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Volunteer

After a short time of suspending recruitment due to Covid-19 we are now open again to recruiting volunteers into some new volunteer roles. The roles currently on offer are flexible, home based opportunities and you will need access to a computer or tablet to take part and connect virtually with us.

We involve and welcome volunteers from all areas of the community and levels of expertise and skills. The main skill we look for is the ability to listen and have empathy. An understanding of the issues that carers face is always an advantage but not essential. All our volunteers have an induction into Carers Support West Sussex that covers our vision, values and how we support carers.

What we offer to our volunteers

  • Induction training prior to starting in your role
  • On-going role related training from our in-house training programme and/or external agencies
  • An allocated volunteer 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 and 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

Please check the roles below:

Volunteer roles

Digital Content Marketing Assistant

Role Details A great opportunity to support our Communications Team in creating content in relation to specific topics linking to the annual calendar of awareness days/weeks as well as topics that would be of interest to our carers. Working alongs...

23 October 2020

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Check in and Chat Telephone Befriending

Role Details The “Check in and Chat Telephone Befriending” is part of our Connecting Carers Service that matches carers with volunteers who will make regular social calls with them. We have many carers who are more socially isolated than ever and ...

23 October 2020

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Counselling Placements

For counselling placements, please read the job description and complete both of the attached forms below and return by email to Tracey Davidson

Blogs

Volunteer story: Judith

Meet Judith, a volunteer for our Drug and Alcohol Team. Having someone in the family (or a friend) with substance or alcohol issues can have a devastating affect. Working with fantastic volunteers like Judith, Carers Support provide practical, fin...

07 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Annie

At present I co-facilitate mental health carers groups, and in the past I’ve also helped with drop-in sessions for carers (with patients on wards at a local mental health unit). I’ve also attended Community hubs to provide information about Carers...

06 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Lorna

Lorna started at Carers Support West Sussex (CSWS) as a Co-facilitator volunteer at two of our Dementia Groups, and admin support for our volunteer programme. Through the supportive and nurturing environment at CSWS, Lorna progressed to a part tim...

05 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Gloria

I have only been volunteering for a few months. The help I got myself from Carers Support left quite a mark for their kindness and understanding, therefore it was just a matter of conscience for me to want to do something for others. But I have be...

04 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Rosemary

I volunteer for two groups, one in Beeding near Steyning which is a carers group for dementia support and the other in Storrington which is an open group. I have been with the Beeding group for about two years where we have had three different gro...

03 June 2020

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Why is volunteering important?

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 confiden...

03 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Josephine

Although l haven’t been a volunteer for long, Wendy and Mandy whom l meet at Dove Lodge in Littlehampton were very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the very week l had my first meeting, the dreaded virus reared its ugly head, everything was can...

02 June 2020

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Volunteer story: Karin

I have been volunteering for Carers Support West Sussex for around two and a half years: first in the Crawley office and now as a Community Liaison volunteer. I cared for my Mum, who had vascular dementia, for just over four years. It was during t...

01 June 2020

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Volunteering with Carers Support West Sussex has changed my life

I started with CSWS in May 2016 helping at Coastal walking group and the open groups in Littlehampton and Worthing as well as doing 4 hours of call-backs a week. I was then asked if I would also do the Men’s group and then later the My Future grou...

28 May 2019

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The voice of a volunteer

Annie has been volunteering for Carers Support West Sussex for almost a decade. She’s been co-facilitating support groups for most of that time but has also given talks to carers of people with mental health issues. Like many of the volunteers a...

06 July 2016

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