Crawley Community & Voluntary Service (CCVS)



Opportunities in Crawley

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Citizens Advice West Sussex - Trustees

Citizens Advice West Sussex provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Last year we helped more than 34,000 local people to find a way forward through problems they were facing, and our clients say our advice has given them confidence and improved their health, relationships and mental well-being. The role of Trustee is an opportunity to shape our future service, make strategic decisions and develop new skills. Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or someone with an understanding of strategy, risk and Board level work, we want to hear from you. The expected time commitment is eight Trustee or Committee meetings per year in Shoreham, Horsham or Worthing, two half-day away days and some committee work per year.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: as above
When: as above
No of volunteers required: 3

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St Catherine's Hospice - Hospice Neighbour Volunteer

The purpose of this role is to provide practical and emotional support to patients and their carers in their own homes. This may include keeping the patient company and reminiscing, helping around the house, preparing a simple meal and providing information for carers. Volunteers for this role will have a genuine interest in other people and a desire to help, with good communication skills, a caring and empathetic approach, emotional resilience and understanding of confidentiality. Access to a car or the ability to use public transport is essential. Volunteers carry out this role with support and supervision, and some record-keeping is required. Full training is given and expenses are refunded. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: This role is community based
When: Times to be agreed with patient and carer, attendance at training and supervision/group sessions will be required.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Relate - Charity Shop Volunteer

Do you want to gain experience in retail, window dressing and customer service, or are you simply looking for a rewarding way to meet people and help a local charity? Our busy shop in Broadfield needs you. Volunteer Shop Assistants enjoy a fun and varied role – sorting and pricing donations, operating the till and assisting customers. Full training and support will be provided and expenses will be refunded.

Skills needed:
Communication and customer service skills, and a good level of fitness and mobility.

Where: Broadfield Barton, Broadfield
When: The shop is open 7 days and week, and a range of days and times is available.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Blind Veterans UK - Social Club Helpers

Our social clubs provide crucial social interaction for our veterans who can’t reach our centres, and can often feel isolated or lonely. Whether it’s a breakfast club, lunch club or a coffee morning, this is their chance to get together, meet other blind veterans and have a good old chat over some great food. This role involves making sure everything runs smoothly and a good time is had by all. Whether you’re helping with the invites, arranging transport or making sure everyone has what they need on the day, your help is incredibly valuable. Volunteers for this role will understand the importance of confidentiality and relationship boundaries. The role can be flexible around your other commitments, but we ask that you are reliable and punctual for our veterans. You will be fully trained and supported so you feel comfortable and confident in your volunteering. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: A range of days and times is available
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Home-Start CHAMS - Volunteer Fundraising Liaison Assistant

Our team of trained parent Volunteers gives support and friendship to families with young children who are facing challenges including disability, mental health issues, bereavement, poverty and isolation. Our aim is to give vulnerable young children the best possible start in life. The Volunteer Fundraising Liaison Assistant will help the fundraising manager to plan, organise and attend awareness-raising and fundraising events in the community, such as the Super Hero Fun Run, Quiz nights and various appeals. Other activities will include updating social media and administration support. This is a role for someone who is enthusiastic and willing to help, with strong organisational and good communication skills, a friendly attitude and ability to show initiative.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: Days and times are flexible
No of volunteers required: 1

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The British Red Cross - Independent Living Service Volunteer

Would you like to help someone in crisis to regain their confidence and well-being? The purpose of this role is to help someone through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support. Activities may include keeping someone company, giving support with practical tasks such as shopping and light meal preparation or accompanying someone to activities or appointments in the community. Volunteers for this role will be sensitive to the needs of people vulnerable to crisis, patient and encouraging, with the ability to carry out the role independently and as part of a team. Full training, induction and ongoing support will be provided and expenses will be reimbursed. A DBS check will be required. Please contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley for more information about this role.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley and surrounding neighbourhoods
When: Days and times are flexible
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Crawley Community & Voluntary Service - Community Access Volunteer

Community Access Volunteers provide friendly and encouraging support to individuals looking to achieve greater independence and connect with activities and services in the community. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of people who are isolated, and to be part of a vibrant and welcoming team here at CCVS. Volunteers in these roles meet individuals referred through Prescription Plus, and provide transport and support at social clubs and activities. Volunteers will receive training, induction, supervision and support, and out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed. A DBS check will be required and volunteers need to hold a driving licence and have access to a vehicle. Volunteers are asked to commit to the role for a minimum of 6 months.

