Below are details of organisations and initiatives that have recently contacted HVA to tell us they need more volunteers or trustees. Please do offer your help if you are able to.
Alternatively, if you can't find a suitable opportunity for you on the volunteering list below, give us your details on this registration form, and we will be in touch with you to identify ways that you can help others.
Roles Listed November 2023
Active Hastings Volunteer Network: The Active Hastings Volunteer Network is the first step for anyone of any age, to start their volunteer journey in sport and physical activity. For more information visit https://www.hastings.gov.uk/sport_play/volunteering/sport/ or email [email protected]
AGE UK East Sussex - Hastings Charity Shop Volunteers: There’s so much to get stuck in to when volunteering in our shops. We get lots of donations and it's always exciting to spot a real gem. You'll be taking in, sorting, steaming and pricing donations, rolling up your sleeves in the backroom as well as being on the shop floor. You’ll be trained to use the till and handle money, as well as completing the Gift Aid forms that let people’s donations help us even more. Some days you’ll be wielding a duster and vacuum as well as your imagination to make the shop and window displays look their best - everyone in the team has an input in how the shops look and feel. Ideally you could volunteer one shift a week, which is about four hours, but we're flexible. No special skills are needed as we’ll show you what to do and we provide all the training you’ll need. But if you have any experience or particular interest tell us, it may come in useful. Contact [email protected] or call 01273 476704 if you can help! They also have roles available in their Battle and Bexhill charity shops, and especially need help on a Sunday.
Hastings Parkrun are always in need of volunteers to support their 9am Saturday morning run sessions. This is a low-commitment role (even just a single week of volunteering is appreciated!) and you absolutely don't have to be a runner yourself. Roles include marshals; course checker; token support; scanners and more! You will be shown/given a how to, for all the roles. They are also holding an event on Christmas Day (9am, Monday) and New Years Day (9am, Monday). Fancy dress is optional but encouraged on Christmas day! https://www.parkrun.org.uk/hastings/volunteer/
Red Cross Customer service Volunteer, We need volunteers like you so that everyone who needs a wheelchair can get one. In this role you will be giving a warm welcome to customers visiting or phoning us. Helping people wanting to hire a wheelchair or other equipment. Using a computer-based stock control system. Showing people how to use equipment. Taking payments / donations. Visit our website for more details. https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer
Volunteer Heritage Greeters & Guides at Christ Church St Leonards: you will welcome visitors to Christ Church events, as well as deliver 45-minute guided tours of our church to general visitors and local community groups. Visits may happen on any day of the week, including weekends and evenings. You will engage and entertain visitors with stories about the history of the church. You'll need to be: reliable; friendly and welcoming; a good communicator. You don’t need experience. We will provide you with everything you need to succeed including training sessions and a tour script. This is a great opportunity to gain some heritage and public speaking experience for your CV. Training: 3 half days (likely Saturdays). Dates TBC. Contact: Lucy Bailey, Heritage Manager, [email protected]
Hastings Woodcraft Folk : We need volunteers to help out at our weekly group nights, on Tuesday evenings, where we play games and run activities. We also need help with planning events and promotion if you prefer to be involved in that way. Woodcraft Folk offers a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other. Web: https://hastings-woodcraft.org.uk/ Email: [email protected]
Warming Up The Homeless: Join our small teams in Hastings, Bexhill or Eastbourne. We distribute food, hot drinks, clothes, toiletries, sleeping bags and anything else that helps people sleeping on our streets stay well fed, warm and clean. See our website for more details about the roles available - there are daytime, evening and weekend roles available. https://wuth.org/volunteer/
Sensory Soft Play (SSP support families locally of children with special needs) we need volunteers for the following roles at our Community Space on Langham Road. People to help plan and run public fund-raising events; A general maintenance person to help us fix/maintain the centre; New Trustees and committee members to help with general management and development of the charity; A person to help manage the sensory room/play room bookings – twice a week? You can feel free to use the wifi here and hot desk at the same time; Help with maintenance and garden projects. A few hours of your time a month or one off for an event would make a big difference to this much needed space! Get in touch via [email protected] and we’ll arrange a chat. Or visit our Facebook page.
