Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help us to provide a safe and empowering environment for adults with learning disabilities 22 February 2019
    SupportReading MencapRG1

    We are looking for proactive, enthusiastic and empathetic volunteers to support adults with a learning disability take part in meaningful activities. These activities include crafts, cooking, karaoke, sports, trips out and more.

    Gateway Club runs weekly during term time 7.15pm-9.15pm and is for adults with a learning disability.

    We provide a safe and empowering environment where the individuals that attend decide the activities.

  • Help us in our work to find forever families for children in care 22 February 2019
    SupportParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    PACT is a respectful and supportive place to volunteer. We work to find forever families to adopt children currently in care.

    We hold adoption information events once a month in central Reading and we are looking for volunteers to join our existing small team of events volunteers.

    We are looking for volunteers to help set up the room, welcome prospective adopters and put them at their ease, help with refreshments, support the leading social workers to make the events as warm, professional and smooth as possible and then tidy away at the end of the evening.

    We are also looking for volunteers who are happy to help set up and support on publicity stalls along with PACT staff.

  • Help support our Lively Living Activity and Lunch clubs 22 February 2019
    SupportAge UK Reading

    We are looking for a flexible volunteer to provide cover at several of our Lively Living Activity and Lunch clubs in the Reading Area.

    Our clubs offer clients an opportunity to meet up with friends, participate in activities and have a nourishing meal. We want our clubs to be a comfortable and welcoming place for our clients to visit – the well-being and enjoyment of our clients is of first importance to us. We would expect our volunteers to work with us to achieve this aim.

    Our clubs are run in Sheltered Housing residences based around Reading where we serve succulent food prepared by their canteens for our lunch clubs and prepare rolls and provide cakes at our tea club.

    The hours will be 10.00am – 2.00pm or 12:30pm to 4.30pm (approx., depending on club). Most volunteers work weekly, but we are always happy to consider other arrangements such as working every other week. Volunteers will report to the club’s member of staff responsible for the running of the club on that day, and will be expected to work within the charity’s guidelines.

  • Help us keep our outdoor green and social space in good order 21 February 2019
    Gardening / Outdoor workSupport URG1

    Support U are looking for volunteers who can help us to maintain our green space and outside area hidden behind our building in the heart of Reading town centre.

    The space is a fantastic resource for our service users throughout the year, but especially during the summer months, for everything from a quiet retreat to the scene of our BBQ socials.

    The space needs a little bit of TLC to bring it back to life and then ongoing maintenance to keep it up to scratch. We would be keen for volunteers to really make the green space their own, taking on all aspects of its upkeep.

    Support U is a volunteer lead charity with 30+ volunteers. You would be making a big difference for those who volunteer, work and use our service.


  • Personable and empathetic? Help support those with questions on LGBT+ issues 21 February 2019
    SupportSupport URG1

    Support U are looking for volunteers to join our frontline support team to answer the telephone, email, live chat and face to face questions our service receives in relation to sexuality and gender identities.

    Our support services are isn’t just limited to those who are, define as, or think they may be LGBT+, it extends much further to include but not limited to; siblings, parents, grandparents and any other carers or guardians.

    We know it can be great to talk and our private and confidential support service is there for those with questions or concerns about themselves or others. We cover a broad area of LGBT issues, here are a few different things we specialise in:

    • Coming out.
    • Relationships, domestic violence, abuse.
    • Family problems.
    • Safer sex and sexual health.
    • Socialising and networking in the LGBT community.
    • Issues at school, college or in the workplace.

    Volunteers for this role will need to be confident in communicating with those seeking support via the telephone, messaging and email as well as face-to-face. Volunteers will be personable, empathetic and have the ability to build rapport with a diverse range of people.

    Mandatory training is provided for candidates, and no previous experience is necessary (although we would love to see those who have a passion for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender issues). Our Frontline Support volunteers will be expected to adhere to an agreed set of policies and procedures whilst undertaking the role.

    Ideally, volunteers will be willing and able to commit to a regular time and day each week for a minimum of 12 months.

    Support U endeavours to reflect the diversity of the people we support in our volunteer team. Therefore, we would be especially keen to hear from potential volunteers from the BME community.


  • Could you help our driver transporting club members? 19 February 2019
    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.

  • Do you have a D1 licence? Help our members get out and about 19 February 2019
    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.