Skills needed:
We are looking for volunteers who are understanding and good at listening, open-minded and non-judgemental, patient, empathetic and reliable.

Where: The local community in Crawley
When: Activities usually last for around two hours on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Opportunities are available on different days, and at different times.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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St Catherine's Hospice - Trustees

This local charity offers expert physical and emotional care to terminally ill local people and their families. It is seeking dynamic individuals to join the volunteer Board of Trustees. No experience of hospice care is required and you do not have to have held a trustee role previously. People with a background and experience in Finance, Medicine, ICT or Human Resources are particularly welcome to apply. There are two informal Open Events taking place on Thursday 23 January, 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 25 January, 10am to 12 noon. Please contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to register your interest if you would like to attend one of these events. The closing date for applications is Friday 21 February at 5pm and applicants must be available to attend a selection day on Monday 9 March. A DBS check will be required. A full role description is available from Elaine at Volunteer Crawley.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: as above
When: tbc
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Crawley Community Shop - supporting Carers Support West Sussex

If you enjoy a busy and community focused environment, this is a great opportunity for you to get involved. You will be carrying out the role alongside a dedicated group of volunteers while fundraising to help carers to live better. We can guarantee you will be kept busy, have fun helping out and meet lots of new people from the local community. You will have excellent communication skills, being sociable, cheerful and courteous in all you do. A Good level of fitness and mobility is required, as moving stock and extended time on your feet are all core parts of this role. Experience of using a till would be an advantage. Volunteers will be asked to offer one 3-4 hour shift on a Friday or Saturday. The shop is located in Pound Hill, Crawley. Induction training and ongoing support and development opportunities will be available, and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Pound Hill, Crawley
When: as above
No of volunteers required: 1

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West Sussex Youth Offending Service - opportunities to support young people

Have you ever thought about volunteering with young people? Appropriate Adults support young people aged 10-17 when they have been arrested and held in Police custody in West Sussex. Referral Order Panel Members facilitate a restorative meeting with the young person post-sentencing, accompanied by their parents/carers, to talk about what happened and the impact of their actions on the victim or community. These are roles for volunteers who are non-judgemental and good at listening, with the ability to build a good rapport with young people. Full training will be given, and potential Volunteers for these roles must be available for training in March (Appropriate Adult roles) or May (Referral Order Panel Member roles). Volunteers for these roles must be aged 19+ and able to commit to volunteering for at least a year. Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Opportunities throughout West Sussex
When: tbc
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Crohn's and Colitis UK - Finance Volunteer

This Charity’s mission is to work with all those affected by Crohn’s or Colitis to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, and ultimately find a cure. This is a role for someone who would like to gain and practise finance skills, and the role involves approving invoices, bills, cheques and donations on behalf of the team, liaising with the Treasurer to arrange payments, paying into the bank and maintaining records. Volunteers in this role will also have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of activities, including fundraising, editing, organising events, campaigning and managing social media.

Skills needed:
Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Where: Crawley/West Sussex
When: tbc
No of volunteers required: 1

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The Springboard Project

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities with Springboard Project. We run short break activities for children and young people with additional needs aged 0-25 years. If you are an understanding and caring individual who enjoys socialising and participating in fun activities, and if you are keen to help young people with additional needs to learn valuable life skills that will encourage their independence then why not come along and give it a go? Volunteers are asked to encourage the children and young people to participate in the activities on offer and support them. These include tasks such as ordering their own meal or drinks at a restaurant, paying for an ice-cream and receiving change – all valuable life and social skills aimed at developing and promoting independence and confidence. If you decide that you would like to come along and help us by volunteering some of your spare time, the staff at Springboard will be there to help and support you every step of the way. We don’t have a minimum volunteering time, we are happy to accept any time you have to spare. These sessions usually run a few evenings a week and Saturday mornings, and full days in school holidays. You don’t need any experience, you just need to be willing to give things a go! There are opportunities for Volunteers aged 14+. A DBS check is required for Volunteers in some roles who are aged 16+.

Skills needed:
As above

Where: Opportunities in Crawley, Horsham, Worthing and Sutton
When: Opportunities are flexible around your availability. See above for Session times.
No of volunteers required: 15+

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St Catherine's Hospice - Volunteer Coffee Shop Assistant

The busy coffee shop provides a great menu of home-cooked treats for patient families, visitors, staff and volunteers. The role involves serving customers, operating the till, keeping the coffee shop clean and tidy and fulfilling customer orders. It also provides a key part of fundraising activities by contributing to the income of the Hospice, making a direct difference to the care the Hospice provides.

