Volunteering opportunities list

  • Can you provide support to individuals to help them find work? 12 October 2018
    Learning support / MentoringSalvation Army Reading CentralRG1

    ‘Work for All’ was a cornerstone of our founder William Booth’s social programme and we continue to forward this goal by providing information and guidance to those taking the journey into employment.

    Employment Plus Local is a church-led initiative providing a local centre where people experiencing unemployment can find information and guidance on their journey into employment within a supportive environment. Attending an E+ Local is entirely voluntary and the service is available to any person who is looking for work. People may attend/join at any time when the E+ Local is open.

    We are seeking volunteers who are able to assist by:

    • Establishing what support is required to help client seek and gain employment
    • Helping clients create an email account and Universal Jobmatch account
    • Advising on and editing client CVs and helping clients to fill out job application forms, both online and paper-based
    • Providing one-to-one support with computer use
    • Conducting mock-interviews with clients
    • Signposting clients to other agencies as required
    • Undertaking administrative tasks as appropriate

    Skills/experience needed:

    • Interest in Salvation Army’s work
    •  Ability to keep confidences
    • Good listening and empathy skills
    • Reliable
    • Understanding of Universal Jobmatch website would be advantageous, although not essential as training can be given
    • Confident using the internet, Microsoft Office and google documents
    • Computer literate and basic knowledge of setting up computer equipment


  • Could you help an older person manage their financial affairs? 12 October 2018
    SupportAge UK Berkshire

    Age UK Berkshire supports older people who need help to manage their financial affairs.

    The Money Management team formulates a plan to help a client, and volunteers help to deliver the ongoing support by visiting the client at home during the day, generally every 2 weeks.

    This may include

    • delivering cash
    • helping them to pay bills
    • setting up direct debits / standing orders
    • helping to arrange payment plans to clear debts
    • sorting through their post

    You will need:

    • a  desire to make a difference to the lives of older and disabled people
    • a kind, caring and friendly manner
    • the ability to listen and have empathy with clients
    • experience with managing everyday household budgeting

    High level financial knowledge or qualifications are NOT required

  • Can you offer a friendly welcome and a listening ear to those attending our job club? 12 October 2018
    Learning support / MentoringSalvation Army Reading CentralRG1

    Employment Plus Local is a church-led initiative providing a local centre where people experiencing unemployment can find information and guidance on their journey into employment within a supportive environment. We seek to provide a bridge between people affected by unemployment and the local labour market.

    We are seeking a volunteer to provide a welcoming environment for individuals who visit Employment Plus Locals

    Tasks will include:

    • Welcoming clients into the Employment Plus Local and offering a listening ear
    • providing clients with tea, coffee and refreshments
    • setting up chairs and tables, signage etc, and clearing away at the end of the session
    • promoting Job Clubs in the local community
    • feeding back good news stories to the Employment Plus team
    • undertaking maintenance/administrative tasks as appropriate.

    Skills/experience needed:

    • Interest in Salvation Army’s work
    • ability to keep confidences
    • good listening and empathy skills
    • reliable.
  • Can you bring your PR/ fundraising skills to the board of this progressive, imaginative preschool! 12 October 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeCrawshay PreschoolRG4

    Crawshay Preschool is a Caversham based preschool that has been running since the 1970’s and is located at the Caversham Methodist Church on Gosbrook Road. We are a progressive, imaginative preschool which has been running under new management for the past two academic years and was rated by Ofsted in March this year as having outstanding leadership and management and outstanding children’s personal development and welfare.

