Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help provide our patients with a pleasant environment and enhanced wellbeing 22 June 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG30

    Prospect Park Hospital provides healthcare needs for mental health patients, rehabilitation and learning disability services. With your help we hope to provide a pleasant environment to be enjoyed and a sense of wellbeing through offering our patients and service users an opportunity to get involved, with your support.

    For this role you will need:

    • To have responsibility for health, welfare & safety of self and others – compliance with Health & Safety regulations
    • A good knowledge of gardening
    • A desire to help occupational therapy staff to utilise the garden therapeutically with patients, e.g. by establishing a sensory garden

    The role includes:

    • Garden maintenance e.g. Digging ground over ready for planting, sowing seeds (flowers and vegetables)
    • Supporting therapy staff to develop their knowledge to provide gardening based interventions
    • Depending on person’s availability, there may be some direct patient contact
  • Help us make the Berkshire School Games a success – 6/7/17 22 June 2017
    StewardingGet Berkshire ActiveSL71RR

    Enthusiastic about working with children and sport? Are you good with communicating with the public and helping others? Then join us at Bisham Abbey NSC on Thursday 6th July to support 1200 children arrive, compete in their county finals and navigate them around the site to experience new activities in the Cultural Village.

    The Berkshire School Games is a ‘mini-Olympics & Paralympics’, giving Berkshire schoolchildren the chance to participate in competitive school sport at county level across multiple sport disciplines and also a just have a go at different activities to inspire and explore their creativity.

    We are on the lookout for an inspirational team of volunteers at the Berkshire Summer School Games, which will be taking place at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre on Thursday 6th July 2017. Roles include interacting with the children to gather research, marshalling, parking, registration and to assist the Orienteering competition. No matter what experience, time or skills you have to offer, be part of the team!

  • Seeking new trustees to join our small friendly team – apply by 11 July 2017 22 June 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeReading MencapRG1

    Reading Mencap is seeking new volunteers to join its small, friendly trustee board and help shape the future direction of the organisation.

    Reading Mencap provide a range of different services aimed at improving the quality of life for adults and children with a learning disability and their families. Services include information and advice, its highly regarded family support service, innovative Mencap Enables (ME) Day Activity Service and clubs, events and outings.

    We are particularly keen to hear from potential trustees who have an interest in learning disability, including parents of children or adults with a learning disability. We would also like to hear from potential trustees who have expertise in marketing, IT and building maintenance.

    Trustees work alongside a small group of staff in guiding the charity, ensuring its continuing good governance and effective practice.

    Responsibilities of the roles include:

    • Attending bi-monthly Management Committee meetings and joining with the other trustees to make specific and strategic decisions about the business and direction of the charity
    • Being responsive to and knowledgeable about changes in local and national government policy and legislation concerning children and adults with LDD and their carers
    • supporting the society with attendance at major fundraising and publicity events, time allowing
    • volunteering to represent the society on a forum or steering group, time allowing
    • attending the AGM

    Leslie Macdonald, chair of trustees, said this is an exciting time for Reading Mencap with the development of a new business plan which aims to help the charity overcome key challenges to ensure it can continue to deliver its services for many years to come;

    “We are proud of our achievements which have made us into the charity we are today. However, we are operating in a tough climate and we would welcome interest from motivated, experienced people who want to help us achieve our aims and objectives.”

    Full induction is given and all applicants will be DBS checked.

    The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11th July at 5pm.


  • Help us cook a tasty caribbean style meal each week 22 June 2017
    CateringThe Globe Lunch ClubRG30

    The Globe Lunch Club serves a hot meal to around 30 elderly members of the local BAME community each week.

    Each week members get together for the chance to hear talks, take part in exercise classes, get some help with IT and share a meal.

    We are seeking volunteers from the BAME community to help out in the kitchen to prepare a hot meal. Meals are typically of a Caribbean style with, potatoes, vegetables, noodles rice and peas. Most weeks we serve vegan/ vegetarian food.

    Tasks will include:

    • Food prep.
    • Washing up.
    • Tidying the kitchen.
    • Loading the dishwasher.
    • Helping with plating up.
    • Supporting the waiting staff.

    You would be working as part of a team including the chef and the lunch club coordinator.

    There will be an opportunity to chat with dinners once the meal has been served.

