Volunteering opportunities list

  • Creative helpers needed for this arts group for older people 15 February 2018
    Leading group activitiesCreative SupportRG30

    In Reading, Creative Support works with older adults providing activities and services within extra care schemes. We are looking to grow our activities program with the help of volunteers that would allow isolated individuals to take part in a range of social activities.

    We are now running a fun and therapeutic art group and would be looking for several volunteers to work together to lead this group with the support of staff. It would give the opportunity to run activities such as painting and colouring in collaboration with the residents. A large focus for our activities is the socialising aspect, so we would be looking for volunteers who are interested in getting to know the residents and share a cup of tea during the session! Our activity runs weekly from 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm on Thursdays.

    Volunteers would work closely with their named supervisor to plan activities and we are also interested in promoting the creativity and independence of volunteers. It is important to note that no particular artistic ability is needed, just creativity.

    This would be a rewarding opportunity to give back to the community and to gain experience planning and delivering activities. You would be making an impact in the community by supporting activities that reduce isolation and increase well being for older adults.

  • Help us support families in need 15 February 2018
    SupportFirst DaysRG5

    First Days Children’s Charity collects good quality, second-hand baby clothes, toys, equipment and furniture and redistributes them to support families who most need them.

    We are looking for volunteer referral coordinators to help prepare packages to be distributed and really make a difference to families locally. This will involve sorting, cleaning and organising donations and putting together packs of clothing, toys and equipment to be distributed.

    Full training will be given and you will work closely with our referrals team to ensure we are keeping on track with our referrals.

    Ideally, we would like to find volunteers who can commit regularly from 3 to 5 hours a week on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at our offices in Woodley. However, this is flexible – please contact us to find out more!

  • Chair the Supervisory committee of this important local service 15 February 2018
    FinanceBerkshire Credit UnionRG30

    Berkshire Credit Union is looking for a Chair of their Supervisory Committee.

    The Supervisory Committee assists the Board of Directors in ensuring that the Credit Union operates correctly within the law, under prevailing regulations and within their own rules and policies.

    The committee also audits all operations in line with the agreed annual audit plan and Supervisory Committee’s Terms of Reference.

  • Put your best foot forward and help lead these wellbeing walks 8 February 2018
    Leading group activitiesSport in Mind

    Sport in Mind provides sports and physical activities for those experiencing mental health problems.

    We are currently looking for volunteers to help Lead a walk in the Reading area 12 -1pm every Friday.

    If you are able to Lead or help Lead a Wellbeing Walk then please get in touch. Volunteers are a key part of our activities, supporting, encouraging the group and joining in with activities, making the sessions enjoyable for all.

    An understanding of how sport and physical activity can have a positive impact on mental health would be helpful; we can support you with the rest!

  • Support our enjoyable badminton sessions 8 February 2018
    Sports coachingSport in MindRG30

    Sport in Mind run various Sports sessions across Berkshire for those with mental health problems.

    Sport and Physical activity have a positive effect on mental wellbeing.

    We are looking for volunteers in Reading to support our coach in running an enjoyable badminton session.

    The role will include :

    • helping participants with forms
    • playing badminton
    • acting as a scorer
    • interacting with participants and other volunteers

    Want to find out more about what it’s like to volunteer with Sport in Mind? Read David’s volunteering story
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  • Can you help lonely and socially isolated people connect with their local community? 8 February 2018
    SupportBritish Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

    British Red Cross is seeking volunteers to join our Community Connectors project.

    Typical tasks include
    . Being aware of and keeping up to date with local community services appropriate to our service users with support from the Community Connector Manager.
    . Supporting lonely & socially isolated service users to build confidence, self-esteem and to regain independence.
    . Listening to people’s needs, aspirations and concerns and co-creating a step plan to ensure the person meets their aims. This may involve providing advice on regular, healthy nutrition and hydration and managing hygiene.
    . Supporting people to attend local community services suitable to their needs, helping them identify other activities in the area and going with them as necessary. This enables access to various health/medical appointments, social activities, shopping, transport and other community services. This may involve travelling with service users or transporting them using your own vehicle where appropriate.
    . Offering signposting to British Red Cross and other organisations services.
    . Maintaining contact with the service user to monitor progress against goals and phase out contact as loneliness and social isolation is alleviated.

  • Help provide a lifeline for those struggling financially 8 February 2018
    Transport / DrivingSadakaRG1

    Sadaka runs a biweekly food kitchen at Fairview Community Centre for the homeless and those in need.

    We urgently need volunteer drivers, with their own vehicles, to collect surplus food (either on Tuesday evening OR Wednesday morning) from Tesco Extra on Napier Road and to deliver these to our kitchen at 11 am.