Karmabank Community Kitchen needs you! We run a weekly community kitchen and foodbank which takes place every Thursday. You'll play an important role in helping to prepare and serve meals made from surplus food, helping with the foodbank or clearing up. You'll join a lively and experienced team and serve up to 80 people each week. Join the kitchen and foodbank team on Thursdays to help prepare and serve up to 80 meals and grocery bags - we are open between 10am and 3.30pm, most volunteers choose a morning or afternoon shift. If Thursdays don't work for you we have other volunteering opportunities including social media support, fundraising and surplus food collections - all these can be flexible to work around your schedule. Find us on Facebook and Insta as @karmabankhastings. Want to know more? Simply drop us an email at [email protected] and we will be in touch.
Hourglass Safer Ageing Volunteer – This role is key to the development and delivery of Hourglass Safer Ageing work. Safer Ageing Volunteers will perform various functions, such as advocates, caseworkers, providing a listening ear, Helpline, or awareness raising, to name a few. The role can reflect the skills and interests of the volunteer, while fitting within the aims of the work. Full training and support will be given as appropriate, with further opportunities for learning and development. We will cover all out-of-pocket expenses, and arrange regular support meetings with other volunteers and staff. Contact [email protected] to receive further information.
Are you passionate about community dance? Have you experienced the joy, energy and buzz of a shared dance activity? Would you like to make a difference and enable more people to get involved. Dance Hastings is looking for people like you and have a range of opportunities for you to explore. We currently have openings for Trustees and Buddies.If you would like to find out more, and join the Dance Hastings Team call or email Phillippa on 07790698053 or [email protected], Or follow this link to the Dance Hastings website: www.dancehastings.co.uk
Roles Listed October 2023
Mental Health Help Sussex needs you! Can you spare 2 hours a month on a Saturday 12-2pm to help run the drop in at the Common Room on Cambridge Road? No experience required as training will be given. Gain new skills / friendly environment / meet new people / help people. Drop in one Saturday for a chat about whether the role might be right for you.
Volunteer Playworker to help with EFT's Mum's Fit group. In this role you will help in looking after the young children who attend the group, playing and reading stories, and also in setting-up for the group and clearing away afterwards. Would suit a mum or someone looking to gain childcare experience. Position will require a DBS check. Please contact Rae for more information 07961674045 or [email protected]
EFT's Food Pantry are looking for volunteer drivers for local deliveries. Are you a driver who could you spare a couple of hours a week to deliver food to those in need? Role involves lifting and is subject to DBS checks. Please contact Rae for more information [email protected] or call 07961674045. Please look our website for more information on volunteering for the Trust and the work EFT does https://www.educationfuturestrust.org/volunteering
Ore in Bloom is a community gardening group. We provide the hanging baskets, bedding displays and planters which are displayed across Ore. We also run talks and events for Ore residents and hold an annual Ore gardening competition. This year we have created a garden with Ore Library and have exciting plans to create more community garden spaces. We would love support both with gardening (no experience necessary) and running community events. Please contact us at [email protected] to find out more.
