Volunteer

Across Brighton & Hove many community groups and residents are looking out for one another and are offering support to people who are vulnerable.

The Volunteer Centre at Community Works can help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you while also making sure that we are meeting the needs within the local communities.

If you need help with finding the right role, have specific skills to offer, have been furloughed or have a large group of volunteers available then please email the Volunteer Centre Team with your details at volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk. They can send you all of the available roles, some of which may not yet be listed, and match you with the most suitable opportunities for you.

Additional volunteering roles can be found at:

  • Brighton COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook group or the Hove COVID-19 Mutual Aid Facebook group - this is not set up or managed by the council, its information comes from and is shared by the city's community
  • Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is still looking for some volunteers to help local people who are sick, isolated from loved ones or those that are struggling to afford or access food. While many food banks and projects currently have enough volunteers some are looking to create a reserve bank of volunteers.
  • ACORN the community union is running a matching service between local volunteers and people in the community who need shopping, prescription collection and check-in phone calls to combat isolation - this is not set up or managed by the council

Community Works and the Trust for Developing Communities are working with the council to provide a co-ordinated offer to ensure all communities are supported.

Top tips for setting up volunteer groups during the pandemic have been produced by Community Works.

Donations

St Mungo's are still collecting any old or spare kindles, ipads or other hand held tablets or game consoles for those who are self-isolating in emergency and temporary accommodation. 

If you have an item to donate please email hello@galvanisebh.org and they will arrange a collection from you for the St Mungo's team to distribute.

Open letter to supermarkets

You can read an open letter to supermarkets from Councillor Nancy Platts, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council about support from supermarkets. 

Advice about scams

Fraudsters are targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus.

Some have set up fake websites selling products and offering ‘cures’. Others have set up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips.

Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline. 

Some parents have also received an email stating: As schools are closed, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported. We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond and delete it immediately.

To help members of the public protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud, Cifas, the UK’s fraud prevention service, is advising: 

  • be sceptical if you receive an email, text or WhatsApp message about the Coronavirus, and never click on any attachments or links 
  • never provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth – scammers can use this information to steal your identity 
  • don’t allow yourself to be pressured into donating money, and never make donations by cash or gift card, or send money through transfer agents such as Western Union or Moneygram 
  • if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, then speak to your bank immediately and report any fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 

Further information

Go to Citizens Advice for guidance on scams and fraud.

You can call Citizens Advice’s Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or contact them using their consumer service contact form.