Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help bring colour to our members’ lives 14 December 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.

    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!

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

  • Join our friendly office team 14 December 2017
    AdministrationReading International Solidarity Centre (RISC)RG1

    Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is a Development Education Centre close to the heart of Reading’s town centre.

    We work with schools and community groups to raise the profile of global issues and promote action for sustainability, human rights and social justice.

    We are looking for an admin support volunteer to join our friendly team and help our office run smoothly

    Tasks will include:

    • answering telephone, transferring calls and taking messages
    • supporting RISC workers with data entry
    • photocopying and laminating
    • sorting incoming mail and helping with mail-outs

    The role will also involve assisting the Community Facilities Co-ordinator with setting up and packing away meeting rooms and the provision of refreshments to users of community meeting space.

    Ideal candidates for the role will be computer confident with a good standard of English and good attention to detail.

  • We are keen to recruit a trustee with a finance/accounting background 14 December 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeBerkshire PHAB CentreRG1

    We are keen to recruit a trustee with a finance/accounting background.

    We are a well established charity, having been in the Reading area for over 40 years.  We help disabled and non-disabled people share experiences and socialise, and offer activities designed for all abilities. The purpose-built Berkshire Phab centre opens four days a week as a drop-in club for adults, and every Saturday for young people in our youth club.

    You will join a newly extended board supporting this well-established and sustainable charity that provides an excellent service to disabled users from Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire.

    You will be helping to set the strategic direction of the charity, as well as the following tasks below:

    • reconciliation and oversight of bookkeeping
    • procurement processes and capital purchasing
    • ensuring that staff are paid appropriately
    • budgeting and forecasting annual spend
    • managing relationship with accountants (3rd Party)
    • provision of financial reporting to the board of trustees
    • ensuring that applicable taxes are paid appropriately

    If you choose to become a trustee you will be expected to serve a term of 1-2 years.

  • Bring your marketing/PR skills to the board of this well established charity 14 December 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeBerkshire PHAB CentreRG1

    We are keen to recruit a trustee with a marketing/PR background.

    We are a well-established charity and have been in the Reading area for over 40 years.  As a charity, we help disabled and non-disabled people share experiences and socialize, and offer activities designed for all abilities. The purpose-built Berkshire Phab centre opens four days a week as a drop-in club for adults, and every Saturday for young people in our youth club.

    You will join a newly extended board supporting this well-established and sustainable charity that provides an excellent service to disabled users across Reading, West Berkshire, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire.

    You will be helping in setting the strategic direction of the charity, as well as the tasks below:

    • produce and send marketing and advertising materials to potential clients and funders
    • produce press releases and create links with local publishers
    • create content for our website and social media
    • network with other charitable organisations, corporates and trusts
    • plan, cost and run fundraising events and campaigns

    If you choose to become a trustee you will be expected to serve a term of 1-2 years.

  • Help Coordinate our local fundraising efforts 14 December 2017
    FundraisingGuide Dogs for the Blind Association

    Reading already has a good sized fundraising group but they really need a new co-ordinator, who is passionate about Guide Dogs’ work, to take a lead in raising money for blind and partially sighted people.

    What does the role involve?

    • working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers
    • co-ordinating your branch in raising money through events or other activities, delegating tasks to other volunteers in your team as required, for example booking venues for events
    • meeting with other volunteers in your team to help with booking venues for events
    • welcoming new members
    • liaising with Community Fundraiser and informing them of your group’s work and the people involved
    • making sure your group follows policy and procedure when fundraising

    What skills or experience are required?

    • able to generate enthusiasm
    • good communication and team-working skills
    • able to motivate a group of people

    What will I get out of it?

    • sense of satisfaction in seeing donations generated
    • work with a group of committed and passionate people
    • support Guide Dogs to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
    • make a difference in your local community
  • Creative helpers needed for this arts group for older people 14 December 2017
    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.

    After a successful painting taster session we would like to run a regular art group. We would be looking for several volunteers to work together to lead this group with the support of staff. It would give the opportunity to plan activities such as painting, crafts 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!

    Volunteers would work closely with their named supervisor to plan activities and gather materials however we are also interested in promoting the creativity and independence of volunteers. We would like the sessions to run weekly however which day of the week is currently flexible. 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 to the community by supporting activities that reduce isolation and increase well being for older adults.

  • Help us raise vital funds this festive season! 15 & 16 December 5 December 2017
    FundraisingBritish Heart FoundationRG1

    We are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it.

    Be part of the fight with the flexiteer opportunity at a bucket collection within Sainsbury’s on Broad Street in Reading on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th December between the hours of 9am – 5pm.

     

    You can give as little as an hour! Although we would welcome people who can give more.

    You will be provided with a BHF branded tabard or similar to wear whilst collecting.

  • We need your Accounting Skills 30 November 2017
    FinanceBerkshire Family MediationRG1

    Could you spare one or two hours each month?

    We require an accountant to prepare a monthly Balance Sheet and P & L accounts using Xero,  which is the accounting package we have, it is live ‘on line’ and can be accessed from home.

    Purchase invoices and small payroll are paid and dealt with by office staff.

