Volunteer opportunities

We’re recruiting new Trustees

About the Trustee role

Care for the Carers’ vision is to improve the quality of carers’ lives by helping the local community recognise and value the role of carers, and by enabling carers to access the services and support they require. We are working to make sure that no one is left to care alone.

We are seeking volunteers to join our Board of Trustees, which helps direct the charity towards achieving its mission, and ensures the organisation is effectively managed.

Being a Trustee is a particularly rewarding way to support a charity to make a difference. You will be helping a dynamic and developing charity, which has a huge impact on local people’s lives, often at the time when they need it the most. We reimburse Trustees’ travel expenses, provide an induction into Care for the Carers’ work, and ongoing support.

We do ask that Trustees make a commitment to the role and are able to devote the necessary time to it, to contribute to the strategic vision, to exercise independent judgement, an ability to think creatively and a willingness to speak your mind – and work as part of a team.

Care for the Carers values diversity and equal opportunities. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, and highly value the insight gained by caring for a relative or friend. We strive to support all carers across East Sussex. To do that well, we need a Board that is properly representative of the communities we serve. We are therefore actively increasing the diversity of our Board, and are keen to receive applications from people who can contribute a variety of perspectives, experiences and skills, reflecting the rich cultural diversity of East Sussex. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have experience of being a carer, young carer or young adult carer, are disabled, are from ethnically diverse, or LGBTQ+ communities.

We are also seeking to build the range of skills within the Board, and so keen to hear from candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Charity governance or management
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Expertise
  • Health and/or Social Care
  • Finance / Accountancy
  • Marketing / Fundraising

Our Board meetings are held every other month, via MS Teams, and/or in Eastbourne.  All posts are subject to a DBS check.

We are holding a virtual open evening, using MS Teams, on 28th October 2021 at 5.30pm to give the opportunity to meet our current Trustees, (please note that this date has been rescheduled from 21st October). Please contact us for joining details. Please submit applications to jennifert@cftc.org.uk by Monday 25th October 2021 at the latest. Interviews will take place virtually, via MS Teams, and will be arranged by agreement at a mutually convenient time between Monday 18th and Friday 29th October.

How to apply to be a Trustee

You can download all of the application information and documents below.

Trustee background information and role description [PDF]
Trustee FAQs [PDF]
Trustee nomination form [Word doc]
Recruitment pack information [PDF]

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please email Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive, at: jennifert@cftc.org.uk.


Other volunteering opportunities

Young Carers Activities Volunteers

Volunteer at our young carers group and gain new skills in youth work. You will be supporting and supervising young carers aged between 8-17 years at a monthly club held in Eastbourne on a Tuesday evening. Activities include sports, crafts and games. There is also the opportunity to help on day trips and activities during the school holidays.

Young Carers Volunteer role description

Carers in Touch Volunteers

Are you a good listener and confident using basic IT? Can you spare a couple of hours a week? If so, you could volunteer for our Carers in Touch service, providing regular phone calls to isolated unpaid carers in East Sussex. You will be offering a friendly, listening ear and a chance for carers to chat about their week.

Carers in Touch Volunteer role description

Social Media Volunteer

Are you confident using social media and IT? Do you have a couple of hours to spare a week? We are looking for a social media volunteer with creative ideas to work with our communications team, helping to develop and grow our social media presence across all our platforms.

Social Media Volunteer role description

You can apply for any of these roles using this application form. All roles are subject to a DBS check. Please return the completed application form to: suzannec@cftc.org.uk  For more information, or to have a chat about our volunteering roles, email Suzanne: suzannec@cfc.org.uk.

Carer Ambassadors

If you have a few hours to spare and would like to make a difference to carers lives why not join us as a Carer Ambassador.

Carer Ambassadors are part of Building a Carer Friendly Community Initiative, and to find out more download our Carer Ambassador information or contact us.

Community Fundraising Volunteers

Fundraising volunteers help us with collections, fundraising events and stands. If you’d like to get involved, contact Amy on 01323 738390, or email amyh@cftc.org.uk

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a rewarding way to make a difference to carers’ lives, as well as doing something that you enjoy too. Reasons to become a volunteer include:

  • It is very rewardingphoto of two national citizens advice volunteers
  • You can meet new people
  • You will learn new skills as well as use the skills that you have
  • You will be giving something back to your local community
  • You will be helping to improve the lives of carers
  • We will provide you with the training you need for your role

Contact us if you are interested in volunteering.



Read about what Lauren does as a volunteer supporting carers.

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