Skills needed:
Volunteers will be sociable, cheerful and courteous, with good team skills, a caring approach and emotional resilience. A good level of fitness and mobility is needed in this role.

Where: St Catherine's Hospice in Southgate
When: A range of days and times available - contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more
No of volunteers required: 10+

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The Impact Tasty Team - "Get Cooking" Volunteer

The Impact Tasty Team is looking for a Volunteer who has an interest in cooking and nutrition and would like to share their skills to help others to learn to cook healthy meals on a budget at the Pregnancy Matters House in Crawley. The Impact Tasty Team is a local charity which works with adults and children in Mid Sussex and Crawley providing free cooking sessions. They empower people with the skills and knowledge they need to prepare quick, healthy meals on a budget. The team will provide training and support to help you run cooking sessions with a small group of residents. All expenses are reimbursed and all equipment will be provided.

Skills needed:
Please contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more

Where: Crawley
When: The sessions are flexible but are generally held between 11am and 2pm one day a week (day to be agreed), fortnightly, during term time only.

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Citizens Advice West Sussex - Advisers

We help people overcome their problems and campaign on big issues when their voices need to be heard. We value diversity, champion equality, and challenge discrimination and harassment. We are here for everyone. This role is ideal for anyone who wants to keep their mind active and give back to the community. It may also be suitable for you if you want to develop in the legal profession, social work or charity sector. We deal with enquiries through various channels: face to face, by phone, by email and by webchat. Advisers are the people who help solve clients’ problems, as well as highlighting issues that may affect wider society. Full training is provided.

Skills needed:
Good IT skills, good client-facing skills, willingness to learn

Where: Crawley
When: Advisers will need to be available for a minimum of two sessions each week, for example one morning and one afternoon, for at least a year, although some choose to do more than this.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Horsham Child Contact Centre - Volunteers

We provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for children to see a parent or other family member they are living separately from. We know that contact between families is vital to the healthy development of children.
Volunteers are needed to work in teams to support parents and children, get out the toys, serve teas and coffees, and support each other to make the Centre happen. The Centre is open on the first and third Saturday of the month, and volunteers work in three teams. Each volunteer will be on rota approximately once every six weeks, and will have the support of a team leader and a coordinator. Volunteers need to be friendly and non-judgmental, with the ability to maintain confidentiality. All volunteers have a DBS check before joining us. Applications are particularly welcomed from male volunteers, who are under-represented in this role.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Horsham
When: as above
No of volunteers required: 6+

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Crawley District Scouts - Explorer Leaders/Helpers

This is a role for someone with enthusiasm and a sense of fun and adventure. The Scouts offers fun, friendship and life changing adventure for more than 450,000 young people across the UK. Volunteer Leaders and Helpers for Explorers plan and help deliver a safe and exciting programme for young people aged 14-17. There is a wide scope for activities such as offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions. Volunteers will receive training and support in the role. There are opportunities to volunteer at Explorer Units in several locations in Crawley, and meetings take place weekly in the evenings. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Several locations in Crawley - contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more
When: One meeting each week in the evenings on weekdays
No of volunteers required: 8+

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Outreach 3Way - Volunteer Drama Assistant

Do you have a background in drama? Would you like to help others get involved in performing arts? Outreach 3Way is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to share their skills with a group of people we support to develop their skills and confidence in the arts. A DBS check will be required. Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Skills needed:
The Volunteer for this role will be confident with performing arts (drama, dancing, singing), friendly and happy to engage others to get involved.

