Help Charities

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and make friends within your community, as well as supporting your chosen Charity.

New Volunteering Website

There is a new and easy way to discover volunteering opportunities in Suffolk, thanks to the Volunteer Suffolk website. The site has been created as a one-stop shop for people to discover how they can gift their time, and for local organisations to advertise their volunteering opportunities. The website already boasts more than 100 volunteering opportunities, added by local organisations and charities. These range from short-term and one-off roles, to temporary positions and long-term roles.

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You could volunteer for or otherwise help Charities - here are just a few ideas .....

St Elizabeth Hospice

Open your garden this summer, take part in the Midnight Walk in May 2017 or take on a Once in a Lifetime Challenge - Cycle from London to Paris in 2017 and help raise funds for the Charity. Make a difference in the New Year - volunteer or donate your unwanted gifts.

St Elizabeth Hospice is asking for volunteers to help at retail events, such as markets, car boot sales and festivals and also for volunteer drivers to collect and take patients to and from the Hospice. If you would like to find out more about volunteering at St Elizabeth Hospice events or driving, call 01473 707016, email, or visit

If you would like to donate furniture to sell in the Hospices' shops across East Suffolk do not drop it off at the shop, please call 0845 259 0319 and your furniture will be collected from your home.

You can raise money for the Hospice by taking part in the challenges the Hospice regularly offers to brave people, and you can support them in other ways - play the Hospice Lottery, link your Event to their Appeal, and more. Visit the Hospice website to find out more, call the fundraising team on 01473 723600 or email you have furniture to donate please call 0845 259 0319.

St Elizabeth Hospice improves life for people living with a progressive illness in East Suffolk and South Norfolk. It costs £9.1million a year to run with almost three quarters of that coming from the local community.

East Anglia's Children's HospicesImage of EACH logo

EACH needs your help.  They support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Hospices need your support to meet their ongoing running costs.

The Rural Coffee CaravanImage of part of Rural Coffee Caravan logo

The Rural Coffee Caravan visits Aldringham and Thorpeness during the summer months. See the Useful Information page for more details.

Home-Start Suffolk Coastal

Could you be a Home-Start Volunteer?

Home-Start Suffolk Coastal is a charity which provides support to families in the Suffolk Coastal and East Ipswich area. 

We are a local charity supporting families with at least one child under the age of 5. Families may need support for many reasons, perhaps struggling to cope with postnatal illness, a child’s disability, family breakdown, bereavement or isolation.

Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care

We are a charity set up to help bereaved people to understand  their grief and cope with their loss. We provide information, one to  one support and offer advice, education and training services. We  also have a specialist Children & Young People Team.  If you would like to volunteer to support bereaved people, help on  our Area Committee or with publicity and fundraising please contact us.




Tools with a MissionImage of Tools with a Mission logo

There is a real need for good quality tools in developing countries around the world. If you're replacing tools or just having a clear out you probably have items that could be of use, perhaps in helping someone work to support their families and survive. Carpentry Kits, Mechanics Kits, Medical and Educational Supplies and Sewing Machines are collected, sorted and refurbished before being sent overseas to help people switch from being aid dependent to self sufficiency. All sorts of items are useful - not just those listed on their website - even useable nuts and bolts! Find out more about what the Charity does and how you might be able to help from the website.

Tony Woods in Aldringham is a collector for the charity, so if you have items that may be useful give him a call on 01728 832043.

Why Not Support Charities Online

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If you shop online you can generate donations to the Rural Coffee Caravan, St Elizabeth Hospice, Tools with a Mission and/or other local and national charities simply by shopping through Select the charities you wish to support, choose from over 200 online shops registered with the site, most of those you'd use anyway, and shop as you would normally. It costs you nothing – the online store donates.

Dame Vera Lynn Trust School for Parents

Image of Dam Vera Lynn logoThe Trust supports children, between 0 and 5 years of age, with a wide range of conditions including Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Infantile Spasms, Chromosomal Abnormalities or Autism, and their families. You can find out more about them, although it was with great regret and sadness that they closed the school in Sproughton in February 2015. The decision was based purely on financial grounds, the Trust faced many difficulties including the economic recession, local fundraising challenges, their rural location and with no statutory funding available they have been unable to meet the required targets.