Volunteering opportunities list

  • Do you have a D1 licence? Help our members get out and about 16 August 2018
    Transport / DrivingReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    We provide minibus transport to many of our members to travel from the Reading area to and from our club sessions, day trips and rambles.

    We are looking to add to our pool of drivers, you will need to have a D1 Driving Licence.

    A variety of hours are available ranging from a couple of hours to 6 hours a day and/or sickness/holiday cover.

  • Could you help our driver transporting club members? 16 August 2018
    SupportReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    We provide minibus transport to many of our members from the Reading area to and from our clubs, day trips and rambles.

    The passenger assistant will assist the driver in helping to collect, seat and look after our members while being transported.

    A variety of hours are available ranging from a couple of hours a week to 6 hours a day and covering sickness/holidays.

  • Help this lady get out and explore her local community 16 August 2018
    Befriending / VisitingDimensions

    Dimensions provide support for around 3,500 people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK. We help them to live more independently and access their local communities. We are looking for a volunteer buddy in the Newbury area who enjoys a range of social activities.

    The lady we support is looking for a male volunteer who would enjoy walks, visits to the pub, a cinema trip or a coffee – anything which enables her to get out and make new friends.

    No specific skills or experience are required for this role but the ideal volunteer will be friendly, a good listener, reliable/dependable and comfortable chatting with people with learning disabilities and autism. This role will require a willingness to commit to volunteering regularly.

    Experience working with adults with disabilities is desirable but not essential.

    We appreciate the generosity of volunteers and wish to support them while volunteering. This includes providing a welcoming, supportive and positive volunteering atmosphere and the opportunity to gain real experience in volunteer development and the health and social care sector.

  • Join our friendly and hardworking team! 16 August 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeTilehurst Junior Youth Club

    We are seeking additional trustees/management committee members for Tilehurst Junior Youth Club which is a small registered charity.

    The committee meets approximately 4 times a year on a mid-week evening in Tilehurst. Sub-committees may also be held but membership of these is optional. The Club itself is held weekly on a Friday evening and meets at Tilehurst Youth and Community Centre catering for 8 to 12 year old boys and girls. These positions however do not require any regular attendance at the youth club nor any direct work with young people.

    The management committee oversees the running of the club including financial management, policies and procedures, staff/volunteer recruitment, disclosure and barring checks, fund raising, safe guarding and compliance with charity commission and other legislation.

    We are seeking both a Chairperson for the committee as well as a small number of ordinary committee members. You would be joining a friendly and hardworking team with quite a variety of responsibilities. An interest in youth clubs would be desirable but not essential. Access to a computer with email provision is essential as much of our communication between meeting is via email.

    Appointment to the committee would initially be by co-option and then annual re-election at an Annual General Meeting.

    This is an ideal opportunity for those wishing to gain experience in running a small charity and youth club or for those with previous experience looking for a new volunteering opportunity.

  • Can You Help To Run Our Pre-teens Youth Activities? 16 August 2018
    Leading group activitiesTilehurst Junior Youth ClubRG30

    Tilehurst Junior Youth Club is seeking volunteers to help run our weekly Friday evening youth club for 8 to 12 year old boys and girls.

    Our activities include arts and crafts, ball games, cooking, theme nights, discos, parachute games, pool table, indoor hockey, skittles etc.

    You would be joining our existing team of volunteers who have a wide range of experience. No previous experience is required, as long as you get on with other people and enjoy working with a lively club of children you should find the work great fun and useful experience if you are planning to work with young people or in a team as a career.

  • Join our enthusiastic team raising much needed funds to support our work 16 August 2018
    StewardingDingley’s Promise

    Dingley’s mission is to deliver life-changing support to under 5’s with additional needs & disabilities and their families.

    Fundraising and awareness-raising events are a vital part of our engagement work and we are looking for volunteers to take on various roles to help make our events smooth running successes.

    We are involved in events throughout the year, from our annual ball and the Royal Berkshire 10K to bucket collections and family fun days. Volunteers can help before the event by supported are advertising campaigns or on event days by:

    • Engaging with visitors of all ages.
    • Encouraging donation from members of the public during street collections.
    • Stewarding at our larger events.
    • Capturing photographs and collecting use permission forms.

    Idea events volunteers are reliable with a friendly, welcoming and polite manner with a flexible approach and can-do attitude to getting a range of different tasks done on event days.

    Volunteers for this role will be joining an enthusiastic team contributing to the success of this local charity. The role may also provide opportunities to gain valuable experience for those seeking a career in events management and/or marketing.