  • Seeking Hospital Therapy Gardener to join the team at Prospect Park Hospital 18 February 2019
    Gardening / Outdoor workBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG30

    Volunteer Hospital Therapy Gardener at Prospect Park Hospital

    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 enable people facing challenges to live as independently as they can 15 February 2019
    Befriending / VisitingBritish Red Cross – Thames Valley Area

    The aim of the Support at Home service is to help our clients through a crisis by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support.  The length of time we support them will depend on their needs.

    The individuals we help may be recovering from an illness, surgery or an accident, or may be struggling with a life-changing event.  We aim to enable them to live as independently as they can at home.  We do this by building trusting relationships and helping them to regain their confidence and well-being while working closely with health and social services. Volunteers can make the difference in preventing an admission to hospital or supporting a timely discharge at home.

    Tasks included in this role:

    • Visiting the service user on their arrival home from the hospital.
    • Keeping someone company for a few hours at a time.
    • Helping with practical tasks like shopping, collecting prescriptions and light meal preparation.
    • Sitting with the service user and relieving the relative or carer of continuous care.
    • Keeping paper records of contact and activities undertaken with the service user.
  • Help us take our ‘Museum on Wheels’ out and about across Reading 14 February 2019
    Community RepresentativeReading Museum & Town Hall

    As part of the Reading Abbey Revealed Heritage Lottery Fund and council project, we are looking for volunteers to help support staff with our ‘Museum on Wheels’ outreach programme throughout 2019.

    Our Museum on Wheels volunteers are our ‘extra pair of hands’ at our informal outreach learning activities we run over the school holidays and weekends.


    What you will be doing

    Our Museum on Wheels volunteers will be asked to help with a range of tasks including:
    • Helping staff support families with arts and crafts activities
    • Setting up stands at events (some heavy lifting may be required)
    • Being an ambassador for the Reading Abbey project – providing updates on the project and sharing information about the Abbey Quarter’s history
    • Sharing our passion for history through object handling with the public
    • Being an ambassador for Reading Museum – greeting and directing visitors as required
    • Monitoring resources and equipment used in the Museum on Wheels set-up

    This role will suit you if you are:
    • A people person
    • Sociable, confident and enthusiastic
    • Proactive, flexible and willing to help with a wide range of activities
    • Able to work at various venues across Reading
    • Happy to work outdoors
    • Willing to help with setting up event stands
    • Able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Available on some Saturdays and weekdays
    • Interested in Reading’s history
    • Experienced in customer service

  • Join our volunteer engineer team making aids for the disabled that are not available to buy 13 February 2019
    DIY / MaintenanceRemap Berkshire

    Remap is a national organisation, of which Remap Berkshire forms part and serves the Berkshire area.

    Our volunteer engineers make aids for the disabled that are not available to buy. If a person with a disability, or their carer or medical practitioner, identifies the need for a piece of equipment which no one makes, then Remap will.

    Our service is free to the user. When allocated a job, you will visit the client to understand the problem, design and make the aid in his own workshop, and give it to the client. The ability to come up with an original concept is vital; no one comes to us with a ready-made design! It would suit a skilled DIYer, model maker or craftsman with a workshop at home and a car to visit clients. The timing and duration of the work are flexible.

    Although most volunteers are retired, some fit their volunteering around full-time work. This work will appeal to anyone who enjoys solving problems and making things.

  • Team Reading – Be part of the team and help keep this 10K run on the right track – 19/05/2019 13 February 2019
    StewardingLaunchpad Reading

    Launchpad are the official Charity Partner for the Berkshire 10K and we are looking for Volunteers to host our Drink Station and award medals to the runners after the race.

    You will be working as part of a team making sure everything runs smoothly and everyone enjoys the day.

    Complete short registration form HERE to join the team!

  • Bring you finance skills and experience to our trustee board 13 February 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeColostomy UKRG1

    We are currently looking for a Finance Trustee to join the team, our current trustee would like to retire from the board.

    The overall role of a Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensure its financial viability and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

    We are looking for someone who has a recognised accounting qualification, bringing with them a wealth of experience.

    As a trustee you will give direction to our charity and along with other trustees are ultimately responsible for its activities.

  • Help us bring Reading’s history to life, become a costumed interpreter! 13 February 2019
    Community RepresentativeReading Museum & Town Hall

    Bring Reading’s history to life and become one of the key figures who lived, worked or was involved in the Reading Abbey Quarter.

    We’re looking for volunteers to become costumed interpreters to be our Jane Austen, her school friend, a Tudor woman, King Henry I, Reading Abbey garden monks and a medieval laundress.