    We are looking for a member of the local community to join our welcoming parent led Committee to improve the continuity of our trustees, to bring ideas and enthusiasm to fundraising, marketing, PR and sponsorship as well as supporting management in their pursuit of delivering excellence in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

    No specific experience is necessary for this voluntary role although any early years or preschool experience would be beneficial. We meet six times a year, communicate frequently using collaborative applications and share responsibility for delivering our varied goals.
    We would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining our charitable organisation and helping us make a difference. Please email crawshay.preschool@hotmail.co.uk

  • Help support our learners and uable them to fulfil their potential in the classroom 12 October 2018
    Learning support / MentoringNew DirectionsRG2

    New Directions is always looking for new volunteers to help our learners to fulfil their potential in the classroom. If you have a passion for helping others to achieve then this could be the opportunity you have been looking for.

    Our volunteers give invaluable support to learners on a wide range of courses including Maths, English, ESOL and leisure courses such as cookery and ceramics. We would like to recruit more volunteers to join our team and work alongside qualified and professional tutors.

    All volunteers will be able to attend a comprehensive induction which will give an insight into what support our learners need and how we deliver our friendly inclusive courses.

  • Help out at our fun, enjoyable and friendly sessions 12 October 2018
    Sports coachingSport in MindRG5

    Join the ever growing volunteer ranks at Sport In Mind!

    We run physical activity and sports session for people experiencing mental health problems. You will be assisting our session coach in setting up the session, joining in with the activities and encouraging the group.

    Our volunteers play a huge part in our sessions and they contribute greatly to the fun, enjoyable and friendly sessions that we run.

    Experience playing a sport is a help, but not entirely essential. If you have experience of mental health, or supporting someone who has then that is also a help, but again not essential.

    As a volunteer for Sport In Mind you certainly will get back as much if not more than what you put in!

    Interested? Want to find out a little more? Read David’s Volunteering Experience story!

  • Join our ever growing volunteer ranks! 12 October 2018
    Sports coachingSport in MindRG7

    Join the ever growing volunteer ranks at Sport In Mind!

    We run physical activity and sports session for people experiencing mental health problems. You will be assisting our session coach in setting up the session, joining in with the activities and encouraging the group.

    Our volunteers play a huge part in our sessions and they contribute greatly to the fun, enjoyable and friendly sessions that we run.

    Experience playing a sport is a help, but not entirely essential. If you have experience of mental health, or supporting someone who has then that is also a help, but again not essential.

    As a volunteer for Sport In Mind you certainly will get back as much if not more than what you put in!

    Find out more about being a Sport in Mind Volunteer, read David’s story

  • Have a huge positive impact on someone’s life by just picking up the phone 9 October 2018
    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 9 October 2018
    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.

  • We’re looking for a dynamic and energetic person to join our friendly board of trustees! 9 October 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeAge UK ReadingRG30

    We are a small local charity who work within the National Age UK network to bring essential community services to older people in Reading and the surrounding area.

    We are entering an exciting stage of our development as we work to adapt the charity to a changing and difficult funding environment at a time when the older population is growing and their needs becoming ever more complex.

    We are looking for new people to join our established team to lead development in the charity as we work to strengthen key areas of fundraising, marketing, financial management, and resilience.

    We are particularly looking for individuals with skills or experience in these areas please consider getting involved. But even if you don’t you may have some good ideas, energy and enthusiasm to help us drive our ideas forward and ensure that Age UK Reading continues to provide great services for our town.

    If you would like an informal chat about this trole, the commitment and whether or not you might be suitable, please do get in touch for an informal chat with no obligation to proceed.

  • Help us run our weekly coffee mornings! 9 October 2018
    CateringAge UK ReadingRG1

    We run a coffee morning called the Pop-In between 10 and 12 every Thursday morning at the Hexagon. The Pop-In is a place where older people can stop on their way to and from the shops for a chat, some company, activities and support.

    We are seeking new volunteers to work with the Pop-In co-ordinator and other volunteers to make the morning go smoothly and ensure everyone is having a nice time.

    Tasks will include welcoming people, making tea/coffee, collecting money, popping to get milk, helping with activities, supporting clients who need help.

    A large part of this role is to give time and attention to new people who come on board so that they feel welcomed and part of the group.

