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Help bring colour to our members’ lives

Befriending / Visiting volunteers needed for ENRYCH Berkshire

Our volunteers support and enable people with a physical disability to take up, or return to, a hobby, interest, sporting activity or learning opportunity which they cannot do without some help or support. This support is mainly about giving confidence, understanding and emotional support to bring colour to our members’ lives.

We are looking for everyday folk who might have a few free hours each week to share an interest with someone with a disability. That hobby you’ve had for years might be just the thing that one of our Members is looking for. You never know – volunteering might actually add some unexpected colour to your life too!

Interested but want to know a little more about what being a volunteer is like? Read about Maria’s volunteering experience HERE

Here are some examples of members we are working with at the moment:

A friendly partially-sighted lady who’s physically active with a can-do attitude and who enjoys modern dance and likes variety is looking for someone to help her try new things. She is interested in self-defence and is willing to try Tai Chi amongst other things. She enjoys pretty historic walks, local ones such as the Reading Abbey ruins, and would appreciate a car driver to go a little further afield, preferably somewhere sunny.

A very able lady, a retired midwife, with a robust can-do attitude, would like a gentle swim with the company of a like-minded lady at the Rivermead Leisure Centre, preferably on a Tuesday afternoon disability swim (2.30-3.30pm), though there may be a little flexibility on-time schedules. She is able to use public transport, however, a driver would be preferable in a befriender.

 

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Cathy Curtis, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
01189291675
Mobile?
07926023908
Contact instructions?
Please call on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Email anytime.

Location description
Reading and surrounding area
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMMon EVETue AMTue PMTue EVEWed AMWed PMWed EVEThu AMThu PMThu EVEFri AMFri PMFri EVESat AMSat PMSat EVESun AMSun PMSun EVE
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
ENRYCH Berkshire asks that Volunteers be able to commit a few hours each week. These hours will be agreed between you and the ENRYCH Berkshire Member, meaning that the partnership can work at a time that suits you both.
Task type?
Befriending / Visiting
Will suit someone like this:
Good sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveWants to get out and aboutEmotionally robustPhysically fit
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
Not specified
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction and any additional training as appropriate
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
The Volunteer Co-ordinator supports all volunteers and members
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel costs
Will I need my own transportation?
Yes
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
20
Opportunity added on
29 January 2020

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