UK- The Eastbourne branch is looking to recruit Committee members to help raise funds for research into the prevention and cure for cancer. Committee meetings are bi-monthly on a Tuesday afternoon. Contact Gill Morris gill.morris518@btinternet.com

Chalk Farm - Hotel and learning disabilities centre based in a historic 17th Century building, located in Old Willingdon Village, near Eastbourne.We require volunteers as as trustees who have may have skills or experience  in various roles including working with people with Learning Disabilities, fundraising, accounts, employment law, and hotel experience. This is an unique opportunity to be part of this exciting project which is currently being redeveloped and we look forward to hearing from you. E: a__newton@hotmail.com

Compass Community Arts - Eastbourne based group encouraging access to the arts for all from St. Elizabeth’s Church, Old Town. Help needed with general admin, filing, phone calls. Ideally thursday mornings 10-12 or monday 2-4pm email fenya.compass@hotmail.com

Citizens Advice Bureau, Gateway assessor, Highlight House, St Leonards Road, Bn21 3UH, tel. 03444 111444, www.eastbournecab.co.uk 

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre - is a registered charity aiming to improve the quality of life for Deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people living in East Sussex. Minute taker needed, 8 St Leonards Rd, Eastbourne. Telephone or textphone: 01323 722505 or mobile on 07950 855580 (voice / text)

Eastbourne District General Hospital, administration and ward help, various hours available around the hospital wards. Roles vary from assisting with  outpatient clinic administration through to supporting the administration staff with their daily work. 01323 417400 ext 4880

Furniture Now! Volunteers needed in Eastbourne to help with general admin duties such as answering the phone and taking messages and if possible assisting with our social media presence and eBay listings. Tel. 01323 887199 email hello@nowcharity.org.uk

Motor Neurone Disease Association - the local East Sx branch is looking to recruit Committee members to help raise and manage funds for the aid of local patients and their carers.  In addition we would also welcome a person with financial experience to undertake the role of Treasurer.  Committee meetings are six-weekly on a Tuesday evening.  Contact Bernard Duncan onbzduncan@hotmail.com.

Old Town Community Library is looking for volunteer librarians to join our team. Shifts are either A.M. or P.M. and are 3 and a half hours long. You would be serving customers and sorting the books among other duties. People skills and some P.C. skills are preferable but full training will be given. Please contact the Secretary, Kate on 07944843671 for full details or to have an informal chat about the role.  

Eastbourne Sea Cadets- admin officer. The post holder will act as point of contact for all volunteers He/She will provide administrative support the Commanding Officer. Main duties will include, managing office stock,preparing reports ( expenses and office budget) organizing unit records, maintaining unit calendar, arranging travel and accommodation, and other various tasks. we would like someone with a solid knowledge of office procedures, strong organizational skills, good written and verbal skills and an attention to detail. Contact S/Lt (SCC) Neil Taylor RNR T: 07414066601 Eastbourne117@outlook.com

Eastbourne Talking Newspaper Association, Recorders needed,computer literacy essential, training to use Adobe Audition will be  given info@eastbournetna.org.uk  www.eastbournetna.org.uk

Seniors Forum for over 50’s in Eastbourne require a publicity officer, Committee Members and people to help out in a general capacity Contact Nadine Harris t: 01323768868 e: chair@esf-online.org w: www.esf-online.org

Reception/Customer Services Opportunities

East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre – are currently seeking a Centre Receptionist to answer the phone and meet/greet clients on Mondays and Fridays – the role can be shared, but one morning/afternoon per week is the minimum required.  8 St Leonards Rd, Eastbourne. Telephone or textphone: 01323 722505 or mobile on 07950 855580 (voice / text)

Chaseley Trust - volunteer needed to assist in our reception area, chatting to residents, greeting visitors, answer the phone and transfer calls as required. Tel 01323 744207, email georginak@chaseleytrust.org

Court Family Support - Volunteers in this role will attend a Sussex magistrates or crown court on an agreed day either once a week or fortnightly. The purpose of this role is to promote the organisation and our services to Court staff and legal professionals as well as provide vital information and support to families and friends when someone close to them is sentenced or remanded to custody. The role involves full training and provides a rare opportunity to work in the criminal courts for those interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice.  We ask that volunteers are available to attend court at least one-half day every fortnight for a minimum period of six months.  Volunteers should be available for at least a morning or afternoon during court hours, which are usually 9.00am – 4.00pm.  Volunteers will be required to attend an interview and provide two independent references.Volunteers must attend all the training sessions. E: rachelle@sussexprisonersfamilies.org.uk  T:07795 388341

