Can you put some of your time towards supporting the local community? There are many ways you can make a difference by volunteering in and around Brighton. Here are some ideas of fantastic ways you can get involved and give back to this wonderful city.
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The Royal Pavilion Gardens
The Pavilion Gardens continue to flourish due to the help of its volunteers, who put their time and skills towards its upkeep. The Pavilion’s “Garden Greeters” volunteering scheme is also a chance to engage with the public and talk about the history of the Royal Pavilion and surrounding estate. Getting involved is a great way to go “behind the scenes” and make new valuable connections in the local community. Check out how to get involved here.
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
The Food Partnership supports the growth and development of locally sourced food for everyone in the city, promoting environmental sustainability, global fairtrade and the health and wellbeing of all residents. Using food as a means of engaging with people is at the project’s core. Volunteering opportunities include helping out with cookery courses in their Community Kitchen, as well as running community gardening sessions to support vulnerable adults in the city.
Pier2Pier Beach Clean
Pier2Pier is a Brighton-based beach clean team whose project is powered by amazing volunteers. The project keeps our wonderful beach tidy through adventure, as their monthly silent disco beach clean means you can have fun with a purpose. Join the team at the beginning of September for the first ever Pier2Pier “Battle of the Decades” – a beach clean that will take you on a musical trip down memory lane, nineties versus noughties style. The silent disco is free, but make sure to bring a deposit for the headphones and your own reusable bag to join the fun! Find out more here.
Sports & Physical Activity
The City Council’s Sport & Physical Activities team seeks to match interested volunteers with ways they can get involved with local sports clubs, community groups, event organisers and charities. They offer a wide range of opportunities including helping with finance, publicity and sponsorship, organising fixtures, helping with refreshments and supporting events. For details on how to get in touch, check out the Brighton & Hove City Council website.
Stanmer Park Restoration Project
The Stanmer Park restoration projected started up in June 2019 and aims to restore this beautiful 18th century landscape back to its former glory. The park restoration project will conserve the land’s national significance as well as plant over 250 new trees and increase park-wide accessibility. A huge range of volunteering opportunities will open up to the public after the restoration’s completion next year, including horticultural, heritage, educational and event assistance roles.
The Together Collective is a local charity that creates valuable connections in order to change lives. The charity recognises the impact that social isolation has on local residents, and aims to prevent it through a volunteering scheme that befriends those in need. Give an hour or two of your week to visit a resident’s home for a cup of tea and a chat. Activities may also include meal sharing, helping with form filling or making phone calls, reading aloud together, and playing games.