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Volunteer

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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.

Why Volunteer?

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

Volunteering Opportunities

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.

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

Volunteer Counsellor Role Description
Volunteer Counsellor Application Form
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 form

Current volunteer roles

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

Location: Countywide 


Telephone Support Volunteer (Call-Back Service)

Provide confidential telephone support for carers on a monthly basis to enable carers to verbalise their thoughts and feelings. Provide active listening responses, reassurance and personalised support to enable carers to share emotions to reduce stress and feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Hours Involved: 14hrs per month on average (including training and regular reviews)

Location: Littlehampton/Worthing/Crawley


Carer Community 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

Lead Facilitator

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.

Location: Worthing

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

Co-Facilitator

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


Administration Roles

We are currently developing two new roles:

  1. Supporting our HR team based at our office in Crawley

  2. Supporting our Emotional Wellbeing Team based at our office in Littlehampton

How to apply

Fill in an application here

If you would like to have an informal chat about volunteering with us then please call or email our Volunteer Coordinator – Pam Thomson.

Phone:  01293 220043
E Mail: volunteering@carerssupport.org.uk

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