Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help our visitors discover more about Basildon Park 27 April 2017
    StewardingBasildon Park (National Trust)RG8

    Our volunteer room guides share their enthusiasm for the property with our visitors help them to enjoy and learn more about Basildon Park.

    You will provide a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of the National Trust.
    You will help visitors discover more about Basildon Park by answering questions in a concise and friendly manner.

    What’s in it for you?

    • sharing your love of National Trust with a wide range of people
    • meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
    • enjoying the history of Basildon Park with visitors
  • Help make our catering outlets a clean, warm and friendly places for our visitors to enjoy 27 April 2017
    CateringBasildon Park (National Trust)RG8

    We are looking for volunteers to help make our catering outlets a clean, warm and friendly places for our visitors to enjoy.  They will work as part of a team providing high quality food and drink in a safe well run environment.

    What’s in it for you?

    • sharing your love of the National Trust with a wide range of people
    • meeting people from all walks of life and making new friends
    • working as part of a friendly and hardworking team

    What’s involved?

    • providing a warm, friendly welcome to all visitors as the public face of the National Trust
    • be aware of queues forming, and chatting to people as they wait to be served
    • maintain a clean and safe environment by clearing trays and tables, wiping down and generally keeping the tearoom tidy
    • keep the cutlery and crockery stocks well maintained
    • help with washing up as needed
  • Bake-off star in the making? This could be the opportunity for you! 27 April 2017
    CateringBasildon Park (National Trust)RG8

    Our volunteer baking assistants make a selection of sweet treats for visitors to Basildon Park to enjoy.  They help make our tearoom and catering outlets a warm and friendly place for our visitors to enjoy and add to their enjoyment of visiting the property.  They work as part of a team providing high quality food and drink in a clean and welcoming environment.

    What’s in it for you?

    • sharing your love of the National Trust with a wide range of people
    • baking a selection of sweet treats for sale in the tearoom
    • working as part of a friendly and hardworking team

    What’s involved?

    • bake a selection of cakes and traybakes for sale to our visitors, using the National Trust Cookbook recipes
    • check that all the ingredients and equipment are ready for baking
    • agree with the catering staff which cakes will be baked
    • work individually making the cakes.

    This role will suit people who:

    • have an enthusiastic and friendly manner and
    • enjoy working as part of a team
    • meeting people
    • are confident in baking
    • working on your own initiative, although all the resources and ingredients needed will be ready for you when you begin your shift
  • We are looking for an experienced finance administrator 27 April 2017
    FinanceFusion Youth and Community UKRG2

    Fusion Youth & Community UK is looking for experienced Finance Administrator Volunteer.

    This person will be in charge:

    • managing Fusion Youth & Community UK’s finances
    • ensuring the effective use of our financial procedures by using a series of checks and balances (we use SAGE finance software)
    • working with an external auditor on annual basis
    • exercising the responsible stewardship of our resources
    • good governance of the organisational finances at both a local and national level
  • Would you like to be part of a fundraising team? 27 April 2017
    FundraisingNewbery Lodge Playgroup

    Would you like to be part of a fundraising team?

    We are looking for 5 people to look after our fundraising activities.   They would help organising events and seek donations for our charity pre-school.

    All the money we raise is reinvested in the preschool providing:

    • much needed resources
    • play equipment
    • facilities to help develop and improve the preschool for the children attending now and in the future
  • “Show me the money” and help our film theater continue to thrive! 27 April 2017
    FundraisingReading Film Theatre

    We are an independent cinema and our official aim is:

    “To advance education and appreciation of the film as an art and as a medium of information by means of exhibitions of films of an educational, cultural and artistic nature”.

    Currently our only income is ticket sales and membership fees.  We are run almost entirely by volunteers and, despite keeping overheads to a minimum, we need additional income to continue providing the great selection of films and events to the local community.

    We are looking for someone to approach potential commercial sponsors on our behalf and we have developed a sponsorship package to assist with this task.