  • Trainee or qualified counsellor? Help the women we support whilst gaining valuable experience 22 June 2017
    Counselling qualifiedBrowns Community Services CIC

    We are looking for enthusiastic and professional honorary volunteer counsellors who wish to gain more experience working in a community setting.

    You will be BACP registered or equivalent, qualified or in your second year of study and experienced. We provide a holistic counselling service to clients age 18+ with multiple and complex needs and who could be offenders/ ex-offenders in a community setting.

    To apply the Counsellor should be, either/or:

    • A trainee on a Diploma level (or equivalent) counselling training course and have a Fitness to Practice certificate/letter from their course tutor
    • A qualified counsellor seeking experience working with this client group
  • Help build the confidence & self-esteem of women we support 22 June 2017
    Learning support / MentoringBrowns Community Services CIC

    We are looking for inspirational and dynamic individuals who come from a HR/ Management background, who are used to undertaking the recruitment of staff/interviewing and willing to share this knowledge and give feedback to the attendees of the 4Es to Employment courses.

    Your role will include helping to build the confidence & self-esteem of service users and supporting them into training, volunteering, work placements or education.

    Main Tasks will include:

    • Supporting the delivery of Browns Community Services 4Es to Employment courses to small groups
    • Supporting clients 1:1 by producing tailored individual CVs and cover letters
    • Supporting clients in filling out application forms
    • Updating records of clients attending the course and their progression and outcomes
    • Mentoring and supporting participants on a regular basis to ensure their progress over the courses
  • Use your social media and marketing skills to help spread the word about our work 22 June 2017
    Marketing / PRBrowns Community Services CIC

    Browns Community Services is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) working in communities across London and the South East of England. We give preventative support and advice to socially excluded, disadvantaged and vulnerable women (18+) with multiple and complex needs, including offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending.

    We are seeking a volunteer to build our social media presence, keep our social media channels up to date and contribute to communications and website content. The role will also includes attending some of our events/workshops to produce articles about them, and to produce our quarterly newsletter.

    Skills and Experience Required:

    • Some experience of marketing and social media, either through education, work or volunteering
    • Familiarity with using social media and other online tools to generate interest in a business or project
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to write clearly, accurately and succinctly
    • Approachable, friendly and professional
    • Non-judgmental
    • A willingness to adhere to organisational policies and procedures, including attending training and supervision
    • An enthusiasm to contribute to a positive environment supporting vulnerable people.
  • Work with a great team to help young people develop and thrive 20 June 2017
    TrainingReading Sea Cadets (TS Jervis Bay)RG30

    Passionate about working with young people? Love the great outdoors? Join our local team!

    As the UK’s largest maritime youth charity we work across the country in 400 towns with 14000 Sea Cadets aged between 10 and 18. Cadets learn vital life skills like leadership and team working via nautical adventure activities, which help boost confidence and give young people a head start in life.

    You will meet new people, make new friends and get involved in your local community.

    As part of a team you will gain a sense of personal achievement, a great experience, skills and/or a qualification. Working with young people is rewarding. Help shape the future by supporting them.

    Why not join Reading Sea Cadets as an instructor? Teach young people valuable life skills and receive training to lead cadets in activities such as power boating, sailing, first aid and meteorology.

    Interested? Find out a little more about Reading Sea Cadets, read Kieran & Antoinette’s Volunteering Stories.

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  • Lights, camera action! Help shine a spotlight on this fantastic organisation 20 June 2017
    Design / CreativeReading Sea Cadets (TS Jervis Bay)RG30

    Sea Cadets Reading have been based a Brock Barracks since 1966 and thanks to a huge fundraising effort, after the destruction by fire of their old HQ in 1982, have a purpose built building on the barracks site. Unfortunately, due to structural damage, the unit has been unable to parade in the building since 2014. We are now seeking to raise the funds to enable us to get back into our proper home.

    Sea Cadet HQ

    As part of this campaign we are seeking a volunteer  to help spread the word about our work. We are looking for someone with creative flair who can showcase our organisation, its people and the difference we make.

    We are especially interested in hearing from anyone with experience of generating inspiring video content and has access to their own recording equipment and editing software.



    Interested? Find out a little more about Reading Sea Cadets, read Kieran & Antoinette’s Volunteering Stories.

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  • Help this growing group run a new social support meeting 20 June 2017
    Leading group activitiesDepression XpressionRG1

    Depression Xpression is a peer-led social support group for anyone who may be feeling anxious, sad, isolated or depressed.

