Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting young people at the FindItOut centres across West Sussex but more help is greatly needed.
Roadshows are being held throughout West Sussex this October to raise awareness of the FindItOut service and to actively increase the number of volunteers within the centres.
The centres are visited by around 400 young people monthly and are part of the West Sussex County Council’s Young Peoples’ Service.
Volunteers do not need any previous experience or knowledge and are needed to ensure every visitor is given accurate and appropriate guidance and information.
Volunteers play a crucial role in providing help and guidance to young people aged 13-25 years old, helping them to achieve their potential.
Roadshows will be taking place between 10am and 11:30am at the following locations and dates:
• 11 October: Chichester Library, in Tower Street
• 12 October: Horsham Library, in Lower Tanbridge Way
• 14 October: Worthing Library, in Richmond Road
• 19 October: Willowhale Library, in Pryors Lane
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life said: “FindItOut centres provide a great deal of support to a lot of young people in West Sussex. Support includes help with money worries, finding a local job or just wanting to talk about sexual or personal health and lifestyle. They are invaluable as, without volunteers, staff wouldn’t be able to help as many young people let alone complete their routine daily tasks.
“I’d like to stress that volunteers do not need any previous experience or knowledge prior to this role. Training and continuous support is available. I am really proud of our current volunteers and hope to see more throughout West Sussex.”
16-year-old Sophie Paris, who has been visiting Worthing FindItOut, has recommended the centres to her peers.
She said: “I came to FindItOut for support and advice on situations I found myself in and didn’t know what to do.
“I think volunteers are helpful because they’re always there to talk to when you walk in and they’re always there for advice.”
Current vacancies are available in Bognor, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Lancing and Littlehampton.
For more information or to hear what the current volunteers have to say visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/FIOVolunteer.