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).

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.

SPORTING MEMORIES (POLEGATE)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Windmill hill windmill (herstmonceux)

The Windmill Hill Windmill is the largest postmill in the country and was restored with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund. They are looking for practical people to join their maintenance team on Wednesday mornings and they also need people to greet and assist visitors on Sunday afternoons.

Suitable for anyone who can commit to a Wednesday morning and/or Sunday afternoon slot.

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.

Easter holiday shack (hailsham)

Hailsham Foodbank will be running their holiday meals scheme on the mornings of Wednesday 8 and Wednesday 15 this Easter. If you can help with being around to chat to families or help with cooking/assisting in the kitchen then get in touch to find out more details – it is a very rewarding project.

Suitable for anyone willing to spare a 2-3 hours in the mornings of Wednesday 8 and/or Wednesday 15 of April.