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).

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.

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.