VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Below is a list of some of volunteering opportunities that we have in Adur.

If you would like further information about any of these opportunities please contact Sarah by email sarah@adurva.org or phone 01273 031520, or drop in to the Community Space on Ham Rd opposite the Co-op (Tuesdays or Wednesday mornings).

RoleWhenInterestActivityDescription
TreasurerTime FlexibleThe Treasurer role is a key role. The main responsibilities are to prepare and present budgets, accounts and financial statements to the board of trustees. You will ensure that proper accounts and records are kept and that financial resources are spent and invested in line with the charity's policies, governance and legal requirements. To be instrumental in the development and implementation of financial reserves and investment policies.
TrusteeTime FlexibleWith other trustees, to hold the charity 'in trust' for current and future beneficiaries by ensuring that the charity has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction. Be responsible for the performances of the charity and it's 'corporate' behaviour. You will also ensure that the charity complies with all legal and regulatory requirements as well as acting as guardians of the charity's assets and ensuring that governance is of the highest possible standard.
MINI BUS DRIVERTime FlexibleDrive mini bus
Lifeboat Station Visitor GuideMon-Fri day Weekend dayChildren, Disability, Elderly, Emergency Services, Families Administration, Advice, Information and Support, General and Helping, Retail and Charity Shops The new lifeboat station and lifeboat was handed over to the crew in September 2010. Lots of visitors are expected from local people, family visits from holidaymakers and organised visits by social clubs, schools and other organisations. People are required to assist in showing visitors around the station, talking to them about what they do and how they do it. A small gift kiosk would also be run by the volunteers.
PLAYSCHEME VOLUNTEERSat dayChildren, Disability, YouthCommunity Work, Entertainment, First Aid, General and Helping, Youth Work The opportunity is for the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. It is a play scheme for children with indoor and outside play covering a variety of activities, including messy play, a sensory room and a music area.The volunteer would take the role of playing with and encouraging the youngsters.
TrusteesTime FlexibleChildrenAdministration, Advice, Information and Support, Trusteeship and Committee Work Adur Special Needs is a local registered charity providing facilities for the care, recreation and education of children and young people with special needs who are normally resident in Adur in order to assist with their integration. Also to give respite/short breaks to parents/carers with a young person with special needs aged 5-18yrs. We are looking for new Trustees to bring personal and professional skills to its management team. If you possess passion, commitment and a belief in this work and feel that you would like to contribute to this rewarding and worthwhile project and can spare a couple of hours a month this may be the ideal opportunity for you.
Group Scout Leader/1st Sompting ...Time FlexibleEducation and Literacy, Environment, Mentoring, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Youth Advice, Information and Support, Community Work, Employee and Group Volunteering, Mentoring, Teaching, Training and Coaching, Under 16 Volunteering, Youth Work We are looking for someone who wants to make a difference in the community. You will be working with a team of adults to ensure events are safe and well planned. You will be trained to a standard of an OCN qualification and will be responsible for enthusing, inspiring and leading the adults in the Scout Group so that the young people can enjoy Scouting.
Scout Leaders and AssistantsMon-Fri pm Mon-Fri eveChildren, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Youth Community Work, General and Helping, Practical Work and DIY, Teaching, Training and Coaching, Youth Work Volunteers required to help run and organise exciting activities for children and young people involved in Scouting. Our members meet weekly during school term time across the Adur District on different days and times. They are divided into the following age groups, 6 - 8 years Beaver Scouts, 8 - 10.5 years Cub Scouts, 10.5 - 14 years Scouts, 14 - 18 years, Explorer Scouts & 18 - 25 years Scout Network. Opportunities exist for volunteers across all groups with varying levels of commitment and responsibility.
Trustees for local Scout GroupsMon-Thurs pm Mon-Thurs eve Sat, Sun pm/eve Children, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Youth Finance Work, Fundraising, Legal Work, Marketing, PR and Media, Trusteeship and Committee Work Charity Trustees are Volunteers who make some of the most important decisions in Scouting. They are members of a group known as the Excecutive Commitee and every Scout Group and District has one. The Executive Committee in Scouting is like a board of governors in a school, essentially it makes sure that the best quality Scouting is delivered to young people in the local area. On average, Executive Committee members attend four to six meetings a year. The exact amount of time required will depend on the needs of local Scouting. Each committee is required to have a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, other specfic roles may also exist.
