Below are details of organisations and initiatives that have recently contacted HVA to tell us they need more volunteers. Please do offer your help if you are able to.
Alternatively, if you can't find a suitable opportunity for you on the volunteering list below, give us your details on this registration form, and we will be in touch with you to identify ways that you can help others.
Roles Listed July 2022
Speaker Volunteer – Diabetes UK. Diabetes UK are aiming to recruit speaker volunteers to help raise awareness of Diabetes. Speaker Volunteers give talks to a wide range of people, from community groups to local companies. You will be helping people to learn more about diabetes, the different types, and different ways to manage the condition. You'll also help people learn what to do if they are worried and talk about how Diabetes UK can help. Full training is provided but you will need to be confident speaking in public. Diabetes UK will provide travel expenses incurred as a result of volunteering. For more information and to apply please visit: https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/34312-speaker-volunteer-hastings-2022-06-21
Community Champion – Diabetes UK. Diabetes UK are looking to find community champions to volunteer in Hastings and the surrounding area. Community Champions educate and raise awareness of diabetes and Diabetes UK by organising stalls, talks, presentations and healthy living days at community centres, health fairs and local festivals. They reach out into communities that are more at risk of Diabetes helping people to be aware of their risk and signposting to help in the local area. Diabetes UK will provide full training as well as any travel expenses incurred as a result of volunteering. For more information and to apply please visit: https://volunteer.diabetes.org.uk/opportunities/34305-community-champion-hastings-2022-06-21
Roles Listed June 2022
The Isabel Blackman Centre is a much-loved community venue in the heart of the Old Town, Hastings providing a haven for health, wellbeing and leisure. Facilities include an exercise studio and gym, café restaurant, activity and event space, treatment rooms, accessible bathing facilities and a community shop. Designed specifically for the over 50’s but a venue that everyone in the community can enjoy. They currently have a wide range of volunteer vacancies, as follows:
- Activities Volunteer: The Centre Activities Volunteer is a key part of the team, cooperating closely with the Assistant Centre Manager and other volunteers to deliver a range of activities, classes and events that help make IBC a vibrant and sustainable community-led health, leisure and wellbeing venue for older people and the wider community living in or visiting Hastings and St Leonard’s. They assist the Centre’s staff in the delivery of a range of enjoyable, inclusive, and interesting physical, social and cultural activities. This will involve supporting with practical and administrative arrangements and enabling members and other participants to have a great experience. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: email@example.com or call 01273 476704
- Assistant Volunteer: The Centre Assistant Volunteer is a key part of the team, cooperating closely with the Assistant Centre Manager, Centre Manager and other staff and volunteers to support day-to-day operations, activities, customer service and promotion. You will assist the Centre’s staff in the day-to-day operations of the centre providing practical, administrative and customer service support as required to help make IBC a vibrant and sustainable community-led health, leisure and wellbeing venue for older people and the wider community living in or visiting Hastings and St Leonard’s. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 476704
- Fitness Assistant Volunteer: The Centre Fitness Assistant Volunteer is a key part of the Fitness team, cooperating closely with the Fitness Coordinator, Centre Manager, and other volunteers to support the running of the Fitness Studio and Gym. You will assist in running a range of exercise classes (Pilates, Yoga, Aerobic and Strength based), a small gym area delivering a range of activities, and classes and events that help make IBC a vibrant and sustainable community-led health, leisure and wellbeing venue for older people and the wider community living in or visiting Hastings and St Leonard’s. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: email@example.com or call 01273 476704
- Kitchen and Cafe Volunteer: The Kitchen and Café Volunteer is a key part of the café and catering team providing great food and service at the heart of our Centre. Volunteering alongside our Head Chef, Kitchen & Café Assistant and other volunteers you will help ensure our café / restaurant is well known for its enticing, healthy and affordable menus and the amazing experience we offer. You will assist the Centre’s staff in the delivery of great quality food, drink and service. This will involve assisting with preparing food and dishes prior to service, front of house serving to customers and helping to keep the kitchen and café areas clean and tidy. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 476704
- Receptionist Volunteer: The Centre Reception Volunteer is a key part of the team, closely supporting the Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Manager and other volunteers to deliver a range of activities, classes and events that help make IBC a vibrant and sustainable community-led health, leisure and wellbeing venue for older people and the wider community living in or visiting Hastings and St Leonard’s. Using your inter-personal skills you will provide a professional and efficient reception service at IBC by ensuring all clients and visitors feel welcome and valued when they visit or contact the centre. For further details of this exciting volunteering opportunity please contact: email@example.com or call 01273 476704
Independent Custody Visitor Scheme – When people are detained in police custody, it’s important that their human rights, entitlements and welfare are upheld, and that they are kept safe. If you have an interest in people and are keen to make a difference in your local community, the Scheme is recruiting and looking for dedicated individuals to support our work. ICV’s are members of the public who make unannounced visits to police custody centres to check on the wellbeing of detainees. Applicants must live or work in the area of the custody centre they are visiting, be over 18 and able to attain police vetting. For further information visit: SPCC - Volunteer (sussex-pcc.gov.uk)
