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Coastal West Sussex

Royal Voluntary Service can help older people maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community.

We have volunteers across Coastal West Sussex who offer help and support so older people can stay independent at home in Chichester, Worthing, Petworth, Pulborough, Adur, Storrington, Arundel, Littlehampton, Selsey, Midhurst, Bognor Regis and the surrounding West Sussex areas.

For more information just ask! Call us on 01903 257019 or click on the get help in this area button and we’ll be in touch. Or see what else we do in West Sussex at our Crawley to Coast office.

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Get help at home

As everyone is different, Royal Voluntary Service can tailor support to your individual needs. We’ll visit you at home and work with you to create a support package that suits you. This may include:

  • a lift to an appointment at the doctors or hospital in Adur
  • someone to take you to the shops or to visit friends
  • help with your shopping
  • some company and a chat with regular visits from a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer
  • befriending and Good Neighbours
  • collecting a prescription
  • lunch clubs and social activities including trips and days out.

Community Meals on Wheels

We can also deliver community Meals on Wheels to your home. We work with West Sussex County Council to deliver nutritious and delicious meals to your home in the local area and anyone can use the service, you don’t have to be referred.

People find they need meals delivered to your home for a number of reasons, such as:

  • when you or someone you care for has left hospital
  • if you think it would be good to have someone check in on you or a loved one – our volunteers carry out a ‘safe and well’ check every time they visit
  • if you are a carer or relative who needs a rest or wants to make sure your friend or relative is eating nutritional meals.

We offer diabetic, lower fat, gluten free, reduced salts, pureed meals, halal meals, kosher meals and desserts. Call us if you would like any advice on the types of meal that will be suitable for you.

Call 01903 772003 to place an order or call us or visit West Sussex County Council website for the latest menus or up-to-date prices.

All our volunteers have been DBS checked.

Get help in hospitals

Whether you’re visiting or staying in hospital, we understand the worries that this can cause.

We offer a friendly face and someone to talk to in our tea bar at St Richards Hospital in Chichester, so why not stop in and say hello. Our tea bar is much more than a place to get refreshments as it offers a welcoming environment in which to take a break.

Get help in your community

Our community centre, Chesham House Centre in Lancing is open most days of the week and everyone is welcome! Our full range of activities offers something for everyone, whatever your interests. These can include:

  • arts and heritage activities such as reminiscence groups
  • keep healthy and active with gentle exercise and keep fit sessions for all abilities and ages
  • Our fortnightly Fish & Chip Friday! A quiz with tea, coffee and biccies followed by good old fish and chips from the Chippie, you can even eat from the paper if you want to. 
  • Monthly Monday Morning Music and Memories - a monthly meeting listening to some of the old greats and remembering bygone days.
  • get social with our regular coffee mornings, bingo, chess, crib and computer lessons.

Click here for more details on what’s on and how to join in or call 01903 854640.

We run a weekly lunch club and a variety of social clubs where you can catch up with friends.

Community transport

If getting around is a problem, we can arrange transport for you. 

We recognise how important transport is to keep you connected with local services, medical appointments or just to keep with touch with friends and family. Whether you live in the countryside or in towns or suburbs, we can help you with local community transport services to keep you mobile. We offer:

  • Door to door service
  • Cheaper and more convenient than a taxi
  • Community transport service which uses volunteers' own cars

For more information - just ask!

Need a lift?

Arrange transport

Let us know and we'll get back to you to arrange transport and a time to pick you up.

Find NHS services

  • GP surgeries
  • Pharmacies (Chemists)
  • A&E, minor injury units and walk in centres
  • Opticians
  • Hospitals and consultants
  • Support for carers
  • Dentists
Find local NHS services

Other local services

  1. Lancing Citizens Advice Bureau

    Parish Hall,
    96 South Street,
    BN15 8AJ

    Day telephone: 03444 771 171


  2. Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau - Lancing

    Parish Hall,
    96 South Street,
    West Sussex,
    BN15 8AJ

    Day telephone: 08444 771 171


  3. Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau - Worthing

    11 North Street,
    West Sussex,
    BN11 1DU

    Day telephone: 08444 771 171


  4. Worthing Citizens Advice Bureau

    Worthing Town Hall,
    Chapel Road,
    BN11 1HA

    Day telephone: 03444 771 171


Contact information

Royal Voluntary Service , Chesham House Centre, 124 South Street, Lancing, West Sussex BN15 8AJ
Email address:
01903 257019

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