Community Connect - Volunteering    

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) : Latest Volunteer Information

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us during these unprecedented  times.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have reviewed our volunteer recruitment process to ensure it is faster, but still safe.  We will be making more use of technology for applications, interviews and training during this period, minimising the need for face to face contact.

Some of our current volunteer roles will need to change to respond to the needs of our operational teams and to ensure help is targeted where needed most for our patients.

If you are interested in applying, please complete our online form. We aim to contact you within 3 working days to guide you through the next steps.

Due to the evolving and fast changing situation and huge interest in volunteering with the NHS , we will be prioritising applications in the areas where we most need support. All other enquires will be put on hold until we can discuss further with you your application


We are always very keen to work with volunteers. Please read the below information and complete our online form

Alternatively please phone a member of our Voluntary and Community Development Team.

Our service is signed up to The Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter.

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

Volunteers and charities play a huge part in supporting the delivery of care to the many people who use our services. We have a diverse number of volunteer roles which match the diversity of communities that we serve. Staff, patients, carers and volunteers themselves gain a lot of value from being an integral part of our teams. 

The difference they make to enhance our patients experience is invaluable and as an organisation we truly respect their support and the contribution they make. Susan Marshall - Executive Chief Nurse


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 3 localities; East, West and Central
Voluntary and Community Development Managers are responsible for the recruitment and training of volunteers prior to placement in the organisation.

See our 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

 Ward helpers

Trolley shop volunteers


Please note: volunteer roles vary depending on location.

We also have volunteer opportunities in community settings, including in patients’ homes. If you are interested in a community volunteering role, please let the relevant Voluntary & Community Development Manager know.

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

Click here to read our Volunteer Focus - A day in the life of our volunteers.

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.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a short period spent in the workplace to learn what it is like to carry out that kind of profession, giving an opportunity to gain real life experience in a work setting. At Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust we offer 2-4 (usually 2) weeks of work experience to school, college and university students as well as staff looking to go into other areas and individuals who are looking for a career change. Work Experience can be offered to people aged 14 and 15 years old in administrative roles and 16+ to a wider range. A Work Experience placement may comprise Work Shadowing, Work Observation, Work-based projects as well as Supported Internships.

If you are interested in Work Experience, rather than weekly volunteering, please contact

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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