Hastings Library is looking for new volunteers to run their Storytime and Rhymetime sessions. Storytimes (Monday 11 – 11.30) and Rhymetimes (Tuesday 11 – 11.30) are for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers. Volunteers will help set up and clear up the space and lead the sessions: greeting parents and children; handing out instruments or toys, preparing and performing suitable rhymes, songs or stories. Sessions are normally for 20 - 30 minutes, plus set up and clear up time. For more information please see: https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/local/volunteering-roles-in-libraries/rhymetime-and-storytime-volunteers
Roles Listed May 2022
|Parkinson's UK Support Group Coordinator - If you're looking to meet new people and make a real difference in your local community, this role is for you. Leading the support group in Bexhill, Hastings and Rother, you'll help people affected by Parkinson's to draw on invaluable support from their peers. You'll have a chance to use and develop your administrative, leadership and communication skills - supported by local staff, to develop a programme of activities for your group. To find out more call Sarah on 07786 668 782 or visit https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved.|
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – Do you have a few spare hours each week to improve the life of a person living with sight loss? You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self-confidence – all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home. We match the volunteer and the person with support needs carefully to make sure that they have things in common and will enjoy spending time together. Please visit our website to find out more and how to apply; https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteering-for-guide-dogs/volunteer-role-descriptions/sighted-guide/
Hastings Musical Festival Volunteer Treasurer - Hastings Musical Festival need someone to help prepare annual budgets and accounts and also advise on bank accounts, savings and investments. The day to day banking is undertaken by a committee member but if you have a few hours to spare each month and would like to help us please contact Jenny by email on firstname.lastname@example.org our website is www.Hastings musical festival.org.uk
Bohemia Walled Garden in Summerfields Wood offers micro allotments, space for community groups, and events related to gardening, nature, well-being and education. It is looked after by a small friendly group of volunteers. We have some exiting plans, and we need support to make them happen. This could be a great way to use or develop your skills and meet people! We need volunteers for the following roles: Someone to research and help write funding applications, so we can build an all-weather outdoor meeting room / People to help plan and run public events or offer activities – we usually have 3-4 events over the year where local people can enjoy the garden and all kinds of activities / New Trustees and committee members to help with general management and development of the garden. A few hours of your time a month or one off for an event would make a big difference to this much loved local space! Get in touch via email@example.com and we’ll arrange a chat. www.bohemiawga.org.uk
|British Heart Foundation Clothing Store Hastings, We are looking for friendly and reliable Volunteers to join our team. Lots of different roles to be filled. Please either enquire in store, online or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.|
Roles listed April 2022
Bags of Taste is a non profit working to tackle food poverty. If you have a few spare hours each month we’d love for you to join us as a volunteer home cooking mentor and together we can change diets and lives for good. It’s super flexible and you can do it from anywhere. We also need people to help with bagging ingredients and delivering bags so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved. You can find out more here: https://bagsoftaste.org/volunteer/ Please contact Jo Durkin at email@example.com / 07775 210303
FSN Volunteer Classroom Support - Family Learning Art and Craft: FSN delivers a range of fun creative classes to parents and their children. Volunteer opportunities are available to support these art and craft groups that create play resources for children to improve numeracy or literacy. Classes usually run over 4 weekly sessions, once a term. Theresa Gasson, the FSN Volunteer Coordinator can provide you further information and a copy of the current role description. Please call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Men Walk Talk is a charity, set up to reduce stigma around men's mental health and encouraging supportive behaviours in men. They are looking for volunteers to lead fortnightly walks in Hastings to listen, support and signpost to other services if required. Dates can work around volunteers, and training will be given if needed. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact email@example.com
FSN - My Time Session Support Volunteers: FSN My Time offers help to children and young people aged 5-15 affected by emotional difficulties such as anxiety disorder or depression by offering a FREE early intervention peer support service. Creative therapeutic activities and group discussions are delivered weekly by trained staff and volunteers during term time. Theresa Gasson, the FSN Volunteer Coordinator can provide you further information and a copy of the current role description. Please call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Cross: Customer Service Volunteer (Wheelchair volunteer - Bexhill) If you enjoy being in an office and like meeting people, this is the role for you. You’ll be providing people with wheelchairs and other equipment to help them get moving again after illness or injury. Ideally they need people who can spare at least 3 hours a week, Mon – Fri (not Wednesday morning) for a period of 6 months. For full details about the role, and how to apply, see their website . If you have any questions please contact email@example.com or 03000 040 309.
