Community Volunteers’ Scheme recruiting in the Lewes District
Have you got some spare time you would like to put to good use? Do you care about your local community and want to help keep its residents and visitors safe? Have you been affected by fire, or a road traffic incident and want to help prevent others from going through the same thing?
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) Community Volunteers’ scheme was created to support the work of the Service in achieving its vision of ‘safer and more sustainable communities.’ Volunteers make a vital contribution by helping ESFRS provide fire and road safety information and practical support to the local community.
We are looking to recruit a team of volunteers in the Lewes district to support its already successful team of volunteers throughout East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove.
Community Volunteers will have close links with their local fire stations (based in Lewes, Newhaven, Barcombe and Seaford) and support the work of the station staff and fire fighters. They will be involved in publicising local initiatives, such as arson reduction campaigns, firework safety campaigns and road traffic safety events, and any other activities which promote fire and road safety.
Additionally we are recruiting volunteers to support a new project which involves supporting some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Individuals who have already received a Home Safety visit from ESFRS and been identified as vulnerable, will be offered a Health and Wellbeing visit, where volunteers will look to identify any additional support needed and refer them on to the relevant services.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and have varied life experiences, all of which help them to understand the needs of their local communities. Their motivation for getting involved are varied.
Volunteers need to be available for an average of eight hours per month and be available for an initial induction programme plus regular training sessions. Because of the type of roles they will be undertaking, volunteers need to be confident when talking to members of the community, have a caring and empathetic manner and remember that they are representing East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service at all times.