    Due to demand and the availability of a new venue, we are seeking volunteers to help us establish and grow a new monthly meeting.

    As the Meeting Leader volunteer you will help the meeting run smoothly by:

    • Helping to set-up and tidy away the venue before and after meetings.
    • Providing a warm and friendly welcome to those attending the meeting.
    • Talking to attendees and gently encouraging them to participate in conversations and activities
    • Liaising with lead volunteers at the existing meeting to arrange guest speakers
    • Reporting to existing lead volunteers on how the new meeting is going.

    Ideal volunteers for this role will need to have a proactive and determined approach to help establish the new meeting. You will be friendly and sociable with the ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds in a non-judgemental manner. The ability to respect the confidentiality of those attending meetings is essential.

    A background in the mental health field and/or lived experience of depression is desirable but not essential.


  • Have a huge positive impact on someone’s life by just picking up the phone 20 June 2017
    Befriending / VisitingAge UK ReadingRG30

    Many people find themselves alone or isolated for one reason or another and would like a friendly voice on the end of a telephone for a chat.  Such calls can have a huge impact on someone’s life and induce a feeling of well being.

    Calls are made at a regular day and time from the Age UK Reading office in Portman Road, Reading.

    If you could you provide an elderly person with regular, friendly telephone contact then please get in touch.

  • Provide friendship and support to improve the quality of life for older people 20 June 2017
    Befriending / VisitingAge UK Reading

    Not everyone is fortunate enough to have friendship, social inclusion and the support that goes with it.

    The Age UK Reading befriending service aims to improve the quality of life for older people who live in the Reading area.

    Volunteers provide friendship and support by regular home visits or telephone calls.

  • Strategic thinker, finance guru, or just motivated to help? Our board needs you! 20 June 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeThames Valley Positive Support (TVPS)

    TVPS is a successful HIV charity supporting people affected by the virus in Berkshire.

    We’re looking for people to join our fantastic board of trustees, they meet every 8 weeks and under their guidance TVPS has gone from strength to strength, winning awards, securing new funding and broadening our range of services.

    Whether you’re a strategic thinker, a financial guru or you have a passion to help those affected by HIV but limited time to do so then why not get in touch.

  • Be part of the Reading Memory Walk – helping people unite to raise money to defeat dementia 20 June 2017
    StewardingAlzheimer’s SocietyRG1

    Memory Walk is a sponsored walk for all ages and abilities to unite together to raise money to defeat dementia. A Memory Walk will take place here in Reading on the 1st October 2017.

    Volunteers are the only way we can make these walks happen. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to unite against dementia.Volunteers are key to ensuring the smooth running of the event and help all of our walkers have the best day possible!

    We have various roles available for volunteers who wish to support the Memory Walk:

    Route Volunteers
    Marshalling: Positioned at key points in the route to ensure walkers are heading in the right direction, as well as cheering them on and keeping them motivated.

    Route marking: A pair will head out with a rucksack and equipment (everything is provided) to put up signs and ensure they are in the correct place early in the morning. Another pair will be back route markers, following the last of the walkers and inform marshals to the event site.

    Walk Volunteers

    At the finish line: Congratulate our walkers as they cross the finish line and present them with their medals and water.

    Event setup and breakdown: Help setup the event site and take everything down at the end of the day.

    Walk team: Interact with our walkers before and after the walk. This will include selling merchandise and keeping the event site clean and tidy, ensuring everyone is safe at the event.

    Most roles are needed between 08:30am-13:30pm

    How to apply

    Please visit our website www.memorywalk.org.uk/volunteer and complete our online registration form.

  • Join our small team investigating the UK nuclear weapons programme 20 June 2017
    Research / PolicyNuclear Information Service (NIS)RG1

    We are an information service investigating and reporting on issues related to the UK nuclear weapons programme.

    As one of our regular volunteers is moving away we now need to recruit someone who is interested in nuclear weapons disarmament and is highly computer literate.

    We are looking for someone who can quickly pick up new tasks and see things through, working independently as well as part of a small team.

    Tasks may include research, analysis, data entry and management, social media updates and analytics, event preparation, proof reading and general assistance in the office.

    Please see our website before applying.

    To apply please email your CV with a short introduction outlining your experience, interests and suitability for the role.

