Volunteering opportunities list

  • Experienced print and web designer needed 17 July 2019
    IT / ProgrammingShift Youth and Community (SYC)RG2

    We are looking for an Ad Creator.

    For this role you will create attractive flyers and social media banners for each of our planned events. They will be versatile, reusable, and the designs will be in line with our branding requirements.

    We are looking for someone who has experience designing for print and web, and knows how to create something inviting and attractive to readers and viewers

  • We are looking for an Event Marketer 17 July 2019
    Marketing / PRShift Youth and Community (SYC)RG2

    We are looking for an Event Marketer.

    As part of this role you will lead on the marketing for all our major annual events so that they are well attended and the numbers of those aware of us and our events is growing.

    We’re looking for someone who is comfortable helping people see why they should consider doing, or attending, something they haven’t considered before!

    We need a great sales person that people tend to believe and follow.

  • Could you be one of our social media story tellers? 17 July 2019
    Social mediaShift Youth and Community (SYC)RG2

    Are you good at, and enjoy, using social media?

    Then why not be one of our social media story tellers?

    As a story teller you will collect and share short stories of our work, using interviews of those involved and your own experience of different events. These will be shared on social media, through our mailing list, on our website and at events.

    We are looking for a great communicator, who is comfortable with interviewing people, making simple video recordings (using a phone) and comfortable around social media.

  • Could you help us provide emotional and practical support to victims of crime? 16 July 2019
    SupportThames Valley Partnership

    Victims First provides free emotional and practical support to all victims of crime, witnesses of crime and family members of victims. The service is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and can provide help regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported to the police

    We are seeking to recruit Emotional Support Volunteers, supported by experienced Caseworkers. Training will be provided for all volunteers, in addition to ongoing mentoring and support. The role will require some travel as you will need to meet victims in the community. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

    Role Description
    The role of a Victims First Emotional Support Volunteer involves:
    • Providing practical and emotional support to victims of crime in the Thames Valley area
    • Working to empower victims and map progress using an evidence-based outcomes tool
    • Ensuring fairness, impartiality and equality in supporting victims
    • Keeping a secure record of contact with victims and reporting to the Caseworker appropriately and in line with data protection requirements
    • Working alongside a Caseworker to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service
    • Committing to attending ongoing training, supervision, reflective practice and support sessions.

    Qualities we are looking for:-
    • A non-judgemental attitude
    • The ability to empathise with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
    • Excellent listening skills
    • Reliable and punctual
    • Able to set and work within clear boundaries
    • Able to travel within the Thames Valley
    • Can commit to a minimum period of 18 months.


  • Help visitors to our memory cafe feel welcome 16 July 2019
    Reception / Meeting and greetingGrange Memory CafeRG30

    The Grange Memory Café will provide a warm welcome and comfortable environment for people with dementia and their carers to meet with others in a relaxed social setting.

    We are seeking volunteers to assist with a number of tasks to make sure our Café is a welcoming, comfortable and safe place to be, this will include:

    • Prepare and set up at the start of the session.
    • Arrive before visitors in order to meet and greet users.
    • Maintain a register.
    • Write and issue name badges.
    • Alert other members of staff of visitors arrival.
    • Make users aware of the facilities and activities on offer.
    • Prepare light refreshments: tea, coffee and cake etc.
    • Tidy and clear up at the end of the session.
  • Team Reading: Be part of the Reading-on-Thames Festival 2019 – 26 – 29th September 12 July 2019
    StewardingReading UK CIC

    We’re looking for volunteers for this year’s Reading-on-Thames Festival!

    The festival aims to be a catalyst for a new spirit of collaboration and partnership across Reading’s creative and cultural sector.

    Volunteers’ duties will vary across events but may include working in teams to:

    • help set up and clear venues
    • manage audiences
    • ticket checking
    • ensuring safety on site
    • responding to any queries

    There will be opportunities to volunteer throughout the festival but we are particularly looking for helpers at two big events on the evenings of 26th and 29th September

    This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of what is rapidly becoming an established part of Reading’s cultural calendar. It may be of particular interest to those looking for experience in live arts events, arts administration or customer service. Volunteers should be friendly, approachable and always willing to help. You must have a great team spirit and be reliable and adaptable at all times.

    Register to be part of the team HERE

  • Help us to maintain our CRM database records 10 July 2019
    AdministrationParenting Special ChildrenRG2

    We are looking for someone to assist our Lead Administrator with data entry onto our Client Relationship Management System (CRM) – CharityLog. https://www.charitylog.co.uk/

    This will include:

    • Entering data about parent/carers who attend our courses and workshops onto CharityLog.
    • Entering evaluation and outcomes data (qualitative and quantitative data) onto CharityLog

    Administrative tasks will include:

    • Maintaining a stock of printed registration & evaluation forms for parenting practitioners.
    • Corresponding via email with practitioners to ensure that all paperwork is provided prior to courses and workshops.
    • Any other administrative task that may be required to support the parenting team.

