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YMCA DownsLink Group – Crawley Youth Advice Centre Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who would like experience in a customer service/administrative setting in a busy, charity wellbeing service.

This role will involve working within the team to meet and greet clients in our Youth Advice Centre and manage initial queries, support the management of clients in the drop in space,  keep monitoring systems up to date and undertake admin tasks to support effective delivery of the service.

Skills needed:

  • An understanding of the needs of young people or willingness to learn
  • A good knowledge of IT and packages such as Word and Outlook email.
  • Creativity and ability to use your initiative

Where: Crawley
When: Minimum of 3 hours per week

Find out more by downloading the Crawley Youth Advice Centre Volunteer Role Description.

YMCA DownsLink Group – Volunteer Chaplains

The purpose of  this role is to provide spiritual and emotional support to residents (and sometimes staff) at Crawley Foyer, which is a YMCA DownsLink Group supported housing project for 16-25 year olds.

Skills needed:

  • Kindness
  • Prayerfulness, or ability to keep the young people and staff in your thoughts from time to time
  • Having a committed faith or philosophical belief as well as being inclusive and welcoming to people of all religious faiths or philosophical beliefs and none
  • Sense of humour
  • Reliable
  • Non-judgemental
  • Good listening skills
  • Good verbal communication skills- comfortable with interacting with a diverse range of people, leaders, project staff, young people, in a positive and respectful way
  • Able to work in a small team

Where: Crawley
When: Every 2/3 weeks on average, on a rota basis

Find out more by downloading the YMCA Volunteer Chaplain Role Description.

YMCA DownsLink Group – Positive Placement Mentors

This is a role for someone who has patience, resilience, empathy and tolerance.  You will also need to be able to relate well to young people and enjoy spending time in their company.

Reporting to and supported by the project Co-ordinator, the Mentors will need to:

  • Attend training as required
  • Prepare young people for work, working closely with the project coordinator
  • Accompany young people to appointment as necessary
  • Inform the project coordinator of any issues
  • Attend regular supervision sessions with the coordinator and monthly mentor team meetings.

Skills needed:

  • Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity
  • Work with young people
  • Interpersonal relationship building
  • Communication skills
  • Customer relations
  • Working collaboratively with other agencies and YMCA DownsLink Group staff
  • Integrity and ethical behaviour.

Where: Horsham, Crawley, Mid Sussex, Guildford, Brighton & Hove

Find out more by downloading the YMCA Positive Placements Mentor – Role Description.

The Olive Tree Cancer Support Group – Fundraising Assistant

This is a role for someone who is enthusiastic and willing to help. The Olive Tree Cancer Support Group aims to support local people suffering from or affected by cancer including patients, carers, relatives and friends. The Group is a charitable organisation and aims to do this through the provision of relevant information and the support of a trained, well-informed team of volunteers. We do not receive any statutory funding and we rely entirely upon fundraising, donations and grants. The Volunteer Fundraising Assistant will help the fundraising manager to plan, organise and attend awareness-raising and fundraising events in the community, such as Bucket Collections, Quiz nights and various appeals. Other activities may include updating social media, writing bids for funding, grant applications and administration support. Some events take place at weekends. The volunteer for this role will need to have strong organisational skills, good communication skills, a friendly attitude and ability to show initiative.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Crawley
When: flexible time commitment
No of volunteers required: 1

RSPB – Wildlife Explorer Main Leader (Pulborough Brooks)

At the RSPB we are passionate about young people and about nature. Our youth groups have the potential to play a really important role in local communities offering young people regular opportunities to get to know the wild places close to them and to be supported by enthusiastic adult volunteers. Our youth groups are fun, keep young people engaged and interested; enable them to discover and learn new things; social so they feel part of the bigger picture and empowering to motivate them to help us save nature. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to inspire the next generation and run games and activities for our Wildlife Explorer group at Pulborough Brooks to encourage them to explore nature and develop a concern for the future. This group meets on the first Saturday of each month 10-11am and is for children aged 5-8 years. You need to enjoy and have experience of working with young people, but you don’t have to be an expert on birds, plants or any other sort of wildlife. An interest in the natural world helps, but you just need energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You need to be able to lead a team of other volunteers and communicate well with all ages.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex
When: as above
No of volunteers required: 1

Dreamcatcher Productions – Event Support Volunteers

Dreamcatcher Productions is a non-profit community interest organisation based in West Sussex. We work with young people, offering them unique opportunities and inspiring them through music and performance. We are seeking volunteers with plenty of enthusiasm and creativity to join our passionate events team. Our volunteers work on a variety of events and projects throughout the year. Volunteers must be aged 16+ and no previous experience is needed. A DBS check is required for some roles. Email info.dreamcatcher@gmail.com to find out more and to apply to join the events team.

Skills needed:
No previous experience needed for these roles.

Where: Crawley
When: Events take place throughout the year.
No of volunteers required: 10+

St Catherine’s Hospice – Hospice Neighbour Volunteer

The purpose of this role is to provide practical and emotional support to patients and their carers in their own homes. This may include keeping the patient company and reminiscing, helping around the house, preparing a simple meal and providing information for carers. Volunteers for this role will have a genuine interest in other people and a desire to help, with good communication skills, a caring and empathetic approach, emotional resilience and understanding of confidentiality. Access to a car or the ability to use public transport is essential. Volunteers carry out this role with support and supervision, and some record-keeping is required. Full training is given and expenses are refunded. A DBS check will be required.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: This role is community based
When: Times to be agreed with patient and carer, attendance at training and supervision/group sessions will be required.
No of volunteers required: 5+

Relate North and South West Sussex – Trustees

Relate is the largest provider of relationship support in the UK. Relate North & South West Sussex is an independent charity and a member of the Relate Federation. We offer counselling to couples, individuals, families and young people in Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead, Chichester and surrounding areas. As a Trustee of Relate North & South West Sussex you will be helping to promote and develop our Centre to increase its efficiency, effectiveness and relevance to society. You will make sure that Relate and its’ representatives act within the legal and regulatory framework of the sector and in line with the organisation’s governing documents and accepted best practice. We are looking for dynamic people who can think strategically and laterally and complement the existing Board of Trustees. You would be working with other trustees who have a range of skills, knowledge and experience, but who are all committed to the work of Relate. To find out more about this role and to apply, please contact Lisa Phillips, Centre Manager, Tel: 01293 657064, Email: lisa.phillips@relatesussex.org.

Skills needed:
as above

Where: Sussex
When: flexible time commitment
No of volunteers required: 1+

League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals – Volunteer Gardeners

Can you spare a few hours a week to keep Crawley Hospital looking bright and friendly? Volunteers are needed to maintain the window boxes and the Jim Smith Memorial Garden. Tasks will include watering, sweeping, weeding, tidying and planting. People who are ill can benefit greatly from positive and natural surroundings, as can staff, carers, family and friends. Please contact Volunteer Crawley if you would like to help.

Skills needed:
No specific gardening skills required – guidance in the role will be given.

Where: Crawley Hospital, West Green
When: flexible
No of volunteers required: 3

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