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Volunteering

We are gathering details of organisations and initiatives that currently need more volunteers. Please do offer your help if you are able to:

 

Last updated: 1st June 2020 

 

Four Courts Food Project is a new partnership initiative between Doms Food Mission, Optivo and Hastings Voluntary Action.

The project will operate from the Four Courts car park and in bad weather from the community centre on Fridays.

Strict social distancing procedures will be in place for every ones safety and volunteers will be briefed prior to opening and then supervised throughout.

We are looking for six volunteers who can be available regularly each Friday from 10-2 to help out with preparation and distribution of food bags to Four Courts residents when the project launches in a few weeks time. For more details contact debby@hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk or call 07513 234 307.    

 

 

BHT Fulfilling Lives are looking to launch a digital inclusion project and need volunteers who are willing to give up some of their time to prepare donated smartphones for use by vulnerable people in the community helping them stay connected. If you unlock phones, restore them to factory settings, check they work and are safe and can instal simple apps then contact Ian on 07712 528496 or email iain.boyle@sefulfillinglives.org.uk

 

 Sew Hastings are currently involved in the making of scrubs and masks. They need home seamstresses of a professional standard to help out, all materials are provided. For more info text SEW HASTINGS to 07854 163540 or email Lynne on lynnesalvage53@gmail.com  

 

Soundcastle supports wellbeing and wellbeing through creative music making with communities. Their current volunteer opportunities are listed below-

 

Social Media Strategist:

We are currently devising a social media strategy to help us reach more people with our creative music making activities online. We would really benefit from insight into how to do this from somebody who works in communications/ has experience of devising marketing plans. We currently have active accounts on Facebook/ Twitter & Instagram and are building a YouTube channel.

 

Web Developer:

We have a live website (designed via Wordpress), however do not currently have the in-house skills to add certain elements (such as an interactive resources page for families in lockdown). Anyone who has wordpress experience and could help us update the website to be more useful during this time would be greatly appreciated.

 

Safeguarding Specialist:

As we are taking all our inclusive music making programmes online, we are rewriting policies to ensure best safeguarding practice. It would be really helpful to have support from someone who is aware of best practice in current online safeguarding.

 

Fundraising/ Fundraising Strategist:

Our current fundraising strategy has been working really well, however many of the funds we were due to apply to this and next quarter have recently closed doors to new applications due to C19. It would be incredibly useful to us to have support in re-designing the strategy to ensure our resilience through this period.

 

Sales & Marketing Specialist:

We have always been a predominately grant funded organisation, however have recently devised a programme that we believe could sell (in future) to music education hubs and other arts organisations We have very limited sales experience on the team and would really welcome some support in how to best approach a strategy to take this programme forward. The Arts Council have funded a pilot which we will be delivering over the next 6 months and then we hope to be generating some sustainable sales revenue from then to ensure we can continue supporting our communities.

For more details on any of these opportunities contact rachael@soundcastle.co.uk or phone 07525 059570.

 

 Hastings Museum and Art Gallery are seeking volunteers willing to record their experiences of living under lock down and how their lives have changed as a result of the pandemic. Participants would be asked to keep a daily journal and these would be kept as part of the museum's collection potentially being used in future collections. If you live in or around Hastings and are interested in taking part then email museum@hastings.gov.uk    

 

Is your group or organisation seeking new volunteers to support your current provision? Or are you looking for volunteers as part of new plans you are putting in place at this challenging time? If so, please do let us know by emailing Debby on debby@hastingsvoluntaryaction.org.uk or by calling 01424 444010.
HVA will be collating the information and sharing via our website, e-bulletins and social networks to help match willing volunteers with need in the local area.

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