    This surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, is a lifeline for those who are struggling financially.

    Volunteers are welcome to stay afterwards if they wish to help out but you would not be required to do so.

  • Help special educational needs pupils discover the thrill of sailing, raft building and other watersports activities 1 February 2018
    SupportAndrew Simpson Watersports Centre – ReadingRG7

    The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation are working on a project to provide special educational needs pupils from local schools the opportunity to participate in watersport activities such as sailing, raft building, traversing, stand-up paddleboarding and many others.

    We would love to get our community involved in our project and give everyone a chance to enjoy some watersports too. We are looking for adult volunteers who would like to support our project which we are looking to start in April 2018 and run once a week for 10 weeks.

    Supporters can join in as many or as little sessions as they wish. We are looking for volunteers who like outdoor activities and teamworking as you will help assist and join in with the activities.

  • Bring new skills, knowledge and energy to our board 1 February 2018
    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 organisations 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 organisations financial position.
    • Assisting with the creation of annual returns.
  • Could you help prepare breakfast for guests of our all night cafe for the homeless? 25 January 2018
    CateringNew Beginnings ReadingRG1

    New Beginnings Reading have a vision to open an alcohol-free pub serving free food and drinks for Reading’s homeless and needy. We have been working hard to transform the disused Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street into a place for all kinds of activities to serve the local community and those in need who have a connection to Reading.

    We are almost ready to open our all night cafe, serving a late meal and offering a place of safety to those in need.

    We are seeking volunteers who can help prepare/ cook breakfast, using surplus food that has been donated to us,  for the 10-15 people who have stayed at the cafe overnight.

    In return we can offer you the chance to join a dedicated team of volunteers motivated to make a real difference to the lives of local people in need. We will also provide you with access to level 2 food hygiene training.

     

  • Help others explore new experiences in this fantastic, rewarding and varied role 25 January 2018
    Befriending / VisitingCreative Support

    Our autism specific service at Creative Support Reading is looking for volunteers to assist service users on outings and activities in the community. The majority of our service users at this service are fairly independent, however they would benefit from the support of a befriender to get the most out of their trips in the community and have a positive, less daunting experience when trying new things.

    The activities and service user you will be accompanying will vary greatly, and although we will do our best to match volunteers with a service user who shares similar interests this may not always be possible. Examples of the types of activities you may accompany a service user to include visiting a leisure centre, supporting on a day trip to the seaside, or simply visiting local shops. This is a fantastic, rewarding and varied role which will allow a volunteer to take part in a range of activities and get to know a variety of service users.

    Please note that volunteers will be required to complete a DBS check which can take up to 6 weeks to be processed.

  • Help us to improve the lives of people affected by cancer 25 January 2018
    FundraisingMacmillan Cancer Support

    Help us to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

    Macmillan Cancer Support needs volunteers to collect donations, in and around Reading.

    Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and financial support to people affected by cancer and their carers. You can help Macmillan deliver this support.

    If you can help us collect donations from the public in stores or street collections, etc., for a maximum of 2 hours per month, please get in touch.

  • Personable, friendly and a great communicator? Join our team! 25 January 2018
    Reception / Meeting and greetingParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    Volunteer panel greeters assist in the smooth running of the regular Adoption Panels at our Reading offices. Efficient and discreet, the greeters provide a warm welcome for applicants and ensure that they meet with their social workers and the panel in a timely manner.

    We are looking for someone who is personable, friendly and a great communicator. We are specifically looking for someone to cover the first part of the morning before our receptionist arrives to ensure everything runs smoothly with our Adoption Panel.

    PACT’s adoption panel reviews every adoption application and makes a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker regarding the applicant’s suitability to adopt. PACT’s adoption panel members have a wealth of experience, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

  • Put your imagination, creativity and energy to good use 22 January 2018
    FundraisingAge UK Reading

    Fun Fundraising events Volunteer

    Age UK Reading provides front line services for vulnerable and elderly people in the Reading Area including lunch clubs, a befriending service, foot care, reminiscence and information and advice for our client group and their families. We are working to build an enthusiastic team of volunteers to help promote the great work we do both internally and externally at various locations across the town.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Running fun fundraising events in the community on behalf of Age UK Reading.
    • Promoting our services.
    • Using your imagination, creativity and energy to think of fresh ideas and carry them through.
    • Engaging with the people of Reading.
    • Bringing questions and requests for information back into the organisation.

    Essential Knowledge and skills:

    • Ability to get around town
    • Computer literate for basic
    • Emailing using attachments.
    • Great customer service skills
    • Good communicator.
    • Able to handle cash and keep records.

