Volunteer with us

We rely on our fantastic team of over 120 volunteers

Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to provide many of our services which benefit a thousands of people across Sussex each year.

We have a wide variety of opportunities, so if you’ve considered volunteering you’re in the right place. Have a read through this page and send us a message with the contact form below letting us know how you’d like to help our services at Impact Initiatives, or see specific volunteer roles we are currently recruiting for listed just below.

AGEING WELL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER (Brighton & HOVE)

Hours:                                   Flexible but no more than 3 hours per session.

Title of Role:                  Ageing Well Festival Volunteer Role

Hours per Week:           2-4 hours a week, to be carried out flexibly 

Accountable to:             Ageing Well Festival Team

Supervised by:              Ageing Well Festival Team

Ageing Well Festival

In 2013 Impact Initiatives celebrated the contributions older people make to our city, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Each year since, the festival has grown and developed. The Ageing Well Festival is now an annual two week programme of events to celebrate older people in Brighton and Hove. Each year we offer an eclectic range of events so that there is something to suit everyone’s interests. People have opportunities to meet like-minded others, make new connections, and most importantly, have fun. An ever increasing number of organisations, businesses and individuals take part each year. This year, with COVID-19 restrictions now minimal, we plan to hold our biggest Ageing Well Festival yet. The festival is part of the broader Ageing Well service.

The Role

In this rewarding role, you will be pivotal to the success of delivering the festival. You will have opportunities to gain skills in event management within the charity sector, including; liaising with event organisers, planning logistics for the lead up to and during the festival, taking bookings and responding to queries from people about events, and joining in on some of the fun.   

Main Tasks:

  1. Answer incoming phone calls and emails from festival attendees and event organisers regarding general Ageing Well Festival enquiries, on a rota basis.
  2. Assist festival attendees with booking events on the telephone as well as email and post booking requests.
  3. To complete general training with the Ageing Well Festival team on use of the festival booking platform and general festival booking processes.
  4. To send attendee lists to event organisers and communicate any changes to events to festival attendees as required.
  5. Keep up to date information regarding festival events available for older people to ensure full and accurate information can be given to enquirers.
  6. Assist with the distribution of Ageing Well Festival programmes in Brighton and Hove citywide. Working with the Ageing Well Festival team to organise minibus distribution days.
  7. To accompany the Ageing Well Festival minibus driver to deliver festival programmes to agreed distribution centres in Brighton and Hove.
  8. Help with the distribution of Ageing Well Festival banners, flags and tie-on signs to local event venues and frequently visited locations in Brighton and Hove as advised by the Ageing Well Festival team.
  9. To follow the volunteer guidelines and report to the Ageing Well Festival team.
  10. To maintain service user confidentiality, as detailed in the guidelines.
  11. To work within the Project and Organisational policies and
  12. To undertake any other duties, as appropriate to the character of this work and as requested by Ageing Well Festival Team, as reasonably required.

Ageing Well Festival Volunteer will be ….

  • Able to provide information over the telephone in a clear and concise manner
  • Able to offer person centred support, which is tailored to a service user’s individual needs.
  • Able to work with the guidance of the Ageing Well team.
  • Willing to provide a flexible approach
  • Committed to working in line with equality, diversity, and equal opportunities policies.

 Further Information

Impact Initiatives provide services across Sussex which support health and wellbeing. We help people in Sussex to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. We strive to make tomorrow a better day.

The Ageing Well Service is commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council and Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. Impact Initiatives leads a partnership of ten local organisations. We offer a programme of services, activities and events across the city for anybody who is aged 50+. Our Single Point of Contact service makes sure services and activities are easy to access, with our friendly advisors providing information about what is available and connecting people to relevant activities.

Ageing Well aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation and provide opportunities for older people in Brighton and Hove to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing. We want Brighton and Hove to be the go-to-place for excellence in preventative services for older people.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please call 01273 322947. To apply, please fill in Impact Initiatives volunteer form explaining why you’re interested in this role and return the completed form to ageingwellbh@impact-initiatives.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE: to complete the application form, you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer (available for free from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ ).

1) Click here to download the ROLE description/person specification

2) Click here to download the Volunteer Application Form

FOOD ACCESS SUPPORT Volunteer (Brighton & HOVE)

Hours: Flexible but no more than 3 hours per session.