    Benefits to the sponsors could include:

    • advertising via our website
    • brochures
    • discounted rates for sponsor’s employees attending films
    • opportunities for employees to volunteer for a local charity in various roles
  • Join our Advice Team and help people in Reading facing challenges in their lives 27 April 2017
    Information / AdviceCitizens Advice ReadingRG1

    Every year we see thousands of people from across Reading who are facing all sorts of challenges in their lives – debt, benefits, housing, employment, immigration, relationship etc.

    In this role you would be interviewing clients initially, either face to face and over the phone, to ascertain key information.
    Then you would  either

    • provide initial information and advice
    • or decide the best next steps for the clients, which may involve them seeing a more experienced adviser in our office or signposting them to a different organisation.

    You need to:

    • be non judgmental
    • have excellent listening skills
    • be able to assimilate and analyse information quickly
    • enjoy working in a team
    • be happy to use websites to research information
    • be good at explaining information
    • be emotionally robust

    You would need to be able to commit to 2 half day sessions or one full day at the same time(s) each week and be able to work with us for at least 18 months.

    If you are interested we would love to hear from you. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are especially keen to recruit people from minority communities.

  • We’re looking for volunteers to help fundraise in your local area 27 April 2017
    FundraisingThriveRG7

    We are looking for volunteers who can organise events in their local area to raise funds for Thrive.

    From quizzes to garden parties and fashion shows – with coffee mornings in between.

    We need people who would enjoy working with our Fundraising Officers to organise different types of fundraising events.

    The role will involve the overall planning, organisation and review of the event ensuring events are run in line with Thrive guidelines and policies.

  • Take the lead in developing our new publicity strategy 27 April 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeReading MencapRG1

    This is the opportunity to join a small friendly Board to take a strategic lead on our publicity which is also closely allied to our Fundraising strategy.  This is a new role following on from our recent award of 6 days of a top London Publicity Consultant’s time to help revitalise our Publicity work.

    Main responsibilities of the job

    • attend bi-monthly Management Committee meetings and join with the other trustees to make specific and strategic decisions about the business and direction of the charity
    • take a lead on our publicity strategy and support staff working to build and progress our publicity and marketing work
    • be responsive to and knowledgeable about changes in local and national government policy and legislation concerning children and adults with LDD and their carers
    • support the society with attendance at major fundraising and publicity events, time allowing
    • volunteer to represent the society on a forum or steering group, time allowing
    • attend the AGM

     

  • Join our team and help combat social isolation 27 April 2017
    Befriending / VisitingEngage Befriending

    Some older people feel isolated and we are looking for volunteers who could:

    • visit them in their home once a week or fortnight
    • take them out for a coffee
    • visit a local place of interest

    All our volunteers receive training and we give support to have a DBS check done.

  • Help older people keep on-top of their garden 25 April 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workAge UK Reading

    Could you give one day a fortnight to help us provide a gardening service for older people in Reading?

    Many people find as they get older, gardens they once lovingly cared for become too much to maintain. But finding regular help with mowing and weeding can be harder than you’d think!

    There is a great need locally for a low-cost, basic and reliable service. Commercial companies often don’t want to bother with smaller gardens. Leaving many older people relying on small ads or notice boards, which have an element of risk and can be hit-or-miss.

    Last year Age UK Reading launched a pilot project in the Southcote area. With minimal advertising and word of mouth, we quickly had more requests than we could accommodate. We currently have a waiting list of 40 older people in the Reading area, but are unable to help more people or extend the service beyond Southcote until we have more volunteers.

    If you can give one day a fortnight, Monday or Tuesday, from 9.30 – 2.30 we’d love to hear from you. Don’t worry about having Green Fingers as experienced volunteers will help you identify the weeds.

    The volunteering day can be busy as we drive between 1 hour appointments at closely located gardens. We work in pairs, with one person mowing and another weeding, which means we also have time for an all-important chat with the older person. 