Community Mini Bus DriversTime FlexibleElderlyDrivingThis role would involve driving a mini bus picking up and dropping off members to our clubs and also take them on outings to garden centres etc. The volunteer would need to be good at helping and understanding the elderly, and someone living locally would be ideal. Days would be as and when available.
Activity WorkerThurs DayDisaster Relief, ElderlyCatering, Community WorkTo assist staff organising various interesting activities for the elderly within the club on a Thursday between 10am - 2pm.
Sunday Lunch Helperlast Sunday of the monthDisability, ElderlyCateringVolunteers will be asked to help set up tables and chairs for lunch,serve lunches,clear tables and help wash up.We need several volunteers so you may only be required to do some of the tasks mentioned.
Home Visitor For Home StartMon-Fri dayChildren, FamiliesBefriending and Buddying, Caring Volunteers are needed to assist and prevent family crisis and breakdown, and emphasising the pleasures of family life. By sharing their time and friendship, volunteers offer families an opportunity to develop new relationships, ideas and skills.
DriversTime FlexibleDisability, Elderly, Families, Health and Hospital and Hospices, Mental Health Befriending and Buddying, Caring, Community Work, Driving Volunteer driver/companion using own vehicle and/or able bodied volunteers to accompany less able bodied clients to use public transport, for social, shopping, dentist, doctors, visiting friends and appointments at hospitals. Days and times to suit.
Telephone & Digital Adviser -Sho...Time FlexibleHuman and Civil Rights, Legal Aid and Justice Advice, Information and Support, Campaigning and Lobbying To assess the client's issues using listening and questioning skills across the different mediums of telephone ,web and email. Signpost and give information to clients appropriately to suit their needs,taking into account the client's ability to take the next steps themselves and the complexity of the problem. Identify,interpret and communicate relevant information exploring options and implications in order that the client can come to a decision. Recording information and client details,ensuring that work conforms to Quality of Advice standards. Assist with campaigning work by identifying where things have gone wrong and how we can help to challenge and change this.
Charity Shop AssistantTue pm Thurs pmYouthRetail and Charity ShopsWe require flexible staff to work in our busy charity shop in Lancing.Are you able to spare a few hours on a Tuesday and/or the occasional Thursday afternoon to help raise funds for much needed youth work in the area? You will be working in a fun and friendly atmosphere,talking to customers and making them feel welcome in the shop.Advising and helping people as they shop and operating the till and cash handling.Light cleaning and tidying of the shop floor.
Youth WorkerSat eveYouthFundraising, Youth WorkYouth Workers are required to help local young people by providing entertainment on a Saturday evening, especially as there is very little provided locally. We want to build relationships with young people and give them information about the exciting plans for a youth facility in the centre of Lancing. The desire is to engage and inspire these young people to influence decisions in the future and to raise the necessary funds required.
MentorTime FlexibleFamilies, Human and Civil Rights, Mentoring, Youth Advice, Information and Support, Befriending and Buddying, Youth Work You will be matched up to someone who you will have regular contact with age 16-26 yrs, either by phone or in person ,to identify a placement and support them through applying for opportunities. You will continue to meet them once they have started volunteering to assist them with any issues that may arise. You will support your mentee with identifying how volunteering is making them more employable and develop an action plan. Complete relevant paper work for evaluation and return to the Project Co-ordinator. ( To commence from 5th January 2015)
Power Chair TechnicianTue-Fri dayDisabilityAdministration, Business, Management and Research, Community Work, Fundraising, Practical Work and DIY With or without experience in repairing mechanical and electrical equipment- ideally power chairs, wheelchairsect. Making bespoke powerchairs for disabled people, ranging from seat adaption, electrical faults, to complete overhaul and adaption of exsiting chaairs or make new chaairs from donor chairs..
Shoreham Fort verious volunteer rolesTime FlexibleArt and Culture, Environment, Heritage, Sport and Outdoor Activities Architecture and Building Work, Community Work, Fundraising, Local Events, Practical Work and DIY Come and get stuck in.We are here for you to learn new skills,get fit and to put Shoreham Fort on the map.A chance to learn about a unique local and nationally important heritage,at the same time fundraising,conserving.taking part in events to help secure the future of the Fort.
