Make Volunteering Your New Year’s Resolution


Losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking are just three of the top resolutions that people make at New Year, but they’re not the only ones that will help you improve your health and wellbeing.  Volunteer Centre East Sussex are encouraging local people to make volunteering your resolution in 2015!

Volunteer Centre East Sussex (VCES) provides a range of support for individuals looking to volunteer and promotes hundreds of volunteering opportunities across East Sussex, including one-to-one befriending, environmental protection, animal rescue, driving community transport vehicles and so much more.

Brenda Bruzon, Volunteering Coordinator at VCES said:

There’s a lot more variety out there than you may think.  The one thing all of these opportunities share is that they bring people together with a common purpose to improve local situations and that makes people feel great.

Robert Cosser, a volunteer with the Horder Centre in Crowborough, said:

I enjoy volunteering because I meet a lot of people and derive satisfaction from being able to help. I also gain a sense of continued worth from volunteering.

Wealden Citizens Advice, Croham Lodge, Crowborough
Wealden Citizens Advice, Croham Lodge, Crowborough

Wealden Citizens Advice in Crowborough

Wealden Citizens Advice are looking for new volunteers for their Crowborough bureaux.  They are looking for volunteers to cover all types of roles, ranging from receptionists, administrators, IT support to assessors and advisers.  They say volunteering provides the opportunity to brush up that CV, develop new skills and meet new people. Professional training and full support are given.  Wealden Citizens Advice are holding interviews on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th January.

If you have a day a week then contact Cas Smith on for more details.

Pepenbury Charity Shop in Southborough
Pepenbury Charity Shop in Southborough

Pepenbury Charity Shop

Pepenbury formed in 1926 provides care and support services for people with learning difficulties with complex needs.  Pepenbury were awarded a grant worth £100,000 from East Sussex County Council in September to establish a new Pepenbury charity shop and fund a training and development programme for people with a learning disability and autism in the Crowborough area.

Their new charity shop will be open in the next 6-8 weeks in the old Kids Stuff unit at the Fernbank Centre in Crowborough.  It will have the dual purpose of acting as a training venue for people with leaning disabilities as well as raising funds for the charity.  They are looking for people who can spare a few hours each week to act as retail assistants, sorting incoming stock, pricing items and creating displays.

If you would like more information call Ann Hall their volunteer coordinator on 01892 822168 or email

Other Volunteer Positions

There are currently 54 volunteering position within 5 miles of Crowborough.  For more details click on the link on the CrowboroughLife jobs page.

VCES had been running Ask the Expert sessions in Crowborough library.  These came to an end in the autumn of 2014, as there wan not enough people attending to sustain this service.  VCES told CrowboroughLife they are continuing to work with ESCC libraries to ensure that information and advice about volunteeing is available countywide.

Volunteering has huge benefits and can be great fun as well as personally rewarding. By giving something back to your community, you will find that it makes you feel good, too.

Volunteer Centre East Sussex logoIf you’re interested in volunteering and would like to find out more, please visit or contact VCES directly on 01323 301 757 or at



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