I want to Volunteer
It’s been inspiring to see how quickly our communities are stepping forward and mobilising to do what they can to help others. We have had a lot of people contacting us offering their support and want to do what we can to make that happen. We know that a lot of local charities and community groups will be working hard and would welcome more volunteers, and there are a lot of local schemes developing both on and offline. Community Works want to provide both volunteers and organisations with as much practical advice and guidance as we can.
The best place to look for volunteering opportunities is the Volunteer Centre but do bear in mind that many charities are working hard to restructure their services and are still in the process of working out how volunteers can get involved. We’re likely in this for weeks or even months so do keep checking back if you don’t find an opportunity.
The following organisations are currently looking for volunteers specifically to help with Covid-19 response:
Adur and Worthing:
- SIGN UP HERE – to volunteer in Adur / Worthing
- Engage and Connect Befriending Worthing
- Citizens Advice in West Sussex urge ex-volunteers to re-join
Brighton and Hove
- Together Co in Brighton
- The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
- Brighton and Hove Homelessness Volunteering
Mutual Aid Groups
You can also consider volunteering informally in your community. If you know vulnerable people and can contact them safely (e.g. phone call, whatsapp,) just let them know that you are available and can assist with shopping etc. There are a lot of local Facebook or other neighbourhood based forums, it may be worth checking in with yours to see if they are coordinating anything at a very local level. You can find your local Mutual Aid group here but these are not formal organisations so have a look at this great video on how to volunteer safely from Support Cambrigeshire
If you are still looking for something, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we can help you. We are receiving a high volume of enquiries but will get back to you as soon as possible.
We’re looking for volunteers
If you are looking for extra volunteers we would encourage you to clarify the role(s) and register the opportunities with us when you can. That way we can signpost people to trusted organisations. If you would like us to publicise the opportunities more widely let us know and we can do that. It may be that many of your existing volunteers are concerned and decide to stay at home, if you have a role that you have recently publicised with the Volunteer Centre it may be as simple as letting us know that you would like us to reactivate it.
We know that people want to get involved as quickly as possible, but it is important that a basic assessment and induction is completed, including ensuring that you are safeguarding volunteers, staff and the community. Best practice on working with volunteers is on our website, but you can also contact us. If you are able to please do use email email@example.com
If you will be engaging volunteers for the first time, or in significantly greater numbers, it is worth checking if your insurance covers you for this.
Make sure that all your volunteers (and staff of course) always know the most recent advice and guidance from Public Health England.