Eastbourne District General Hospital - Hospital welcomer. Based in the main reception area and front of house, welcome volunteers provide a warm welcome and a wayfinding service for patients and visitors. Volunteers will need to be active and flexible, and will be involved in wayfinding, escorting, interacting and assisting with patients, visitors and staff in a busy face to face environment Uniform, training and full support will be provided. 01323 417400 ext 4880

Old Town Community Library is looking for volunteer librarians to join our team. Shifts are either A.M. or P.M. and are 3 and a half hours long. You would be serving customers and sorting the books among other duties. People skills and some P.C. skills are preferable but full training will be given. Please contact the Secretary, Kate on 07944843671 for full details or to have an informal chat about the role.  


Eastbourne Volunteer Hub - require people to distribute their free, independent monthly newspaper locally. eastbournevolunteers@gmail.com t: 01323 381811.

Care for the Carers - an independent charity that has been supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989. Young carers driver required, Highlight House, 8 St Leonards Rd, BN21 3UH, tel. 01323 738390, www.cftc.org.uk

Pevensey Information and Caring Centre - The Volunteer Driver Service organises transport for local residents to get to medical appointments. Volunteers always needed. Contact 01323 766230 .

Pevensey Community Support - Minibus driver required, contact  Ethel Wood Community Centre, 129 Coast Road, Pevensey Bay, BN24 6NS, tel. 01323 765915

East Sussex Library & Information Service, home library service volunteer, delivering books to people who are unable to get to the library themselves, tel. 01323 463881, www.eastsussex.gov.uk

Furniture Now! Volunteer van assistants required to accompany the van drivers working from our Eastbourne store collecting and delivering furniture and bric a brac, representing the charity in the community. Must be physically fit due to the nature of the work Tel. 01323 887199 email hello@nowcharity.org.uk


Royal Voluntary Service- Lunch Club Volunteer Cook to support our brand new Lunch Club!. Our Lunch Clubs support older people all over the country to come together to share a meal, meet new people and engage with their community.

We are looking for a volunteer cook to help us create tasty and nutritious meals. Know your way around the kitchen? Love sharing you’re cooking with others? The Lunch Club will run every Tuesday from 11am to 3pm at Leaf Hall Community Arts Centre, 51 Seaside. All volunteers will receive full training and continuing support from Royal Voluntary Service.Contact our Community Worker for more information;Jessica Boelema. T 07831398368 E: Jessica.Boelema@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Matthew 25 Mission - need someone to come in on Wednesday afternoons (from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm-ish) to assist our Wednesday cook with clearing up and washing up/dishwasher duties.We also need volunteers to serve in our drop-in hall (either part-time or otherwise. Folk with a friendly disposition, a heart for vulnerable people, a listening ear, and a willingness to do odd jobs in the hall as the need arises (eg keeping the tables clear of used crockery etc, ensuring that tea/coffee/sugar supplies are topped up in the drinks area etc). T: 01323 726960 e: matt25mission@gmail.com  www.matthew25mission.weebly.com

Care for the Carers, is an independent charity that has been supporting unpaid carers in East Sussex since 1989. Club cook required, tel. 01323 738390 www.cftc.org.uk 

Chaseley Trust - CasBar Host. Chaseley have a small bar/bistro area with outside decking to enjoy Eastbourne’s high level of sunshine and are looking for people who would like to develop skills in the hospitality area.Tel. 01323 744207, email georginak@chaseleytrust.org

Michelham Priory- Café volunteers: serving food, washing up, using the dishwasher, making teas and coffees. Normally afternoon shifts 1.00-5.00 T: Lindsay Lawrence 01323844224. e: tradingmich@sussexpast.co.uk

JPK Project Tea Room

volunteers needed to serve homemade cakes, teas, coffees and lunches. vibrant community space and tea room connected to our sheltered living centre. In the very near future we will be home to a bakery and training facility alongside the tea room.it will enable us to provide training and work placements for individuals with learning disabilities along with volunteering opportunities. Please get in touch via the contact page on our website. thejpkproject.co.uk

IT and Social Media

East Sussex Library & Information Service, ‘IT For You’  volunteer, helping people to use IT to apply for jobs, improve CVs, get back into work, Eastbourne Library, Grove Rd, BN21 4TL, tel. 01323 463881, www.eastsussex.gov.uk 

Terrence Higgins Trust Work Positive Employment Mentors is an integral part of the support structure for individuals, providing space for the participant to ask questions, explore work ideas, reflect on their work experience and skills and gain feedback on job applications and interview techniques. Contact Simone.Howard@tht.org.uk  or  Alice Booth at workpositive@tht.org.uk for further information.

