Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help provide a warm welcome to people attending the Carers Rights Day 2019 – 21/11/19 7 November 2019
    StewardingBerkshire West Carers HubRG1

    Help provide a warm welcome to people attending the Carers Rights Day 2019.

    We will need one person on the front door of the church to welcome visitors and direct them to the reception desk for the event.

    We will need a couple of people on the Reception desk to sign in visitors when they arrive and direct them to the correct room if they have booked an appointment.

    We will need a couple of people to help with the refreshment table which will be teas and coffee and cakes/biscuits.

    Volunteers will be free to swap posts if they would like a change.

    Any time you can spend would be very much appreciated, you do not have to stay for the whole time.

  • Seeking enthusiastic, organised and friendly volunteers to lead a group walk 7 November 2019
    Leading group activitiesSport in MindRG30

    Sport in Mind are a Reading-based Mental Health Sports Charity who are looking for a number of enthusiastic, organised and friendly volunteers to lead a group walk from Prospect Park Hospital around Prospect Park in Reading.

    The walk leader will need to have an understanding of the nature of mental health problems and be able to engage in friendly and non-judgemental conversation.

    The session will be a fun, safe, enjoyable and relaxed walk focused on exploring the local area through the changing seasons in sociable and supported group.

    This is a brilliant opportunity to support people in the local community and make a positive impact. If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

  • Be a key part of our minibus funding appeal 5 November 2019
    FundraisingBerkshire Vision (formerly BCBS)RG1

    Berkshire Vision is a local charity with over 100 years of expertise and experience in the provision of services, advice and support to people across Berkshire who are blind or partially sighted. We aim to provide visually impaired people with the information and support they need to live independently and safely.

    We have recently launched a new Fundraising Appeal aiming to raise £61,000 to buy a custom-built minibus to help transport our young blind and partially sighted Members to workshops and events that will support their development, empower them to transform their lives, and give them the opportunity to increase their independence and confidence.

    We are seeking a volunteer to help us spearhead the campaign, working collaboratively with our Marketing & Fundraising Team to help us get the message out to as many people as possible.

    We are looking for someone with enthusiasm and creativity who will drive the campaign forward with their fresh ideas, however, it is likely that the role will involve:

    • Planning and executing a social media campaign to support the fundraising
    • Planning and supporting involvement in events to help promote the campaign
    • Giving talks in schools and other institutions to encourage participation in fundraising challenges in aid of Berkshire Vision.
    • Building relationships with businesses to engage staff in fundraising activities/ generate corporate donations.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to be a key part of a fundraising appeal, the success of which will make a significant positive contribution to the lives of a partially sighted young person.

  • Bring new skills, knowledge and energy to our board 5 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeENRYCH BerkshireRG6

    We are seeking to add new skills and interests to our trustee board. You will be joining an experienced, supportive and dedicated team of trustees who work to the philosophy that those with physical disabilities:

    • Should not be defined by their disability
    • they should be encouraged and enabled to reach their potential
    • everyone should be able to live the lives they want
    • they should see ENRYCH Berkshire as a stepping stone to a more colourful life.

    We are interested in hearing from anyone who is passionate about the work we do and feels they have something they can bring to the mix. We would especially like to hear from anyone with knowledge/ experience of Fundraising or Finance.

    Fundraising   – We are looking for a trustee who can work collaboratively to oversee our fundraising efforts, this would include:

    • Organising fundraising events, for example, our Annual Golf Day
    • planning campaigns to generate individual donations
    • identifying and drafting applications to grant-making bodies.

    Finance – We are looking for a trustee to assist our Treasure in managing the organisation’s finances, this would include:

    • Attending board meetings and taking part in active decision making for the organisation.
    • Assisting with the creation of board reports outlining the organisation’s financial position.
    • Assisting with the creation of annual returns.

    Social Media & Website – We are looking for a trustee to lead on improving our online presence, this would include:

    • Working in collaboration with our Volunteer Coordinator to build a social media content strategy.
    • Providing practical support on how to get the best out of social media platforms.
    • Help to develop our website.

      

    Enrych Berkshire were awarded Safe and Sound this year for a second time! This award gives assurances that the charity has good governance and is recognised locally and nationally. Trustee, Teresa Broad, third from left, received the award at the RVA AGM along with other local charities. 