Where: Outreach 3Way in Ifield
When: Sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons and/or Thursday mornings or afternoons - times and days can be agreed with the Volunteer.
No of volunteers required: 1

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Crawley Town Community Foundation - Trustee (Governance and Policy)

This Charity’s mission is to engage, inspire and empower people through sport and football. It does this by providing a range of programmes and services which include Walking Football, Crawley Old Girls, Crawley Town Flyers, Move the Goalposts, and more. The role of Trustee is to ensure that Crawley Town Community Foundation fulfils its governance and financial obligations, its duty to its beneficiaries and stakeholders, and delivers on its vision, mission and values. The Volunteer for this role will be able to show successful experience of board membership, sound judgement and effective decision making, effective team skills, and a sound understanding of Charity governance and policy development. This is an exciting and fulfilling role, based at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley. Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley for a full role description.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Broadfield Stadium, Crawley
When: Please contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more
No of volunteers required: 1

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Aspire Sussex Limited - Reception Volunteer

Aspire Sussex provides community-based adult education. It aims to enable people to achieve their personal aspirations, and inspire them to learn, enjoy and achieve. This role involves meeting, greeting and escorting students to classes, preparing registers, helping to maintain the attractive and tidy appearance of classrooms, and producing leaflets, letters and emails. Volunteers for this role will need good communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork skills, and the ability to use email, internet, Word and, ideally, Excel. A range of days and times is available at various locations in West Sussex. Please contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Locations in West Sussex, including Crawley
When: A range of days and times available
No of volunteers required: 6+

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Crawley District Scouts - Group Scout Leader

Crawley Scouts offers fun, challenge and adventure to over 900 young people aged 6 to 25 across 10 locations in Crawley. Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people, aged 6-25 years old, in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. This role is for someone with management experience who wants to do more in their community, with good interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others. As Group Scout Leader you would be responsible for leading a Scout group, ensuring that we provide good quality Scouting for young people, and taking us forward into the future. You will need to be capable of providing effective management and support for people of all ages. You should have good IT skills and access to your own computer. You should be prepared to attend evening meets locally (c4-8 per month) and undertake other tasks from home at a time that suits you. Group Scout Leaders are currently sought for 1st Crawley, 2nd Crawley and 4th Worth Scout Groups. The time commitment is between 4 and 10 hours each week. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: as above
No of volunteers required: 3+

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Aspire Sussex Ltd - Learning Support Volunteers

Aspire Sussex provides community-based Adult Education that is vibrant, accessible and sustainable, and responds to the needs of our local communities. Volunteering with Aspire provides an opportunity to meet and work with a diverse group of people in a fun environment, while at the same time supporting someone on their learning journey to achieve their goals. Volunteers are needed to support our classes for adults with learning disabilities. The role involves supporting students individually or in small groups, who want to **improve their skills for work, for everyday life or to help their children at school. Volunteers carry out the role under the guidance of a qualified tutor at all times. Volunteers will receive full training to support them in their role, as well as the opportunity to undertake a course with Aspire. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
Ability to engage and support learners, good verbal communication and team-working skills

Where: Ifield Community College
When: Monday, Wednesday or Thursday morning. Class times are 9.15am to 12.15pm.
No of volunteers required: 8+

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Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust - Meet and Greet Volunteers in Children and Family Centres

Could you spare a couple of hours each week? This role involves supporting the team with running the Healthy Child Clinic in Children and Family Centres. Volunteers will prepare information packs for new parents, assist professionals in setting up and tidying the clinic, call clients through from the waiting area, assist parents with self-weigh, and similar tasks. Full training will be given.

Skills needed:
Ability to engage effectively with parents, children and professionals

Where: Children and Family Centres in Crawley
When: To be agreed with Volunteer
No of volunteers required: 10+

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Refugees Welcome Crawley - a range of roles for Volunteers

Refugees Welcome Crawley would like more Volunteers to help support local refugees and vulnerable migrants in the Crawley and East Grinstead areas. Volunteer roles are varied, and include family support and befriending, driving to medical and other appointments or accompanying on public transport, English teaching, house preparation, DIY and gardening. Volunteers are assured of a warm welcome, support in their roles, and can claim volunteering expenses. Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Skills needed:
varies according to role

Where: Opportunities available in Crawley and in East Grinstead
When: days and times to be agreed
No of volunteers required: 10+

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Rivers Learning Project Community - Volunteer Mentors and English Language Supporters

This is a role for a woman who would like to help and encourage other women to read, write and speak the English language, and to relax in an English-speaking environment. Rivers LPC is a local charity which works towards empowering women to take up new challenges in life, and it supports women who are socially excluded, not able to find assistance from other organisations, or women who need help without the involvement of formal authorities. English does not have to be your first language to be successful in this role.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Bewbush
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.15-12.15 in school term times only.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Community Transport Sussex - Travel Buddy

We exist to supply transport to the elderly, disabled and those who suffer from social exclusion and cannot access public transport. We take people to local shops, doctors’ surgeries and day centres. We also supply transport to local community groups and assist with school runs to schools which educate children and young people with special educational needs. We are looking for volunteers who would accompany those older people who don’t book on our day trips because they don’t know anyone. As a Travel Buddy you would spend about half a day helping to make them feel supported and comfortable. Travel Buddies will need to meet the cost of any entrance fee or hospitality at venues, but transport will be free. A DBS check is required, and the cost will be covered by Community Transport Sussex.

