Volunteer with Us

Volunteers are invaluable to the work of The Sussex Beacon. Over 100 volunteers help keep our vital work going, and the Sussex Beacon community spirit buzzing.

There are many ways you can get involved with the Beacon, even if you can only spare an hour or so a week.

Ways you can help

  • Volunteering in either of our two charity shops
  • Helping out on our van, collecting and delivering donations
  • Fielding calls and helping on our reception desk
  • Maintaining The Sussex Beacon’s lovely gardens
  • Helping with serving meals in our gorgeous dining room
  • Supporting the Women and Families Service
  • Administrative support

If you feel that you can help us with something we’ve missed out, please let our Volunteer Coordinator Jan Selwyn-Davis know by giving her a call on 01273 694222 or dropping her a line at jan.selwyn-davis@sussexbeacon.org.uk

What can you get out of volunteering?

  • Being part of a well-loved charity that is supporting the local community
  • A non-judgemental environment which values and supports you
  • Help with drawing out your talents and strengths
  • A massive confidence boost!
  • New skills that will enhance your CV and improve job opportunities
  • Meeting new people everyday

Our London Road charity shop has provided extremely successful work placements for many young people via the Skills Training program, and we are very welcome to referrals from local schools and colleges who feel that their students could benefit from a placement with us.

What can you expect from us?

  • A three-week induction
  • Appropriate training and supervision from your line manager
  • A volunteer role description in your chosen area outlining specific duties
  • Support with gaining experience in desired skills
  • A safe working environment
  • Reimbursement of reasonable expenses
  • Regular communication either by email or by notices placed on notice boards

What do we expect from you?

  • To promote The Sussex Beacon and be professional at all times – you are representing the charity
  • To maintain confidentiality
  • To adhere to policies and procedures
  • To inform your line manager in reasonable time if you are unable to do your shift
  • To wear identification badges when working at the offices of The Sussex Beacon and in the charity shops
  • To let us know immediately if you are experiencing any difficulties as a volunteer as we are keen to rectify any problems

Frequently asked questions:

How much time do I need to give?

Most of our volunteers have regular shifts each week either in the morning or afternoon. We operate a rota for each department and those who can’t commit to regular slots are contacted to provide cover when other volunteers are absent.  It is up to you how many shifts you commit to, up to a maximum of four shifts a week for each volunteer.

Who do I speak to if I have a problem?

We understand that you may face some challenges in your volunteering role and in the first instance recommend that you speak to your line manager. If you are unable to resolve an issue please contact the volunteer coordinator who is always available to discuss issues relating to your volunteering role. For serious issues, we have a grievance procedure a copy of which is available on request.

Can I have time off?

Of course you can! You are not an employee, and we appreciate that volunteers often have other commitments and pressures to deal with.  If you know in advance that you are going to be away, for example going on holiday, then the more notice you can give us the better.  This gives us time to try and find another volunteer to cover your absence.

What training will I get?

All our volunteers are given comprehensive training. This will be either shadowing another volunteer who has been doing the role for some time or delivered by a member of staff who you will be working with. In addition to this, we offer regular training sessions in HIV Awareness which are available to all volunteers.

If you have time and energy to spare, and you care about people living with HIV, we want to hear from you!!! (please)

Sometimes it can be good to have a chat about what to expect before applying to be a volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our shops, our staff will be happy to talk with you in the first instance. Please bear in mind that experienced volunteers manage our shops in a Supervisor role from time to time, and although they will be happy to talk with you about their volunteer experience it is a good idea to call and arrange a chat with a Manager.  You can call our St. James’s Street shop on 01273 682992 and our London Road Shop on 01273 680264.

If you would like to talk about any volunteering opportunties, including at our shops, you are welcome to call our Volunteer Coordinator Jan Selwyn-Davis on 01273 694222 or email your questions to jan.selwyn-davis@sussexbeacon.org.uk

You can download a Volunteer Application Form in Word format here; please complete it and email it back to Jan who will get back to you as soon as she can. You can also print and post it to us at Jan Selwyn-Davis, The Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Road, Brighton BN2 4DE.

Thank you SO MUCH for considering volunteering to support The Sussex Beacon.