  • Looking for a proactive and innovative fundraiser 4 November 2019
    FundraisingReading SamaritansRG1

    Reading Samaritans are on the lookout for a new Fundraising lead.

    We are looking for someone who can be proactive in looking at raising funds for our branch and come up with innovative ideas.

    Training will be given by the outgoing fundraiser and we are a friendly and supportive team

  • Could you spare a few hours of the course of one week? Do you have photography skills? This could be for you 4 November 2019
    Design / CreativeSport in Mind

    Sport in Mind is looking for a photographer to help us update our website. We recently went through a rebrand earlier this year and would like to have some amazing high-quality images to reflect this and bring our website up to speed!

    We would be looking for a patient and creative individual who can spare a couple of hours a day across a week in order to visit numerous sessions and then to take pictures of our new merchandise to go on our online store.

  • Use your creativity and way with words in this exciting volunteer role to enhance our work in supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism! 4 November 2019
    Marketing / PRDimensions

    Dimensions support people with learning disabilities and autism to have a louder voice, choice and control in their lives.

    We are looking for enthusiastic writers to volunteer with our Marketing team to research and write good news stories. These will be shared both internally and externally to help celebrate and recognise the wonderful things achieved by the people we support, as well as the amazing work our staff and volunteers do each day.

    Activities will include:
    * Using your imagination and creativity to create high-quality media content for our website and publications
    * Communicating with our staff and services to produce this content
    * Researching stories by talking to those involved
    * Creating engaging and clear content suitable to be shared with our audiences
    * Ideally producing one story/piece of content per month (so the amount of time you dedicate is up to you)
    * Volunteering independently, with support from our Marketing team

     

    “As a volunteer, I conduct interviews and write articles for Dimensions. I love being a volunteer because I can add the experience to my CV and practice my copywriting, while supporting a cause that I care about. Plus, as the Dimensions team is so friendly and supportive, it’s a lot of fun too!”

  • Help provide a warm welcome to those attending our weekly coffee shop meet-up 4 November 2019
    Reception / Meeting and greetingDepression XpressionRG1

    Depression Xpression is a peer support group for people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. We aim to create a safe, non-judgemental space where people can share issues and socialise. We do not offer counselling.

    We also have speakers and demonstrations on subjects related to mental health and wellbeing.

    Volunteers are needed to greet people and offer refreshments as they arrive, be available for friendly conversation and as a listening ear throughout the meeting, and particularly to keep an eye on newcomers – making sure they feel welcome and introducing them to others as appropriate.

    Knowledge or experience of mental health issues is not essential, but will be an advantage.

  • Help provide a warm welcome to those attending our mental wellbeing peer support groups – Reading 4 November 2019
    Reception / Meeting and greetingDepression Xpression

    Depression Xpression is a peer support group for people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. We aim to create a safe, non-judgemental space where people can share issues and socialise. We do not offer counselling.

    We also have speakers and demonstrations on subjects related to mental health and wellbeing.

    Volunteers are needed to greet people and offer refreshments as they arrive, be available for friendly conversation and as a listening ear throughout the meeting, and particularly to keep an eye on newcomers – making sure they feel welcome and introducing them to others as appropriate.

    Knowledge or experience of mental health issues is not essential, but will be an advantage.

  • Help provide a warm welcome to those attending our mental wellbeing peer support group – Wokingham 4 November 2019
    Reception / Meeting and greetingDepression Xpression

    Depression Xpression is a peer support group for people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. We aim to create a safe, non-judgemental space where people can share issues and socialise. We do not offer counselling.

    We also have speakers and demonstrations on subjects related to mental health and wellbeing.

    Volunteers are needed to greet people and offer refreshments as they arrive, be available for friendly conversation and as a listening ear throughout the meeting, and particularly to keep an eye on newcomers – making sure they feel welcome and introducing them to others as appropriate.

    Knowledge or experience of mental health issues is not essential, but will be an advantage.

  • Represent our charity and help raise vital funds at events throughout the year 1 November 2019
    FundraisingMe2 Club

    The purpose of Me2 Club is to tackle the social isolation and loneliness caused by exclusion from mainstream leisure activities. Working with our trained volunteers we transform the lives of children with disabilities and their families, ensuring ‘Inclusion for All.’