  • Use your marketing and administration skills here 15 June 2017
    AdministrationParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    PACT is a charity that works to find and prepare families to adopt children in care. We also have a number of projects to support women and families in the community.

    The fundraising and marketing team are friendly and supportive and work very hard to make the services PACT provide possible.

    The role of the Fundraising and Marketing Volunteer is a varied one with a lovely mixture of administration and communication with a variety of local groups.

    If you would like to share your time and skills with an organisation that has an Outstanding rating with Ofsted, is passionate about supporting children and families we would love to hear from you.

  • Aged 14-18? Encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s summer reading challenge! 15 June 2017
    SupportReading Borough Council – Central Library

    We are looking for young people who can encourage children to take part in and complete this year’s summer reading challenge, ‘animal agents’ and help out with children’s activities in the library. you’ll enjoy it and it will look great on your CV.

    We are looking for volunteers for Battle Library, Caversham Library, Central Library, Palmer Park Library, Southcote Library, Tilehurst Library and Whiltey Library. We would like you to be with us for a minimum of two hours per week over the summer holidays.

    Tasks will include:

    • Talking with, and listening to, children aged 4 to 12 about the books they have been reading and suggesting other things they may like to read.
    • Understanding the way the summer reading challenge works so you can help the children and their parents and carers.
    • Handing out reading rewards.
    • Helping children and their parents/carers fill in forms.
    • Assisting with administration, e.g. filing of membership cards.
    • Helping library staff run specific Big Friendly Read events and craft activities.
    • We will provide training, supervision and support.

    We require volunteers from Saturday 15th July until Saturday 2nd September 2017.

  • Support our Social Prescribing team 13 June 2017
    AdministrationReading Voluntary Action (RVA)RG1

    Reading Voluntary Action delivers a Social Prescribing service which aims to link patients with voluntary and community activities to support their health and wellbeing. It is about connecting people to non-medical sources of support.

    We receive referrals from GPs and practice staff, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and Talking Therapies. We currently only accept referrals for patients  registered with Reading practices.

    Read more about Social Prescribing

    We are seeking a volunteer to support our team of Social Prescribers.  This will include:

    • liaising with patients and GP practices to arrange appointments
    • researching activities and support to meet individual patients’ needs
    • managing our referral database
    • photocopying (and shredding) confidential paperwork

    You also need to be computer literate and be able to input information into our database.  You will be a good team player, confident on the telephone and capable of working under pressure.

    You would be working in a supportive environment and will be provided with the necessary training with an opportunity to learn new skills.

  • Green-fingered? Help support our garden tutors 13 June 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workFood4Families

    Happy to work outside in all weathers getting hands dirty?

    Food4Families (f4f) has created a network of food growing gardens across Reading where residents can learn how to grow their own food together. These gardens are on allotment sites, school playing fields and communal land. Each garden has its own dedicated tutor and the project provides seeds, tools and other equipment to enable them to get growing.

    We are looking for volunteers to support paid garden tutors working with residents (children and adults) in growing fruit and veg but also helping with general maintenance.

    This year we are going to attempt to grow all our own plug plants in our new poly-tunnel and are looking for people to help there as well.

    This role would be suitable for supported volunteering



  • Help make Reading Fringe a success 13 June 2017
    StewardingReading Fringe Festival (RFF)

    We need volunteers to help with the running of the Fringe during the week of the festival, with up to four stewarding each event.

    The aim of volunteer stewards is to help make sure the performances go without a hitch and both the audience and performers are happy.  This might mean that you are

      • selling tickets
      • checking tickets
      • helping the acts set up
      • liaising with committee members

    all with the support of your venue manager.

    If you are looking for experience in live arts events, arts administration or customer service this is a great opportunity for you.

    Stewards should be

    • friendly
    • approachable
    • always willing to help
    • have great team spirit
    • be reliable
    • be adaptable

    You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able during the festival, but we do ask that you are available for at least two slots of roughly 90 minutes during the week, as well as one training session, roughly 1 hour,  in the run-up to the Fringe.

    As a thank you for your time, you may be able to watch shows which you are stewarding, as well as receiving a free ticket to any other Fringe show of your choice.

    Some venues have wheelchair access and all venues have good public transport links.  If you have concerns about any of these factors please email Sarah, our volunteer coordinator, to see what needs can be met.

    If you are not available during the week of the event, we are always looking for volunteers to help spread the word in the run up – get in touch with Sarah who can advise you on dates.


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