    As a costumed interpreter volunteer, you will wear a replica period costume and use role play to get visitors interested in the everyday lives of people who lived in the medieval period.

    Why are we doing this?

    Our costumed interpretation programme is part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, joint-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading Borough Council. This project saw the conservation work and successful re-opening of the Reading Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway last year, as well as the installation of history information boards and signposting to the Reading Abbey Quarter from the town centre.

    Why we want you?

    Reading Museum is looking for new volunteers to join our costumed interpreter team to help visitors better understand the rich history of the Abbey Quarter.
    The use of costumed role-play is a great way to help visitors to understand and empathise with the lives of the people who lived, visited or worked in the Abbey Quarter and to share their stories.

    What will you do?

    • Playing a role as part of a pair or within a small team
    • Interacting with visitors to bring your character to life and answering their questions.
    • Being able to jump in and out of character to create a positive encounter with the general public.
    • Responding to the varying needs and interests of different visitors and to make their visit as enjoyable as possible.
    • To research relevant documents relating to your role in order to ensure that visitors receive accurate, fact-based information.

  • Help our fundraising efforts! 5/3/19 13 February 2019

    At Challengers, we have been challenging the barriers to play for nearly 40 years. We provide a fun environment for disabled children and young people across the South East.

    We are looking for volunteers to help collect at Reading train station throughout the day on Tuesday 5 March from 7.15am – 18.30pm. Volunteer slots are 2 hours long and this will include holding a bucket to collect one-off donations and being a wonderful representative of Challengers.

    You also get to wear one of our bright orange t-shirts!

    You don’t need any experience just a big smile!

  • Join our friendly IT team 13 February 2019
    AdministrationParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    The IT team at PACT provides a comprehensive service to all those involved with PACT: staff, contractors, trustees and volunteers.

    This varied role will assist the team with a variety of administrative tasks including assisting with updating equipment and supporting the business with basic queries.

    Our small, friendly and supportive IT team would like an enthusiastic individual to join them and make a difference!

    If you are interested in finding out more or ready to apply, please do not hesitate to contact us!

  • We are looking for a new finance administrator to join our team 13 February 2019
    FinanceShift Youth and Community (SYC)RG2

    We are looking for a new finance administrator to join our team. As part of this role the person will be responsible for: keeping a record of all our transactions, helping with and keeping an eye on the finances for our events, issuing receipts and thanks to our donors, keeping an eye on office cash, and any other general tasks to do with the charities finances.

    We are looking for someone who would enjoy helping with our financial administrative tasks and who has skills/experience that can help us with these tasks.

    Some experience of finance administration (or administration more generally) would be helpful, but not necessary if other skills or experiences are present. Competence on a computer and with spreadsheets is essential.

    Must be available for 1 day a week (can be flexible with what day/hours)

  • Seeking a creative storyteller to join our activities programme 13 February 2019
    Arts / EntertainmentSalvation Army (Willow House)RG1

    We are looking for a Storyteller to be part of the activities programme supporting the homeless and vulnerable in Reading.

    The role will involve the telling and/or reading stories to our residents.

    The role would be ideal for someone with a theatrical background, although this is by no means vital and we are open to applications from all walks of life.

  • Join our friendly shop team 7 February 2019
    Shop work / RetailChristian Community Action WhitleyRG2

    Could you help out at our Christian Community Action (CCA) shop in Whitley?

    Our shops provide affordable clothing, household goods and bric-a-brac to those in need. They provide a venue for us to build relationships with the local community, and where people can come for a cup of tea, a chat and a listening ear

    Volunteers at CCA assist with lots of tasks – from sorting donations,using the till, serving customers, dressing the window displays and making the tea.

    These are vital roles in the organisation and we value all those who come to CCA. Training is given on all aspects of the role.

  • Join the team at our busy, friendly and very popular shop 5 February 2019
    Shop work / RetailAge UK Caversham ShopRG4

    Would you like to join the team at our busy, friendly and very popular Charity Shop in Caversham? We have many volunteers and are currently looking for more to replace the ones who have gained so much work experience and confidence that they’ve left us due to finding paid employment.

    No experience? No problem. If you are keen to learn and want a chance to prove yourself in a retail environment we could be the ones to help. We are especially keen to hear from potential volunteers who are willing to learn to use the till and those who are happy to take on a behind the scenes role steam cleaning the donations we receive.

    Call or pop in for a chat, see for yourself, we are a very friendly bunch!

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