VOLUNTEER COLUMN: Spend some time making a difference

Volunteers enable organisations to make a massive difference to people’s lives; helping individuals, groups of people, animals, the environment and local communities.

Find out more ways you can help at www.do-it.org.

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Child contact centre volunteer – Littlehampton Child Contact Centre

Can you spare one Saturday morning a month?

Volunteers are needed to join the Littlehampton Child Contact Centre team.

The centre is a safe, friendly place where children of separated families can spend time with their non-resident parent.

They meet between 9.30am and 12.30pm at Littlehampton Baptist Church Hall on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Applications are sought from both men and women; two references and a DBS will be required.

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Volunteer walk leader – Healthy Walks in Arun/Freedom Leisure

Volunteers are required to become Walk Leaders for the Healthy Walks in Arun programme and to support walkers to receive the physical and social benefits of walking.

They are looking to expand the walks programme to include outlying villages within the Arun area and slower/shorter walks for the less mobile.

Commitment could be as little as one hour per week/month.

Volunteers would be required to attend volunteer walk leader training for a day to teach you how to lead a safe and enjoyable walking session for all ages and abilities, promote health benefits and identify potential risks and hazards on your walk and to help tailor health walking to meet individual needs.

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Good neighbours volunteer – Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers support thousands of older people every day to stay independent in their own home.

Good neighbours and befriending volunteers are needed to visit older people at home and tasks may include: carrying out safe, warm and well checks; chatting and offering regular friendly, social contact; post office or prescription collections; assisting with shopping or food preparation; providing transport; general household jobs and helping the older person to access other services if necessary.

This is an ideal opportunity if you want to make new friends, to develop your skills and experience and contribute to the work of the charity by enriching the lives of older people and helping them get the best from life.

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Citizen advocate – Impact Initiatives

Citizen Advocates are required to develop a long-term partnership with a person with a learning disability and speak up for them.

This is a partnership between two people. The person with a learning disability is called the advocacy partner.

An advocacy partner is someone at risk of having choices, wishes and decisions ignored, and who needs help in making them known and making sure they are responded to.

A citizen advocate is a person who volunteers to speak up for and support an advocacy partner and is not paid to do so.

The ideal person for this role will have good communication skills, be non-judgemental and understanding of confidentiality, have the time to meet his/her partner on a regular basis and be able to cope with potentially stressful situations.

• 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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