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.

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 Annual 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 stories - Day in the life of our volunteers.

Other Opportunities

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

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