Coram Beanstalk Reading Helper - We train volunteers from the local community to go into one of our partner primary schools on a weekly basis and support children to grow a love of reading. Sound like something you'd like to do? Get in touch! [email protected]
Breast Mates Hastings is a weekly group that provides feeding support in Hastings for parents and babies (pregnant mothers also welcome). The group takes place on Friday mornings 10.30am -12.00pm, term-time only. We are looking for a friendly volunteer who can help to welcome parents with a smile, and make teas and coffees. This role would suit someone who has perhaps previously worked with parents and babies and who is supportive of breastfeeding. See email [email protected] or see our Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/breastmatessussex/
Roles Listed September 2023
Salvation Army Pet Food Coordinator We are looking for a weekly pet food bank volunteer on a Tuesday or Thursday (or both) from 10am-12pm. Come and join our friendly team of volunteers and to make a positive difference to local families and their animals’ needs. Duties would include: Arranging and sorting pet food donations; Supporting individuals on a 1:1 basis with their pet food needs; Basic administration paperwork; Liaising with Street Vet when needed; Keeping up to date with local campaigns, such as neutering campaigns; Knowledge of local vet practices and animal charitable organisations would be an advantage. Full in-house training given. For further information please email [email protected] or call 01424 426894
Read Easy East Sussex are looking for a new Literacy Specialist to join our Hastings-based team of volunteers. If you have a background in teaching reading and literacy and are looking for a challenging and rewarding volunteering opportunity, look no further! Read Easy matches non- or beginner readers with coaches 1:1, and has established a successful track record using a free, flexible approach in which readers learn at their own pace in a safe environment. The approximate time commitment is 3-4 hours per week.To find out more about our scheme and how you could help change local people's lives, please email Sarah at [email protected] or visit: readeasy.org.uk/groups/read-easy-east-sussex
Salvation Army, Baby Bank Coordinator: Are you passionate about supporting people and making a positive impact in your local community? We are looking for a weekly baby bank coordinator on a Tuesday or Thursday (or both) from 9.45am-12.15pm at The Salvation Army Citadel. Come and join our friendly team of volunteers and to make a positive difference to local families. Duties would include: Supporting families in need; Completing basic administration forms; Sorting through donations; Washing and ironing donations; Organising stock; Keeping the baby bank tidy and presentable; Talking with and supporting families. Full in-house training given. For further information please email [email protected] or call 01424 426894
Marie Curie Information and Support Volunteer: Do you have experience of terminal illness? Or experience of caring for someone at the end of their life? As an Information and Support Voices volunteer, you would share your story and give us your feedback on what we produce so we can keep improving the information and support we have on our website and in print. This is a flexible role - get involved when it suits you. Apply on our website to get started www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering. For more information contact Karen | 0751 513 5365 [email protected]
Are you interested in helping create a woodland haven for wildlife and people? We are digging a pond, creating deadhedging, clearing land from invasive plants, tree planting, planning and installing woodland paths, bat and bird box installation over the coming months and offer the opportunity to work outside with others on Wednesdays to Fridays. Urban Outdoors are trained Forest school and wilderness therapeutic intervention providers - we work across social divides to offer a deep connection to nature and personal gain using nature and the environment as a catalyst for therapeutic internal work and personal and group therapy programs. We are trained Forest school leaders and trained to deliver Advanced Therapeutic Wilderness interventions through EQE outdoors and Earthwalks through Earth Education UK. Our woods are based near Westfield, East Sussex. For further details and to make an enquiry please email Abby at: [email protected] or visit us at: www.urbanoutdoorslondon.co.uk
Marie Curie Check In and Chat Volunteer: Offer ongoing emotional support to adults affected by terminal illness. With just 30 minutes a week, you can make a huge difference from the comfort of your own home! Apply on our website to get started www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering For more information contact: Jonathan | 0207 091 4135 [email protected]
Roles Listed August 2023
Alexandra Park Green House Group are seeking a treasurer to prepare accounts for the charity on a periodic basis. The role will include (amongst other things) income and expenditure reports, budget comparisons, preparation of yearly accounts. Basic knowledge of accounts is required. At present the accounts are prepared manually using spreadsheets, though they hope to transfer to an online accounts package in the future. The accounts will only take a few hours per month, but there is also the opportunity to get involved with other aspects of the greenhouse. If you are interested in finding out more please email [email protected] or call 07949 829 168.
FSN is recruiting to voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees. FSN is a successful charity based in Hastings who have been working to provide services and support for children, young people and families for over 80 years.. Our Core offer includes Children and Young People, Whole Family Approach, Training and Learning and Health and Wellbeing. Whether you are an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, we want to hear from you. Our new Trustees should have skills in one or more of the following areas: Business/Digital Promotion/Research. The expected time commitment is six Trustee meetings per year held in Hastings on Monday between 1pm-3pm plus one strategy day and some ad hoc committee work. For more information and an application pack: check FSN website www.fsncharity.co.uk or contact HR on [email protected]
Association of Carers are looking for volunteer drivers in the Hastings area. No experience needed, mileage paid and training given. Clean license essential. Call 01424 7223039 or visit associationofcarers.org.uk for more information.
Hastings Street Pastors need two or three new Trustees to replace retiring members of the Board. If anyone is interested they can contact me in the first instance. Trustee meetings are generally held monthly. Training will be provided to get to grips with Street Pastor operations and how we run the organisation. Anyone with particular skills such as finance/secretarial would be particularly welcome. Hastings Street Pastors is a Christian organisation. Contact Graham Atfield, [email protected], 07811 852900
The East Sussex Youth Justice Service works with children, aged 10-18 years, who have committed offences and been issued with a disposal by Police or an order in Court. They are seeking volunteers to act as Appropriate Adults to support children and young people when in police custody in East Sussex (Hastings and Eastbourne), and Referral Order Panel Members to represent the community at panels with the aim of supporting children and young people to prevent reoffending, repair the harm for their behaviour and reintegrate into the community. For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Helen Sanderson, at [email protected].
Roles Listed July 2023
Marie Curie Retail - Hastings: We are looking for volunteers to help us sort through all these donations, pick out the best items and prepare and sell them to our customers. Your role would consist of some of the below Prepare items for sale by checking, hanging, steaming, sizing, and pricing them. Work on the shop floor and provide excellent customer service to our shoppers, Operate the till Help out with basic housekeeping to keep the shop clean and tidy. This allows us to raise funds so our nurses can continue to provide care to terminally ill people and support for their families. If this is you please get in touch via email at [email protected]
The Snowflake Trust was established in 2006 to provide and promote the provision of accommodation, shelter and housing and any ancillary facilities to those in need in Hastings and St Leonard and is seeking to appoint new Trustees in our new projects. If you have business experience, particularly in the finance, administration, and marketing sectors, and would like to use your skills and knowledge to play a key role in shaping the charity’s future, we would love to hear from you. We hold 12 board meetings per year, so the role demands an average of one day per month of dedicated time spent on charity business, such as trustee meetings or reporting on the charity’s accounts. For more information, please contact Andrew at [email protected] and see our website at https://snowflaketrust.org.uk/
Alexandra Park Green House Group are seeking a treasure to prepare accounts for the charity on a periodic basis. The role will include (amongst other things) income and expenditure reports, budget comparisons, preparation of yearly accounts. Basic knowledge of accounts is required. At present the accounts are prepared manually using spreadsheets, though they hope to transfer to an online accounts package in the future. The accounts will only take a few hours per month, but there is also the opportunity to get involved with other aspects of the greenhouse. If you are interested in finding out more please email [email protected] or call 07949 829 168.
FSN is seeking people to join their Board of Trustees. FSN is a successful charity based in Hastings who have been working to provide services and support for children, young people and families for over 80 years.. Our Core offer includes Children and Young People, Whole Family Approach, Training and Learning and Health and Wellbeing. Whether you are an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, we want to hear from you. Our new Trustees should have skills in one or more of the following areas: Business/Digital Promotion/Research. The expected time commitment is six Trustee meetings per year held in Hastings on Monday between 1pm-3pm plus one strategy day and some ad hoc committee work. For more information and an application pack: check FSN website www.fsncharity.co.uk or contact HR on [email protected]
Roles listed June 2023
Warrior Square Station Community Garden: Wednesdays 5-7pm, Sundays 3-5pm. We're trying to ensure that a garden "regular" is always there during those times but there always seems to be a couple of days when we could use some extra hands. If you're an experienced (or beginner) gardener, or just someone with a passion to support others in keeping more of our public spaces green and pleasant, please join us. An hour or two, once a month is all that's needed! Contact [email protected] or come along to a session.
FSN Bexhill Youth Project: BYP is a young person led fun and creative youth club, focussing on the needs of the young people attending. Providing AQA awards, peer mentoring and fun based activities, BYP is looking for a volunteer Youth Worker to support the delivery of the club and its activities, to help support young people experiencing challenges living in Bexhill on Sea. Please visit https://www.fsncharity.co.uk/about-us/volunteers, call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email [email protected]
Community Volunteers: East Sussex Fire & Rescue needs additional volunteers to support the already successful teams that are active throughout East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove to share our prevention messages on Fire, Water Road and Education through Community Fire Station Open days, ESFRS Campaigns, Pride / Carnival, assisting with Fire, Water, Road Safety awareness, Safety In Action weeks, training and exercises, full training is provided for all activities. Can you spare a minimum 8 hours plus per month please see our website for further information https://www.esfrs.org/community-volunteers or contact Linda Baker on 01323 462438 [email protected].
Bags of Taste is a nonprofit organisation helping vulnerable adults in food poverty. Our service is now more in need than ever due to the cost of living crisis. We need drivers to deliver our ingredient bags to people in Hastings & Rother. We run 6 courses a year so the time commitment is only a couple of hours every two months. If you could spare a couple of hours to help a very worthy cause please contact Jo Durkin on 07775 210303 / [email protected] or visit our website for more information about what we do https://bagsoftaste.org/
The East Sussex College Group Governing Board are keen to appoint Independent Governors from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and experience (e.g. financial management, audits, complex capital and infrastructure projects, marketing and strategic communications, managing change, FE curriculum). Governors are at the very heart of the College Group, not only responsible for determining the education and training provided and the strategy for delivering it, but also leading the drive to maintain excellent teaching and learning, improving outcomes for young people and adult learners in Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven. For more information, and to apply click here, or contact Belle Howard, Director of Governance at [email protected] or on 07776 596260.
Roles Listed May 2023
Gardening Our Streets are back for a second summer in the town centre and we are looking for green-fingered (or aspiring!) people to help. Meet weekly on Wednesdays at the Common Room at 1.45pm, then we'll head out to our new temporary 'urban greenhouse' at 12 Claremont St (by the library) for We Dig Wednesdays 2023 between 2 and 4. See you there!
Dom's Food Mission is looking for friendly volunteers to assist in various roles, including packing and distributing food throughout the week, daytime driving for pickups and drop-offs, and participating in evening and weekend collections as a driver or support. If you possess specialised knowledge in computers, media, or fundraising that could also be useful to us, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07905553208
At Martha Trust we make sure that the profoundly disabled people we care for enjoy as full and active a life as possible. We help them to achieve their potential and, where possible, their independence, and we respect their right to privacy, to choice and to dignity. We are looking for volunteers in the Hastings area to help with collections from Aldi and Lidl on weekends. If you or a friend or family member would be interested in volunteering please contact [email protected].
The Healthy Ageing Team at East Sussex County Council are looking for volunteers to support people to prepare for later life. Our volunteers will hold friendly conversations with people to help them to prepare for big life changes, such as becoming a carer to a loved one, changes to health or mobility, or bereavement. Training will be provided, and you will become a part of a supportive network of volunteers. To show interest or get more information please email [email protected].
Every year Surviving Christmas pack in excess of 700 food hampers for distribution to local families, and host a two-day event (over Christmas and Boxing Days), offering entertainment, food and company to anyone who would like to share in it. We are actively seeking new members to help with this, in particular, a secretary, a website coordinator, and trustees. New trustees would assist in ensuring that the charity is being correctly run, and acting in the charity’s best interests, amongst other things. Specific duties will be discussed with anyone who applies for a role, but all of these voluntary positions are compatible with work and family commitments. Please contact [email protected] to express an interest.
Roles Listed April 2023
Hastings Greenway Trust (HGT – Charity Number 1191171 Registered CIO) was set up in 2020, by Hastings Greenway Group and other organisations, with support from Hastings Voluntary Action. Its function is to ' promote and assist in the development and provision, for the public benefit, of safe Greenway routes, paths and facilities for cycling, walking and healthy recreation in and around Hastings'. HGT is currently working on a modest start up budget, however, we are confident that we will be able to obtain grant funding in the near future and are seeking to recruit volunteers with an interest in our aims to act as trustees to help us achieve successful outcomes in the future. Please contact us via [email protected] or at Hastings Greenway Trust at Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN if you can assist us.
Roles Listed March 2023
Independent Custody Visitor – Are you interested in policing and passionate about helping vulnerable people in your local community? The Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner manages a team of volunteers who undertake vital duties for the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme. After full training, volunteers make unannounced visits to their local Sussex Police custody centre. They speak with people being held at the police station, ensuring that their rights, entitlements and welfare are being upheld. Volunteers are escorted by a custody office, and visits take place at varying times of the day and night. After each visit, volunteers complete a written report about their findings to submit to the Scheme Manager with information. Each volunteer will be invited to make one visit every 6-8 weeks depending on their availability. Each visit lasts approximately 30 – 90 minutes. To learn more about this unique role, click HERE.
Isabel Blackman Centre Receptionist Volunteer: The Centre Reception Volunteer is a key part of the team, closely supporting the Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Manager and other volunteers to deliver a range of activities, classes and events that help make IBC a vibrant and sustainable community-led health, leisure and wellbeing venue for older people and the wider community living in or visiting Hastings and St Leonards. Using your inter-personal skills you will provide a professional and efficient reception service at IBC by ensuring all clients and visitors feel welcome and valued when they visit or contact the centre. The particularly need help on Saturdays. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: [email protected] or call 01273 476704
TCV Volunteer health walk leaders: All of The Conservation Volunteers’ health walks are led by trained community volunteers. There is a team for each location and at least two leaders each week. Without these amazing volunteers, the scheme would not exist. If you love walking and would like to help other people to get more active, perhaps you’d like to join the team near you, taking a turn once or twice a month. No previous experience is required, a friendly and supportive nature is the most important thing. In the first place, it is a great idea is to pop along to a walk, have a chat with the leaders and walkers and get an idea of how the walks work. Free training is provided, a 90 minute workshop (currently delivered via Zoom) and a one hour demo walk with lots of opportunity for discussion with other new walk leaders. Get in touch if you would like to find out more. 07740 899 559 / [email protected]
Bexhill Tuesday Club is a club for the blind and partially sighted. It is based in Little Common but runs out of St Leonards/Hastings, and they are in need of another driver/escort for the group. The group takes place on Tuesday afternoon every week, picking up in Hastings and Bexhill and then dropping people home after the session. Expenses paid, and there is tea and cake. The group has a small minibus which should be covered by a normal driving license. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jane Winder on [email protected]
Hastings Greenway Trust (HGT – Charity Number 1191171 Registered CIO) was set up in 2020, by Hastings Greenway Group and other organisations, with support from Hastings Voluntary Action. Its function is to 'promote and assist in the development and provision, for the public benefit, of safe Greenway routes, paths and facilities for cycling, walking and healthy recreation in and around Hastings'. HGT is currently working on a modest start up budget, however, we are confident that we will be able to obtain grant funding in the near future and are seeking to recruit a volunteer treasurer with some accounting skills and an interest in our aims. Please contact us via [email protected] or at Hastings Greenway Trust at Jackson Hall, Portland Place, Hastings, TN34 1QN if you can assist us.
Hastings Street Pastors are seeking a volunteer BOOK-KEEPER/ACCOUNTANT to help manage the group’s financial matters. This includes banking of cash and cheques; bank account reconciliation; preparing financial information for trustee meetings and the AGM, Gift Aid admin and more. Prior experience useful but not essential. Please apply to Graham Atfield (Chair) - [email protected]
Roles listed February 2023
Interventions Alliance Activity Hub Volunteer - We are looking for lively and positive people to support professionals within our local Hastings Activity Hub working with participants (men over the age of 18 who are on probation). This would include helping the participants with job searches, education applications or helping to host fun and educational arts & crafts sessions. No prior experience is needed but would be beneficial. This is a long-term volunteering position with roughly 2hr weekly commitment taking place within business hours (9am-5pm). For more information, please contact Elizabete Ivane: [email protected] or 07955 441748
Interventions Alliance Community support volunteer - Our service supports people who have recently been released from custody and are under the management of the Probation service. Mentors in this role will support our participants with accommodation and/or employment needs as well as offer emotional support. As a mentor you would offer personalised, one-to-one support in the community to help improve participants’ lives and act as a positive role model. This is a long-term volunteering position with extensive training offered. Remote volunteering is also possible. For more information, please contact Elizabete Ivane: [email protected] or 07955 441748
Interventions Alliance Domestic Abuse community volunteer - This role sits within a special project tackling domestic abuse across Sussex. The service supports people on their journey of creating healthier relationships by assisting them to access vital services and engage in their local community. Our mentors offer personalised, one-to-one support to help improve participants’ lives, equipping them with skills to succeed and assisting with practical tasks such as job searches, formal applications, and housing search. As a mentor you would work alongside other partner agencies such as substance misuse & mental health support services. This is a long-term volunteering position with extensive training offered. Remote volunteering is also possible. For more information, please contact Elizabete Ivane: [email protected] or 07955 441748
Roles listed January 2023
Fancy organising a litterpick with your group or organisation? HVA is working with CleanupUK to support community litterpicking activity in Hastings. Su at HVA is helping to encourage community groups to organise one-off or regular litter picks in their neighbourhoods. Up to 20 sets of waste collecting kit can be borrowed, together with a ‘how to’ pack describing all you need to know about organising the activity, including where to leave the sacks of waste. Litterpicks generally last an hour so easily fitted into regular activity schedules for young or older people.For more info contact [email protected] m. 07702 902 840. www.cleanupuk.org.uk
Just Friends: Tea/Coffee making volunteer, Just Friends helps combat the effects of loneliness through social meetings and a range of events. There is no membership fee, and the group is only open to those who live alone (carers are welcome too) not looking for romance, a relationship or a partner - Just Friends. We would love a friendly volunteer to come along and help make the tea one or two mornings a month (whilst also meeting new people) at Central Hall in Hastings Town Centre, TN34 1NG. Email [email protected] for more information.
Healthwatch East Sussex are looking for Volunteer Representatives to champion Healthwatch East Sussex and the experiences and views of the public and patients at a range of forums, groups and other meetings. We are particularly looking for people with an interest and possibly lived experiences in the following services areas but welcome all applications, so whatever your interest or experience, do get in touch: NHS 111; Cancer services; Adult mental health services; Dental services, especially community dentistry. For the full Volunteer Representative Role Description (and other roles available) visit our website: https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/volunteer-roles/
Roles listed December 2022
Education Futures Trust are looking for a volunteer for a Forest school in a primary school, Mondays and Tuesdays 12-3pm, and an extra person to help with packing food hampers. If you are able to help please contact [email protected] or 01424 722241
East Sussex County Council's Early Help 0-19 team are looking for volunteers to help support local families with under 5s. Opportunities include sing-along groups, buggy walks, supporting Aquababes, sensory groups for families with additional needs and more. For more information call or text Lesley on 07557 748620 or email [email protected].
SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity locally, are looking for volunteer case workers over 18 years of age to support Local Veterans. Volunteers need to be IT literate and, ideally, would be available for 4 hours minimum per week. Reasonable expenses are paid. Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical, and emotional support. For more information and an informal chat contact Ted Williams on 07887051764 or visit https://www.ssafa.org.uk/volunteer
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? If so, please do let us know by emailing Jane on [email protected] 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.