    Desirable Knowledge and skills:

    • Good knowledge of what’s on in Reading
    • Knowledge of Age UK
    • Experience of running fundraising events.

    Would suit:

    Outgoing, people focussed individual with good customer service skills and a desire to help older people within the town. Someone who wants an ongoing but infrequent role. Someone with loads of energy and creativity who likes to own a project.

  • Help welcome guests to our all night cafe for the homeless 22 January 2018
    SupportNew Beginnings ReadingRG1

    New Beginnings Reading have a vision to open an alcohol-free pub serving free food and drinks for Reading’s homeless and needy. We have been working hard to transform the disused Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street into a place for all kinds of activities to serve the local community and those in need who have a connection to Reading.

    We are almost ready to open our all night cafe, serving a late meal and offering a place of safety to those in need.

    We are seeking volunteers who will help set-up the cafe ahead of guests arriving, welcome guests to the cafe, help register new attendees and provide a listening ear to those who would like to talk.

    In return we can offer you the chance to join a dedicated team of volunteers motivated to make a real difference to the lives of local people in need.

     

  • Could you spare a few hours late evening to provide a wholesome meal to Reading’s homeless? 22 January 2018
    CateringNew Beginnings ReadingRG1

    New Beginnings Reading have a vision to open an alcohol-free pub serving free food and drinks for Reading’s homeless and needy. We have been working hard to transform the disused Queens Arms pub in Great Knollys Street into a place for all kinds of activities to serve the local community and those in need who have a connection to Reading.

    We are almost ready to open our all night cafe, serving a late meal and offering a place of safety to those in need.

    We are seeking volunteers who can help prepare and cook straightforward and wholesome meals for around 10-15 people using surplus food donated to us.

    In return we can offer you the chance to join a dedicated team of volunteers motivated to make a real difference to the lives of local people in need. We will also provide you with access to level 2 food hygiene training.

     

  • Join our events team and help in our mission to find forever families for children in care? 18 January 2018
    SupportParents and Children Together (PACT)

    Would you like to help PACT find forever families for children in care?

    PACT is a passionate and successful voluntary adoption agency. We’ve been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the second time running. We also provide an award winning variety of support services to women and families in the Thames Valley area.

    We are currently looking to build a team of volunteers to help us with our programme of events which include: training for our adopters, information evenings for potential adopters, information stands at external events, cheering on our fabulous supporters at Reading Half Marathon, etc., and our annual family fun days and carol concert.

    If you would like to join our team; whether you can share a few hours, a month or a year; we’d love to hear from you.

  • Would you like to help us to find families for children in care and support our adopted families? 18 January 2018
    AdministrationParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    Would you like to help us to find families for children in care and support our adopted families?

    PACT is a passionate and successful adoption agency (we have been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the second time in a row). We also provide a range of award winning support services for families and women in the Thames Valley area.

    We are looking for a volunteer to help our events manager with a range of events and projects from preparing packs for training and information events, to helping to organise our annual family fun days.

    If you are looking to gain work experience or want to use your administrative and creative skills to help families and our community then we would love to hear from you.

  • Help support women in our community to make changes in their lives and gain access to education or employment 18 January 2018
    SupportParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    PACT’s communities team are running a project to support women in our community to make changes in their lives and gain access to education or employment and we’re looking for volunteers to help us and there are lots of ways you can do that.

    We are looking for volunteers to help with our Job Skills course (Mondays 11.00am – 12.30pm) at Alana House. Volunteers will help our course leader as well as group attendees.

    We are also looking for volunteers who are happy to lead workshops on employment skills and/or share their experience of returning to work after a time of unemployment. You could also volunteer on a 1-2-1 basis providing support to women looking to try something new (such as attending a college open day) or with specific tasks such as writing a C.V. or searching for jobs on the internet.

    If you love a support role and using your listening and social skills we would love to hear from you. Please visit our website www.pactcharity.org for more information and our volunteer application form.

    Having regard to the nature and context of the work, there is a genuine occupational requirement permitted under the Equality Act 2010 that this post is only available to women.

  • Join our small team and help out with various research and office tasks 18 January 2018
    Research / PolicyNuclear Information Service (NIS)RG1

    We need a volunteer to help in our small office.

    We are looking for someone with good computer skills able to enthusiastically tackle a variety of different tasks from internet research to website and database updates to book keeping entries. There will also be occasional filing, proof reading, and event production and support activities.

    You will need the ability to work independently and pro-actively, and ask for guidance when needed. Training and support will be provided.

    Knowledge of or an interest in the debates around nuclear weapons would be useful but not essential.

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