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Amaze loves volunteers

When you think about “giving” to charity, you most likely think of donating money or fundraising... but have you ever considered giving your TIME?  

It is just as important to us as money. 

With Covid-19 we have been working quite differentlyThis has meant that some of our existing volunteers are not able to carry on or can’t do things in the new ways we need to work. We are now actively looking for volunteers who are able and happy to work remotely, doing tasks online and by phone.  

Many of our volunteers are parent carers and young people (in Amazing Futures), but we also value volunteers from other backgrounds. We have retired people who still want to use their skills and knowledge, as well as those looking to get experience to move into paid work. Volunteers add so much to our service and we also know that volunteering has a positive effect on those who take part! 

Volunteering at Amaze has been worthwhile on every level. I have learnt new skillsmet truly inspirational people – they have helped shape me as a person and positively influenced my outlook. I have made some wonderful friendships, felt valued and respected.

If you become a volunteer for Amaze, you will receive lots of support and we will make sure you feel part of the Amaze teameven if you are working more remotely.  We offer training, supervision, and expenses. 

Darren, who has been the Dads Group Coordinator for three years, says of his experience;

 When you have helped people in some small way and have seen the benefits of your work or have been thanked for it , it makes it all worthwhile and gives you a sense obeing. They say it takes a special kind of person to be a mother/father of an additional needs child, but to also give back to others with your wisdom, through volunteering, is a gift in itself.

Not all of our voluntary roles involve contact with service users, some are more backroom office, but equally valuable. If you’re interested in volunteering for Amaze and you’d like to know more, please email Nicola with some information about you info@amazesussex.org.uk – hopefully we can match you to a role we have to offer!

Here are some of our current volunteer roles: 

Compass ambassador volunteers make sure families don’t miss out on the benefits of the Compass and the leisure discounts it offers. They are great communicators, happy to talk on the phone, to explain how to get the most from the Compass Card or ask about families’ experiences using it. (West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, remote working or Brighton office)

Compass admin volunteers make the Compass run smoothly by helping with email campaigns, mail outs, data entry and responding to queries. They are adaptable and comfortable using office and IT systems or really keen to learn. (West Sussex and Brighton & Hove, remote working or Brighton office)

SENDIASS 1:1 volunteers support families who are dealing with SEND issues, mostly education but also health and social care. They are listeners and problem solvers, happy to join parents at virtual meetings or help get something down in writing so parents and CYP get their views heard. Training includes the essentials of SEND law. (East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, remote working)

SENDIASS helpline support volunteers make our busy helpline work better for parents and young people. They are adaptable, good over the phone and tech savvy enough to learn to use our systems. There’s a good mix of speaking to people and admin work in this role. (Remote and/or at Brighton office)

DLA volunteers help parents make effective DLA and PIP claims. They are skilled listeners and writers, as they need to draw out the right information from parents (over zoom or whatsapp currently) in a warm way and type that up coherently for the claim. (Brighton &Hove and East Sussex, remote working)

Face 2 Face befrienders are all parent carers themselves. They offer emotional support to other less “experienced” parents of CYP with SEND, particularly focused on the early days when they are getting assessments or have a new diagnosis. Currently by phone, virtual meetings and groups, or socially distanced meet ups. (East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, mostly remote working)

Volunteering at Amazing Futures: (find out more about Amazing Futures in this video):

Amazing Futures peer supporters are young people aged 18-25 themselves who are part of the Amazing Futures team and volunteer to support other young people taking part in the project, on a one to one basis or in small group sessions. (Eastbourne and Bexhill or Brighton & Hove)

Amazing Futures activity volunteers help out at weekly group sessions and events, helping run activities, making refreshments, talking to the young people attending and supporting them to take part. They can be over 25 as long as they’re happy to get stuck in with art, craft, games and a little sport. (Eastbourne and Bexhill or Brighton & Hove)

Amazingly active volunteers are young people aged 18-25 who would like free peer based coach training and the opportunity to help run small sports sessions with young people with additional needs who are keen to get active. (Eastbourne and Bexhill)

Amazing Futures office volunteers help make Amazing Futures run smoothly in East Sussex. They have or want to grow workplace skills such as teamwork, office administration, speaking in public, planning and promoting events and training, finding and producing accessible information. (Eastbourne office plus remotely)

Please note that some roles will be subject to a DBS check. 

To apply for a voluntary position, please email Nicola with some information about you info@amazesussex.org.uk 

 

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