Call for volunteers to step forward in the Observer area

Have you ever thought of becoming a volunteer?

Research shows 80 per cent of people would volunteer if they were asked - so the Arun Volunteer Centre is asking for your help!

“To let me know if you are one of the 80 per cent, call me today or drop in and have a chat at one of our face-to-face surgeries,” said Derek Moore, MBE, who works at the centre.

“If your organisation involves volunteers in its work, Arun Volunteer Centre can help. You can register with us and we will promote your volunteering opportunities through our drop-in sessions, media articles, publicity materials and the national volunteering website

For more information call Derek on 01243 864220, email avc@vaac.org.uk, check out the Arun Volunteer Centre website, find them on Facebook or for more information drop into the centre in the Town Hall, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 1LD. The information point will be open 9.30am to 12.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday.

Face-to-face surgeries take place during these times, and telephone contact will be available outside these hours. Outside office hours leave a message and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

Some of this week’s vacancies:

Bognor Regis Time Bank - The Time Bank is open to all residents over the age of 18 to participate in and benefit from. Residents don’t buy and sell with money but instead make deposits and withdrawals of their time. The system encourages people to help each other out by swapping their skills with other members. So, for example, a Time Bank member might help walk someone’s dog and get a shelf put up in return by another member. We would like to recruit a new Time Broker.

Time Broker - This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience helping to oversee the ‘Time Bank’ in the Bognor area. You will help to recruit members, and with the aid of a Time Bank assistant Broker and Administrator, put people in touch with each other & keep a record of everyone’s contributions using Timekeeper software. The Time Broker will need to be able to encourage, motivate & communicate with people from all walks of life. Travel and out of pocket expenses will be paid. Full support and training will be provided by Time Banking UK and the Volunteer Centre. For more information please go to the following link: http://vaac.org.uk/projects/time-bank-volunteering/

Out & About West Sussex – We are Community Group for adults with experience of mild/moderate mental health problems. We are a self-help group keen to engage in sports and physical activities and social events. We support each other in improving and maintaining both mental and physical wellbeing by enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle with like minded people. We would like to fill the following vacancies:

Activities Organiser - We would like to develop the activities of our ‘Out & About’ Community Group. If you enjoy table tennis, walking, social gatherings, days out and group holidays, etc. we would love to hear from you.

Admin Assistant - As a new Community Group we are seeking enthusiastic individuals who would like to get involved in ‘Out & About’. Helping us grow in our aim of helping each other to improve both mental & physical wellbeing and making new friends. You would require knowledge of MS Word, Publisher and Excel. Good communication skills and office skills an advantage.

Badminton Session Leader - We would like to develop a new weekly Badminton Group and recruit new members for our ‘Out & About’ Community Group. If you are a Club standard badminton player who would like to run a weekly session (Approx 2hrs minimum per week)on a Sunday or a weekday morning and/or evening to suit, we would love to hear from you.

Project Marketing - As a new Community Group we are seeking enthusiastic individuals who would like to get involved and take ownership of ‘Out & About’, helping us grow in our aim of helping each other to improve both mental health & physical wellbeing and making new friends.

Website and Social Media Site Builder & Administrator - We are looking for someone with experience of website design (Wordpress) and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) to help with design and set up of an online information point for our members and new applicants. Ongoing involvement would be appreciated but not essential if willing to train one or two others to administer the site once set-up. Some of the work can be undertaken from volunteers home.

Conservation Volunteer - Friends Of Bersted Brooks - We have some work days coming up - the dates are Sunday 9th December, Sunday 10th February & Sunday 14th April, from 11am to 1pm, & we meet at the Bersted Brooks car park in Rowan Way.  Volunteers are strongly advised to wear suitable clothing & boots, as it will either be wet or frozen underfoot.  We will mainly focus on the removal of tree guards from the young trees we have planted over many years, & if volunteers want to bring their children (not babies at this time of year, as it’s too cold out on the Brooks) they can help pile up the discarded shelters etc - something they generally love doing.