Arts on Prescription are looking for volunteers to help with their Queen’s Jubilee Picnic and Family Fun activities taking place at their new ‘Art in the Park’ space in Alexandra Park on 4th and 5th of June. This might be stewarding, helping with refreshments, supporting with creative activities, or just chatting to the families and individuals that attend. If you’d like to support this fun family event, get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity locally, are looking for a volunteer divisional treasurer over 18 years of age to support Local Veterans. Volunteers need to be IT literate and training will be given, ideally, should have some history of working with finances. Reasonable expenses are paid. Volunteers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical, and emotional support. For more information and an informal chat contact Ted Williams on 07887051764 or visit https://www.ssafa.org.uk/volunteer/divisional-treasurer
Hastings & Rother Credit Union are looking for variety of volunteers, including treasurer, committee members and supervisory committee members. Though ongoing support is provided they do, for the most part, require people with experience in financial fields. Credit unions serve the local community, and investments benefit neighbours or colleagues, not outside shareholders. As we face a cost of living crisis, this would be a chance to use your skills and time to make a difference to a not-for-profit organisation that aims to deliver affordable, straightforward savings and loans to everyone in Hastings and Rother, keeping people away from illegal loan sharks and high-cost lending. For more information please email email@example.com or call the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays on 01424 202651
Supporting Children and Young People – Bexhill Youth Project: BYP is a young person led fun and creative youth club, focussing on the needs of the young people attending. Providing AQA awards, peer mentoring and fun based activities, BYP welcomes volunteers to support the delivery of the youth clubs to young people experiencing challenges living in Bexhill on Sea. Sara Heeson, the FSN Volunteer Coordinator can provide you further information and a copy of the current role description. Please call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ore Community Library, a new free to use community library are looking for Saturday volunteers. The library is open from 10-4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Volunteer shifts are from 10-1pm and from 1-4pm with at least one other friendly volunteer. Tasks include helping the public choose books, issue and return books, getting involved with displays and competitions, supporting author and other events to tidying and re-stocking the shelves. We have a fantastic team of volunteers, across all ages and backgrounds, with one thing in common - they all love the library. We need at least two extra volunteers to help cover Saturday shifts. You will need to be at least 16 years old please and full training and support is given. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Roles listed March 2022
Just Friends: Tea/Coffee making volunteers, 2 mornings a month 10am to noon for a new branch opening in Hastings. Just Friends helps combat the effects of loneliness through social meetings and a range of events. There is no membership fee, and the group is only open to those who live alone including carers not looking for romance, a relationship or a partner - Just Friends. The first meeting is currently planned for Thursday 12th May 10am – 12pm. We would love a friendly volunteer to come along and help make the tea (whilst also meeting new people)! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Groundwork South: Greener Futures: Join us today, meet new people, improve your wellbeing and make a positive difference while learning new skills. We value our volunteers and without them we simply couldn't deliver the valuable work we do. We are currently offering a range of outdoors activities including gardening, woodland maintenance and mindfulness. For more details email email@example.com or contact Paola on 07736 132772. Visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CHART.GreenerFutures
Hands of Hope are looking for a selection of volunteers, including people to help with propagating and growing organic vegetables for food banks and their community project 'Get Growing' in Hawkhurst. They are also seeking someone who’d love to get out at weekends and drive their repurposed American mail to food festivals! You’ll need to be experienced and comfortable driving a larger van but all food training will be given. Last but not least, they need volunteers to help set up and serve food and refreshments at their Hawkhurst and Hurst Green lunch club. Lunch and entertainment included! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
PACT Volunteer Mentor - The mentoring project (funded by HMPPS CFO3 and ESF) is delivering within East Sussex, and we are seeking volunteers to help prisoners resettle in their community by offering emotional and practical assistance. Our service is designed to provide mentoring support to people released from prison, and provides individuals with 1-to-1 support to access help from other organisations. Volunteers will be working in prison before release, then in the community after release to continue engagement with services. For more information, please contact Aaron Bray – email@example.com or 07999 580242
