Volunteering with local environmental community groups

If you are interested in volunteering in the city, these local community groups focus on environmental issues and promote sustainability and they all welcome volunteers.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership works in the community to support the growth and development of fair and equitable locally sourced food for everyone in the city, promoting environmental sustainability, global fairtrade and the health and well-being of all residents. They occasionally offer volunteering opportunities so it is worth checking their website regularly.

Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project is an award-winning social enterprise whose staff and volunteers work with local builders, businesses and organisations. They collect waste wood and recreate the material as a reusable product. The timber goes on sale at their on-site shop, where it is available 'as is', or made into items for the home, garden or workplace.

Brighton Conservation Volunteers is a group of countryside enthusiasts who work in and around the Brighton area, mostly on local nature reserves. Projects include coppicing, chalk grassland management, woodland conservation, pondwork, footpath building and maintenance, fencing and meadow management. New volunteers are always welcome and no experience is necessary.

Brighton Peace & Environment Centre (BPEC) is an educational charity which encourages people to explore the links between their own lives and with people, places and issues throughout the world.  They provide teachers with training, support and learning resources on global sustainable development; they provide the public with information about local and global concerns, supporting choices which prioritise peace, people and planet, throughout daily life.  They offer volunteering opportunities.

Brighton Permaculture Trust promotes greener lifestyles and sustainable development through design. They run courses and events and are based at Stanmer Nursery.

Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods always welcome volunteers to come and join their regular work sessions.

Friends of Sheepcote Valley are a group of volunteers looking after East Brighton's part of the South Downs National Park.

The Green Centre is a community interest company based in East Brighton that aims to provide information and advice to the community on sustainability issues such as climate change and reduce/reuse/recycle opportunities. They are responsible for a wide range of creative and inclusive projects to raise public awareness, for example publishing a Green A-Z directory of recycling and developing the community garden attached to the Centre.

Hanover Action for Sustainable Living aims to promote sustainable living in the Hanover area of Brighton by putting on fun and educational community events and activities.

Magpie Environmental Trust aims to promote education for sustainability, emphasising waste reduction, re-use and recycling and it always welcomes volunteers to its Natal Road Community Learning Allotment. Please email magpietrust@gmail.com for details.

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project always welcomes volunteers to help with growing vegetables on the reclaimed sites and allotments around Moulsecoomb. Payment for doing a bit of work means you get to take home whatever vegetables are growing!

Volunteering with groups that the council's Ranger Service supports and with our Cityparks groups can be very rewarding. Activities include scrub clearance, Chalk Grassland management, sheep welfare, general conservation, coppicing, downland maintenance, nature trail construction, flint walling, charcoal making, woodland management, general gardening and many more. Visit the Rangers and Cityparks Volunteering Opportunities page to find an activity that you would like to get involved in.

Smarter Uniforms repairs and sorts donations of second hand school uniforms to sell for a third of the retail price. Uniforms are expensive and this project helps families save money, prevents them from getting into debt, and stops perfectly wearable uniform from going to landfill or incineration. They put their profits into local underfunded schools. They are looking for more volunteers to help with organisation.

The Sussex Wildlife Trust Volunteer Youth Ranger group is for 16 to 25 year olds. The group meets every Thursday for practical conservation tasks on sites around the city. No previous experience is needed and all tools/instructions are provided along with refreshments.

The Volunteer Centre, Community Works is the one stop shop for all of your volunteering needs. Their volunteering platform will help you search for, find and register your interest in a volunteering opportunity. If you would like some additional support to look through and narrow down the perfect opportunity for you, they have a matching and guidance service. Contact 01273 234826 or vcadvice@bhcommunityworks.org.uk

Brighton & Hove City Council Sustainability Team is unable to offer volunteering opportunities.