Volunteering opportunities list

  • Share your love and knowledge of gardening while giving back to the local community 19 April 2018
    Gardening / Outdoor workCreative SupportRG1

    We are seeking volunteer Gardening Assistants as part of our supported living scheme for service users with mental health needs. The service has a fantastic outdoor space where we run a gardening group, currently attended by up to 10 people a week. The group is a valuable opportunity for our service users to learn a new skill and have a different focus than their mental health. With the support of volunteers, we aim to expand the gardening group and encourage more service users to get involved.

    As a Volunteer Gardening Assistant, you will assist service users and staff with the running of our weekly gardening group, The Gardening Bloomers. As someone with a friendly, approachable nature you will encourage and support our service users to take part in gardening activities to develop new skills, improve their wellbeing and socialise with others. Together, you will work in collaboration with our service users to develop a green space that everyone at the service can enjoy.

    The gardening activities will include potting plants, carrying pots and using gardening tools and equipment, so this role would particularly suit someone who has experience in maintaining their own garden. Occasionally, if the weather is particularly rainy the gardening group will enjoy alternative garden-themed activities such as visiting local garden centres or meeting to discuss future plans for the garden.

    This is a great opportunity for someone wanting to share their love and knowledge of gardening while giving back to their local community and working with adults with mental health needs.

  • Manage and monitor our social media channels 19 April 2018
    Social mediaReading Pride Ltd

    We are seeking volunteers to manage and monitor all relevant social media channels with regular and appropriate content including our Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

    The role would include managing Pride’s accounts and presence on all major social networks including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube and all other relevant platforms, ensuring appropriate arrangements for data control/continuity.

    Ensuring the appropriate, up to date formatting, the basic content of profiles and management of relationships as appropriate on all platforms to maintain a strong identity and presence. Ensure planned content is managed effectively and co-ordinated with other media activity to maximise exposure; create and manage schedules for posts across platforms as required.

    Provide support in the management of social media throughout the period of the Pride Parade and Festival.

  • Take a look at this varied role supporting a new After School Group 19 April 2018
    SupportNew Beginnings ReadingRG1

    We are looking to recruit volunteers to help at our After School Cafe. The Cafe will offer free food and drinks to families in need. A homework corner and toys will be provided for the children.

    Volunteers will be required to set up/clear away, cook a meal, welcome and interact with the families. These duties can be split.

    We are looking for people who are good communicators and able to get on with all types of people.

  • Bring your administrative skills to our trustee board 19 April 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeRiverside Day NurseryRG1

    Riverside Day Nursery is looking for a secretary to join the committee. The nursery is charity run and cares for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. We are located in East Reading, Palmer Park.

    The committee meets 6 times a year to discuss all aspects of the nursery, including how it is run.

    Twice a year the Treasurer and the Secretary will be needed to read, agree and sign policies for the nursery to follow. The secretary’s main tasks will be to take minutes at meetings, type agendas and help support the running of the nursery.

  • Help us run our varied programme of activities for older folks 19 April 2018
    Leading group activitiesCreative Support

    Creative Support work within four Extra Care services in central and west Reading. There is a wide range of adults over 50 years old that live in these services, some requiring support with daily living, mental health, physical disabilities and some need no support at all. There is a great community spirit in these services with many residents socialising every day in the dining room and living rooms.

    We run fun and informal activities based on the interests of the residents. Volunteers are vital to running sessions to allow residents to meet different people and to learn new skills.

    As a Volunteer Activity Assistant, you will help facilitate the preparation and delivery of activity sessions and workshops for the extra care residents. We are currently looking for people who are interested in helping at one of the following activities. Each activity usually lasts between one and two hours.

    Monday afternoons: Indoor bowls at Chimney Court.
    Tuesday morning: Quiz and musical bingo at Cornerstones.
    Tuesday morning: Coffee morning at Cedar Court.
    Tuesday afternoon: Comedy film club at Chimney Court.
    Wednesday afternoon: Quiz and musical bingo at Cedar Court.
    Wednesday afternoon: Crafts and Colouring at Oak Tree House.

    We are seeking people with an organised and proactive approach who will be able to develop trusting relationships with residents. You will play a crucial role in enabling residents to have a varied weekly schedule and improved wellbeing.

    Each activity will be run in close partnership with the activities and development officer and usually will include making tea and coffee for the participants.

  • Put your secretarial skills to good use 19 April 2018
    Administration47th Reading (St Paul’s) Scout GroupRG2

    We are looking for a secretary:

    • to take minutes
    • type them up
    • distribute to all the exec members

    This person will be a full and active member of the group and will be fully supported by the Group Executive Chair and the Group Scout Leader.

    They will also work alongside the Group Executive committee in producing the scout group annual report.

  • Help us deliver scouting activities to boys and girls 19 April 2018
    Leading group activities47th Reading (St Paul’s) Scout GroupRG2

    We are looking for volunteers to work with girls and boys, aged 6 to 14, in a friendly scout group.

