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Santa in the Park
On the morning of Sunday 8 December, Santa In The Park comes to Victoria Park, Haywards Heath. Over 300 Santas will be taking part in a 3mile sponsored run or 1 mile sponsored walk in aid of The British Heart Foundation
Over the past 4 years, hundreds of Santas have helped to paint Victoria Park red and have found it so much fun that The British Heart Foundation, in conjunction with Freedom Leisure and the pupils of Ardingly College have decided to do it all over again.
The entry fee for adults (over 16) is £12.50 (which includes a Santa Suit), children (10-16) £7.50 (including a Santa Suit). Children under 10 are free and are asked to come in festive fancy dress with a prize for the best dressed.
All that is asked is that you raise a minimum sponsorship of £25
To register, go to www.bhf.org/santainthepark2013
Christmas Present Appeal for the Salvation Army
Until Sunday 15 December, The Martlets Shopping Centre in Burgess Hill will be holding a Christmas Present Appeal for the Salvation Army.
Please consider buying and extra present this Christmas and donate to the appeal via the Salvation Army, in aid of people in desperate need of an offering of kindness this year.
Customers can drop off the gift at a number of stores located in the centre including Argos, Truffles, Iceland or Café Nazar.
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for Raystede Animal Welfare
The Raystede Animal Welfare in Ringmer is holding a Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, and asking you to fill any sized box with food, treats and toys for the many animals in their care - from pets to wildlife. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the wish list and collection points
All parcels will needed before 21st December
Salvation Army Shop, Burgess Hill
The team at the Salvation Army charity shop in Church Walk, Burgess Hill are in urgent need new stock to sell. If you have any unwanted items like clothes, books and bric and brac please drop them off during shop opening hours.
Could you become a Community researcher?
Residents in the Bentswood area of Haywards Heath are being asked to consider becoming community researchers, to help make a difference to the health and wellbeing of the area.
Community researchers will play an important role and will visit friends, colleagues and neighbours to find out their views on what they value and their priorities. Researchers expenses will be covered.
All community researchers will be fully trained and supported. They'll have the opportunity to gain an accredited qualification in in-depth interviewing skills , can meet new people, and be involved in identifying what works well in the neighbourhood and what existing resources and networks foster good health and wellbeing.
If you'd be interested in signing up as a community researcher, or to find out more about the training and to book a space, contact Anthony Gray on 07879 495 901 or e-mail Anthony.Gray@qaresearch.co.uk
Burgess Hill Youth
Burgess Hill Youth is a mixed gender voluntary youth facility for those age 8-20 years old, which has been operating and providing recreational / educational opportunities for children and young people in the local community over 50 years. The club has it's own premises which includes an outdoor floodlit multi use games area, located in Fairfield Recreation Ground in the west of the town.
In the autumn term the club is schedule to open between 7-9pm on Monday evening for those aged 13 years and over and between 6-7.30pm Thursday evening for those age 8-12 years old.
Currently the club is struggling to provide the necessary level of adult workers to run these sessions and are appealing for volunteers to come along and get involved in the running of the sessions.
Previous experience of working with children and young people would be an advantage but not essential as training is available, there is a requirement to be enthusiastic, able to give regular commitment and ability to work in a small loyal team and have a sense of humour. Any applicant will be subject to CRB check and given the opportunity to gain access to free training in a variety of applicable subjects and enhance / share their own skill base.
To find out more, contact Paul Myles on 01444 233983
Cats and kittens need urgent rehoming
The National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, off the A275, has lots of cats and kittens all looking for new homes. they are neutered(if old enough),microchipped, vaccinated, had regular health checks by a vet, regularly fleaed and wormed.
They all come with 4 weeks free pet insurance too. They are urgently looking for homes for them so anyone interested in homing a cat or kitten please contact the NCAC on 01825 741330 or email email@example.com.
Age Concern Hassocks & District
Hassocks branch of Age Concern are desperate for new volunteer drivers to bring members to lunch at their Pauline Thaw Centre on Dale Avenue.
An allowance of 45p a mile is paid for all journeys.
Up to 50 people a day currently enjoy a freshly cooked lunch every weekday and many of them would be house-bound if it weren't for drivers picking them up at home and delivering them back in the afternoon.
If you can give some of your time on a regular basis, please call them on 01273 844461 for details.
The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare near Lewes is appealing for new homes for the large number animals that currently need rehoming, including numerous cats and dogs Anyone interested in finding out more about re-homing should contact the Centre on 01825 840 252, pop in and see them on the B2192 in Ringmer or click www.raystede.org
The Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare near Lewes is appealing for new homes for the large number animals that currently need rehoming, including numerous cats and dogs
Anyone interested in finding out more about re-homing should contact the Centre on 01825 840 252, pop in and see them on the B2192 in Ringmer or click www.raystede.org
Burgess Hill Lions require urgent book donations
The Burgess Hill District Lions Club are in urgent need for more books to sell in their Book Den in Burgess Hill Town Centre.
During an average week, they sell approximately 1,700 books over the counter, and stocks are currently running low.
They also recycle mobile phones, hearing aids and spectacles.