St Michael's Hospice are currently seeking volunteers for a number of roles. In particular they are in need of Retail Assistants, especially for their Kings Road shop. They also have an urgent need for drivers to help with transporting patients for appointments, or to meetings with the Wellbeing team. In addition they have roles for volunteers in Ecommerce / Donation Centre Warehouse / Welcome Host / Fundraising Office Support / Community Volunteer Administrator / Telephone Befrienders/ Hospice Neighbours / Events / Lottery Events. You can find out more on their website: https://www.stmichaelshospice.com/index.php?p=support-us/roles-available
Hastings & Rother Credit Union are looking for a finance professional to act as treasurer for their board. They would ideally like someone who has experience in dealing with regulatory bodies in the financial field. Compliance and audit skills would also beneficial. This is a senior position on the board, so would suit someone who has previously worked at this level. Credit unions serve the local community so when people invest in their local credit union, they know their neighbours or colleagues are benefiting, not outside shareholders. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays on 01424 202651
St John Ambulance Homeless Service (SJAHS) SJAHS delivers vital primary healthcare and first aid, including specialist wound care, podiatry and nurse prescribing, to homeless and other vulnerable people from a mobile treatment centre across Hastings & St Leonards and from a clinic at Seaview. Care and support, which is holistic and person-centred, and includes signposting and advocacy to reintegrate individuals into other services, is delivered by trained support volunteers as well as healthcare professionals. We are currently looking for a number of volunteers in a variety of roles to enable us to continue and expand this service. See the website for more information, or contact email@example.com
FSN Supporting Early Years – Nursery and Housekeeping Roles: FSN nurseries provide a safe and nurturing environment for babies and children. We offer a wide range of well-planned activities and resources to supports children’s learning and development. Our high quality care encourages children to become independent and confident learners. Volunteers have opportunities to help with children’s play and learning, at mealtimes and with housekeeping. Sessions run mornings or afternoons. You might want to volunteer once a week, or several sessions a week. Theresa Gasson, the FSN Volunteer Coordinator can provide you further information and a copy of the current role description. Please call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FSN - Supporting the Centres: FSN manages two centres, The St Nicholas Centre and The Robsack Centre. Volunteer opportunities at these centres include: Groundworks and gardening, setting up creative displays on noticeboards and centre maintenance and community networkers. The centres are in the middle of busy communities and offer activities for the whole family, room hire to external organisations as well as being the base for our projects. Theresa Gasson, the FSN Volunteer Coordinator can provide you further information and a copy of the current role description. Please call 01424 423683, ext. 2015 or email email@example.com
Talk and Support Volunteer – Association of Carers
If you enjoy a chat and have just 30 minutes a week to spare this could be the volunteering role for you. Our Talk & Support volunteers contact an unpaid Carer by telephone on a regular basis for around half an hour each time for up to six months. This provides the Carer with an independent listening ear and the opportunity to discuss their caring role in confidence, and helps to reduce social isolation. Please contact us on 01424 722 309, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.associationofcarers.org.uk
Computer Help at Home Volunteer – Association of Carers
Have you got some good IT skills and a patient approach? Our Computer Help at Home volunteers visit unpaid Carers in their home and help them learn to use their own computer to do things that will support them in their caring role, such as online shopping or keeping in touch with family and friends. This is a teaching role, and not IT troubleshooting. Please contact us on 01424 722 309, email@example.com, www.associationofcarers.org.uk
Roles Listed February 2022
Court Family Support Volunteer – Sussex Prisoners Families Volunteers in this role will attend a Sussex magistrates or crown court on an agreed day either once a week or fortnightly. The purpose of this role is to promote the organisation and our services to Court staff and legal professionals as well as provide vital information and support to families and friends when someone close to them is sentenced or remanded to custody. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website for more information: Volunteering - Sussex Prisoners' Families.
|SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity locally, are looking for volunteer case workers over 18 years of age to support Local Veterans. Volunteers need to be IT literate and, ideally, would be available for 4 hours minimum per week. Reasonable expenses are paid. Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical, and emotional support. For more information and an informal chat contact Ted Williams on 07887051764 or visit https://ssafa.org.uk/volunteer/caseworker|
West Hill Community Centre is seeking trustees and supporters to help secure the Community Centre’s future moving forward. If you have energy and enthusiasm and want to work together to try and save a much-valued community asset then contact email@example.com, or register to attend their AGM (in person or via Zoom) on Wednesday the 16th March at 7pm.
