Volunteering Opportunities

Gig buddies

Gig Buddies want to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to enjoy all the great things going on in their community, especially live music. They pair up people with and without learning disabilities (and/or autism) to be friends and to go to events together. They enable volunteers to go to gigs they’d already probably be going to anyway, but with someone with a learning disability.

Warming up the homeless

Warming up the homeless is recruiting home cooks based in the Eastbourne & Hastings area. You will be required to cook hot meals to supply to the charity once a week/fortnight. All ingredients and disposable containers will be provided and these will need to be picked up and food dropped off by you, so you will need to have a driver’s license and access to a car.

You will need to ensure meals are produced in a kitchen that is registered with your local authority, this can be done at your home address! A level 2 food safety training course and allergens awareness course will be provided as well as all of the resources in order to comply with food safety standards.

South Coast to East Sussex Wildlife

More volunteer rescuers are urgently needed for the summer season to help cover the areas of Hastings, St Leonards and Eastbourne. This would involve simply getting a bird out of harms way ready for assessment before getting it to the most suitable place for rehab.

South Coast to East Sussex wildlife (Bird/Gull) online resource. | Facebook

Agewecare Group (Horam)

This fabulous group which meets at the Christchurch in Horam a couple of times a week, hopes to open again as soon as restrictions allow, providing older people with the opportunity to meet new friends and have fun in a safe and happy environment.

Agewecare are looking for the assistance of a fundraiser who will write bids and apply for grants and funding to enable the club to continue to thrive.

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).

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.

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.

Mediation Plus (Hailsham)

The Hailsham charity Mediation Plus are looking for volunteer mediators to give their time to help people resolve their disputes. Their volunteers come from all sections of the community and all walks of life. In exchange for your time and commitment, you will receive full support and accredited training – certainly something CV-worthy.

Suitable for anyone over 18 who can commit to a long-term volunteering role.

Girl guiding leaders & helpers (east sussex)

Our local community guiding groups need volunteer leaders and helpers. Girl guiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK – inspiring girls to have a voice and be their best. These roles would be perfect for anyone looking to improve their CV, add volunteering to their UCAS applications or if you have enjoyed guiding yourself and just want to help. They offer training, support and development.

Suitable for anyone over 16 willing to commit to helping several hours a month.

sunflower support services

The inspirational Hailsham mental health and well-being project Sunflowers are looking for information hub volunteers, helping sign-post enquirers to local support services including their own. Sunflowers also has other spaces for volunteer counsellors and therapists.

Suitable for anyone over 18 and reasonably qualified.

healthwatch secret shoppers (east sussex)

The charity Healthwatch East Sussex are an independent voice for healthcare users in our county. Mystery shopper volunteers act as a real patient or client would. This would include using the phone, internet and email (and in some cases, visiting agreed locations across East Sussex).

Suitable for anyone over 18 & interested in improving the health and care services used by the community.