Donations can be dropped into the Book Den at 99 Church Walk, Burgess Hill. They are happy to collect donations too - simply call 01444 233278 and speak to one of the team
There is also a collection point at South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks
Volunteers needed for Mid Sussex Mencap Gateway Club
Every Wednesday Mid Sussex Mencap Gateway Club meets. It's a social club for young adults with learning disabilities.
They get together during term time from 7pm to 9pm at St Andrews Community Centre, Cants lane, Burgess Hill.
They organise social, leisure and sporting activities, bingo, discos, quiz nights and so much more
They are currently looking for volunteers to help run the club. You don't have to be available every Wednesday evening, just a few hours when you can. Without enough volunteers the group will not be able to run so any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.
If you can help or you want to find out more call club leader Diane King on 07592 609785 or go to www.midsussexmencap.org.uk
Alzheimer's Society – volunteers required
Alzheimer's Society in Sussex are currently looking for dedicated volunteers to join with existing or form new Volunteer Fundraising Groups in East, West and Mid Sussex and the surrounding villages.
The groups will start some exciting new fundraising events and activities in the local area as well as increasing dementia awareness.
The groups will be actively supporting the work done at the Alzheimer's Society by funding local services for people with dementia and their carers as well as raising funds towards research programmes into finding a cure for dementia.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like further information, please contact Kylie Prankerd (Community Fundraiser – Sussex) on 01403 276649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations required at the Salvation Army Shop
The Salvation Army Charity Shop in Church Road, Burgess Hill now require more brick-a-brac and china.
They also need good quality furniture and electrical items.
A collection service is available if needed, call Della on 01444 258601 for more information
RSPCA - volunteers needed!
The RSPCA are searching for volunteer to help out with an array of tasks, ranging from fundraising, assisting in the shops and customer service to and having a say in key decisions as a branch trustee.
Many of the tasks they need help with could help you if you are struggling to find work to gain employment in the future or it could give school leavers and recent graduates that all-important work experience.
The RSPCA is a charity and receives no Government funding. It relies on members of the public to continue encouraging kindness and preventing cruelty to animals.
Experience is not necessary for many of the tasks, so whatever your forte in life, there should be something for you.
If you're interested in getting involved then they can contact the RSPCA enquiries team on 0300 1234 555, click www.rspca.org.uk or contact your local branch to find out more.
The Cuckfield Dramatic Society are after new members!
The club has been going for 17 years, and during that time they have lost many key members. Those remaining have grown older, (surprise!!) and they are particularly short of young actors for their plays
If you are looking for a new exciting hobby, and a chance to act on stage, they would love to hear from you!
Please contact Bob Bayliss on 01444 455430 for more details.
Haven pregnancy services – Burgess Hill
'Haven' are a local charity based in Burgess Hill who are a crisis pregnancy counselling service.
The services they offer include pregnancy advice and counselling, free pregnancy tests and post abortion counselling.
They also work with local schools and youth groups to raise awareness of pregnancy options and that there are advisers who can help.
For more information you can call 01444 233333 or click www.careconfidential.com/BurgessHill
Heartbeat Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks
‘Heartbeat Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks' are a team that provide life support to those in need by responding to 999 calls sent through Ambulance Control. They are currently looking for Community Responders, who must live within the BN6 postcode area.
After full training, volunteers will be sent, when on duty, to attend 999 calls within the BN6 area.
Volunteers need to have a car and be fully mobile, able to carry equipment and willing to give a minimum of 4 hours cover a week.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for ‘Heartbeat Hurstpierpoint' and Hassocks, get in touch with the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711
The Sussex Ice skating Club - volunteers required
The Sussex Ice skating Club aim to provide ice skating opportunities for the people of Sussex by organising trips to various rinks and ice skating events, whilst raising awareness of the need for Sussex to have a permanent local rink.
The club are currently trying to recruit volunteers to fulfil a range of roles including a team of fundraising officers; a legal officer with knowledge of the legal aspects of running a club, membership and merchandise secretaries, a treasurer and a website coordinator.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for the Sussex Ice Skating Club, get in touch with the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711
Mid Sussex Community Support Group - Volunteers required
The Mid Sussex Community Support Group run a drop-in centre for people in the Haywards Heath and the surrounding villages who have had, or currently have, mental health problems.
Volunteers are needed to help with an arts and crafts session on Mondays between 4 and 7pm. The trust is also looking for an auditor to prepare the closing accounts and produce financial information for their AGM.
If you have time available, and you'd like to find our more about volunteering for the Mid Sussex Support Group, contact the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711
The Anchor Trust – specialist volunteer required
The Anchor Trust's “Staying Put” initiative helps the elderly, disabled other vulnerable groups live independently in their own homes for as long as they choose to do so.
The organisation is currently recruiting volunteer gardeners, plumbers and electricians to provide practical help in homes – and they are also looking for someone to provide office assistance.
The organization has been awarded for its efforts in looking after its volunteers – so if you'd like to find out more about becoming part of the team, get in touch with the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill for more information on 01444 870 711
Burgess Hill District Lions – volunteers required
The Burgess Hill District Lions are looking for more volunteers to help run their Book Den, which can be found in Church Walk, Burgess Hill.