    We often get invited to take part in local community events, such as fetes and fairs, but sadly we don’t always have the capacity to attend them all. Events like these offer us a chance to raise the vital funds we need, as well as a platform to talk to the public about the great work that we do. Not being able to attend them all means that sometimes we have to miss out on great opportunities and we want to try and make sure this doesn’t happen in the future.

    We are looking for Volunteers to attend or run events on our behalf throughout the year. Our busiest times are during the summer months and in the run up to Christmas, but there are events in our calendar all year round. We have opportunities throughout Reading and Wokingham Borough.

    Events usually take place on a Saturday or Sunday, and they tend to last for a few hours, so you would need to be available to volunteer at weekends to make the most of this opportunity. We know how busy life can be though, so don’t worry – we will give you plenty of notice about upcoming events and there is no expectation for you to be available for all of them.

    What benefits can I expect?

    • The opportunity to meet new people and become part of a dedicated and motivated team
    • The satisfaction that you are helping Me2 Club to raise the money it needs to support children and young people across Reading and Wokingham each year
    • A chance to develop new and existing skills in areas such as communication and fundraising
    • A dedicated member of our staff team will be available to give ongoing advice, support and guidance
    • Volunteers can claim reasonable, previously agreed, travel expenses.

    Due to the nature of this role it will be necessary to take up references and undergo a DBS check

  • Help children with additional needs and disabilities in your local community! 1 November 2019
    Befriending / VisitingMe2 Club

    Me2 Club is a Wokingham and Reading charity whose purpose is to tackle social isolation and loneliness caused by exclusion from mainstream activities. Working with our volunteers we transform the lives of children with disabilities and their families, ensuring “Inclusion for All”.

    Children with additional needs and disabilities across Wokingham and Reading are struggling to take part in activities as they need a little extra help to get involved. By volunteering with Me2 Club, you can help these children make friends, increase their confidence and independence whilst learning valuable skills yourself!

    Have you got what it takes?

    • You have just 1-2 hours a week to give
    • You have the desire to make a difference to a child’s life
    • You are happy to complete a DBS check with us

    Then you’re ready to become a Me2 Club volunteer!

    What can we offer you?

    • Volunteering tailored around your interests and schedule
    • A way to keep active and support your community
    • A chance to give a local family some much needed support
    • A full day of training, so no experience is required
    • Priceless real-life experience

    How it works

    Our young people want to attend weekly clubs, but their additional needs and disabilities can make it difficult for them to take part in activities that you may take for granted like swimming lessons, Beavers, football, Brownies and more. The level of support our children need varies, due to the range of additional needs they have.

    By becoming friends with one of our young people you can help them overcome their barriers to be included.

  • Use your project management skills to help ensure The Giving Tree for Christmas project continues its success story 1 November 2019
    Coordination / ProjectsConnect Reading

    The Giving Tree Appeal is organised by Connect Reading each year and collects Christmas presents for disadvantaged children and young people in the Reading area – this ranges from babies and toddlers, to teenagers who are living alone for the first time due to family circumstances.

    Receiving a gift at this special time, and knowing someone has thought of them makes so much difference to the children who receive gifts from the Giving Tree.

    Last year we collected over 2,500 gifts and worked with 17 local organisations and charities in Reading who support vulnerable children!

    We need a very organised, detail focussed project manager to manage the Giving Tree project for Christmas, with support from the MD and trustees. (The MD will provide guidance and advice, and will also work with trustees at Christmas to help sort out gifts and pick up of gifts).

    Our current project manager has managed the project since 2015 and is stepping down after this years project , so we need someone from Summer 2020.

    The role involves:
    – Emailing, chasing and liasing with charities to launch the project and collate their gift lists before beginning of November (qork usually starts end of Aug/beginning of Sept.)

    – Emailing and liasing with Connect Reading’s local business members to see who would like to take part and managing delivery of gift tags to them when ready.

    – Working with the MD and staff at The oracle to organise storage space, logistics, timings, etc.

    – Sorting gifts as they start to come into the main collection point in the storage space provided, ready for distribution to charities the week before Christmas

    – Once all gifts are in, If necessary, using donated funds to shop and purchase any missing gifts that have been requested but not bought or will be delivered too late

    – Once the final date has passed, sorting gifts into appropriate piles for pick up by the charities – and liaising with charities re: pick up times, etc.

    A guide to running the Giving Tree has been produced and the current project manager would be happy to meet and discuss the role with you, and support as needed with advice next year.

