The spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, is an exceptional situation with ongoing effects on our community.

As a result of people isolating and social distancing measures, there is a great need to support our community, in particular, vulnerable people who may not have close friends of family.

If you have been placed on furlough or have a few hours a week to spare, you could make a real difference in your local area.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute and support your local community, learn and develop new skills and get a great sense of achievement.

Every volunteer helps make a big difference to people in the community and contributes to positive social change.

Helping those in need can help you build confidence, learn new skills, gain experience and be a gateway to get back into employment.

The range of opportunities are endless, here are some examples of ways that you can help:

  • helping people with shopping
  • gardening
  • giving lifts
  • collecting for local food banks
  • admin support for charities.

Even chatting to vulnerable people on the phone to help prevent loneliness can make a massive difference.

Volunteering is also incredibly flexible, so any spare time you have which you can use to help someone in need would be greatly appreciated.

West Sussex County Council has created an online community hub where you can find help or volunteer to support others during the pandemic:

If you are able to offer your time and support, please fill in the online form and someone will get back to you with local opportunities.

Find and apply for volunteering opportunities.