VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Help is invaluable and always needed at organisations across the area

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

There are hundreds of charities and organisations in the area that just wouldn’t be able to survive without the help of volunteers, and they are always looking for more.

If you think you might be able to help these organisations to provide their much-needed services, check out the opportunities below or see www.do-it.org for more.

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Befriending buddy – SASBAH (Sussex Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus)

SASBAH’s aim is to allow people with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus to lead a full and independent life, linking them with volunteers who help them socialise and enjoy leisure activities such as going out to the cinema, pub or simply having a chat over a coffee.

More befriending buddies are required to be matched with people, and this may be on a one-to-one basis or in a group.

They are looking for people with a sense of humour and who are willing to ‘have a go’.

Age and gender are unimportant (although many of their members are in their early 30s).

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Bereavement counsellors, administrative support volunteers and fundraising support – Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse Bereavement Care offers free and confidential counselling plus social support and practical advice for all those bereaved.

More volunteers are needed in the role of bereavement counsellors to counsel clients in their own home and using their own telephone.

You will need a good telephone manner, be a sympathetic listener and have general empathy towards the general public.

They also need administrative support volunteers to help with data input at their area office near Pulborough and someone to help with their fundraising.

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Play area volunteer – HM Prison Ford

Volunteers are required to supervise and provide interesting/appropriate activities for visiting children within the play area of the social visits hall of the prison.

Activities include playing with toys and the use of craft materials and so on.

Visits are on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 4pm plus half an hour either side, so the total commitment would be three hours per session.

Volunteers can commit to one or more sessions, ideally once a fortnight.

Experience of working/being with children in a family environment (aged about one to 14) would be useful but training will be given.

Must enjoy a challenge, be non-judgemental, friendly, approachable, enthusiastic, and reliable and have a sense of humour.

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Country centre support volunteer – Ferring Country Centre

Ferring Country Centre (FCC) is looking for volunteers to support clients and customers with learning and physical disabilities, as well as the running of the centre itself.

Departments where volunteers can help include: riding therapy unit, cafe, small animal farm, administration and fundraising.

FCC recognises the value provided by volunteers and aims to ensure their work is enjoyable and rewarding.

Volunteers can make a significant contribution to the work of the centre.

• 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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