Hastings Adventure Playground run by In2play, Community Interest Company, for children and families to play, learn and grow welcome green fingered independent volunteers to help with their outdoor woodland based playground based just off the Broomgrove Estate. They need keen garden and clearance enthusiasts for clearing brambles and nettles, tree nurturing, garden creation, wooden structure building and more! Contact Meynell the Adventure Playground Manager on 07864 663919 for more information https://www.in2play.org.uk/adventure-play/
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is seeking Learning Volunteers to engage and inspire young learners using the Museum’s collections. Being a volunteer at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the arts or museums looking for valuable experience for their future career and supporting their community while committing time based on their availability on an ongoing basis. If you would like to be involved, please contact Foteini by email on Foteini.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.hmag.org.uk/aboutus/getinvolved/
St Michael's Hospice are currently seeking volunteers for a number of roles including: Retail Assistant / Ecommerce / Welcome Host / eLearning & IT Support Buddy / Events / Lottery Events / Wellbeing Patient Escort / Wellbeing Patient Driver. They are particularly keen to recruit for their Compassionate Communities project, specifically for the following roles: Community Volunteer Administrator / Hospice Neighbour / Telephone Befriender. Find out more at: https://www.stmichaelshospice.com/index.php?p=support-us/roles-available
Volunteers needed at RSPCA Mallydams Wood Education Centre! Could you spare a few hours per week to help children and young people learn about wildlife in our beautiful woodland? More information and application here - all applications welcome! We also have an all terrain wheelchair for adult volunteers to help get around our woodland #NoBarriers
The Conservation Volunteers: Connecting people and green spaces to deliver lasting outcomes for both. TCV provides volunteering opportunities in local greenspaces across a diverse range of conservation activities, including hedge and tree planting, scrub clearance and coppicing. Volunteers can contact Josh via email at email@example.com or on mobile: 07764655609.
Warming Up The Homeless: The core values of Warming up the Homeless addresses stigma and improving the lives by way of our many services, of people affected by homelessness itself or facing homelessness. Our homeless communities are supported in a truly open-hearted, compassionate way by our incredible team of volunteers. We need volunteers to help on our outreach services in Hastings or drop in sessions in Hastings. A DBS will be required as well as undergoing our Safeguarding and Professional Boundaries training. All costs for this will be absorbed by the charity. Please contact Trudy Hampton on 07367 060708, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://wuth.org/
Parkrun have various volunteer roles they need to fill each week. Even if you can only help on the odd occasion they would love to hear from you. Please see their volunteer roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hastings/futureroster
RAF Air Cadets
The RAF Air Cadets are looking for adult volunteers to give a few hours of their time to help young people in a uniformed cadet service second to none. As a member of the local Squadron Civilian Committee you will be involved in raising, controlling and accounting for non-public funds and giving advice and direction to the Commanding Officer on welfare issues for cadets and staff. Volunteers will ensure that the Squadron’s views are properly represented at higher levels and help foster the profile of the unit in the local community. Are you ready to expand your horizons and be part of the adventure? Visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets or call 0345 600 6601 to find out more.
Roles listed: 1st December 2021
Volunteer Opportunities at East Sussex Libraries
There are several volunteer opportunities to get involved with at East Sussex Libraries, including delivering Rhymetimes and Storytimes to children, helping with Homework and Activity Clubs, becoming a Reading Friends volunteer, and helping adults with key skills such as reading and IT. All of our volunteers receive training and support from staff and it’s a fantastic way to meet others and become part of the local community. For more information, including how to apply, visit the East Sussex Library and Information Service volunteer page.
Befriending with Respite Volunteer – Association of Carers
Do you have a few spare hours each week to improve the life of an unpaid carer? Our volunteers spend time with a Carer’s loved one, in their own home, usually once a week on the same day and at the same time for around three hours. This gives the Carer the opportunity to have some time away from their caring responsibilities without worry. We match the volunteer and the person with support needs carefully to make sure that they have things in common and will enjoy spending time together. Please contact us on 01424 722 309, email@example.com, www.associationofcarers.org.uk. They have numerous other roles available, too, which are also listed on their website.
Practical Support Volunteers – Demelza Hospice Care for Children Demelza are urgently seeking practical support volunteers to assist families with tasks such as driving, DIY, gardening and domestic work. If you have some spare time to provide vital support please contact Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org / www.demelza.org.uk / 07719 023624
Hastings and St Leonards Dementia Action Alliance
At DAA our aim is to create a dementia friendly Hastings and St Leonards community. Would you like to make new friends in 2021 and help our small and friendly volunteer group really make a difference? If you possess some IT skills, have some publicity skills, or can organise coffee mornings, please contact us at email@example.com or visit our facebook page.
Is your group or organisation seeking new volunteers to support your current provision? Or are you looking for volunteers as part of new plans you are putting in place at this challenging time? If so, please do let us know by emailing Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01424 444010.
HVA will be collating the information and sharing via our website, e-bulletins and social networks to help match willing volunteers with need in the local area.