Friends Centre recruit a range of volunteers across the organisation. Learning Support Assistants help others achieve their learning goals in classes. They help support individual learners in their English, Maths, English language classes or adult general education classes. We also have volunteer opportunities to work with our Administration and Events/Fundraising teams. We are interested in hearing from anyone who can offer their time, skills and knowledge including those from a Black Minority/Ethnic background or who define themselves as having a mental or physical disability.

For more information about opportunities please contact us via email [email protected]

Tel: 01273 810210

What sorts of people make good volunteers?

There is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ volunteer. Everyone brings their own motivation, skills, experience and personality into their voluntary work. However, there are some qualities that we feel volunteers need to have. These include being:

  • Patient
  • Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Tolerant and non-judgmental
  • Able to keep confidentiality
  • Able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team

Training and support for volunteers

Induction into policies, procedures and Friends Centre ethos is covered at an informal interview. Learning Support Volunteers are invited to regular in-house staff training days. Volunteers are also made aware of any external training that may be of interest.
Support and guidance is provided by the allocated tutor or staff member or by the Volunteer Coordinator.

How to apply for volunteering

For more information download the Volunteer Information Pack (pdf). To apply complete the Volunteer Application Form (word file).

Please return them by e-mail to: [email protected] or return by post to Friends Centre, Brighton Junction, Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton BN1 4GQ.

Should you need these documents in a larger print, please e-mail or phone us on 01273 810210..

Applicants can complete the forms over the telephone if required, please e-mail or phone us.

We experience a high level of volunteer applications. Please be patient while we process yours. This may take up to one month or more depending on the time of year.

Comments from current volunteers

“I am very happy and impressed with the way the organisation runs.”

“I think you are reaching out where the needs are in Brighton.”

“I think the organisation is very welcoming and I have found the tutor very supportive.”

“I think Friends Centre is an excellent organisation.”

“I have always found the working environment excellent and other members of staff approachable and very helpful.”

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