Volunteering In Our Services

Our support volunteers work directly with adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in a number of services across East and West Sussex. Volunteering in one of our services is incredibly rewarding and a fantastic way to gain experience of supporting vulnerable adults with complex needs. Many of our support volunteers are students studying Health and Social Care type courses or retired professionals ‘giving something back’.

These roles require a regular commitment of a few hours per week for at least six months. Given the needs of our client group, we ask that volunteers are consistent with their volunteering time we are also unable to accommodate very short-term volunteering. Volunteers in our services also have to be aged 18 or over.

Our current, regular volunteering opportunities are listed below, but please contact Sarah Clements, Volunteer Coordinator, on 01273 773366 x113 or volunteering@autismsussex.org.uk for any general volunteering enquiry.

 

Roebuck Enterprises, Roebuck Centre – Hastings

 

Group Activities Volunteer

At Roebuck Enterprises we support adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions or Asperger’s to undertake a range of enterprises. The five enterprises are: jarred food; pottery and ceramics; art, film and design; jewellery making; textiles and crafts.

Volunteers support workshops and sessions, providing extra support to any participants who may need it. A qualification in, or a talent for art, photography, cooking, crafts or ceramics would be really useful, but not essential.

Group Activities volunteering opportunities are available morning or afternoon Monday to Friday and Saturday morning.

Monthly Market Volunteer

We run a monthly market at the Roebuck, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month. We have a range of stalls, selling our Enterprise products alongside other regular stallholders. We also run a café on market days.

Volunteers help the market by setting up and manning stalls, serving customers and selling our goods. In the café volunteers serve food and drink to customers.

This is a great volunteering role for busy people as the commitment is just a morning or afternoon once a month.

Kitchen Clean-Up Volunteer

berks Emporium, our food making enterprise, toils away in the kitchen all week long making delicious chutneys, jams and confections.

Volunteers help out by giving our catering kitchen a thorough clean down in the afternoon, ready for our berks to start cooking again the next day. This role is a good opportunity for someone wanting kitchen/catering cleaning experience for their CV.  

Opportunity available Monday to Friday afternoons.

Artism Sussex, Carlton Centre – Brighton

Artism Sussex is a set of workshops specifically tailored to be autism-friendly. The sessions are relaxed rather than rigidly structured, and aim to support learners to develop their social skills and self-confidence, alongside developing a specific skill.

Volunteers support our Animation workshop as it’s a very popular, large group. An interest in the creative arts would be helpful, but not essential.

The Animation session takes place on Thursday afternoons between 3.30 and 5.30pm.

Asperger’s Support Group – Eastbourne

Our popular Asperger’s Support Group has been running for a number of years in Eastbourne. These sessions are an opportunity for staff and participants to meet regularly to share advice and support.

Volunteers support the sessions by helping to get the room ready, welcoming the participants and ensuring that everyone is able to participate and get the most out of the group.

The support group takes place on Friday afternoons between 1.30pm and 4.00pm.

Supported Living Service – St Leonards on Sea

Our Supported Living Service in St Leonards supports 16 adults, enabling them to develop the necessary practical and emotional skills to live more independent and fulfilling lives.  

Volunteers bring something extra to the service by hosting relaxed, informal ‘drop-in’ group sessions on Wednesday afternoons – residents come along to the sessions and share their hobbies and special interests with our volunteers.

Margaret House Extra Care Scheme – Uckfield

  

 

We have recently extended our services to Older People and now provide care and support under the name ‘Care Sussex’. Care Sussex is currently providing care for 39 residents living at Margaret House Extra Care Housing Scheme in Uckfield. The residents are all aged over 60, some are wheelchair users or have limited mobility and some have dementia.

Volunteers complement the work of the staff by running extra activities, like bingo, coffee mornings, quizzes or reminiscence sessions. Other volunteers provide support so that residents can take part in the activities, for example, helping residents move from their rooms to the communal lounge for activity sessions or pushing someone’s wheelchair. This role does not involve any heavy lifting or providing personal care.

Volunteers can help at Margaret House most days of the week, for a few hours at a time.

 

Interested?

For further information on any of these roles or to request an application pack please contact Sarah Clements, Volunteer Coordinator, on 01272 773366 x113 or volunteering@autismsussex.org.uk