VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Give your time to help others enjoy theirs

Littlehampton Shopmobility need someone to help with wheelchair and scooter maintenance
Littlehampton Shopmobility need someone to help with wheelchair and scooter maintenance

Volunteering can be a great way of finding new hobbies and things to enjoy, but you can also use your time to help other people to enjoy doing the things that they love.

By volunteering just a little of your time, you can support people who may otherwise be unable to do the things they’d like to, helping them to lead more enjoyable and fulfilling lives.

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Driver/helper – Littlehampton Social Club for the Blind & Partially Sighted (Affiliated to 4Sight)

The Littlehampton Social Club for the Blind & Partially Sighted aims to bring blind and partially sighted people together for a social afternoon, to stop them feeling isolated at home.

Activities include bingo, quizzes, talks, outings, singing and games.

General helpers/car drivers are needed to collect one or two members, bring them to the club and return them home.

Drivers are requested to use their own vehicle but mileage allowance will be paid.

If you have a clean driving licence and the ability to get on with people (patient with a good sense of humour and willingness to help people) they would love to hear from you.

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Workshop presenter – Enable Me Project

Enable Me works in the local area to raise disability awareness in the community and in the workplace, to help improve the lives of disabled people and to provide opportunities for disabled people to fulfil their potential.

They are looking for new volunteers to join them; do you have some free time on your hands?

They need passionate, enthusiastic people with a willingness to learn to work as part of a small team in delivering disability awareness workshops in schools and workplaces.

If you have an inspirational story to tell and would feel comfortable working with children and presenting in a group setting then they would love to hear from you.

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Help running IT club/silver surfers’ group – Angmering Community Centre Association

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

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

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

It is then hoped that training could be provided at intermediate and higher levels.

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Wheelchair/scooter maintenance and repair – Littlehampton Shopmobility

Littlehampton Shopmobility exists to ensure that people with mobility problems enjoy their shopping experiences and help to maintain their independent lives.

They have a range of manual wheelchairs and powered scooters that require maintenance and repair.

Some of the tasks are: checking and repairing wheelchair/rollator brakes, replacing tyres, charging of batteries and cleaning.

Volunteers may be required to adjust days and times to cover illness and holidays.

• For more information on any of the above roles, please call Volunteer Now! on 01243 864220, or visit www.do-it.org. For bite-sized volunteering of ten days or less please visit skillshare-westsussex.org.uk

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