  • Have a legal background or previous experience as Company Secretary? This could be the role for you 1 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeRidgeline TrustRG6

    Ridgeline Trust provides Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Therapy at a beautiful award-winning garden with an all-weather pavilion in East Reading for people with experience of physical or mental disabilities and other special needs. Details are on our website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk.

    We firmly believe that gardening and meeting people is good for you!

    The Charity is registered as a Company limited by Guarantee. Its formal title is East Reading Horticultural Therapy and Community Based Training Ltd.

    We would like to find someone who would be able to take over as Company Secretary within the coming year after a period of shadowing the present long-serving post holder who would like to retire. It would be preferable, but not essential, that the Company Secretary would be willing to serve as a Trustee.

    We currently have five Trustees plus a qualified accountant acting as Treasurer.

    Someone with legal qualifications or a qualification and experience as a Company Secretary would be ideal. The present Company Secretary, currently also the Chair, is a retired lawyer, and will remain a Trustee for at least one year, and he would be on hand to advise and assist as required. We would like to have different people filling the roles of Chair and Company Secretary.

    The main role is to support the Chair by ensuring that the Board/Planning Group functions smoothly, in particular:

    • Setting agendas for Trustee and Planning Group meetings, circulating papers, writing minutes and action notes
    • Ensuring that all documentation which Ridgeline Trust is required by law to have in place is prepared and agreed by the Board of Trustees and sent to Companies House and the Charity Commission
    • Ensuring that Ridgeline Trust complies at all times with relevant legislation and regulations
    • Reviewing and drafting occasional legal documents
    • Participating in reviews of policy and procedures

    The Company Secretary and other Trustees and will be expected to attend monthly Board Meetings which are normally held on Monday or Wednesday evenings, although we do sometimes hold day time meetings and could do so more often if that would be more convenient to all. In addition there may be a small number of other meetings including the Annual General Meeting.

    We are a friendly organisation with a good number of enthusiastic volunteers. Involvement in our main fundraising events the Plant Sale and Harvest Fete would be encouraged, but it is not essential.

  • Join the board of this charity supporting The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s neonatal unit 1 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeBabies in Buscot Support

    Looking for a part time and extremely rewarding voluntary position? Then come join us – we are currently looking for new trustees to join Babies in Buscot Support’s Board of Trustees.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a small charity that provides a truly valuable service to the many babies born ill or premature in Reading every year by supporting The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s neonatal unit through providing support, fundraising, awareness raising and purchasing vital equipment.

    The Board of Trustees meets in the evening approximately four times per year, and there is also a small amount of additional work depending on the role (a few hours a month).
    We are especially interested in the following experience:

    • Finance / Accounting
    • IT/Web Development
    • Charity leadership / governance

    However, we are open to hearing from you if you feel you have something additional to bring to the table! We will favourably consider any application from individuals with a direct or close experience of neonatal care.Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings.

    Board meetings are held approximately four times per year from 8-10pm in Reading. Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings. Trustees are invited to the annual general meeting (AGM), which takes place during an evening in the autumn.

    Trustees are expected to do a limited number of hours to support in trustee duties, including attending the occasional event in the evening or on a weekend.

  • Help us to grow our services and keep things running smoothly 1 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeRidgeline TrustRG6

    Ridgeline Trust is seeking to increase our Board of Trustees in order help grow our services and maintain the smooth running of the Charity, which provides Social and Therapeutic Horticultural Therapy for people with experience of physical or mental disabilities and other special needs. We strongly believe that gardening and meeting people is good for you. We employ qualified Horticultural Therapists and are supported by around 25 volunteers. Details are on our website www.ridgelinetrust.org.uk

    We are well established in a beautiful award- winning garden close to the University of Reading with a good reputation locally. We have an all-weather accessible pavilion,opened in 2013 and heated polytunnel and greenhouse . We are seeking to increase the number of our clients for our professional service. This is an exciting time for someone to join our friendly and committed organisation to help us drive forward and realise our plans for the future.

