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Interested in volunteering? Do you have a few hours spare each week? SCDA welcomes volunteers from all backgrounds. We have a range of volunteering opportunities in Newhaven, Lewes, Hailsham and across East Sussex and look forward to hearing from you!

Check out our Volunteers News June 2021

SCDA Trustee

Would you like to make a real difference to people at a local level? Do you have specific skills and experience that you could bring to a Charity’s Board? If the answer is yes, have you considered being a Trustee?
Who are Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA)?
We strengthen local communities by providing a range of local services to people in need across East Sussex including a nursery, youth centre, food bank, community centres, supporting health and well-being and, offering information & helping people back into work. We need Trustees who can support our Governance and particularly seek people who have:
finance and commercial skills; business and social enterprise; marketing and promotions and charitable fundraising. Specific awareness of issues relating to health and wellbeing and the needs of disadvantaged communities would be welcomed.
SCDA is looking for effective people to join its Board of Trustees in realising our ambitious goals to make a difference in local communities and for local people. SCDA Trustees are key to helping make this happen.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to understand more or have a conversation about the specifics of the role and its responsibilities, please call Amber Upton (HR Director) on 01273 519140. This is a voluntary and unremunerated position. SCDA Trustee role description

Completed application forms can be sent to HR via email to ( or via post to SCDA, Denton Island Community Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9BA

Community Supermarket Volunteer

As a volunteer at Newhaven Community Supermarket you will be a welcoming and friendly asset to our team. Your main responsibilities will be to organise food donations, support clients to make food choices and to keep the space looking good. Some cash handling may also be involved. This role requires a commitment of around four hours per week, although this may vary. You must be available on Mondays from May onwards. For more information see the role description Community Supermarket Volunteer or email

Volunteer Cooking Leader

Do you have love food and motivating a team? Are you passionate about reducing food waste and cooking creatively? As a volunteer cooking leader you will lead a weekly cookery session, plan recipes, lead on food prep and cooking and ensure that meals are packaged, frozen and ready to deliver as part of our emergency food parcels. For more information see the role description Volunteer Cooking Leader or email

Strength in Numbers Information Volunteers

Our Advice and Inclusion Programme is looking for Strength in Numbers Project Volunteers, based in Newhaven. Regular updates from clients and ongoing feedback and evaluation of the service is key to its success.  Using feedback and evaluation tools you will contact previous clients which will help shape the service in the future. You will also communicate with current clients to gain information and updates on their situation.

This is a great opportunity to gain volunteering experience from home during Covid-19 restrictions. If you enjoy communicating with others, working as part of a team and would like to be part of a service that supports large numbers within the community this could be the role for you. If you would like more information or for an application form, contact or call 07510927238

Strength in Numbers Social Media Volunteers

An exciting opportunity has arisen to support the creation and continued development of the Strength in Numbers social media pages.  We are looking for Social Media Volunteers to work with us to create content and increase our online presence in order to raise the profile of the Advice and Inclusion Service and reach more people within the community.

This is a great opportunity to gain volunteering experience from home during Covid-19 restrictions. If you would like to build your experience and have a good knowledge of at least one social media platform then please get in touch. If you would like more information or for an application form, contact or call 07510927238

Bike Technician, Newhaven

Our Recycle project based on Denton Island, Newhaven needs volunteers who are interested in learning how to mend and refurbish donated bikes. For more information download Volunteer -Bike Technician, contact Rachel Halsey on 01273 516347 or email

SCDA shops – Newhaven and Lewes

Our shops are located in High Street, Newhaven and High Street, Lewes. The shops provide useful income for our community projects as well as a friendly space for people to meet up and to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer for a few hours a week or even just now and again, we would like to hear from you! Please contact Eve Collins on 01273 514139 or email

Contact us

Contact SCDA

Denton Island Community Centre,
Denton Island, Newhaven,

Phone: 01273 517250