Make a difference and get Involved.

Volunteers are central to the work of many charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities. They help out in sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Local volunteering organisations

Outset Youth Action

A volunteering agency for people aged 13 - 25.  For more information please visit the Outset Youth website.

Horsham and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action

Choose a volunteer role based on your availability, skills, abilities and interests.

Tel: 01444-258102
Website: HAMSVA

The Admin Hub
Open Monday to Thursday - 10am to 3pm
49 The Martlets
Burgess Hill RH15 9NN

For further information on volunteering - please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

How do I set up community and voluntary groups?

lease take a look at:

What is Compact (West Sussex)?

This is an agreement between:

  • Local government
  • Local health services
  • The voluntary and community sector
  • And other public bodies

It aims to make stronger partnerships between different local organisations - helping us work better for you and the community.

Read a copy of the West Sussex Compact.

How do I fund a community project?

There are various groups and organisations you can go to.

Horsham and Mid Sussex Voluntary Action

38 Church Road
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9AE
Tel: 01444-258102
Website: Horsham & Mid Sussex Voluntary Action

Other funding organisations

There are a lot of websites and organisations offering information about grants and funding. Listed below are a range of resources that might be of interest to you. Mid Sussex District Council are not responsible for the content of external sites.

Arts funding

Community Service Awards

These are an annual event celebrating the outstanding work of people within our communities.

Please our Community Service Awards page for further information.

The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards

Do you know a young person who volunteers in Mid Sussex? Would you like them to receive recognition for all of the hard work that they do?

Many young people give up their time and effort to make Mid Sussex a better place. We think it’s important to recognise these special individuals.

The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards aims to give these outstanding individuals their moment in the spotlight.

If you’d like to reward that special young person in your community for all their hard work, why not nominate them?

There are three awards to be won by any person aged 14-21 who has completed a minimum of ten hours of volunteering.

The categories are:

Young Community Volunteer Award
Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community.

Young Leader Award
Given to a young person who has shown outstanding leadership in a project or organisation.

Young Achiever Award
Given to a young person who has overcome serious problems and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through:

  • Education
  • Campaigning
  • Or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

If you think you know a young person who has given up their time to help others - or has made a positive contribution to their community - then please nominate them.

Nominate a young person now:

Online: Nominate a young volunteer
Tel: 01444-477495

Nomination deadline: 16 May 2018

Please note: Individuals cannot be nominated by a family member or themselves. Any one person or organisation can only nominate a maximum of five people per category.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special award ceremony to celebrate their achievements and to get their certificates from the Mid Sussex District Council Chairman.

Young Volunteer of the year award 2017

Mid Sussex District Council celebrated the wonderful contributions made by young people in the District by hosting the 4th Annual Young Volunteer of the Year Awards in June 2017.

This ceremony recognised the hard work of all the remarkable young people who regularly help their local community.

The Young Leader Award - 17-year old Jess Morris from Hassocks
Jess stood out for her willingness to help others and for her enthusiasm whilst volunteering for the National Citizenship Scheme.

The Young Community Volunteer Award - 16-year old Ruth Bedingham from Lindfield
Ruth has made a real difference with her community work for Haywards Heath based charity - Kangaroos. The charity helps young people with learning disabilities enjoy fun social activities.

Young Achiever Award sponsored by Sussex Clubs  - 21-year old Dean Hodge of Burgess Hill
Dean has overcome significant difficulties and worked extremely hard over the past year whilst volunteering with the charity - Friends, Families and Travellers.

Peer Nominated Award -  21-year old Dean Hodge of Burgess Hill
Dean was singled out as the most deserving of all the young volunteers. The award was presented by Francesca Blewitt - winner of one of the Young Volunteer Awards at last year's event.

Chairman's Special Award - Ariel Othello's Buddies
Buddies are a group of young people who have done exceptional work helping children with special educational needs to enjoy drama through the Ariel Company Theatre.

16-year old singer/song writer Harvey Kimber entertained the audience. He is currently studying for a Diploma in Music Performance Singing and Song Writing and will soon be releasing his debut album 'Battlefield Scars' on Hammered Records.

The Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards coincided with National Volunteers Week which runs from 1 June to 7 June. This is an annual event that celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK.

Contact us

Regina Choudhury
Community Development Officer

Last updated: 29 June 2018