    The role would ideally suit a retiree with an admin or IT background and/or someone who can attend on a regular basis.

  • Be part of the team at this fantastic community event – 28/09/19 9 July 2019
    StewardingReading Town MealRG1

    The Reading Town Meal are looking for volunteers to join us and help with the smooth running of this fantastic annual event on Saturday 28th September at Forbury Gardens.

    Volunteering opportunities range from helping with the events’ set up and clean up, stewarding, supervising parking, handing out flyers to invite everyone to join the fun, recycling, being part of the logistics team and more. There really is something to suit everyone’s skill set, so sign up now to become a volunteer.

    If you are looking for events experience or would just like to help and support your community, we would love to have you on board!

    To sign up please visit: http://www.readingtownmeal.org.uk/volunteerform.cfm

    You can also get involved with the event by growing vegetables for the meal beforehand. Whether you’re a grower and can plant a few extra seeds or have never grown before but would like the opportunity to gain a new skill, you can ‘pledge your veg’ at http://www.readingtownmeal.org.uk/growersform.cfm

  • Provide a warm welcome to members of our singing group 8 July 2019
    Reception / Meeting and greetingAge UK Berkshire

    Volunteer support for Age UK singing group in Tilehurst

    This is an active group of up to 70 over-50s who enjoy meeting and singing together. A volunteer is needed to help out every week.

    Main tasks:
    – Assist with the setup of the hall where the activity takes place
    – Welcome participants
    – Take the register and collect session fees
    – Help new people to settle in
    – Ensure participants are comfortable and safe during the session – providing access to water, making sure that they are not too hot/cold, etc
    – Alert the instructor to any concerns you may have about participants
    – Provide refreshments after the session (teas/coffees)
    – Clear away after the session, leave the hall clean, tidy and secure

    Volunteers are welcome to participate free of charge when not occupied with their duties.

    You will need to be:
    – Kind, caring and friendly
    – Organised and reliable
    – Able to work as part of a team, but also unsupervised at times
    – Sociable and a good communicator
    – Prepared to commit to attend regularly, and give as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend so that cover can be arranged

  • Help us provide this lifeline shopping service to older people 8 July 2019
    AdministrationAge UK BerkshireRG1

    Age UK Berkshire offers an online shopping service for clients who are unable to do their own shopping. This can be a lifeline for older and disabled people who have difficulty leaving the house, live in areas where shops are not easily accessible, or are unable to use the internet.

    Once they are registered for the service, clients are telephoned on a regular basis (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). Their shopping order is placed online with the supermarket of their choice and a delivery day and time is scheduled. Volunteers need to be prepared to advise clients about special offers and alternatives if a chosen product is not available.

    You will need:
    – Excellent telephone manner with the ability to speak clearly and listen carefully.
    – A kind, caring and friendly approach showing empathy and patience with older people.
    – Basic Windows computer skills. Familiarity with spreadsheets would be an advantage.

    This role is based at Age UK Berkshire’s office in Reading. It is on the 2nd floor with no disabled access, so the role is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

  • Have a huge positive impact on someone’s life by just picking up the phone 8 July 2019
    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.

  • Help our committed learners master English 8 July 2019
    Learning support / MentoringReading Workers’ Education Association (WEA)

    The WEA is a national voluntary organisation that organises a huge range of classes for adults.

    We’re looking for people who would like to volunteer in one of our adult English groups to help people new to this country learn how to read, write and speak English. You’d be working alongside one of the experienced teachers in a small, lively friendly group of highly committed learners.

    You don’t need any teaching qualifications – just a real interest in helping people pick up these essential skills.

  • Help represent our organisation at local events 5 July 2019
    FundraisingReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    Could you help represent our organisation at local events? This could be as an individual or organising a stand with a group of friends, family or colleagues.

    It may include a collection inside a local store or business, helping out at an open day or marshalling at a fundraising event. You may wish to be responsible for our collecting tins which are displayed locally and to find new locations.

    This is a very varied and exciting opportunity.

  • Prepare articles for our Seasonal Newsletter! 5 July 2019
    Coordination / ProjectsReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    We have a position for a Volunteer to prepare articles for our seasonal newsletter.

    As a volunteer, you will liaise with our staff and gather the information and then produce the articles to compile a newsletter ready for circulation to our 200 members.