    Gardening skills are not required, but we are looking for people who have an interest in our work and would like to be actively involved in the running of our Charity.
    The role to the Trustee includes, but is not limited to:

    • Ensuring the aims of the Charity are effectively fulfilled
    • Setting and defining goals and values
    • Developing strategy and our policies
    • Participating in Business Planning and evaluating performance against agreed targets
    • Promoting and protecting the interests and reputation of the Charity
    • Ensuring that the Charity is run properly and legally
    • Ensuring accountability and maintaining proper financial and other controls
    • Supporting the operational management of the organisation

    Trustees will be expected to attend monthly Board Meetings in our all-weather Pavilion, which is fully wheelchair accessible with adjacent parking. These are normally held on Monday or Wednesday evenings, although we do sometimes hold day time meetings and could do so more often if that would be more convenient.
    Trustees keep closely in touch between Board meetings consulting and advising on a wide variety of organisational and operational matters.

  • Could you step-up to the board of this well established local charity? 1 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeReading MencapRG1

    Reading Mencap is a small local charity that was founded in 1962 by local parents of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD) and autism.

    We are seeking to grow our trustee board, there are 5 Trustees on the Board currently and we would like to recruit a few more to a maximum of 8. We have a Chair and Treasurer but would like a Company Secretary or a trustee who is interested in improving our publicity or just anyone who wants to help the charity.

    We would also love to have you if you are the parent or family member of someone with a learning disability (LD). We have a Board meeting every two months and an annual AGM which you would need to attend.

    We are a charity that supports people with a learning disability with a Family Support Service that gives information and advice on an outreach case working basis on a range of issues that can cause problems in the lives of people with LD such as benefits, social care, housing, etc. We run a range of clubs for adults and children and two day activity services and we also have our own fund-raising team.

    Trustees will be offered a full induction and can choose to give support in any particular area or just help with the guidance of the charity generally.

    All applicants will need a DBS check. Get in touch for a chat and to find out more about us.

    Reading Mencap is proud to have attained the Safe and Sound Award for good governance in charities. 

  • Secretary and Treasurer sought for this “lifeline” charity 1 November 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeSupport URG1

    Are you an LGBT+ activist?

    Are you an innovative thinker, committed to driving success for charities?

    Support U is a charity that provides support across Reading and the Thames Valley on LGBT+ related issues. Year on year we are seeing our demand grow faster than we can cope. We are looking to further develop our governance by onboarding a committed Secretary and Treasurer to be part of the charities 3 year big push to developing a more sustainable future.

    Without us, many individuals would loose their vital “lifeline”… we are looking for strong leaders, with bright ideas to help us develop to continue to be there for the 5000+ people we support yearly.

  • We need Youth Offender Panel Members 25 October 2019
    Community RepresentativeReading Youth Offending ServiceRG1

    We need Youth Offender Panel Members who can represent their local community and make a difference to young people’s lives.

    Referral Order panels are for young people who commit crime and receive a Referral Order as a sentence at Court. You can help challenge these young people to take responsibility for their actions and help change their behaviour.

    Trained volunteers work with young people, their parents and victims. Panel members will talk and listen to create a plan of action designed to repair harm and prevent future offending and review the progress of this plan at regular intervals.

    Panels aim to:

    • Ensure young people take responsibility for their behaviour.
    • Help put things right for the victim.
    • Bring young people back into the law-abiding community.

    The nature of Referral Order panels means that how frequently volunteers are required can fluctuate. The majority of panels need to take place between 3.30pm and 6pm, although there is a need for some panels to take place outside these times.

    Panel members are welcomed from all ethnic and social backgrounds. Good spoken English and communication skills required.

    Potential volunteers need to attend an information session on 15/11/19 details can be found HERE

    Potential volunteers need to be able to attend all 5 days initial training  in January 2020.

  • Seeking Hospital Therapy Gardener to join the team at Prospect Park Hospital 25 October 2019
    Gardening / Outdoor workBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG30

    Volunteer Hospital Therapy Gardener at Prospect Park Hospital

    Prospect Park Hospital provide in-patient rehabilitation healthcare and rehabilitative care. With volunteer help we hope to be able to provide a pleasant environment to be enjoyed by our patients, service users and staff alike.

    Having a beautiful garden really can work wonders for mind, body and soul.

    This role involves:

    • Establish a therapy/sensory garden
    • Garden maintenance e.g. Digging ground over/preparing it ready for planting, sewing seeds (flowers and vegetables)
    • Weed management, planting – everyday gardening activity
    • Helping therapy staff develop their knowledge to provide gardening based interventions for patients
    • Depending on your choice, there may be some direct patient contact

    We require volunteers, working in pairs for a few hours morning or afternoon, any weekday

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