Volunteers -General helpersTime FlexibleChildren, Disability, Education and Literacy, Sport and Outdoor Activities, Women's Groups Administration, Befriending and Buddying, Computers, Technology and Website Design, Teaching, Training and Coaching, Youth Work Group (Unit) Leaders, assistants or occasional helpers for Rainbows (aged 5 - 7), Brownies (aged 7 - 10), Guides (aged 10 - 14) and Senior Section (aged 14+). Help is needed in the range of Treasurers - for Unit, District or Division accounts, Secretaries - taking and producing minutes of meetings, admin tasks, Public Relations and Press Release Advisers - press releases and promoting events, Boating Advisers - taking groups kayaking etc, Recruitment Advisers - helping recruit and retrain members and leaders and District Commissioners - leading teams of Unit Guiders
Befrienders of families under st...Mon-Fri dayChildren, Disability, Domestic Violence, Families, Mental Health Befriending and BuddyingHome-Start Worthing and Adur supports families facing difficulties with at least 1 child under five years through a volunteer befriending scheme.The volunteer visits a family for 2 - 3 hours a week in the family's home giving practical and emotional support. This may involve, but are not limited to, helping Mum by spending time playing with the children, accompanying a parent to the doctor for a child's immunisations or check up and introducing a parent and child to local parent and toddler groups or Home-Start's own family group. The support is monitored closely by an Organiser and regular supervision meetings are held between a volunteer and the Organiser for the volunteer's support. Reviews are also held with the family to evaluate the type of support and its usefulness for the family.
Trustee (Home-Start)Mon-Fri eve Weekend eveChildren, FamiliesFundraisingWe are looking for members of the local community who are aware of the issues affecting families with young children. We need trustees with skills and experience in social, health and education, PR and marketing, business practice and I.T. skills. Required evenings, every six weeks.
Charity Shop AssistantsMon-Fri day Sat amChildren, Disability, Elderly, International Aid Community Work, Fundraising, General and Helping, Retail and Charity Shops Our Charity Shop is small and friendly where we sell clothes, bric a brac, books, cakes and plants. You will be required to serve customers and sort items donated to the shop. A lot of people come into the shop for some company and like to chat with the helpers. All the money raised is used to help people in our local community, such as providing wheelchairs, disability aids, and items for local surgeries etc.
Volunteer Band PlayerMon eveMusicEntertainment, MusicPut to use your musical skills, maybe learnt at school, by joining your local Brass Band and enjoying playing in a wide variety of concerts and occasions. If you don't have your own instrument we can supply one.
Educations Lifeboat Stations GuideTime FlexibleChildren, Education and Literacy, Environment, Youth Advice, Information and Support, Local Events, Sports Development, Teaching, Training and Coaching To raise awareness of the RNLI and communicate sea safety messages to young people through visits to lifeboat stations.
Good Neighbours & Befriending Vo...Mon-Fri dayElderly, Health and Hospital and Hospices Advice, Information and Support, Befriending and Buddying, Caring, Community Work, General and Helping Visit older people in their homes to provide friendly social contact and help them to maintain their independence. Providing regular, friendly social contact. Carrying out safe, warm and well checks. Practical help such as post office/prescription collections, assisted shopping, care of pets, occasional help in the home, e.g. organising files. Providing transport or help in accessing transport. Checking on older person's welfare upon return home from hospital stay. Helping the older person access other services if required.
Tea Bar & Retail AssistantMon-Fri dayElderly, Families, Health and Hospital and Hospices Caring, Catering, FundraisingAssistance is needed in both the League of Friends tea bar and also shop. Ideally volunteers are needed for 2 hr shifts or more in both areas. Work involves serving customers, keeping stock updated and shop tidy. In the tea bar, you may be asked to make rolls, serve customers and help with the washing up.
Barn Theatre Box Office AssistantMon-Fri eve Weekend eveArt and CultureEntertainmentA box office assistant is required to commit to one evening per week taking bookings for the barn theatre shows. This could be by telephone or in person. Hours are usually 7pm - 9pm.