    You are able to use the computers at Walford Hall on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Would you like to use your lived experience to support others? 5 July 2019

    Would you like to use your lived experience to support others?

    Nacro are seeking volunteers to support the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service.

    • Do you have the lived experience of the criminal justice system?
    • Have you faced life challenges such as mental health or substance misuse problems and are now stable in recovery?
    • Are you able to offer a few hours a week and your own knowledge, skills and experience to make a difference to others?

    If so we would really like to hear from you!

    The role of a Peer Mentor involves:

    • Welcoming service users at court
    • Telephoning service users to offer support before court, at court and after court
    • Using active listening skills to provide support
    • To be a positive role model
    • Raising awareness of the peer mentoring training programme
    • Adhering to Trust policies and procedures

    The benefits:

    • Receive structured training and learn new skills
    • Enhance your CV and have a focus on your future career development
    • Being a valuable asset to the volunteering service within Liaison & Diversion
    • Use your experience to support others and knowing that you are helping and making a difference to others on their journey
  • Support and help set up a health awareness group in East Reading 5 July 2019
    Leading group activitiesRoyal Voluntary Service Reading

    We are looking for a volunteer to support our volunteer coordinator setting up a health awareness group in East Reading.

    This group aims to help inform and raise awareness on health related matters and healthy lifestyle. Some intergenerational work is also in plans bringing together young people with lonely, older local residents. This is a great opportunity for somebody who is interested in heath and health lifestyle and can give a few hours a week to their local community. Training will be provided.

  • Do you have a friendly, cheerful disposition with good communication skills? Help us gather feedback from patients visiting our clinic 5 July 2019
    Research / PolicyBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG30

    The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service run community outpatient clinics in a variety of settings across Berkshire including GP practices and community hospitals.

    We are looking for volunteers who would be happy to interview out-patients using our CRT machine (a hand held electronic device – we will provide training) following their dietetic appointment. Feedback collection will be undertaken face to face at the clinic.
    Personal characteristics/specification for this role:

    • Have responsibility for health, welfare & safety of self and others – compliance with health & safety regulations.
    • Good communication skills, good English
    • Flexible and willing to travel to different clinic locations-may choose site(s) local to where you live
    • Friendly, cheerful disposition
    • Clear understanding of confidentiality

    This role includes:

    • Interviewing patients after their appointment with the dietitian, asking them to complete an online feedback form
    • Liaising with dietitian running the clinic to be advised who to approach
    • Reporting back to a dietitian with feedback received

    Feedback collection is important to us, we constantly work to improve the experience of our service users and an important part of this work is to ensure that they are given the opportunity to tell us what they think and how they found their experience.

    Findings will enable us to improve; through identifying areas where there may be room for improvement. Equally, it will highlight good examples of how the service we provide is meeting the needs of the service users.

  • Team Reading: Be part of Reading’s Disability Awareness Day – 15 August 2019 4 July 2019
    StewardingReading Borough Council (RBC)RG1

    Reading’s Physical Disability and Sensory Needs Network is hosting the town’s second Disability Awareness Day on Thursday 15 August 2019 at The Oracle’s Centre.

    The event will celebrate the diversity of Reading residents and visitors who may have a long-term condition, a physical disability, sensory need or neurological condition. Disabled people, their families, carers, voluntary organisations and other service providers will have the opportunity to gather and be part of what promises to be a fun filled and informative day.

    We are seeking volunteers in the day to help with a range of tasks, including:

    • Helping with Set-up
    • Welcoming Visitors
    • Promoting the Event in the Town Centre
    • Helping with Refreshments
    • Signposting Visitors
    • General Assistance

    To join the team simply complete the registration form – this can be found here!

  • Help make a difference to the lives of others 1 July 2019
    Befriending / VisitingAge UK Berkshire

    We are looking for people who will happily give a few hours of their free time to visit others at home who are lonely and vulnerable.  There are many reasons why people become lonely such as limited or no social contact, bereavement or families living far away.  Having regular contact with other people can help break the cycle of loneliness and make a world of difference to older people.  For this reason we are recruiting and training volunteers to join our dedicated and caring team of befrienders.

    Main tasks:

    • To visit client(s) on a regular basis at a time that is mutually convenient
    • To spend quality time together during visits for a friendly chat or sharing activities such as board games and crosswords
    • To feedback to the Befriending Co-ordinator regularly on befriending visits

    Will suit someone who is keen to make a difference to the lives of older people,  has a kind, caring and friendly manner, an ability to listen and has empathy with clients.

  • Provide friendship and support to improve the quality of life for older people 1 July 2019
    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.

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