Impact Initiatives has provided a Food Access Support Service since the need for emergency food deliveries became an issue during the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020 for people needing to isolate. We are looking for volunteers to join the team so that we can meet the needs of people who require support with food access.

The Impact Initiatives Food Access Support delivers its service with each individual’s food needs and preferences considered, where possible. Volunteers assist with emergency one-off food shops for people who are not able to get out themselves. This may be for Covid-19 reasons but we have started to offer this to a broader audience including people newly released from hospital with other medical issues.

As we move out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are starting to offer support in building confidence to get back out to the shops and to regain independence. Volunteers will also be supporting people in this way, tailoring the service to meet the needs of individuals.

We are looking for volunteers to shop and deliver food in the Brighton and Hove area to people in need and also to offer confidence building support to those ready to take this step.

We will give full training and support to volunteers for the roles they will be undertaking with us.

  • Do you have some free time to offer support to your local community?
  • Do you have transport?
  • Would you be able to help out with little notice in an emergency?

The volunteer opportunity will not be a regular weekly commitment but will be geared towards assisting those individuals in need who require a one-off urgent food shop.

As we move out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will also want volunteers to accompany people shopping where they have not done so for a long time and need to build confidence to do so.

If you would like further information and an application form or just an informal chat to find out more, please do get in touch.

Email: food.access@impact-initiatives.org.uk
Tel: 01273 322950

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and the successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check. 

To apply for this volunteering role, please download the role description/person specification and volunteer application form linked below.  Please submit your completed application by email to  food.access@impact-initiatives.org.uk

To complete the application form electronically, you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer (available for free from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ ).

1) Click here to download the ROLE description/person specification

2) Click here to download the Volunteer Application Form

Trustee

We are currently seeking to expand and increase the range of skills and experience on our board of trustees, in particular by recruiting individuals who understand the lived experience of our service users, helping to bring a fresh perspective to our governing board.

  • Being a trustee is a great way to support a cause you believe in.
  • As a respected and responsible role, it is also a brilliant route to develop new skills, gain more experience, get involved and enhance your CV.
  • Being a trustee can be immensely rewarding, providing both expected and unexpected opportunities for personal development and new challenges.

Our Trustees meet four times each year with additional meetings as and when needed. Finance, business development and service delivery reports are circulated before meetings so any queries can be answered prior to the meeting where they are discussed.

Skills required

The most important qualities needed in a trustee are a commitment to the aims and values of the organisation, and an understanding of some of the issues our service users face.

Trustees must be aged 18+ and be willing to discuss ideas and options to help make decisions in the best interests of the charity and its service users.

Experience of attending and contributing to meetings is helpful and we would particularly welcome people with legal, financial or IT expertise.

To apply for this volunteering role, please download the role description/person specification and volunteer application form linked below.  Please submit your completed application by email to  recruit@impact-initiatives.org.uk

To complete the application form electronically, you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer (available for free from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ ).

1) Download: About being a trustee At Impact Initiatives

2) DOWNLOAD: TRUSTEE Application Form

Volunteer Advocate (Brighton & Hove)

Title of Role:             Volunteer Advocate

Hours per Week:       Flexible (although there is an expectation of offering 3 hrs per week)                                                    

  • We are looking for community advocates to take on their own cases.
  • Providing issue based advocacy to people with Autistic spectrum conditions, ABI, physical and sensory impairments and/or older people.
  • This involves approximately 6 sessions with someone (in person, phone or Zoom) and admin time.
  • We ask for a minimum of 3 hours a week and a 12 month commitment due to the training and checks.

1) Click here to download the ROLE description/person specification

2) Click here to download the Volunteer Application Form

Can I volunteer?

No matter what your age or skills, if you’re keen to make things better for people in Sussex, we’d love to have you as part of our team.

Our volunteers contribute from 2 to 20 hours a week our youngest is currently 16 and the oldest is 88.

Examples of what our volunteers do range from running interest groups or gardening in our supported housing to helping children with art or reading, serving meals in our cafes and helping older people to and from our Centres.

What support will I get?

You’ll get full training for your role and we’ll provide you with on-going support. You’ll also have the support of members of our team of permanent staff. And you’ll get all out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.

For further information please contact the service you are particularly interested in directly (please see links below).

Our Services

From children to older people, we have a variety of services where your skills will be invaluable to us. If you would like to volunteer for a specific service, please use the contact form on their page, or for a general enquiry you can use the contact form below.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please feel free to get in touch.