GardenerTime FlexibleEnvironment, HeritageGardening, Practical Work and DIY Help is required in the formal gardens and recently restored Victorian secret gardens. This would involve general maintenance and on-going restoration work.
Maintenance / Odd Job PersonTime FlexibleHeritagePractical Work and DIYA maintenance person is needed to help on an 'as required' basis, including painting and decorating, small woodwork repairs such as fencing, setting up the music room ( moving furniture) for functions and events such as concerts, dinners etc.
Tea-room AssistantMon-Fri day Weekend dayHeritageCateringKitchen duties and/or waitressing in the tea-rooms on public open days (afternoons) or for group visits.
Museum StewardTue, Wed Day Fri am/pm Sat day, Sun pm Heritage, MuseumsAdvice, Information and Support Stewards work in pairs, according to a rota circulated four to six weeks before the beginning of each rota period. To do one or two sessions a month each only (we have nearly 90 stewards). They may be the only staff in the Museum, which has no paid staff, so are responsible for opening and locking up ,welcoming members of the public and answering their questions.
Helping Disabled People Enjoy Sa...Time FlexibleDisability, Sport and Outdoor Activities Fundraising, General and Helping, Sports Development Our volunteers help rig, launch, recover, wash and put away the boats and also assist disabled people to, and in and out of the boats. Volunteers also give help with sailing when needed, and ideally we would like people with RYA sailing and powerboat qualifications. However, anyone who is happy to help doing a variety of tasks, including helping people in and out of boats, will be welcomed. Away from the water we also have an ongoing need for fundraising and always welcome anyone willing to share this work. Sailing sessions take place about 20 times per year, between March and October. It is not necessary to attend all sessions, and an average session will last about 5 - 6 hours.
Volunteer Activity Leaderverious daysDisability, ElderlyAge UK West SussexTo assist staff organising various interesting activities for the elderly within the club .
Time To Talk Befriending VolunteerTime FlexibleElderly, Mental HealthBefriending and BuddyingBefrinder is to proven to be a life-line for older people who are exsperiencing loneliness. Even up to an hour of your time once a fortnight an help to transform someones life. This can be done by phone or face to face.
Guides for Historic House ToursMon-Fri day Weekend dayEnvironment, HeritageSt Mary's House & GardensIn the Main High Street in Bramber, near Steyning
Volunteer Kitchen/Cafe StaffWed Day Sun dayDisability, ElderlyVolunteers are required to assist the cook with serving food and clearing up. On Wednesday this is at Milward Community Hall,Shoreham and the last Sunday of the month at Shoreham Methodist Church. Volunteers are encouraged to do the hours that suit them, with reserve volunteers required to cover any sickness or holidays. Within the Activity Centres run by Age Uk in Shoreham, Lancing, Sompting and Southwick.
Steward for Historic HouseMon pm Thurs pm Sun pmHeritageVolunteers are welcome to join the team of stewards who receive visitors on open afternoons and are on hand to help visitors get the most out of their visit. Stewarding is only required on a Monday when there is a Bank Holiday
Charity Shop Assistant (Southwick)Mon pm Tue am/pm Wed pm Thurs am Fri am Sat amRetail and Charity ShopsCancer Research UK Southwick ShopVolunteers needed to help in Charity Shop generally, and especially anyone interested in books to help in busy book department, sorting and displaying books in categories and looking for treasures! Also anyone with a flair for fashion to help identify desirable and valuable stock, and present it in an attractive way. Help to sort, size and price garments. A volunteer who has an eye for display and visual presentation would be welcomed to create window and instore themed displays.
Reader's Group FacilitatorMon pmArt and CultureBefriending and Buddying, Community Work Shoreham library's Monday Two Readers Group are looking for a new facilitator. We are looking for someone to greet book group members, prompt and take part in discussions and once a quarter request book titles via the dedicated readers group request service.This is a relaxed and informal group that meets once a month at Shoreham Library. Full support and training will be given. Every 2nd Monday of the month 2-3pm.
The girl's network mentorMon-Fri amThe Girl’s network is an award-winning charity which works to inspire and empower girls aged 13-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting role models who are women.Have at lest 3 year’s professional experience of the workplace and the passion to make a difference to a teenage girl’s life , supporting her to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities.