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New Year, New You!

Date : 24 January 2019

Looking to make a difference in the community and have some free time on your hands - why not become a Community Volunteer for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service?

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with our new Community Volunteer Scheme, working with Adult Social Care to support individuals to develop, or regain, their resilience after they have had an issue in their life which has affected their confidence.

Also, as a volunteer, you will have opportunities to make new friends and get out-and-about where you live.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is looking for enthusiastic volunteers just like you and needs your help. 

What have you done lately to make you feel proud?

Do you have any of these key skills, which would make you an ideal candidate?  

  • Good interpersonal skills and confidence when talking to individuals on a one-to-one basis. 
  • Ability to work well in pairs and to follow instructions. 
  • Ability to use technology (tablet and mobile phone) to find out information on local services. 
  • Commitment and reliability.  

Check out our videos of current volunteers who talk about their rewarding role as a volunteer, which they find enriching, as well as giving them the opportunity to give something back to the community.

Volunteer Co-ordinator, Linda Baker, said: “Our Community Volunteers make a vital contribution by helping us provide fire, water and road safety information and practical support to the local community.            

We are looking to encourage more volunteers to support our already successful teams active throughout East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.  

We have various roles available so, if you would like to find out more about how rewarding being a volunteer can be."

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We need you…do you need us?

Volunteers will support individuals to develop or regain their confidence through a range of support, including these key activities: 

  • Up to six face-to-face contacts either in the individual’s home or other preferred location, provided by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) Volunteers.
  • Support can include help to access and engage with community resources that promote resilience (for example social or specialist support groups).
  • Support can also include advice on home safety and fuel poverty matters where relevant.
  • Other general community safety activities, especially in conjunction with partner agencies such as Sussex Police, local councils and health agencies which help ensure the individual has the support they need. 

To find out if this is for you visit our volunteer pages and apply now. 

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