     

     

  • An exciting opportunity to be part of a unique creative event – 29/4/17 20 April 2017
    StewardingASPIRE2

    This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a unique creative event.

    We are looking for stewards to support an outdoor arts event starting at John Madejski Academy and processing the streets of Whitley.

    You will be making sure the public have a safe and enjoyable evening and talking with members of the community.

  • Help us create vibrant images to capture the work of local groups 20 April 2017
    Design / CreativeReading Voluntary Action (RVA)

    Reading Voluntary Action works to ensure that everyone in Reading can access volunteering opportunities and get involved in community action. From outreach work to online advice and information, we are involved in a huge range of activities.

    We are looking for a creative photographer to help us capture the diversity of this work, and the people and organisations we support. This opportunity would suit an experienced photographer with some time to give, or a photographer looking to develop and expand their portfolio. We would also be keen to hear from anybody with experience with video recording.

    We are looking for someone who could attend some events – like forums, fairs, training or meetings – and document the volunteers, voluntary sector staff and beneficiaries involved in a lively and engaging way. Alternatively, or in addition, you could arrange photo shoots to capture images which tell the story of our projects and services. As well as processing and storing the high-quality digital photographs taken, this role would also involve ensuring that photo release forms are signed and stored.

    We constantly need fresh and vibrant images to use on our website, social media, brochures and leaflets, external publications and in presentations. An exciting and representative photo library will help RVA to support and promote the voluntary sector as well as giving you interesting opportunities to photograph the Reading residents who work to create sustainable change in the town and improve the lives of local people.

    Candidates for this role will need to be able to provide their own equipment.

  • Sports fan? Share your love of sport with this good-humoured gentleman 20 April 2017
    Befriending / VisitingENRYCH 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.

    Ping-pong and more

    We are looking for a volunteer for a man who loves sports (football, pool and golf) as well as going to the gym and playing chess. He would also enjoy going out for coffee and cake.

    He had an accident which has resulted in a head injury which limits his movement and he finds verbal communication difficult but he makes a great effort to be understood and has a good sense of humour.

    He is involved in quite a few activities but wants a volunteer to play table tennis or any other sport with him on a Wednesday afternoon and/or alternate Fridays.

    Want to find out more about being an Enrych volunteer? Read Maria’s Volunteering Story

    Volunteer-Stories-Snap-shot-Maria

  • League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Fundraising Volunteers needed 18 April 2017
    FundraisingLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire HospitalRG1

    The League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital is part of the National League and is very prominent in its role. Our current shops include Maternity shop and Coffee shop as well as retail trolley rounds.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day running of our Maternity shop. Will need to be reliable, confident, approachable, outgoing and friendly person with a flexible approach to their work. Excellent communication skills and the expertise to deal with people at all levels whilst maintaining a professional stance.

    The ability to work unsupervised and to prioritise their work is essential. This includes in decision making and problem solving.

    Main Duties

    Cash and stock handling.
    To assist other volunteers of the role.
    Follow and give excellent Customer Service to all.
    Work with the staff in ensuring security of all stock and money.
    Regularly attend training given with the NHS Trust or League of Friends to ensure complying with requirements for the shop/trolleys.
    Discuss with Development Managers any particular problems encountered.

    This Job Description is not exhaustive. It aims to give an outline of the duties of this post.

  • A chance to help look after the hospital’s open spaces 18 April 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire HospitalRG1

    The League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital is part of the National League and is very prominent in its role. Our current shops include Maternity shop and Coffee shop as well as retail trolley rounds.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day running of our Maternity shop. Will need to be reliable, confident, approachable, outgoing and friendly person with a flexible approach to their work. Excellent communication skills and the expertise to deal with people at all levels whilst maintaining a professional stance.

    The ability to work unsupervised and to prioritise their work is essential. This includes in decision making and problem solving.

