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24 Charity & Community Explore the Mythical

Maze The Library Summer Reading Challenge offers children the chance to join their local library’s adventures by reading six books and discovering the secrets of the Mythical Maze! Families need to visit their local library from 12th July to sign up for free; children will be challenged to make three visits to the library and collect fun rewards. Libraries are also asking for 14-25 year-olds to help run the challenge in a library near them; it’s a great opportunity to practise communication skills and a chance to experience working with children. Visit

Take a walk on the

child side On 13th September The Dame Vera Lynn trust will be ‘Taking a Walk on the Child Side’ by walking from Arundel to Brighton, with two walk distances available so you can go at your own pace. There will be refreshment stops, plenty of encouragement along the way and a barbeque for all on completion. 01403 788994 or register at


Meals on Wheels Meals on Wheels deliver healthy meals every day across the county and are a vital lifeline for many elderly people; but they are in need of volunteers. In a move designed to update the service, Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is making changes that recipients will begin to notice as they are filtered in. For a start, a new, varied menu of meals designed by nutritionists is being launched. Also, RVS’s new delivery service will mean that customers can be flexible with mealtimes. All you need to be a volunteer is a friendly personality and an understanding of older people’s needs, as the RVS will provide you with training. For a registration pack call 0845 600 5885 or for more information please visit their website at

Sussex MS Centre Working to improve the health and wellbeing of people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological condi t ions, the Sussex MS Treatment Centre is a charitable organisation open to anyone with a long term neurological condition. The centre is run by an army of volunteers, has a lively social community and provides therapies, support, counselling and physiotherapy to help manage MS symptoms and progression of the disease. Unfortunately, the centre does not receive funding from the NHS so it relies on donations, sponsored events and charitable trusts to survive. It costs the Sussex MS Centre over £130,000 a year to provide support for patients and they are open Monday-Friday as well as occasional weekends and evenings. Contact 01273 594484 or email for more information.

Playtime for all ages This summer the National Trust is offering visitors the chance to relax in their beautiful parkland, with play areas, quiz trails and more during the school holidays. Back for 2014 is the phenomenally successful “50 things to do before you’re 11¾”, giving children the chance to connect with nature through fun activities. Families can collect scrapbooks at participating properties and try any of the outdoor tasks themselves, or join in organised activities throughout the summer. Highlights include outdoor theatre, wild beast safaris and pirate themed beach days. Further information at

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