Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help children and adults with additional needs experience the thrill of a music festival! 3&4/8/18 15 June 2018
    StewardingA Different World FestivalRG4

    A Different World Festival is a music festival for adults and young people with additional needs.

    On Friday 3rd August we are in need of people to help set up the site. This includes laying out the site and putting up lots of gazebos and tables etc and putting out some signage. We will be onsite from 8.00 a.m.

    On Saturday 4th August we need people to help with signage, putting up of flags, banners etc. We also need volunteers to marshall the car park and the site. Many of our festival goers bring carers so the marshalling is not too arduous. It consists mainly of giving directions etc and making sure everyone is safe. We will also need volunteers to man some stalls – bouncy castle, giant games area etc. We will be onsite from 8.00 am until the festival finishes at 9.00 pm.

  • Like a challenge? Bring your skills to our trustee board 15 June 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeReading Advice NetworkRG6

    Can you help Reading Advice Network grow and develop? We are looking for new trustees to join our board.

    The Reading Advice Network (RAN) was established in February 2016 following a two-year project funded by the Big Lottery. Working with others in the Reading voluntary sector who give information and advice, it aims to improve the quality of the information and advice, to make it easier for Reading people to find that information and to act as a focal point for others in the sector who provide information and advice services.

    At present thirteen organisations belong to the Network – Age UK Berkshire, Age UK Reading, British Red Cross, Citizens Advice Reading, CommuniCare, Dingley’s Promise, East Midlands Carers Trust, Graft (Thames Valley), Healthwatch Reading, Launchpad, Reading Community Welfare Rights Unit, Reading Mencap and Reading Refugee Support Group.

    The Network has developed an independently-assessed Quality Standard, which all Members commit to achieving. Reading Borough Council has made achievement of this Standard, or a suitable alternative, a requirement for all the organisations giving advice and information to which it awards contracts. The Network also organises regular Advice Forums, at which members and non-members can come together to discuss issues of common concern. Recent topics have included ‘Homelessness in Reading’ and ‘Working with service users with mental health needs’.

    The Trustee Board is the governing body that sets the strategic priorities for the organisation, decides its policies and provides overall leadership. Applicants will need a commitment to the aims of the network, together with the ability to think creatively and strategically, exercise sound judgement, participate actively in discussion and communicate clearly.

    If you like to be challenged and have skills and experience in one or more of the following areas – financial management, fundraising, IT, publicity, charity law and campaigning – we are looking for people like you. There will be an induction programme for all new Trustees.

  • Can you help with our publicity? 8 June 2018
    Management / BusinessReading Family Aid

    Each year Reading Family Aid organises the huge Toys and Teens Appeal.   We collect and redistribute new or as new toys, suitable for ages 0 – 16, to disadvantaged families at Christmas.

    The Appeal takes place from mid-October to early December but the work needs to start in late August to meet publication deadlines.

    We also organise outings and fundraising events throughout the year.

    In order for us to be successful, we need to publicise what we are doing through the Reading Chronicle, our website and social media.

    We are looking for someone:

    • to provide content for the Reading Chronicle and other local community publications
    • to keep our website up to date
    • to publicise our work on social media

    You must have the time and the drive to make the public aware of our work in the wider Reading area and be comfortable writing publication, website and social media content and making updates to the website content and Facebook as necessary

  • Help us grow our following and reach new people 8 June 2018
    Marketing / PRFood4FamiliesRG1

    Food4families is a community gardening project that has set up a network of food growing spaces around Reading where residents are supported in coming together to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

    We are looking for volunteers to help us promote the spaces and events that take place in them to the local and wider community via social media but also other forms of publicity such as posters, newspapers and MailChimp campaigns.

  • Help us enable adults with learning disabilities participate in a wide variety of activities 8 June 2018
    SupportReading MencapRG1

    The ME (Mencap Enables) Day Activity Service runs weekdays 9.30am – 3.30pm

    We are looking for proactive, reliable volunteers to support our adults to take part in a variety of meaningful activities. Activities are chosen by individuals as a group and range from Yoga and Pilates, to climbing, art and craft, cookery and gardening.

  • Join our friendly team and help our office run smoothly 8 June 2018
    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 seeking to add to our volunteer team by recruiting new office administration support volunteers.

    Tasks will include:

    • answering telephone, transferring calls or taking messages
    • supporting RISC workers with data entry
    • photocopying
    • 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 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.

  • Help support young people at our lively youth club! 8 June 2018
    SupportReading MencapRG1

    Saturday Youth Club is an energetic, lively club for young people aged 10-19 with a learning disability. It runs term-time,10am -3.30pm.

    Volunteers will be supporting our young people to take part in a variety of fun and exciting activities both at our centre on Alexandra Road and in the community.