    Once a year you would have to prepare final P & L accounts and a balance sheet and liaise with Auditors.

  • Encourage a young person to grow, develop and achieve their potential 30 November 2017
    Learning support / MentoringAdvizaRG30

    As a mentor you will be using your experience of life and work to support and encourage a young person to grow, develop and achieve their potential.

    You will be a listening ear, a role model and you will help support the students to explore their strengths and barriers. You will also support them to take small steps towards their personal goals.

    You do not need to have prior experience of mentoring but you do need to have a desire and willingness to learn and develop your skills. Full training is provided.

    Thirteen fantastic young people in year 10 have been selected to benefit from this programme.

    The programme aims to help to

    • raise their aspirations
    • increase their motivation, confidence and resilience
    • help them develop employability skills through the mentoring of a caring adult.

    These are young people have lots of potential but who would greatly benefit from some extra support to realise this potential.

  • Could you lead a weekly IT skills group? 30 November 2017
    Learning support / MentoringParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    PACT supports many families every year through a number of community projects across the Thames Valley, offering support and guidance on a variety of issues such as domestic abuse, housing, childcare, education, employment, training and debt. Our current community projects include the Alana House women’s community programme and Bounce Back 4 Kids. Our vision is to help even more families in these ways and to design and provide quality services where there is currently unmet need.

    PACT’s Alana House service is looking for a volunteer to lead a weekly I.T. skills group. If you would like to share your knowledge of basic I.T. with women from the local community and help them increase their skills, confidence in using computers, writing emails, internet searches, online forms and using word (creating CVs) and maybe more advanced subjects.

    Volunteers enhance the service provision and experience for women at Alana House. The purpose of this role is to lead I.T. group sessions for Alana House service users, to enable them to have a successful experience of activities, to gain confidence, skills and to build on the Alana House community.

    If you would like to join a professional and friendly team and use your skills to make a difference then we would love to hear from you.

     

    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.

  • Help us spread some cheer to those in need this festive season! 20 & 27/12, 3/1 28 November 2017
    SupportSadakaRG1

    We are looking for people who will happily give a few hours of their free time to help the homeless and those struggling financially in Reading over the festive period.

    Any time any volunteers can donate over this time will be greatly appreciated. Volunteers are needed on:

    Wed 20th Dec. (9am – 2:30pm); Free Christmas Lunch, help will involve:

    • Help make the hall more festive by setting out tables/chairs/festive tablecloths/napkins/decorations
    • giving crackers and offering to help pull them with our users when they enter
    • helping to serve plates of Christmas dinner/ dessert/ hot drinks and then going back to ask if they would like anymore
    • giving out gifts to our users
    • helping to prepare food goodie bags
    • giving out food goodie bags
    • clear up premises; wiping down tables, cleaning & mopping floors, pack away tables & chairs, washing up, putting out rubbish
    • just be willing to help when needed.

    Wed 27th Dec. / Wed 3rd Jan (10am – 2pm) Volunteers are needed for Free Lunch Cover, helping by:

    • Help wipe down tables & set up tables and chairs
    • serve meals/ warm drinks throughout the session and then going and asking if anyone wants more.
    • helping to prepare goodie bags
    • distribute food goodie bags
    • clear up premises; wiping down tables.

    Anyone with a Level 2, Food and Hygiene Certificate will be most welcome to support the preparations of meals.

    All volunteers must be 18+ years. Our free lunch sessions are for the homeless and those on benefits. Ideally we need volunteers who are aware of Safeguarding for Adults. Sadaka offers lunches without judgement or bias where everyone is treated with respect and all are welcome. We have volunteers from a diversity of backgrounds and everyone is valued.

     

  • Help us understand more about loneliness by participating in a focus group 24 November 2017
    Research / PolicyReading Voluntary Action (RVA)RG1

    We are running a series of focus groups to understand more about how loneliness affects people in Reading.

    We are interested in hearing from a wide range of people and we understand from research we have carried out that certain situations make it more likely that someone may be affected by loneliness.

    Your participation in these focus groups will help us and local voluntary organisations in the community understand more about how to respond to the needs and wishes of people in Reading, and ultimately help to reduce social isolation and loneliness locally.

    In order to ensure discussion is focused, please sign up to one that is most relevant to your situation.

    • Thursday 11 Jan    11-12:30            Mental health
    • Tuesday 16 Jan      2-3:30pm         Disability
    • Thursday 25 Jan   3-4:30pm          Open to all
    • Monday 29 Jan      2 – 3:30pm       Long term Health conditions
    • Thursday 1 Feb      5:30 – 7pm       New to Reading
    • Tuesday 6 Feb          11 – 12:30       Long term Health conditions
    • Friday 9 Feb            11 – 12:30         New to Reading
    • Thursday 15 Feb   2 – 3:30pm        New to Reading
    • Tuesday 20 Feb   10 – 11:30am      Disability
    • Thursday 22 Feb   2 – 3:30pm       Open to all

    Participants will receive refreshments (tea, coffee, juice and cake) during the focus group session.