    We have recently put a lot of effort into developing a programme of events and themes for our pop in session so you will be encouraged to help with ideas and planning for future programmes.

    In short, we need friendly, energetic volunteers to help us develop a fantastic facility for older people to socialise.

  • Amersham Road Scouts wants your help to create every day adventures! 9 October 2018
    Leading group activitiesBerkshire Scouts

    The group, is looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers to help with their Beaver Colony (age 6-8) and Cub Pack (age 8-10)

    Beavers and Cubs develop young people through fun, challenge and adventure. The position is voluntary and primarily involve helping to run the exciting activities with the children, as well as go on fun trips and outings!
    From abseiling to zorbing – we do it all!

    We can offer you a free DBS check, free training, masses of career skills, and a great chance to improve your CV. There’s also plenty of support from fellow volunteers and the chance to meet new people. The most important part is that it’s fun and incredibly rewarding.

    Want some more info? Contact us for a chat

  • Can you troubleshoot computer problems? We’re Seeking IT Support! 9 October 2018
    IT / ProgrammingReading SamaritansRG1

    Reading Samaritans are seeking IT support to ensure the smooth running of computer systems and networks.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Monitor and maintain the charity computer systems and network
    • troubleshoot systems and network problems
    • diagnose, solve or obtain external support on hardware and software faults as appropriate
    • ensure access to documents is restricted to users who require access and have been authorised.
    • ensure a record of these users is completed and kept updated
    • prepare and maintain IT support procedures
    • liaise with our central office to notify of continuing IT problems
    • ensure we satisfy legal and regulatory requirements e.g Data Protection Act 2018.

    The right person for this role will be from an IT background.

  • Join our friendly and welcoming team and provide our branch with vital admin support 5 October 2018
    AdministrationReading SamaritansRG1

    We are looking for a volunteer who can help with administration.

    The duties include:

    • printing and laminating documentation
    • shredding
    • putting together folders
    • ordering supplies
    • updating of notice boards
    • general support duties for the Director

    Volunteer can chose the hours they wish and it is anticipated this would be around 2-3 hours per week

    We are a friendly, welcoming bunch of volunteers!

  • We need an outgoing host for our LGBT+ monthly coffee social 5 October 2018
    Reception / Meeting and greetingBeYOU – Berkshire Lesbian & Gay Information Network

    We’re looking for an outgoing person to help us host our LGBT+ monthly coffee social, which takes place on the last Tuesday of every month.

    You’ll be meeting and greeting people and making sure everyone feels welcome.

    This role will suit anyone who likes meeting new people and enjoys good conversation.

  • Help our committed learners master English 5 October 2018
    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.

  • Take a look at this fun and rewarding opportunity 5 October 2018
    Leading group activities103rd Reading (Oxford Road) Scout GroupRG30

    We are looking for Section Leaders aged 18+ for our Cubs (8-10 years) and Scouts (10-14 years old).

    There are two Cub Packs – one meets on Tuesdays 6.45pm til 8.15pm and the other on Wednesday 5.30pm til 7pm.

    Our Scout Troop meets on Thursday from 7.00pm til 9.00pm.

    The Sections meet during school term time only.

    Leading the children and young people through their badge work and providing enriching opportunities is very rewarding and great fun. Experience of Scouting would be an advantage but not necessary as full training is required.

    We are a great team of volunteer Leaders who are well supported by the Group Executive Committee.

    Volunteers with physical disabilities could fulfill this role. Other disabilities cannot impede communication with and management of children and young people.

    We have our own hut in a secure part of Kensington Park near Oxford Road. We are looking forward to building a brand new Headquarters on the same site.

  • RVA Social Action Mentors 2 October 2018
    Community DevelopmentReading Voluntary Action (RVA)RG1
    Are you passionate about a cause in Reading?

    Do have links to a particular community group and skills to share?

    Would you like to help a community group to improve their governance and how they operate, without becoming a trustee?

