This week – June 1-7 is Volunteers Week across the country when we join the nation in celebrating the fantastic work our 80 strong team of volunteers do.

Just when he thought life was going to get quiet 65-year-old Roger, pictured right, became a volunteer for Carers Support West Sussex and things really took off, he says.

“I started helping with a walking and other support groups as well as doing four hours of phone calls to carers a week. I was then asked if I would help at the men’s group and later at the My Future (our support groups for young carers aged 16-25).

“So, far from the quiet life I was fearing, I enjoy volunteering for an organisation that really does care for those who are looking after someone else.”

Added Judith, a volunteer with us for the last seven years:

“Carers Support West Sussex’s network of volunteers really makes a difference and helps those who have difficult lives.”

The generous gift of time given by volunteers like Judith and Roger means Carers Support can deliver its exceptional services to carers in need.

They are part of our team covering roles as varied as helping at support groups on a regular basis to joining us at one-off events.

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

Our volunteers come from all sections of society and all ages – whatever you have to offer from a sunny smile, admin or people skills we have a role for you!

In return we offer you training, a dedicated mentor to guide you in your role, regular volunteer team meetings and a fabulous annual social event as well as getting your voice heard and your contribution valued as part of a growing team within CSWS.

If you would like to know more about our many and varied volunteering opportunities please visit www.carerssupport.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

And to find out more about Volunteers Week visit https://volunteersweek.org.

Roger (left)