    Main Duties

    To assist other volunteers of the role.
    Follow and give excellent Customer Service to all.
    Work with the staff in ensuring security of all stock.
    Regularly attend training given with the NHS Trust or League of Friends to ensure complying with requirements for the role.
    Discuss with Development Manager any particular problems within the designated gardens.

    This Job Description is not exhaustive. It aims to give an outline of the duties of this post.

  • Hospital retail trolley helper 18 April 2017
    Shop work / RetailLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire HospitalRG1

    The League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital is part of the National League and is very prominent in its role. Our current shops include Maternity shop and Coffee shop as well as retail trolley rounds.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day running of our Maternity shop. Will need to be reliable, confident, approachable, outgoing and friendly person with a flexible approach to their work. Excellent communication skills and the expertise to deal with people at all levels whilst maintaining a professional stance.

    The ability to work unsupervised and to prioritise their work is essential. This includes in decision making and problem solving.

    Main Duties

    Cash and stock handling.
    To assist other volunteers of the role.
    Follow and give excellent Customer Service to all.
    Work with the staff in ensuring security of all stock and money.
    Regularly attend training given with the NHS Trust or League of Friends to ensure complying with requirements for the shop/trollies.
    Discuss with staff any particular problems encountered.

    This Job Description is not exhaustive. It aims to give an outline of the duties of this post.

  • Can you help to run our Maternity shop? 18 April 2017
    Shop work / RetailLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire HospitalRG1

    The League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital is part of the National League and is very prominent in its role. Our current shops include Maternity shop and Coffee shop as well as retail trolley rounds.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day running of our Maternity shop. Will need to be reliable, confident, approachable, outgoing and friendly person with a flexible approach  to their work. Excellent communication skills and the expertise to deal with people at all levels whilst maintaining a professional stance.

    The ability to work unsupervised and to prioritise their work is essential. This includes in decision making and problem solving.

    Main Duties

    Cash and stock handling.
    To assist the staff with roles within the shop.
    The making of hot/cold drinks to a required standard.
    Follow and give excellent Customer Service to all.
    Work with the staff in ensuring security of all stock and money.
    Regularly attend training given with the NHS Trust or League of Friends to ensure complying with requirements for the shop

    This Job Description is not exhaustive. It aims to give an outline of the duties of this post.

     

     

  • Do you have sound experience? 13 April 2017
    Arts / EntertainmentRising Sun Arts CentreRG1

    We are seeking to build our sound team with more volunteers to help with making our live music nights even better. Sound is an incredibly important aspect of the events at the arts centre and we are looking to get more people involved. If you have any interest in sound engineering and live music then this role would be ideal.

    What you will gain:
    • Live sound experience with a variety of acts from laid-back acoustic sets to full-on rock bands
    • You contribute directly to how good the music sounds!
    • Opportunities to see lots of different live music… for free!
    • Active involvement in the community hub that is the Rising Sun Arts Centre
    • Quality hands-on experience in a safe environment

    As a member of our sound team, responsibilities will include:
    • Controlling sound levels and mix for live music events
    • Running soundchecks to set levels and help the musicians feel comfy
    • Setting up PA and related equipment in time for soundchecks
    • Ensuring bands start and finish at the right times

    Skills required include:
    • Willingness to learn
    • Passion for music
    • Availability on some Friday and/or Saturday nights (5pm onwards)

  • Help provide practical support to the families of children and young adults with life shortening conditions 13 April 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workHelen & Douglas House

    Helen & Douglas House is a registered charity providing respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life shortening conditions as well as support and friendship for the whole family.

    Helen & Douglas House are looking for volunteers to provide practical support to our families in Reading by gardening on a fortnightly basis.

     

    knowledge of gardening is desirable but not required, enthusiasm and a willingness to muck-in is essential.

    You will be working alongside a team of fellow volunteers and all equipment and resources will be provided

    Helen & Douglas House is a registered charity providing respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life shortening conditions as well as support and friendship for the whole family.

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