  • Take a look at this varied and flexible HR admin role 8 June 2018
    AdministrationParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    The HR team at PACT provides a comprehensive service to all of PACT’s staff, contractors and volunteers.

    This include:

    • inputting into the business strategy
    • ensuring legislative and contractual conditions are adhered to
    • managing and processing recruitment
    • providing training and development opportunities
    • updating policies amongst other things.

    This varied role will assist the team with administrative tasks and take responsibility for distinct projects to enable the team to continue to deliver an efficient and professional service.

    Our HR team is really friendly, welcoming and supportive. We want to make sure that you get the most out of your volunteering experience which is why the role is so flexible and has varied tasks.

    For example, you could be getting involved in assisting training and interview days, producing welcome packs and interview packs, maintaining our HR database and providing administration support to the team.


  • Can you help at our Coffee Club? 8 June 2018
    SupportReading MencapRG1

    Coffee Club is a group for independent adults with a learning disability. The group provides social activities in the community as well as aiming to improve social skills and self-awareness through self-advocacy.

    Volunteers will be supporting our adults to take part in activities, contribute to sessions and empowering them to learn skills to further promote independence.

  • Readipop festival 2018 needs you! 13,14,15 July 2018 8 June 2018

    There are loads of opportunities for volunteers to get involved at Readipop festival. Last year volunteers helped make Readipop Festival our best event yet; working in the box office, backstage and everywhere in between!

    Volunteering at a big event can be a great way to get involved in music, whether you are looking for a career in the arts or just want to support a local charity. Everyone who volunteers with us for over four hours will get a free day ticket to the festival and a meal from one of our street food stalls, so volunteering is a great way to enjoy our festival and watch loads of incredible acts for free.

    Sign-up HERE to join the team!



  • Be part of East Reading Festival 2018 17/6/18 8 June 2018
    SupportEast Reading FestivalRG6

    The annual East Reading Festival is a celebration of the diversity of the local community and aims to strengthen the connections between the people and organisations of East Reading and beyond. It returns to Palmer Park on Sunday 17th June between 12noon and 6pm.

    Following on from last year, the festival is growing again. With over 60 stalls, 2 performance stages, an activity area organised by the Churches Together in Earley and East Reading (CTEER) and the usual bouncy castles and funfair, all with free entry, the festival organisers are expecting to welcome well over 5,000 visitors during the day.

    We are looking for the following:

    • event management
    • green room supervisor
    • green room attendant
    • logistical supervisor
    • performance stage manager
    • information desk supervisor
    • information desk attendant
    • general assistants
    • car park manager
    • car park attendant

    We have no requirement for any particular skills or qualifications (these are welcome though!), just people who are friendly and enthusiastic.

    We’re not limited to the listed roles, so if you have skills or experience that you think would help, we’d love to hear from you! Or, if you’d like to get involved but you’re not sure with what, or just find out more about the festival, get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss.

    We’ll need volunteers on the day itself, Sunday 17th June, in Palmer Park Stadium from 10am to 8pm. Don’t worry if you can only help for part of the day, we’d still welcome the help!

  • Interested in growing fruit and vegetables from seed? 8 June 2018
    Gardening / Outdoor workFood4FamiliesRG2

    Food4Families (F4F) is a community food growing project that 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 attempt to grow all our own plug plants in our poly-tunnel at our training base and are looking for people to help with seed sowing, potting on and other propagation related tasks.

    The base also has actual beds for growing on the fruit and vegetables and this garden also requires some basic maintenance.

    This role would be suitable for supported volunteering

  • Enthusiastic Gardeners Needed 8 June 2018
    Gardening / Outdoor workFood4FamiliesRG2

    Whitley GrowAllot is a community allotment that has 3 sessions during the week that are supported by a paid Food4families tutor.

    We are looking for volunteers to work along side the tutor supporting local residents (adults & children) during those sessions and also to help with the general maintenance of the site.

    The main aim of the sessions are to get more people growing fruit and vegetables together.

    At the site a wide variety of fruit and vegetables are grown and then shared out amongst those who attend. Some of the participants may be new to veg growing or others may have additional needs.

    All equipment and training is provided and the work will involve a wide variety of tasks.

  • Are you a wiz with social media? 8 June 2018
    Social mediaColostomy UKRG1

    We are seeking volunteers with experience of social media to help monitor our social media channels and to schedule and post regular and appropriate content based on our social media strategy. Strong written communication skills are required.

    The role would include:

    • scheduling content on all major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
    • responding to messages
    • signposting and commenting and moderating on a closed Facebook group.

    Clear guidelines will be given on the content to be scheduled, but there is an opportunity for you to use your experience to input into our plans and influence our strategy.

    As a charity working with people who have experienced life changing surgery an empathetic and understanding attitude is essential.