  • Help support our learning through play sessions for under 5s with SEND 16 August 2018
    SupportDingley’s PromiseRG1

    Dingley’s mission is to deliver life-changing support to under 5’s with additional needs & disabilities and their families. One of the ways in which we do this is through our learning through play sessions. These sessions are run under Ofsted standards using the Early Years Foundation Stage and aim to give every child with an additional need the best early intervention support and education.

    We are seeking volunteers to join our small team to support the children attending out learning through play sessions. The role will include:

    • Engaging with the children to inspire and support their learning through play.
    • Help us in ensuring that the sessions are conducted in a safe and enjoyable way
    • Be involved in planning activities.
    • Work closely with fellow team members and contribute your thoughts and ideas when feeding back on sessions.
    • To work within the guidelines set out in Dingley’s policies and procedures.

    This fun but challenging role would suit someone with experience of engaging with and planning activities for children aged 0-5, excellent communication skills, an understanding of the importance of confidentiality, a friendly and welcoming disposition and a genuine interest in people and children with SEND.

    A childcare qualification would be desirable but is not essential.

     

  • Could you provide a positive role-model for children who have a parent in prison? 16 August 2018
    Befriending / VisitingChildren Heard and Seen

    We are looking for volunteer mentors to support children who have a parent in prison.

    This is a weekly or every other week commitment, and involves being someone to talk to, being a positive role model and someone to have fun with.

    These children often face negative outcomes as a result of having a parent in prison; the charity is working to prevent this.

    The volunteer mentor would be supported with supervision and training.

  • Reliable, friendly, proactive and approachable? Help support our coffee club for adults with learning disabilities 15 August 2018
    SupportReading MencapRG1

    Coffee Club is a group for adults with a learning disability, which meets every Monday 10am – 1pm. Activities (such as gardening, craft, drama, relaxation, outings and visits) are decided on by the group and take place at the Museum of English Rural Life and within the community.

    We are looking for reliable, friendly, proactive and approachable volunteers to promote independence whilst helping empower and support individuals to enjoy these activities.

  • Help us provide information, support and services to people with brain injury 9 August 2018
    SupportHeadway Thames ValleyRG9

    Headway Thames Valley provides information, support and services to people with brain injury, their families and carers from across Berkshire and South Oxfordshire.

    We have a variety of volunteer roles to suit your skills, interests and availability.

    We need help in our Resource Centre in Henley, everything from making teas and coffees and chatting with clients to assisting with activities, outings and gardening. We also have opportunities to volunteer with administration tasks and fundraising events.

  • Be part of this years Oxjam Reading Takeover – 13/10/18 8 August 2018
    StewardingOxjam Reading Takeover

    We are looking for volunteers to help us make our annual music festival in Reading a success and raise funds to support the vital work of Oxfam.

    Oxjam Reading Takeover takes place on Saturday 13th October 2018 noon – 11pm across 8 venues* with local Reading artists and bands playing.

    Your duties may include (depending on venue and time of day):
    – Exchanging pre-booked tickets for wristbands
    – Selling wristbands and single venue entry tickets
    – Raising awareness of Oxfam’s work (full info will be provided)
    – Fundraising with donation buckets
    – Selling Oxjam merchandise e.g. t-shirts
    – Handing out event flyers

    In exchange for your time, you will receive an Oxjam wristband to enjoy the festival outside of volunteering. We ask for approximately 4 hours of your time and breaks will be provided.

    You are welcome to volunteer with friends; please mention their name when you sign up.

    A briefing will be provided on the day before you start and you will be supported throughout the day from your dedicated Venue Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinators, Lauren and Rob.

    Oxjam Reading Takeover has raised around £55,000 in the past 5 years and we hope to raise a further £10,000 with your help!

    *Venues include: Oakford Social Club, The Purple Turtle, Milk, The Sun Inn, Pavlov’s Dog, Facebar, RISC Global Cafe and Oxjam Bus (Friar Street).

  • Befriender Match – Walking in the local park 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    Friendly mother of three in her early 50’s is looking for a volunteer to go out walking with her in the local park. She would also like someone to help her improve her reading and writing skills which have been affected after suffering a stroke a year ago.

    She can walk for quite a long distance but has lost a bit of confidence so would appreciate another person walking by her side. She does not use a wheelchair.
    The stroke has made her left side a little weak.

    Interests – Cooking, Walking in the Park, Netball & Dancing (when her mobility was better)

    Timing – Any day

    General Location – South Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Swimming! 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    This interesting and independent woman had a stroke about 10 years ago but has worked very hard to regain her mobility. She has learned to write with her other hand since the stroke. She has been a missionary and midwife in various parts of the globe.
    She loves swimming and is looking for a volunteer with a car to take her to the baths and to swim with.