Association of Carers - need a volunteer will teach a carer to use a computer/smart phones for basic tasks, such as email/online shopping etc. Call Jane  T: 01424 722309 E: Jane@associationofcarers.org.uk

Ability Net- national charity helping people with disabilities and older generation with their IT problems offering free advice. We are wanting to expand our team.No specific qualifications required but significant experience in IT essential. Volunteers work from home and may be requested to provide assistance to a client up to 25 miles away which may require several visits. Nature of work is very ad-hoc, typically you may receive only receive request for assistance once every six months, but could be more often - i.e. can be fitted in around full-time employment, but equally, this role is suitable someone who is seeking to contribute to society following retirement. Own transport is essential. Expenses reimbursed. T: Andy Mason 07443620005

Computers for Charities- supplying refurbished computers to charities, require admin, drivers and IT repair volunteers. simon@computersforcharities.org T: 01323848588. www.computersforcharities.org

People Matter- we are an organisation that help equip local people for employment. We need help from someone with an interest in social media to set up and run media platforms for us. The role would be one day a week and could be done from home if prefered. Contact People Matter, 17 Gildredge Road, T: 01323431289 www.people-matter.org.uk

Freegle- Looking for a volunteer to lead on strategic financial planning.  Time commitment: A few hours a month.  Freegle is like online dating for stuff. We pair people who have things they don’t need with people who need things they don’t have. More than half a million people used Freegle in the last year.  We do this on remarkable annual budget of around £40K per year. We are registered as a charity with HMRC, but as an Industrial and Provident Society we are regulated by the FCA rather than the Charity Commission. Contact: Edward, email: chair@ilovefreegle.org Web: https://bit.ly/2Qb5rdE

StoneWater - Digital Inclusion Volunteer aims are to reduce prevalence of digital exclusion amongst older people and create opportunities to increase their learning and wider understanding of the benefits of using computers, other technology and the internet; helping individuals get more out of digital technology. What's in it for you;  A volunteer agreement would be jointly put together to establish what both Stonewater and you wish to get out of your volunteer experience and we will cover out-of-pocket expenses.  Please contact Linda Rayfield retirement living team leader for more information. Linda.rayfield@stonewater.org Mob:  07741 311457

Volunteering with Children & Young People

Little Bears Creative Play Sessions - need volunteers to help set up and then pack away after sessions at community wise Ocklynge Road Old Town. Mondays 9-10am  to set up soft play and 12-1 to pack it down. Thursdays 8.30-10.00 to set up storytelling or messy play & 11.45-1.30 to pack down. call Naomi T: 07763588781

YMCA - Could you spare some of your time to help make a difference for young people?  YMCA Eastbourne runs four youth clubs in the town, providing a lifeline for many young people whose opportunities for social and life-enhancing activities outside school are very restricted. Operating in Shinewater (Mondays 6-8), Langney, Old Town (both Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm) and Willingdon Trees (Fridays 6.30-8.30) the activities vary but may include games, crafts, cooking, discussions and sporting activities. There is also an LGBTQ support group for young people on Tuesdays. They are run by professional youth workers but cannot operate without the support of volunteers. So whether you have a particular skill you can share with young people on an occasional basis, or are able to commit to coming regularly to help either every week or every month, your support will be very warmly welcomed and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are having a real impact on young people’s lives. If you feel you have time to spare to volunteer to help with any of these activities it would be great to hear from you. Please get in touch with Edwina for more information on edwina.livesey@ymcadlg.org or by calling her on 07943 911 479.

Rainbow/Brownie/Guides/Rangers - volunteers needed to help support local groups throughout Eastbourne and Pevensey. Duke of Edinburgh opportunities and training available. Contact Division Commissioner Lynette Benton 01323 768252. lynettebenton.guiding@gmail.com

Eastbourne Rainbows and Brownies We are looking for adult volunteers to help at some of our Rainbow (girls aged 5 to 7), Brownie (age 7 to 10) and Guide (age 10 to 14) Units in Central District in Eastbourne. E ebcentraldc@gmail.com T; 07866472688.

Weekly Playgroup (Children 0-5 years and their parents/carer) on a Thursday between 10.30am and 12.00pm. We need someone to assist between 10.15am and 12.15am. Duties would involve helping to set up and tidy away the group, there is moving of chairs so the person would need to be physically fit; talking to the parents/carers and interacting with the children; helping to lead songs at the end. There is scope for the volunteer to introduce new elements such as story time to the playgroup where appropriate. The volunteer would need to be happy to be DBS checked. Please don't hesitate to get in touch for further details.Christ Church Eastbourne.  E: curate@ccwithsp.org T: 01323 733700.