    Volunteer with RVA as a Social Action Mentor

    Social Action Mentors

    • Free governance training with RVA
    • Put this into practice by mentoring a grass roots community group in good governance
    • Resources and guidance from the RVA Advice Worker
    • Be part of a network of Social Action Mentors in Reading
    • Clearly defined projects
    • Reasonable travel expenses paid
    Why we’re recruiting volunteer Social Action Mentors at RVA:

    RVA champions and strengthens the local voluntary sector in Reading. We currently support over 900 groups from small unincorporated community groups to larger charities. Most of the community groups in Reading operate on limited resources whilst serving Reading’s most vulnerable individuals. RVA recognises that good governance is key to a voluntary group’s ability to deliver their services effectively, and supports groups to develop this for themselves.

    To increase our reach, RVA is recruiting Social Action Mentors to volunteer in the community, providing information and signposting grass roots community groups to help them develop good governance. Social Action Mentors will volunteer under the guidance and support of the RVA Advice Worker for clearly defined projects with community groups.

    The role in brief:

    Social Action Mentors will mentor a local community group to help the group achieve agreed actions in good governance. Activities will vary but may typically involve drafting procedures, helping with funding applications,  attending and supporting at AGMs, and signposting groups to RVA for resources and training. Please note this is not an ‘advice giving’ role but a mentoring role to support groups to access agreed resources that are available through RVA to improve their capacity.

    To find out more and apply contact Herjeet on 0118 9372273 or email herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk

  • Do you have a background in finance and/ or accountancy? Bring your skills to our Treasurer role 2 October 2018
    FinanceSupport URG1

    We are a leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) help and support service based in the South East of England. Our service is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who are responsible for delivering the help and support available through our website, telephone helpline and face-to-face sessions.

    We are seeking a new Treasurer to join our experienced and growing Board of Trustees. The ideal candidate for the role will be from an accounting and finance background, have some knowledge of, or a willingness to quickly learn about, charity finance and regulation, comfortable using standard office IT packages as well as specialist financial software and possess strong communication skills.

    The overall role of a treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensuring its financial viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. Duties will include: 

    • The preparation and presentation of financial reports to the Board
    • Ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
    • Liaising with operations team about financial matters
    • Advising on the financial implications of the organisation’s strategic plans
    • Ensuring the organisation’s compliance with legislation
    • Ensuring the accounts are prepared and disclosed in the form required by funders and the relevant statutory bodies
    • Making a formal presentation of the accounts at the AGM and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or for an informal conversation about your suitability for the role.


  • Help provide financial leadership to this group providing life skills and development to young people 27 September 2018
    FinanceReading Sea Cadets (TS Jervis Bay)RG30

    Reading Sea Cadets provide young people from 10-18 years old with life skills of teamwork, self-respect and social responsibility. We offer our cadets a wide-ranging training programme with a nautical focus, which helps them gain new skills and to gain accredited qualifications.

    Training includes seamanship, mechanical engineering, communications, map reading, rope work, parade drill and first aid. We also go boating on the river Thames in the summer, where our young people enjoy rowing, canoeing and kayaking.

    As the Treasurer you should have a genuine interest in the financial leadership of a charitable organisation.

    Duties will include the following:

    • To support the Unit Management Team (UMT) chair and other trustees to manage an effective and successful Sea Cadet unit
    • To be accountable to the unit chair and fellow trustees for overseeing, collating and reporting financial matters including keeping efficient up-to-date accounts and regular reporting of income and expenditure
    • Keeping up-to-date and accurate records of all bank accounts and income and expenditure
    • Ensuring that regular written report are submitted to UMT meetings including income, expenditure, liabilities and balances of all accounts.
    • Giving a full written report at the AGM
    • Ensuring that the annual returns are completed and checked by an appropriate person or audited where applicable and signed as correct.

    UMT meets once a month and you will need to commit a few other hours each month.

    If you are interested and would like to know more, please follow the contact details. We look forward to hearing from you.

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