Skills needed:
Volunteers should be sensible, patient, responsible and willing to be a travel companion to a vulnerable or lonely older person on our excursions.

Where: Crawley and surrounding areas.
When: Times and dates to be agreed with Volunteers. This is a flexible opportunity.
No of volunteers required: 10+

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Home-Start CHAMS - Volunteer Fundraising Liaison Assistant

Our team of trained parent Volunteers gives support and friendship to families with young children who are facing challenges including disability, mental health issues, bereavement, poverty and isolation. our aim is to give vulnerable young children the best possible start in life. The Volunteer Fundraising Liaison Assistant will help the fundraising manager to plan, organise and attend awareness-raising and fundraising events in the community, such as the Super Hero Fun Run, Quiz nights and the Snowflake appeal at Christmas. Other activities will include updating social media and administration support.

Skills needed:
This is a role for someone who is enthusiastic and willing to help, with strong organisational and good communication skills, a friendly attitude and ability to show initiative.

Where: Crawley
When: Flexible days and times, events often take place on a Saturday or a Sunday.
No of volunteers required: 3

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Streetlight UK - a range of opportunities for Volunteers

Streetlight UK provides specialist support for women who have been sexually exploited, sex trafficked or involved in prostitution. A woman’s dignity and choices are placed at the centre of the service, and practical support is given to those wanting to exit prostitution. Streetlight UK has many different volunteering opportunities which can be tailored to suit your specific skills and areas of interest. Volunteers for these roles will be committed to the ethos and values of the charity, able to commit to at least 12 months, have lots of common sense, able to communicate clearly and have experience of working with people, or good social interaction skills. Full training and ongoing support will be given. A DBS check and references will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: Varies according to role
No of volunteers required: 10+

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Surrey Independent Visitor Service - Volunteers to befriend children in care in Crawley

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who visits, befriends and advises a child in care. A child and visitor choose activities to do together that they both enjoy – from window shopping, visiting the library, enjoying fast food, to dog walking, ice skating or rock climbing. This is a role for someone who is enthusiastic and energetic, with patience, tolerance and understanding. Volunteers are asked to commit to the role for at least two years, so that they can offer the commitment and stability which a child will need. Training, induction and ongoing support will be given, and agreed expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers in these roles must agree to an enhanced DBS check, references and health check. Contact Elaine at Volunteer Crawley to find out more.

Skills needed:
As above

Where: Opportunities throughout Sussex and Surrey, including Crawley
When: Volunteers offer one day each month, usually at weekends.
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Circle Club - Volunteer Helpers and Volunteer Drivers

The Circle Club is a small, friendly lunch club for older people which meets at Compass House in the grounds of Worth Abbey on most Tuesdays. Volunteers are sought to drive members to and from the club and to help between 11am and 3pm. Hot drinks and food are served for lunch, but no food preparation is necessary. Volunteers help either weekly or on a rota, and choose whether they drive and help, just drive or just help. Volunteers are welcome to join and enjoy the entertainment and activities offered, which include music afternoons, talks, regular outings and contributions by members.

Skills needed:
tbc

Where: Compass House, in the grounds of Worth Abbey
When: The Circle Club meets 11am to 3pm on most Tuesdays
No of volunteers required: 5+

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Whizz-Kidz - Youth Activity Volunteer

Youth Activity Volunteers help to deliver fun, exciting and interesting events for young wheelchair users aged between 8 and 25. Volunteers assist the leader to support young people to get involved in the various activities, providing 1-1 support where necessary and acting as a positive role model for the young people attending. There are also opportunities for volunteers to lead activities if they wish. Volunteers for these roles will be supportive, friendly and sensitive to others, with a positive attitude towards disability. Experience of working with young people is helpful, but is not essential. Volunteers are asked to support at 5 sessions each year. An enhanced DBS check is required for all volunteers. No personal care is involved, and reasonable expenses up to a maximum of £30 per session are refunded.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: tbc
No of volunteers required: 5+

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