Eastbourne Library - Service, Rhyme Time/Story Time Volunteer, ½ hr sessions reading rhymes and stories to children at Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, BN21 4TL, tel. 01323 463881, www.eastsussex.gov.uk

Youth Employability Service - FREE advice and guidance for 16-18 year olds in East Sussex. Support with finding college courses, apprenticeships, training or employment. Help with CVs, application forms and interview skills. Centre volunteer required, tel. 01323 410803

Independent Visitor - Visitors provide volunteers to support children and young people, who are in foster care on a long term basis. Volunteer as Independent Visitor and you could offer the encouragement, support and guidance that a venerable young person needs. Sova, Lift House, 6 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UH T: 03003039649 E; east.sussexiv@sova.org.uk  W: sova.org.uk

Skills East Sussex- could you be an Enterprise advisor or industry champion.The purpose of a local enterprise advisor network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and schools and colleges in the area. email enterprisecoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk

The Scouting Association- help young people grow in confidence and explore their potential. Volunteers needed. call 0845 3001818 or email dc@eastbournescouts.org.uk

The Careers & Enterprise company- would like Enterprise Advisors and Industry Champions to help create powerful and lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in the local area, directly with the leadership of the individual schools and colleges. Contact Debbie & Sarah e: enterprisecoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk

Michelham Priory- Education Volunteers needed.This includes, setting up and supervising activities with school groups, overseen by the Education officer. Contact directly for further details. T: Lindsay Lawrence 01323844224. e: tradingmich@sussexpast.co.uk

Eastbourne Family Contact Centre- gives children the opportunity spend time and stay in contact with their non-resident parent. As a volunteer you can help make this important contact time a pleasure for both child and parent.  You may be welcoming and registering families; preparing the contact space by laying out toys and activities for the families to enjoy; explaining the use of the facilities; helping with refreshments.  Most of all you will be giving a child an opportunity to be with someone they love and who loves them.  Tel: 07922 631901 e: efcc@muchich.org

Warehouse/Storage Roles

St Wilfrid’s Hospice - General all round help needed in the donations centre, 1 Broadwater Way, BN22 9PZ, tel. 01323 434200, www.stwhospice.org

British Heart Foundation- warehouse assistants, department specialists e.g electrical department, restorers or Ebay, and electrical appliance function testers. Contact your local branch or W; bhf.org.uk/volunteer T: 08009151111.

Outdoor Roles

Eastbourne Volunteer Hub - require people to distribute their free, independent monthly newspaper locally. eastbournevolunteers@gmail.com t: 01323 381811.

British Horse Society, access and bridleways officer required, ensuring equestrian access and dealing with local enquiries, tel. 02476 840470, e: volunteer@bhs.org.uk www.bhs.org.uk

Community Wise Community Centre in Old Town - are currently looking for volunteers to help with keeping our small garden area tidy and for help with our monthly village market.contact admin@communitywise.org.uk T: 01323 722924. Please call in and see what we do!

Chaseley Trust - Gardening help required for our accessible kitchen garden. Tel. 01323 744207 email georginak@chaseleytrust.org

Eastbourne Cycle Centre - Helping people of many different ages and abilities, from toddlers just learning to adults on specially adapted cycles, enjoy the fun of cycling. Peter Bryant. 07881 282725.

Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards- Achieve lifesaving and lifeguarding awards,provide safety cover at local events and participate in lifesaving sport pool and beach competitions w:www.evlg.co.uk e: eastbournelifeguards@gmail.com

Incredible Edible Pevensey and Westham - associate beekeepers and volunteers needed to manage site in Pevensey for the benefit of the local environment. The project often runs workshops from the site on beekeeping, composting, sustainable gardening etc. Email incrediblepaw@aol.com or call Andy/Fiona Durling on 01323 460338

Edible Eastbourne - helping Eastbourne develop a resilient, sustainable local food system and increase access to fresh low cost or free healthy food for everyone through community growing spaces, orchards and local food projects. Volunteers needed. edibleeb@gmail.com

Tennis in the Park (https://www.facebook.com/LoveTennisandCoffee) We are a not for profit organisation running a community cafe and tennis club in Gildredge Park. If you are interested, we would be delighted to offer some volunteering opportunities. These could be in the cafe, assisting with children's tennis (subject to a DBS) or helping to maintain our flower beds and grounds.

Health Walk Leaders- MS- friendly health walk leaders wanted to help run new MS-friendly health walks in Eastbourne.No previous experience required- just a friendly, supportive nature and availability to lead a walk once a month.Free training provided, join in, feel good. contact Jennifer Deering, Health Walks Projects Officer. t: 07740899559 e: j.deering@tcv.org.uk

Now Charity  General general allotment gardening help required for sociable and friendly group. Contact  Sophie t: 07703820286.

Michelham Priory- Garden volunteers: weeding, pruning, general garden maintenance.There are special projects you can become involved in, previous projects include painting the Long man of Wilmington. 10.00 – 4.00, normally Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. We have a Volunteers Open Day on 13th February 11.30 – 1.30 so anybody that is interested can come along, meet the team and have a chat about volunteering and meet some of our current volunteers. T: Lindsay Lawrence 01323844224. e: tradingmich@sussexpast.co.uk

Local company servicing and repairing Mobility aids_ need volunteer to deliver leaflets. If you think you can help could you please contact Mark Stewart . E: activedays@aol.com T: 07984176185.

Care Opportunities / Support for Carers

Association of Carers require a volunteer to call a carer at a mutually convenient time so the carer can discuss in confidence how they are feeling.  Call Jane T: 01424 722309 E: Jane@associationofcarers.org.uk

Chaseley Trust - Activities Assistant. Chaseley have a small activities team that work around the home with residents to help relieve day to day boredom and keep residents mind’s active. Tel. 01323 744207, email georginak@chaseleytrust.org

Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus- Join the Buddy Scheme ,help at Residential Breaks (nurses, cooks and general helpers needed), help at fundraising events & street collections,support the Youth Club, Office work – Admin tasks, become a trustee, become a treasurer, help with Awareness Events, promote our events and SASBAH in your area T 01825873045 E: office@sasbah.org.uk W: www.sasbah.org.uk

Activities Volunteer - Devonshire Nursing Home in Carlisle Road require volunteers to help with one to one sessions with individual residents, some day to day activities and occasional trips out. Hours and days would be to suit applicant and are available every day  between 9am & 6pm. Contact either Sarah Gray (Activities co-coordinator)  or Bernadette Wild  (Matron/registered manager) for more information. T: 01323 731279. Training will be given.

Tweed care home- we are currently looking to introduce a volunteer programme to provide residents with activities and interesting sessions. Contact Lauren. 8 - 10 Silverdale Road,t: 01323 733223 Fax: 01323 649741

Stonewater - Ageing well and health navigator volunteer service which aims to give individuals the appropriate level of support to identify and make full use of the right health services to encourage improved health and wellbeing; building confidence and proactively supporting positive lifestyle behavioural change. What's in it for you; Level 2 Award in Understanding Behaviour Change. Level 2 Award in Applied Health Improvement. One-to-one supervision and we will pay out of pocket expenses.  Please contact Linda Rayfield retirement living team leader for more information. Linda.rayfield@stonewater.org Mob; 07741 311457

Supporting Adult Mental Health

Samaritans- have many varied and interesting roles including administration, publicity, IT and web support, fundraising, listening and finance and budgets.we have a newly installed lift giving access to all floors for anyone with mobility difficulties t: 03705627282. e:volunteering@eastbournesamaritans.org

People in Partnership- give a voice to those with lived experience of mental health issues and their Carers. If you are interested in using your experiences to make improvements to mental health services in your community we want to hear from you! Volunteers are supported through free induction and ongoing training, regular supervision, paid expenses & development opportunities.

If you’re interested in becoming a Volunteer please contact Michelle Trunchion: 07772 613945 /michelle.trunchion@southdown.org

Or visit: Facebook @PeopleinPartnership  www.southdown.org/mental-health-recovery/people-partnership-east-sussex


Circles South East - qualified counsellors only, counselling victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, expenses paid, room hire/insurance covered, tel. 01235 816050, email info@circlessoutheast.org.uk, www.circlessoutheast.org.uk

Victim Support- If you’re looking to give your time and want to make a real difference to people's’ lives, then volunteering with us could be for you. While many of our opportunities focus on delivering support to those affected by crime, there are a number of other ways you can get involved.www.victimsupport.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

Survivors Network

is the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex. We support self-identified women who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their life. We are currently recruiting self-identifying women 21 yrs and over to volunteer at our new women-only daytime drop-in in Eastbourne. If you have good listening skills,lots of empathy, a non-judgemental attitude, an interest in supporting survivors and can spare 3-6 hours a month on Thursdays please contact Katie or Liv for more info and application pack. No experience needed as full training given. Closing date Fri 23rd November 2018. Interviews will be held on December 6th 2018. E: info@survivorsnetwork.org.uk T: 01273203380.

Home Visiting & Supporting Older People.

Association of Carers- need Respite visitors to sit with a cared-for person so the carer can have a break.Call Jane  T: 01424 722309 E: Jane@associationofcarers.org.uk

British Red Cross- Home from hospital services provide extra support to elderly people who have been discharged home from hospital following surgery, ill health, or an accident. Volunteers required to visit service users after they return home after a hospital stay, tel. 0300 004 0554 or email  bweatherburn@redcross.org.uk

British Red Cross, Event First Aid Volunteering – Help save lives. British Red Cross volunteers, fully trained in advanced first aid, are ready to help at any occasion across the UK, from a community event to a stadium-sized rock concert. When accidents happen or illnesses take hold, their knowledge can be vital in saving lives or preventing further injury. For more information and to apply contact 0300 004 0554 or email bweatherburn@redcross.org.uk

Sensory Equipment Support- We are a small local charity supporting people with hearing loss living in East Sussex. The volunteer would support vulnerable older people to identify what equipment is available to support them with their hearing loss, give advice and information and visit to help them set up the equipment at home.We are looking for friendly volunteers to support our clients that need support with sensory equipment such as amplified phones, television listening devices and many more.The volunteers must be able to drive in order to support people in their own home. We are looking for a volunteer who is reliable and consistent and have a friendly helpful demeanour with people. No experience is necessary as training will be provided. East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre (ESHRC). 8 St Leonard's Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UH  T;  01323 722505 or mobile on 07950 855580 (voice / text).  W: http://www.eshrc.org.uk/index.html

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteer Scheme (home visiting). ESFR is working with Adult Social Care to support individuals to develop or regain their resilience after they have had an issue in their life which has affected their confidence. The project is to support adults over the age of 18 who are known to the Eastbourne and Hastings Neighbourhood Support Teams and have been identified as benefitting from additional support.

01323 462438 or email:volunteer@esfrs.org

Canine Concern- The friendship of you and your dog for up to 1 hour each week or fortnight to visit hospitals, homes, hospices and schools. Reward- lots of cuddles treats and smiles. E: admin@canineconcern.co.uk T: 01323760258     www.canineconcern.co.uk

Age Concern- Various roles including supporting daycare activities, befriending, home from hospital service, walk leaders, providing welfare and rights information. The William and Patricia Venton Centre, Junction Road, BN21 3QY. T: 01323638474.


Eastbourne Heritage Centre, stewards required – especially in the summer. Duties involve guiding visitors, telling visitors about the history of the building, working at the till, helping to design the exhibits and helping with events, tel. 01323 472833, email paulineswift10@gmail.com


Compass Community Arts - Eastbourne based group encouraging access to the arts for all from St. Elizabeth’s Church, Old Town require a Trustee. Will need to attend trustee meetings 4/5 times a year and attend two planning meetings. email fenya.compass@hotmail.com

Eastbourne Hospital - Various.

Eastbourne District General Hospital - Hand care volunteers needed to provide nail care and lower arm massage to patients on the wards, giving a welcome therapeutic and rewarding service to the patients. 01323 417400 ext 4880.

Eastbourne District General Hospital - Patient Library Services, ward trolley book loan/sales service. You will be a welcome and warmly received visitor to the wards by patients and visitors alike, your sales will also help raise money to fund volunteer equipment and services across the trust. 01323 417400 ext 4880

Work Experience - The hospital provides a reference after 6 months service that employers value on a CV. If you are looking for medical placements ie shadowing nursing and midwifery contact the human resources department via the switchboard at 01323 417400

Leisure & Arts

Compass Community Arts - run an arts drop in at St Elizabeth’s Church, Old Town on Wednesdays 12-4 and need volunteers to participate in the group and at regular events. Volunteers should have good people skills, have old fashioned community values and be willing to become part of a family, focused on encouraging access to the arts for all. email fenya.compass@hotmail.com

Towner Art Gallery, if you have an interest in art and enjoy interacting with people The Towner would love to hear from you. You will have opportunities to attend social events, receive training, be invited to staff briefing at the start of each exhibition by the curator or artist and enjoy free entry to any paid exhibition and behind-the-scenes art store tour. volunteer@townereastbourne.org.uk

Royal Hippodrome Theatre CIC - volunteer usher, assisting patrons, selling merchandise and confectionery/ices etc, 108-112 Seaside Rd, BN21 3PF, email volunteersrht@gmail.com, www.royalhippodrome.com

GIG Buddies is a project that matches people with learning disabilities to a volunteer so they can attend events together. Buddies see each other once or twice a week. From folk, rock, pop, reggae to theatre or festivals, you can share the fun and help someone in your community enjoy the experience. Contact Harri on harri@stayuplate.org t: 07827228171.

Seniors Forum for over 50’s in Eastbourne require volunteers to help with their activities. Contact Nadine Harris t: 01323768868 e: chair@esf-online.org www.esf-online.org

Animal Welfare.

Cats Protection - Eastbourne Adoption Centre Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.  For volunteering opportunities contact ncac.volunteering@cats.org.uk  - 63 Marshfoot Ln, Hailsham BN27 2RB.   Tel: 01323 440101 Email - eastbourne@cats.org.uk 

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) Specialises in wildlife rescue and has a dedicated wildlife hospital.  There are many voluntary opportunities e.g. Feed and clean shift volunteers, Rescue volunteers, Orphan rearing, Reception, Fundraising. For Volunteer Taster Sessions contact Ellie Tel: 01825 873003.  Address: 8, The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith BN8 6JD, Tel: 07815 078234.  email: chris@eastsussexwras.org.uk Web: wildlifeambulance.org

HoneyCat Rescue & Sanctuary - We specialise in FIV+ cats and kittens and help to find new homes for them.  We offer these cats sanctuary but have also managed to rehome a large number of them over the years. We make no profits and we do not kill any cats that cannot find a home. Volunteer fundraisers, volunteers to feed and if necessary medicate cats, volunteers to help with cleaning units and grooming.  Address: 254 Brodrick road, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, BN22 9RH  Mobile: 07891 207 303  honeycateastbourne@hotmail.com

Incredible Edible Pevensey & Westham. Apiary Volunteers needed to help to maintain Pevensey Apiary and keep bees, tel. 01323 460338, email incrediblepaw@aol.com

Kit Wilson Trust Animal -  rescue and rehome unwanted animals, mainly cats and dogs and have a wildlife rehabilitation programme. Volunteer for dog walking, home vetting, reception, events and many more.  Animal Rescue Centre, Stonehurst La, Uckfield TN22 4ED  Tel: 01825 830444

Reystede Centre for Animal Welfare - Animal charity. Dog & cat rehoming in Sussex, plus small animals. We rescue animals from cruelty, neglect and abuse. The volunteering opportunities range from being a Foster Carer for an animal, Educational volunteer, Customer Service Helpdesk and Information volunteer.  Tel. 01825 840252, email: info@raystede.org.  Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare,The Broyle, Ringmer, East Sussex, BN8 5AJ

RSPCA -  Fostering, administration, gardening and maintenance, computer work are only a few of the opportunities offered. Tel: 01273 554218, London Rd, Brighton BN1 8Z, Email: brightonrspca@gmail.com web: rspca-brighton.org.uk

Waifs and strays dog rescue - Rescuing, treating and rehoming local dogs in need. Sue Phillips 07557 303460

Veteran Support

RAF Association - Caseworker volunteers needed, assessing individual needs for clients, including helping put them in touch with social services  so they can apply for funding of a wet room etc, passing on information about the Wings holiday scheme, to something as simple as filling in a form. Tel 0800 0182 361 or visit www.rafa.org.uk/befriending

RAF Association - Befriender volunteers needed, visiting and keep in touch with members of the RAF family (clients) on behalf of the RAF Association. Provide companionship and focused support to a client and ensure that they remain part of the community and feel socially connected to the wider RAF family. Tel 0800 0182 361 or visit www.rafa.org.uk/befriending


Bloodwise - UK's leading blood cancer research charity needs volunteers to help out at Calendar Girls The Musical at the Eastbourne Congress Theatre from 6th-10th August 2019. Volunteers will be doing bucket collections and selling programmes at the performances.  Contact Nicci Wilson on 0207 504 2286 or NWilson@bloodwise.org.uk.

Cancer Research UK - The Eastbourne branch needs volunteers to help out at fundraising events, coffee mornings, shopping centers and supermarket collections, stalls at events etc. Contact Gill Morris gill.morris518@btinternet.com

Chestnut Tree House -
help needed with various fundraising opportunities. Contact Angie Bacon e: volunteers@stbh.org.uk t: 01903 706326 www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk

Wayfinder Woman - 2018 is the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote and the Trust is running a number of exciting and fascinating fundraising events to celebrate women’s achievements over the last 100 years.  They need volunteers to help them run these and to plan other activities throughout the year to raise the profile of the charity and support more women in building their confidence in the workplace.  Whether you have an hour to spare or more, there are plenty of opportunities for you to join in what promises to be a fun and exciting year.   For further information contact Tania on volunteering@wayfinderwoman.com or phone 01323 886171 or 07706 486546

Other Roles

Volunteer for our English for All sessions, it is a very new course so we are not sure what sort of support people require for their level of English, recently we have had people join us whose English was of a medium standard and wanted help with getting into work, so we talked about words you would need to boost your CV. Everyone is welcome so people could require help because they have very little English or they might want to fine tune their English like learning the time or to increase their vocabulary. The classes run at Seaside Community Centre, 125 Seaside, BN22 7NN on a Wednesday between 10 - 11.30 with a break in the middle for tea and coffee where we encourage everyone to talk informally.

Eastbourne Shopmobility- we are currently looking for volunteers to help with the day to day running of our service. Our main purpose is to enable customers with a temporary or permanent disability to access town centre and lovely seafront. We have a range of mobility aids including manual wheelchairs, scooters and power chairs. If you have a spare morning or afternoon and would like to get involved we would love to hear from you Contact Fred at  e: eastbourneshopmob@btconnect.com

Eastbourne Neighbourhood Watch - Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Minuting Secretary and Ward Coordinators needed. Neighbourhood Watch encourages the Community to work together to prevent crime and to reduce the fear of crime.  They work closely with the local Police, the Community Safety Partnership and are supported by Eastbourne Borough Council. For more information about the volunteer opportunities please contact Roy Peacock, t: 01323 647729

Citizens Advice Eastbourne- various roles including research and campaign workers, trustees, reception and information assistants, general admin, gateway assessors and general advisor roles. For more information on any of the listed roles please contact CA direct on t: 0344 411 1444.

British Red Cross, Event First Aid Volunteering – Help save lives. British Red Cross volunteers, fully trained in advanced first aid, are ready to help at any occasion across the UK, from a community event to a stadium-sized rock concert. When accidents happen or illnesses take hold, their knowledge can be vital in saving lives or preventing further injury. For more information and to apply contact 0300 004 0554 or email bweatherburn@redcross.org.uk

Rise and Shine  - is a modern day signposting service. Our aim is to assist people who are in need, to access further services via 1-2-1 peer support and mentoring. We require volunteers from many sectors including fundraising, accounts, health workers, support workers, skilled trades people, people to sort rags and much more. If you think you have a skill or just want to help out please contact us on T: 07522965937. E: riseandshinesignpost@outlook.com  www.riseandshinesignpost.org

Hope Woodwork -  is a Christian charity that recognises that in a country full of uncertainty, many individuals are experiencing extreme pressure and do not feel in control of their lives. Often this leads to a downward spiral. We have a team of volunteers that help to restore self-worth and build confidence by providing a safe environment in which individuals can learn a variety of practical skills, mainly in woodworking, within a fully equipped workshop. We also cater for adults looking to transition between jobs or are actively seeking employment. Hope Woodwork needs volunteers, whether you have woodworking skills or not we can provide training, to lend an ear and give positive encouragement. We are also looking for volunteers with experience in advertising, marketing and fundraising. Contact Ray Whitby (General Manager) on - 07546 256411, follow on Facebook https://facebook.com/hopewoodwork


YMCA Chaplaincy Volunteer

YMCA Downslink are looking to recruit volunteer chaplains to support young people living in local YMCA hostels in Eastbourne.  In our chaplains we look for people who are kind, non-judgemental, good listeners with a strong faith and a love of young people.  Prayerfulness and a sense of humour are important too!  Volunteer chaplains help on a rota basis usually once every 2-3 weeks for an Evening.  Training and ongoing support is given. To find out more about the chaplaincy please visit www.ymcadlg.org/chaplaincy  To discuss the role further and request an application form please contact Trudi Nicholas on 0788 454 9308 or email trudi.nicolas@ymcadlg.org

Sussex Police - Independent Custody Visiting.  Raising awareness of the rights, entitlements, health and wellbeing of people held in custody.  ICVs visit police custody centres unannounced, at anytime day or night to check on the conditions in custody, talk (with consent) to detainees and write up their findings.  This is a vital role, helping the public feel reassured that there is independent oversight of detainees’ welfare.  Tel: 01273 481269, Email: sarah.friend@sussex-pcc.gov.uk

updated 08/03/2019