Volunteering

Volunteer with Age UK West Sussex and meet new people, learn new skills and support your local community.

Join us!

If you are interested in giving a couple of hours a week or a whole day, we would love to hear from you.

We provide an induction so you know what is expected of you and ongoing support. Our volunteers have a great time working with older people and other volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers, so get in touch today!

If you would like to apply now, download our application pack. You will be asked what area you would like to volunteer in.

You can send us your application by email, post, or drop it in, using the details at the end of the page. Call us on 01903 731 800 for more information about volunteering. To download a copy of our leaflet click here.

Expression of Interest Form

1 Million Minutes

1 Million Minutes is a campaign by ITV's Good Morning Britain in conjunction with Age UK nationally and other charities dedicated to combating loneliness in later life.

The campaign's called 1 Million Minutes, because there's estimated to be more than a million older people in the UK, who are socially isolated - for example, not speaking to a friend or family member in a week. Add to that the millions of other people like carers, those who have been bereaved and single people living alone, and there’s an awful lot of lonely people out there.

In fact there are nearly 19,000* older people across West Sussex who often feel ignored or invisible these days.
Across the county we're asking people to pledge their time to help an older person in isolation. We have a range of opportunities including:

•    Helping out at our day centres, particularly over the festive period, with Christmas lunches and other activities organised throughout December. We need help with teas and coffees, taking orders and general kitchen duties for a couple of hours a day. Come join in the festive spirit!

•    Helping older people to get back from hospital safely and settling them in. Our volunteer home visitors provide social and practical support for up to 6 weeks after a person has left hospital until they are back on their feet. It could be as simple as a cup of tea and a chat or help with a bit of light shopping, accompanying someone to a GP or outpatient appointment or picking up a prescription. Could you commit to a few hours a week from Monday to Friday to support someone throughout their first few weeks of their recovery?

•    Working within our Information and Advice Team at Head Office and out in the community we are seeking volunteers for a variety of roles including that of an Advisor or an Information and Advice Outreach worker. There’s a detailed list below of all the volunteer roles we offer so if these don’t match your requirements, perhaps you will find one that suits you perfectly. Do get in touch!

The campaign launches on Monday 27 November 2017 and will run throughout December. By pledging your support in West Sussex you will also be supporting the campaign nationally to reach 1 million minutes in total.


*Age UK National 2010

Volunteering opportunities

Home From Hospital

Our volunteers provide much needed social, emotional support and short term befriending. Simply chatting and taking an interest in a person's life and helping to motivate them as they recover from their illness or accident can make all the difference. The Home from Hospital service is for people who have been discharged from hospital, and live alone in West Sussex.

Our volunteer home visitors provide social and practical support for up to 6 weeks after a person has left hospital. It could be as simple as a cup of tea and a chat or help with a bit of light shopping, accompanying someone to a GP or outpatient appointment or picking up a prescription.

Could you commit to a few hours a week from Monday to Friday to support someone throughout their first few weeks of their recovery? Our volunteers are provided with training and ongoing support from Age UK West Sussex and everybody has a criminal record check.

For more information about this role please click here. Alternatively contact us on 01903 731800.

Trustees

Would you like to do something rewarding and useful? Use your current skills for a great purpose? Then why not apply to become a Director (trustee) of Age UK West Sussex!

Age UK West Sussex provides quality services to people in later life in West Sussex. We are a vibrant, friendly, progressive and influential organisation held in high regard by the local community and Health and Social Care decision makers.

We are an independent organisation, with a Board of Directors, all of whom are residents of West Sussex and bring private, public and voluntary sector experience to the Board. The organisation has a £2 million turnover and employs over 100 people with nearly 300 volunteers. There are over 12 current projects with aims to expand into retail and other services.

To strengthen the governance structure and support the Chief Executive, we are looking for new trustees/directors. These are voluntary positions. An enthusiasm to improve the lives of people in later life is an essential requirement and applicants could come from any walk of life if their skills, experiences and personal attributes can make a difference. If applicants have a background in health, marketing, HR, fundraising or small business development that would be an added bonus.

There would be an initial preliminary meeting with the Chief Executive and Chair to discuss your interest in more detail. For an information pack, please contact Wendy Patch wendy.patch@ageukwestsussex.org.uk 01903 731800.

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact Diane Henderson, Chief Executive diane.henderson@ageukwestsussex.org.uk 01903 731800

Elderberry Club, Littlehampton

Help us give carers a break. The Elderberry club specialises in respite for carers of people with Dementia and runs on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10.30am - 4.30pm. The day is tailored to meet the needs of fail, older people. Volunteering includes driving a minibus, making tea and coffee and generally stimulating older people in a safe environment. For more information about our roles please view the role descriptions below.

Volunteer Activity leader

Volunteer Minibus Escort

Alternatively contact Michelle Smith directly on 07840 652054.

Activity centres and Community Clubs

We host centres in Crawley, Littlehampton, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and Bognor Regis as well as our community clubs in Adur. We have many volunteers across our centres and clubs in a variety of roles, however we always need more help. For more information about volunteer roles we have available please view the roles below.

Reception Volunteer

Minibus Escort

Minibus Driver

Data Entry Volunteer

Kitchen Volunteer

Lunch Volunteer

Cafe Volunteer

Activity or Class leader

Alternatively contact us on 01903 731800.

Information and Advice

We can train you to provide first class information and advice on all kinds of issues. You would mostly speak to people over the phone, but would also provide home visits. Please see below for more information about our current roles.

Attendance allowance form filler

Administrator

Advisor

Information and Advice outreach worker

Telephone triage service

Information assistant

Office form filler

Welfare benefits calculator

 

Contact us

Age UK West Sussex

Suite 2, Anchor Springs
Littlehampton West, West Sussex, BN17 6BP
T: 01903 731 800
E: admin@ageukwestsussex.org.uk