VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Find out how you can lend a helping hand at introductory workshop next week

For more about Volunteer Now! on their website - www.do-it.org
For more about Volunteer Now! on their website - www.do-it.org

Have you thought about volunteering but not sure where to start?

Maybe you’re not sure where your skills and experiences would fit, or perhaps you’d like to speak to some of the local organisations that are looking for volunteers.

Come along to our introduction to volunteering workshop next Thursday, February 16, from 10am to midday, to find out more.

Places are free but must be booked in advance by calling 01243 864220 or emailing volunteernow@vaac.org.uk

Or look on www.do-it.org to find all of the local opportunities that are currently available.

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Retail assistant – Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder provides incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis.

It’s not just expert medical care they provide; it’s the emotional support and practical things they take care of too.

They do whatever they can to be a safety net for patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.

Retail volunteers are the heart of Sue Ryder. With your help, they can raise enough money in their shops to help them to continue to provide incredible care.

Volunteering in one of their 450-plus shops, which includes Bognor Regis and Wick, you’ll be friendly, organised and full of passion to make a difference to the lives of those who Sue Ryder care for.

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Fundraisers – RNLI

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea; they provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service.

They are looking for people who are willing to give a few hours a month on an ad-hoc basis when there are RNLI events to cover in order to help raise funds for their local RNLI.

This will not be a regular commitment but as and when required.

Experience of fundraising for small organisations would be useful but not essential; but you will need to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the RNLI.

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Volunteer local community event co-ordinator – Forever Hounds Trust

Forever Hounds Trust takes in greyhounds and lurchers in need.

Their dogs come from members of the public, veterinary surgeries and dog wardens.

They also help responsible trainers and owners re-home their racing greyhounds, where space allows.

This is a voluntary role with responsibilities and tasks to include developing, attending and managing a range of community events in your local area – such as street and store collections, meet-and-greets, shows and so on – and grow the range and number of events where possible.

They are looking for volunteers who are strong communicators with good organisation and people management skills (event co-ordination experience preferred), good IT skills, attention to detail and good record keeping skills.

They would also like to hear from people who prefer to help at events just on the day rather than in the planning.

• 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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