Volunteering Opportunities

cuckmere community buses (berwick)

Cuckmere Community Buses are a busy organisation and are always looking to increase their team of drivers. Full training and support will be given and you will work with a great team of people!

Suitable for anyone with a standard D1 driving license – all licences pre-1997 have this qualification (PCV licences are not required).

radio – hailsham fm (hailsham)

Hailsham FM is our local radio station, which now broadcasts 24/7 to Hailsham and surrounding villages. Looking for volunteers to help, whether it be as a studio assistant, fundraiser or behind the scenes in the admin team.

Suitable for anyone with an interest in music and helping the community.

Elderly Day Club bus escort – Age We Care (Horam)

Friday morning and afternoon escorts.  Helping elderly onto pickup bus at 8.45am in Heathfield to Horam and/or return trip at 3.15pm to ensure each person returns home safely.  If staying all day to do both shifts lunch is provided.

Suitable for ages 18-70 with a 1.5 or 3 hour commitment on a Friday

Lunch preparation – The Link (Hailsham)

Preparation of simple lunch dishes for a friendly, independent cafe.  General kitchen assistance and cooking.

Suitable for anyone over 18 who could help either on a regular or casual basis.

Cat Care – Cats Protection (Hailsham)

Suitable for all ages who can commit to one morning or afternoon regular weekly slot.

If you love cats and would like the opportunity to feed, clean and have a cuddle with furry friends without all the responsibility then this could be ideal for you.


Sporting memories is a free weekly meeting for older sports fans to share their love of sport in a relaxed environment. Volunteers are required to support this group.

Suitable for anyone over 18 who can commit to an hour and a half on Wednesday mornings.

canine concern (east sussex)

Canine Concern are looking for volunteers to offer the friendship of you and your dog for an hour a week or fortnight to visit schools, care homes, hospitals, etc. They support individuals with individual needs (some are in wheelchairs, some are coping with emotional issues such as PTSD and anxiety). All dogs are welcome as long as they are clean and friendly!

Suitable for anyone who can commit to an hour every week or fortnight with a loving dog.

Positive placements ymca (hailsham & eastbourne)

The YMCA specialises in supporting young people in their journey towards education, employment or training. They are looking for volunteers to spare 1-2 hours of their time every week to use their skills of empathy and patience to mentor a young person and help them make steps towards a more independent future.

Suitable for anyone over 16 who can commit to mentoring a young person for 1-2 hours a week.

The National trust (sussex)

The National Trust are a charity that was founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everybody to enjoy. They are looking for volunteers at The Alfriston Clergy House, Batemans and Birling Gap.

Suitable for anyone over 16 .

st wilfrid’s hospice (eastbourne, Hailsham, Heathfield and communities)

Community Support volunteers are required to visit individuals in their own homes, offering practical, emotional and social support. These roles provide vital companionship to those with a life-limiting diagnosis.

Suitable for anyone over 18.

michelham priory (upper dicker)

Michelham Priory is the site of a former Augustine Priory in East Sussex. Sussex Past are looking for volunteers to join their friendly team in their shop at weekends and to “meet and greet” people at the priory house.

Suitable for anyone over 16 with a passion for history.

east sussex fire and rescue service

Acting as Community Engagement Champions, you will be involved in spreading the word on fire and road safety, distributing information and attending events. Training is provided.

Suitable for anyone over 16 who can commit to 8 hours a month.

Bird aid (hailsham)

Bird Aid are a small charity which specialises in the rehabilitation of gulls. They work with the local community and offer supported volunteering opportunities in their Hailsham charity shop, particularly to learning disabled or autistic adults.

Suitable for anyone over 16 who is learning disabled or autistic.

association of carers (east sussex)

The Association of Carers support unpaid Carers in East Sussex to help them continue their caring role by providing free, volunteer-led services that encourage independence and reduce isolation. They offer many different volunteering opportunities and roles can start from as little as 3 months per month – will all expenses paid and free training provided.

Suitable for anyone over 16 who can commit to a minimum of 3 hours per month.

little bramley horse sanctuary (polegate)

The Little Bramley Horse Sanctuary in Polegate need volunteers to help Monday – Friday with yard duties. This could involve mucking out, renewing feed and general horse love and interaction. Perfect for anyone who loves horses; previous equine experience is not necessary.

Suitable for any horse-lover willing to commit to helping.

dementia community cafÉ (hailsham)

Wealden’s new dementia community cafe needs volunteers for just a couple of hours a month to make tea/coffee, serve refreshments, chatting to the people attending and washing up. This is a new initiative that is already proving to be popular.

Suitable for anyone who can commit to a couple of hours on the second Thursday of every month.