Are you thinking of becoming one of our volunteers? Carers Support West Sussex now have over 60 dedicated and valued volunteers who are central to delivering many of our services to carers.
It’s National Volunteers’ Week and we’re saying a huge ‘Thank You’ to our amazing volunteers. We have more than 70 at Carers Support and we couldn’t do what we do without them. Our staff have been writing messages of thanks. Click on the image below to see more.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on their own experience and knowledge. Regardless of their motivation, many volunteers say they find it both stimulating and inspiring.
What We Offer
As volunteers are the lifeline of our organisation we will:
Provide Induction Training prior to starting in your role
Provide on-going role related training from our in-house training programme and/or external agencies
All our volunteers have a dedicated mentor to guide you in your role, which includes regular reviews* for a chance for feedback, continued development and support. (For Counselling roles – Clinical Supervision arrangements are provided)
Regular Volunteer Team Meetings & an annual Social Event (optional)
Reimburse any expenses directly related to your time volunteering with CSWS
Provide Insurance cover for you whilst you are undertaking any duties as a volunteer
Have your voice heard and your contribution valued as part of a growing team within CSWS
What skills and competencies do I need to have to volunteer with CSWS?
Active listening and excellent & effective communication.
An insight into issues carers face on a daily basis.
An empathetic caring approach when engaging with others
To be non-judgemental and be able to maintain personal boundaries
Encourage and promote carer health and wellbeing
We are currently looking for volunteers to join us in the following roles:
Support Group Facilitators and Co-facilitators
Walking Group Facilitators
Providing Counselling Services
Providing Telephone Emotional Support
Delivering Training and/or Workshops (for staff & volunteers and/or our Carers)
Carer Community Liaison (this is a NEW role, ideal for anyone who is interested in Marketing)
Carrying out admin tasks including completing mail outs
Developing our Social Media and website plans
If you have a particular talent or interest that you would like to use or develop as a volunteer, please let us know as we are always looking at how we can involve volunteers,particulaly those with experiences of caring, in shaping our services.
Current volunteer roles
Carers’ Information Volunteer (Hospital)
The aim of this role is to increase the profile and presence of CSWS and the team based within the Hospital, by engaging directly with the general public and health professionals.
The volunteer would help oversee a CSWS Information stand where they would actively converse with people visiting or attending the hospital. Informing and enabling famiy and friend carers to access support from CSWS either within the hospital setting and/or on-going support post discharge. Signposting carers to our countywide Response Line for registration, further support and onwards referral.
Engaging and providing Information about CSWS to health professionals.
The volunteer would be asked to record details of engagement and actions.
Hours involved: 7-10 per month (including training and regular reviews).
Location: Community and Acute Hospitals in West Sussex
Carers Support Group co-Facilitator
Working alongside the Support Worker to provide a confidential space for carers to meet on a regular basis to off load, gain information and support. A number of our groups are generic carer groups, others are for specific conditions: ie mental health, dementia, parent carer, learning disabilities etc.
Hours involved: 4hrs per month on average –ie: one group (including training and regular reviews). Additional groups/hours available
Telephone Support Volunteer (Call-Back Service)
Caring can sometimes become very isolating so hearing a friendly voice can help to relieve this. The Telephone Call Back Service offers support to carers in their own home who are isolated due to their caring role, giving them an opportunity to share anything they want to talk about with an understanding listener.
The service provides a confidential and understanding listening ear, for carers to share their feelings and concerns in a supportive and non- judgemental way
Hours Involved: 14hrs per month on average (including training and regular reviews)
Carer Communication Liaison Volunteer
The aim of this role is to increases CSWS`s profile and presence in the community by building relationships with individuals, community groups and organisations in support of our work across the county.
You will be helping to increase the awareness of Carers Support West Sussex and the support we offer to our family and friends carers.
Location: Within an agreed geographical catchment area
Hours Involved: The role has a flexible schedule* which can be discussed and agreed on an individual basis. (* including training and regular reviews)
Young Adult Carer Support Group
We are looking to enhance Shine – our existing programme of support to young adult carers aged 18-25 by piloting a new group for carers aged 22-35. The group will run monthly on a Saturday morning from 10.30am-12pm, assisted by one of our Young Adult Carer Support Workers who will attend on a rota basis.
This is new support group, so the facilitator will be required to assist in launch event organised by CSWS.
This group is being piloted initially for a six month period.
Hours Involved: The group will be held once a month on a Saturday. A commitment of 4 hours on average per month (allowing for regular reviews and training) is required.
Young Adult Carer Transition Group
Shine is our programme for young adult carers aged 18-25. We are working with West Sussex Young Carers Team to provide ‘My Future’ transition groups for young carers and young adult carers aged 16-25, enabling young carers to make a successful transition from Children to Adult Carer Support services.
This is a pilot programme and we are currently building attendance across the groups.
Location: Worthing & Chichester
Hours Involved: A commitment of 4hrs on average per month (allowing for regular reviews and training) is required
Young Adult Carer Engagement Volunteer
Shine is our programme for young adult carers aged 18-25. The role would involve working with the Young Adult Carer Team (YAC) and in particular the YAC Champion. To meet and communicate regularly with allocated Young Adult Carers via text, phone, email, 1-2-1 meetings and support groups.
Location: Crawley, Chichester and Worthing (inc` areas surrounding)
Hours: A commitment of 14hrs on average per month (allowing for regular reviews and training) is required
We are currently developing two new roles:
Supporting our HR team based at our office in Crawley
Supporting our Emotional Wellbeing Team based at our office in Littlehampton