They need people who can give up half days to help run the store – particularly on Mondays and Fridays.
If you have time available, and you'd like to find out more about volunteering for the Burgess Hill District Lions book Den, call John Gee on 01444 236558 or pop into the Book den, and leave your contact details with a member of staff.
The British Heart Foundation – volunteers required
The British Heart Foundation are looking for help in their Burgess Hill charity shop – doing things like serving customers - plus pricing, tagging and sorting items.
Experience of shop work would be an advantage but is not essential as full training is provided.
Hours are flexible, but commitment to a regular time each week is preferred.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for the British Heart Foundation charity shop ion Burgess Hill, call the town's Volunteer Centre on 01444 870 711
Southdowns Healthcare NHS Trust - befrienders required
Southdowns Healthcare NHS Trust provide healthcare in the community, mental health, learning disability and specialised children's services.
The team are currently looking for befrienders, to help provide company and social activities for children and young people with disabilities at their respite care homes in Burgess Hill and Chailey.
Volunteers would help with play, communication and with outings, which take place school during term-time, plus during the day at weekends and in the school holidays.
Potential volunteers would need to be regular and reliable, enjoy being with children, and have an attitude of respect for people with disabilities.
The role is ideal for a student or anyone who is young in spirit.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for the Southdowns Healthcare NHS Trust, call the Burgess Hill Volunteer Centre on 01444 870 711.
Cancervive - trustees and fundraisers required
Cancervive is a national charity based in Mid Sussex and was established to address the needs of anyone whose family or friends are cancer sufferers.
They are currently looking to recruit trustees and fundraisers to be involved in the growth and development of the charity.
Skills in a variety of areas would be valued - whether business, fundraising, finance, legal or health issues.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for Cancervive, call the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse Bereavement Care are looking for a ‘fundraising and communications coordinator' in order to help research funding opportunities and submit funding applications to relevant organisations.
The role would also include organising fundraising events, promoting Cruse in the local media and liaising with bereavement volunteers.
Much of the work could be undertaken from home but occasional travel would be necessary.
Applicant need to be literate; have experience in any of the required areas of work; have initiative and drive; be able to organise his or her own time and work as part of a team.
If you'd like to find out more about this post with Cruse Bereavement Care, call the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711.
Cancer Journey (Cuckfield) - Volunteers needed
‘Cancer Journey' is a Cuckfield based charity, which has been set up to ensure that everyone affected by cancer can find the information they need at the time they need it.
They provide a Helpline, open 10am - 4pm seven days week, as well as a website with a comprehensive enquiry service.
The charity is completely reliant on donations and proceeds from fundraising events - so volunteers are needed to organise (and assist at) local events, and help raise awareness of the service through distribution of leaflets.
If you'd like to find out more about ‘Cancer Journey', or you'd like to volunteer, go to www.cancerjourney.org.uk
Age Concern - Saturday Club
Age Concern in Haywards Heath run a twice-monthly Saturday Club, which offers support to carer's of people with Dementia.
For nearly four years, the club has helped many carers enjoy a days break, knowing that their loved ones are in a safe and caring environment. The Saturday Club is open every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month at the Age Concern Day Centre in Perrymount Road , Haywards Heath. It costs £15 a day to attend. The day centre provides a full care service, lunch, entertainment and refreshments within the cost. Transport can be arranged if needed too.
If you'd like to find out more about Age Concern's Saturday Club, get in touch with Nicky Cooksley at the centre on 01444 450 248.
National Talking Newspapers/Magazines - Volunteers required
'National Talking Newspapers and Magazines' is a registered charity which brings print to life by transcribing a wide variety of popular newspapers and magazines into a range of accessible formats for the blind or visually impaired. Volunteers are needed to come into their studios in Heathfield to be the ‘voice' of various newspapers and magazines - which are then put onto CD and cassette. No previous experience is required, but all potential readers will be asked to an audition to check their suitability. Full support and training is given.
If you'd like to find out more about volunteering for “National Talking Newspapaers and Magaines” get in touch with the Volunteer Centre in Burgess Hill on 01444 870 711.
Cancervive Support Groups
Cancervive is a local organisation offering help to families, friends and colleagues of cancer patients. They hold 3 separate support groups all dealing with a different aspect of support. They also have a special support line, which is open every Monday and Thursday evening.
If you'd like to find out more about the services offered by Cancervive or you'd like to help them by assisting at some of their events, go online to www.cancervive.org.uk
Southdown Housing Association - West Sussex Signpost Service
If you're struggling to solve housing-related problems (such as debt, homelessness or anti-social behaviour from neighbours), there is an advice surgery in Burgess Hill that may be able to help. The West Sussex Signpost Service surgery is run by Southdown Housing Association, and is held on the second Friday of each month between 9.30-11.30am at the Burgess Hill Help Point in Church Walk. The Signpost Service is available to anyone who needs advice or support to help resolve their housing related issues. The facility provides telephone advice, face-to-face support, plus referral onto specialist care and support services.
For further information call 01403 263202, or head to their next Surgery in Burgess Hill.