    If you know of a particular group in the community that it would be good to hear from together, please do let us know and we will look into arranging an additional focus group. However we cannot guarantee to respond to all suggestions due to capacity.

    Sign up to a focus group here Eventbrite - Champions to End Loneliness Workshop, Caversham

  • Do your bit to support the armed services and their families 24 November 2017
    SupportSoldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)RG30

    SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity is seeking volunteer Caseworkers in Reading.

    Caseworkers provide social and welfare assistance to those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces and their families. Volunteer Caseworkers offer practical, emotional and financial support to meet individual needs.

    Caseworkers visit people in their own homes to help assess the needs of those seeking support from SSAFA. Caseworkers then approach service and civilian charities, identified through our extensive database and in discussion with fellow Caseworkers, allowing access to funds for individuals in appropriate circumstances.

    The requests for help we receive are very diverse, from access to funds to buy new furniture to sourcing start-up money to launch a enterprise, so there is plenty of variety in the role.

    Good people skills are essential and a knowledge of IT will be useful.

    Interested? Take a look at how people just like you are doing their bit to support the services in communities across the UK HERE.

  • Join our team of trustees and help us achieve our objectives 24 November 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeSadakaRG1

    Do you want an active role in the community?

    Sadaka is a charity which tries to promote the compassionate nature of Islam and ALL faiths in supporting members that are financially struggling in the Reading community. We have volunteers from all backgrounds and we provide a warm meal each week, along with essential support.

    We respect and work alongside existing organisations ( eg. FAITH Readi-foods, CommuniCare, etc.) as we are united in our objectives of providing support to the homeless in Reading.

    We are looking for Trustee volunteers who feel they can bring support to help us complete these objectives successfully.

  • Help provide admin support to the Armed Forces Charity 24 November 2017
    AdministrationSoldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA)RG30

    SSAFA exists to help serving and ex-serving personnel and their families in need.

    We are looking  for an assistant, who will report to the Reading Division Secretary, to record referrals from welfare cases and assist with allocation to caseworkers.

    All details are held on a Computer Management System.

    The assistant needs to be proficient with Word, Excel and to be trained to use the bespoke system.

  • Join our team helping the homeless and those struggling financially in Reading 24 November 2017
    SupportSadakaRG1

    We are looking for people who will happily give a few hours of their free time to help the homeless and those struggling financially in Reading.

    Sadaka operates a weekly food kitchen at Fairview Community Centre, RG1 7HL, where we provide

    • free freshly cooked lunches
    • basic items of clothing,
    • food bags
    • toiletries.

    We work alongside local organisations (eg. FAITH Readi-foods’ CommuniCare, etc) and through friendly chats connect our users with the support that these organisations offer.

    Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

    • to assist in preparing, serving food (any hours between 10am-2pm) and cleaning up afterwards
    • to help sort out our store cupboard on Wednesday’s lunch session
    • to help with fundraising
    • to help with admin
    • to help distribute leaflets in town to the homeless

    We are looking for volunteers to commit to just 2 hours a week at our Fairview Community food kitchen, or to take on supportive admin roles, which they can complete at flexible times from their homes.

    We are a non-profit charity which provides food for the homeless in Reading and we are looking for more volunteers to support this. It can be as simple as collecting food from supermarkets to deliver to our kitchens, or to prepare and serve food.  Please call to discuss further.

  • We are looking for a secretary! 24 November 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeRiverside Day NurseryRG1

    Riverside Day Nursery is a charity nursery in East Reading and we are looking for a secretary.

    Some of their tasks would be:

    • taking minutes at committee meetings
    • being involved in some decision making regarding the nursery
    • agreeing and signing policies and procedures
    • generally to be available to oversee the running of the nursery
  • Could you help us organise our Fundraising Dinner? 24 November 2017
    Coordination / ProjectsThe Cycle-Smart FoundationRG1

    Every year we hold a Gala Fundraising Dinner and we need help with this task.   Our next dinner is 12th May 2018.

    The work involves looking for companies who can donate prizes, arranging tables list for guests, etc. You will be working with other volunteers on this project, and we are a small friendly office.

    Basically the work involves all aspects of arranging a gala evening to raise funds for the charity.

  • Use your skills to help grassroots football in Reading 16 November 2017
    SupportBerks & Bucks Football Association Ltd

    We are looking for volunteers to help support our grassroots clubs. There are a variety of tasks available and we will match you with a club in your area.

    Tasks will include website updates, social media posts, advertising matches and events, keeping accounts, match day administration and reporting, using the FA’s Whole Game System to administer discipline and player registrations, putting programmes together etc.

    If you are more of the outdoors type you may want to help keep the pitch in order or carry out ground maintenance (painting, repairs).

    There really is something for everyone!

  • Could you lead this county wide charity 16 November 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeAge UK Berkshire

    The role of the Chair is to lead the board of Trustees, ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation. The Chair’s role is to also support the organisation and its employees and volunteers, helping them to achieve the aims of the organisation.

    The Chair has a leadership role in mentoring the Chief Executive and in ensuring that the board of Trustees fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation and work closely with the employees to support the achievement of the organisation and act as the channel of communication between the Trustees and staff.

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