Community Connect - Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.

We are always very keen to work with volunteers. Please read the below information and complete the online form and a member of our voluntary and community development team will be in touch with you.

If you would like to know how we manage personal data you can find out more here.

Making new connections in the community can be really rewarding. If we give a bit of time and share a bit of who we are, we help others but we also help ourselves.

Community Connect is a great way for you to:

  • Boost your confidence and meet new people 
  • Feel good about doing good – did you know that helping others is proven to lift your mood? Read about it here. It can also help improve your health, from sleeping better to getting out and about more.
  • Learn new stuff – it could be useful for you at home, or even help in getting or changing a career. Reed recruitment share the value of volunteering here.

We are also asking you to take part in our “Care without Carbon” campaign by taking a dare to connect in our ‘Community Connect’ programme. Volunteer your time and talents to really make a difference – for both you and those you’ll meet.

We do, why don't you?

You can play a very important part by helping us enhance the quality of care to our patients and supporting our staff. We have a dedicated Voluntary & Community Development service that provides support across the organisation with just under 500 volunteers.

Based in 4 localities; Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Horsham & Mid Sussex, Coastal, High Weald, Lewes & Havens, Voluntary and Community Development Managers are responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteers prior to placement in the organisation.

See our Quarterly Volunteers' Newsletter

A volunteer policy supports volunteers and volunteering, and enables you to connect with your community by contributing your skills, experiences and expertise to our organisation. You could make a real difference by connecting with your local community.

Examples of current volunteer roles are:

Activity helpers

Admin support

Aphasia befrienders

Breast feeding peer supporters

Café volunteers

Cardiac group helpers

Chaplaincy helpers

Connect to Dementia volunteers

Health Champion

Meet and greet


Speech and Language admin support

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre Buddy

Toy library volunteers

Trolley shop volunteers

Ward helpers

Please note: volunteer roles vary depending on location.

Please show your interest by completing the online form.

We do ask for a commitment of six months although there may be other opportunities to volunteer for a shorter period subject to availability.

Most volunteering takes place Monday to Friday during working hours, although some befriending opportunities and helping on the wards are available at weekends and in the early evenings.

What I really enjoy is getting to know the person as an individual, to hear about their experience from their point of view. And although I only read with them, it has a huge impact on improving their confidence.

Volunteer - Jo Lally

Read our Volunteer Focus - A day in the life of our volunteers.

Other Opportunities

We have a number of services within SCFT and charitable organisation who recruit volunteers directly. For more information please see our list of services and charitable opportunities


Helping younger people get involved in volunteering

SCFT has signed up to the national volunteering campaign called 'i will' - which aims to promote social action among 10-20 year-olds.

You can find out more about the campaign here.


It means the SCFT Voluntary and Community Development Team pledge to:

  • Increase our involvement and engagement with our schools, colleges and universities within our communities
  • Offer more innovative, meaningful and flexible volunteer roles to young people
  • Deliver effective recruitment, training, support and development to our young volunteers that will benefit themselves and play an active part in developing stronger communities
  • Continue to work with our Clinicians and staff to match skills and interest with opportunities within services.
  • We will train 40 young volunteers on our Connect with Dementia Programme.


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