    She needs a volunteer with a car to go swimming with. She needs a little help with getting her shoes back on after swimming

    Interests – Swimming, Nature, Wildlife, Bird-watching, Gardening, Church and Scrabble.

    Timing – Preferably a Tuesday afternoon if possible.

    General Location – Central Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Chats and Reading 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    This delightful, chatty man with a good sense of humour is looking for a volunteer to help him with his reading, writing and numbers which he has found difficult since he had a stroke a few years ago.

    Uses a wheelchair or two sticks to get around.
    Would like the volunteer to go to his home to help him improve his reading especially.

    Interests – Football (used to coach a Boy’s team), Chatting/Socializing, Archery and Current Affairs

    Timing – Preferably daytime but evening and weekends are okay.

    General Location – West Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Dancer 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    This partially-sighted and talented lady is looking for someone to teach her modern dance so when she goes to weddings, for example, she can feel confident to dance. She cannot join a regular class as the teaching is based on copying the person at the front and she wouldn’t be able to see her well enough.

    If you know how to dance would like to share your knowledge and have some fun then this is a great volunteering opportunity for you.

    Alternatively she is interested in learning self-defence so if you have those skills please contact us

    She is partially sighted but fully mobile. If the volunteer had a car then they may like to go out for coffee and cake after all the exertion of the dance or self-defence classes!

    Interests – Writes and performs her own songs, goes to comedy workshops, Arts & Crafts and going out!

    Timing – Once a week or fortnight depending on the volunteer’s availability during the day.

    General Location – Central Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Gym trips and more 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    Man in his 30’s is looking for a volunteer with a car to go out and about with and maybe do some sports activities with. He has cerebral palsy and uses a mobility scooter to get to places locally.

    He generally works during the day

    He uses a mobility scooter for getting around town. He can transfer into a car with a little help. He would like a volunteer with a car so they can go a little further afield to lectures, book fairs, cinema or theatre trips.

    Interests – Reviews Books, Gym (regular visitor until foot problems, better now), Theatre, Cinema and Lectures

    Timing – Evenings or Weekends but available during the day sometimes.

    General Location – Central Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Walking with Confidence 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    This woman in her mid 30’s had a stroke a few years ago and has a right-sided weakness which makes her nervous of going out walking on her own. She would like a volunteer to go walking round the block with her once a week and / or to accompany her to the Stroke Club every fortnight if possible.

    She does not use a wheelchair but uses a stick for balance.

    Interests – She likes watching movies and listening to Bollywood songs!

    Timing – Any day plus alternate Thursday mornings

    General Location – South Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Befriender Match – Gardener 7 August 2018
    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.

    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!

    This friendly woman in her 50s has limited mobility and suffers with a lot of pain in her joints but is very positive about life. She loves pottering in the garden and would love a volunteer to help her to bring her garden to a point where she can sit in it and relax and enjoy the peace there.

    If a volunteer had a car she would love to go out with them to car boot sales and pick up a few bargains.
    There is a local community centre with a variety of activities which she would like to join if she had a volunteer to go with her.

    She uses a mobility scooter which breaks down into parts which can be transported in a car

    Interests – Pottering in the garden, going to car boot sales, crafting such as making cards and crochet, bingo!

    Timing – Anytime

    General Location – South Reading

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

    Take a look at our new Befriender Match page to see examples of people seeking befrienders now.

  • Help our coach run these light hearted matches and kick about sessions 7 August 2018
    Sports coachingSport in Mind

    Sport In Mind are looking for volunteers for our  football sessions! You will be helping the coach run the light hearted matches and kick about sessions.

    No previous experience required but as long as you are willing to join in, perhaps help with refereeing at times or organising the teams as well as playing yourself!

    The sessions are designed for those with mental health problems so an understanding of this would be important.

    We look forward to adding you to our ever growing volunteer team!

    Interested? Find out a little more about volunteering with Sport in Mind, read David’s story.

    Volunteer-Stories-Snap-shot-David

  • Help coach our women’s football sessions 7 August 2018
    Sports coachingSport in Mind

    Sport in Mind run sports and physical activity sessions across Berkshire to help aid the recovery of those experiencing mental health problems.

    Our new Women’s football session on a Tuesday is in need of volunteers to assist our coach. As a volunteer you will help to organise the sessions, join in with our light hearted kick a bout, and encourage the participants. You will be a valuable addition to the group!

    An understanding of the positive impact sport has on Mental Health would be beneficial but not essential.

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