VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Lots of opportunities '“ not just charity shops

Some people assume that volunteering means working in a charity shop, and while this can be the case if that is what you want to do, there are also lots of other opportunities involving various different interests, activities and groups.

Saturday, 28th May 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:47 am
The Angmering Community Centre Association is looking for someone to help run an IT club

Whatever you enjoy doing, there is bound to be something that would work for you, so why not have a look at some of the different things you could get involved with in your local area.

Transport volunteer – West Sussex Young Carers Family Resource Service

Young carers take on responsibility at home because someone in their family is disabled or has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to drugs or alcohol.

There are lots of volunteering opportunities across the area

Using your own car, you will offer door-to-door transport for those young carers who would otherwise be unable to access groups and other activities.

The transport service offers freedom and independence to young people who may be socially and geographically isolated, to help build their self-esteem, self-confidence, and support networks.

You will be expected to volunteer for approximately three hours, or one evening, per week during school term time and you will need access to a car and car insurance that covers the use of the vehicle in the volunteering role.


Help running IT club – Angmering Community Centre Association

Angmering Community Centre provide IT training for beginners at present and now want to offer the chance for those who have completed some training to continue using what they have learned in a club atmosphere – a silver surfer type group.

Ideas for activities they could be given to improve their keyboard skills and understanding of the laptop would be useful, as would ideas on how they can use the internet – shopping, banking, their interests, finding information and so on.

People with knowledge of smart phones/tablets would be very helpful.


Shop assistant (Barnham) – St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Since opening their doors in January 1987, St Wilfrid’s Hospice has cared for over 13,000 local people and at any one time they care for around 200 people in the community, offering support to their families and friends.

All their services are provided free of charge, they are not a part of the NHS and they rely on public support to raise 88 per cent of their annual running costs.

They are looking for volunteers to work as a shop assistant at their shop in Barnham; to sort and display donations, and man the shop including operating the till.

If you’re polite, reliable and hard-working and have good customer service skills, they’d love to hear from you!


Volunteer member – Littlehampton and District Lions Club

The aim of the Littlehampton and District Lions Club is to help people of all ages who are less fortunate than themselves through a wide variety of fundraising events and some hands on projects.

They need to recruit some new members to bolster their membership.

Members would be required to assist at local fundraising events throughout the year such as; fetes, carnivals and Christmas collections.

No experience is required, you just need to have a caring nature and a good sense of humour.

Club meetings take place at the Worthing Rugby Club on the first Tuesday of each month but other events can take place at any time throughout the year.

• 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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