  • Are you a good chess player? 8 June 2018
    Befriending / VisitingHer Majesty’s Prison HuntercombeRG9

    We are looking for good standard chess players to help with our Thursday evening chess club in HMP Huntercombe.

    We have a range of players in the prison, ranging from the very strong to beginner, and would like people to come and play chess against them.

    This will happen in a supervised environment that is led by the prison chaplaincy

  • Get hands on supporting crafts in the community! 8 June 2018
    Design / CreativeCreative Support

    In Reading, Creative Support works with older adults providing activities and services within extra care schemes. We currently run two craft activities, one at Oak Tree House (RG30 4DZ) and one at Cornerstones (RG30 4XR) that encourage isolated individuals to take part in fun, social activities.

    We are looking for several volunteers to support the existing group leaders and staff. It would give you the opportunity for hands on experience in the community, and making a big difference to the daily lives of our service users. A large focus of 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 support the activity and we are also interested in promoting the creativity and independence of volunteers. The sessions run weekly and we would be interested to hear from volunteers who could support this on a regular basis. 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 delivering social, creative activities. You would be making an impact on the community by supporting activities that reduce isolation and increase wellbeing for older adults.

  • Use your communication, business or fundraising skills to help support our important work 8 June 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeHome-Start ReadingRG30

    Use your communication, business or fundraising skills to be an effective Trustee of Home-Start Reading.

    Help us to support vulnerable young families cope with a whole range of health and social problems so that their children get a better start in life.

    We are looking for two trustees to join our Board, both energetic and willing to spend a few hours a week ensuring publicity for the charity’s work locally, building and maintaining a network of supportive businesses and individuals to help fund this important work.

    We are a small, award-winning, charity, active in Reading for 34 years, with strong governance, safeguarding, diversity and equality policies. We are solvent but face an increasingly difficult funding environment, hence our need for your particular skills!


  • Take on a new new challenge as part of a welcoming, supportive and friendly team 22 May 2018
    Marketing / PRParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    We are looking for a volunteer who is interested in a new challenge and to be part of a welcoming, supportive and friendly team.

    This is not a bucket shaking role and you will be getting involved in a varied of different tasks which range from making fundraising packs to contacting local companies regarding opportunities. There is flexibility in this role and we are happy with as much time as you can offer us.

    There are lots of opportunities to get involved in and means you are able to develop a variety of skills. Including teamwork, communication and high attention to detail.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this role!

  • Join our friendly and hardworking team of Trustees 16 May 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeElizabeth Fry CharityRG30

    The Elizabeth Fry Charity provides support to women, mostly on licence from prison, who have a range of complex needs. Through our work, we help women to begin to address the issues they face, to improve their lives and reduce the likelihood of further offending.

    The Elizabeth Fry Charity provides a 24 bed Approved Premises. Approved Premises are premises approved under section 13 of the Offender Management Act 2007. They provide accommodation, support and monitoring to women and men in the criminal justice system who are assessed as posing a medium to a very high risk of serious harm to others

    Trustees, both individually and acting together as the Board, use their skills, knowledge, expertise and contacts to govern the Charity, safeguard its assets and apply them as efficiently and effectively as possible to further its charitable objectives.

    We are interested in hearing from anyone who is passionate about the work we do and feels they can contribute to the success of the Charity.

    The Board of Trustees meet every two months (usually on a Tuesday evening). There are four committees (Finance, Personnel & Safeguarding, Fundraising & Marketing and Buildings, Health & Safety) which Trustees can join and which meet four to six times per year. Trustees also undertake a number of announced and unannounced visits to the Approved Premises during the year.

  • Passionate about education? Have skills in business development? Come and join our board! 16 May 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)

    Assisting Berkshire Children to Read aim to recruit, train and place volunteers in local primary schools to support children of primary age who are experiencing difficulties with reading and lack of confidence. The charity’s mission is to transform children’s lives by working with schools, families and the children themselves to provide high-quality support in developing literacy skills and building self-confidence. Reading is essential to every aspect of life and to be involved in continuing to help the children they work with is very rewarding you will be transforming children’s lives and breaking down barriers felt towards reading and education.

    Our award-winning charity operates across Berkshire and is currently working in over 80 schools in the county. With a small part-time team of staff, they support over 500 children each year with over 120 volunteers.

    We are looking to bring new skills, experience and insights to our trustee board. This would be a great opportunity for someone who has experience or an interest in the area of education and children’s development. This is an opportunity for someone to work with a great board of trustees who are dedicated to the work of ABC to read. On the board are ex-head teachers, and those in business as well as a treasurer. Specific skills in Business Development and Marketing would be of use to the charity in order to develop the charity further by being able to support more children within the community.

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