    As a volunteer you will:

    • assist in the running of games as part of weekly section meetings and other section events
    • help young people achieve badges and awards
    • assist in the activities as part of weekly section meetings and other section events
    • assist the section with taking part in a varied, exciting and safe programme of activities
    • assist with residential experiences for a section

    No previous experience is necessary.

  • Team Player? Take a look at this fundraising role 19 April 2018
    Fundraising47th Reading (St Paul’s) Scout GroupRG2

    This is a rewarding role for a motivated, team player.

    The fundraiser will be responsible for managing a small but essential team of parents and helpers to ensure the smooth running of events and fundraising activities throughout the year. The fundraiser will be responsible for overseeing the effective running of the team, motivating parents and helpers and must be happy to badger people to help out.

    The Executive Committee members are well versed in what is successful in terms of raising funds and have a wealth of experience to help the fundraiser.

     

  • Help us create vibrant images to capture the work of local groups 17 April 2018
    Design / CreativeReading Voluntary Action (RVA)

    Reading Voluntary Action works to ensure that everyone in Reading can access volunteering opportunities and get involved in community action. From outreach work to online advice and information, we are involved in a huge range of activities.

    We are looking for creative photographers to help us capture the diversity of this work, and the people and organisations we support. This opportunity would suit experienced photographers with some time to give, or photographers looking to develop and expand their portfolio. We would also be keen to hear from anybody with experience of video recording or film making.

    We are looking for people who could occasionally attend events – like forums, fairs, training or meetings – and document the volunteers, voluntary sector staff and beneficiaries involved in a lively and engaging way. Alternatively, or in addition, you could arrange photo shoots to capture images which tell the story of our projects and services. As well as processing and storing the high-quality digital photographs taken, this role would involve ensuring that photo release forms are signed and stored.

    We constantly need fresh and vibrant images to use on our website, social media, brochures and leaflets, external publications and in presentations. An exciting and representative photo library will help RVA to support and promote the voluntary sector as well as giving you interesting opportunities to photograph the Reading residents who work to create sustainable change in the town and improve the lives of local people.

    Candidates for this role will need to be able to provide their own equipment.

  • Join the team at our busy, friendly and very popular shop 11 April 2018
    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.

    In particular we are looking for volunteers to work in the shop. No experience? No problem. If you are keen to learn and want a chance to prove yourself in a working environment we could be the ones to help. If you don’t want to work in the shop to start with, that’s fine. Many of our more reserved volunteers have started at the back of the shop and soon gained enough confidence to venture out with the customers and found they have really enjoyed it.

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

  • Join our friendly shop team 11 April 2018
    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.

  • E-bayer? Put your knowledge and skills to use and help us turn donations into cash 11 April 2018
    AdministrationReading MencapRG1

    We are looking for a volunteer with some basic knowledge of selling on eBay to help turn our donations into cash to support local people with learning disabilities.

    The volunteer will be responsible for:
    • Photographing donated items
    • Researching the price of the items online
    • Writing item descriptions and uploading photos for the listings in our eBay shop

    We are ideally looking for someone who can offer a commitment of a few hours a week for at least 6 months.

  • Would you like to volunteer your time to help children that struggle to read? 2 April 2018
    Learning support / MentoringABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)

    ABC to read is a charity that gives one-to-one literacy support to children in primary schools in the most deprived areas of Berkshire. We recruit, train and support community volunteers who ideally dedicate two sessions per week during term time only for at least a year, reading, chatting and playing games.

    The children are selected by their teachers to work with our reading helpers on a one-to-one basis outside of the classroom environment to give them an opportunity to catch up. Some of the children are living in areas of significant deprivation, have lost confidence, are shy or do not speak English at home and some just need a boost to help them catch up. We provide our volunteers with three initial training sessions and an introduction to a local school with regular support.

    If you enjoy reading and want to help children gain one the most essential skills for success in life then please join us.

    We also have an employee volunteering scheme and welcome approaches from companies.

  • Team Reading – Be part of the team and help keep this 10K run on the right track 20/05/2018 29 March 2018
    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!

  • Christmas Toys and Teens Project Manager needed 29 March 2018
    Coordination / ProjectsReading Family Aid

    Are you a recently retired Project Manager? We have just the role for you!

    Each year we organise a huge Toy Appeal in Reading called ‘Toys & Teens’. Thousands of toys are donated by members of the public. Various agencies are invited to request toys on behalf of families they support.

    In a week in early December, the toys are collected together in a Church Hall, sorted and distributed to disadvantaged families in the Reading area.

    This is a major project which involves the whole committee. The Project runs mainly from June to December although this role is really an all year-round role.

    We are looking for someone to gradually take on the management of the project.

    The role involves the usual project management responsibilities and would also require you to oversee the Toy Project Week work of Collecting, Sorting, Packing and Delivery the Toys.

    Additionally there is some more technical work which ideally you would also take on:
    – We have a small computer system that helps us process the Requests and manage the actual packing and delivery of the toys. You would be expected to work with the developer to define and test any system changes and also carry out the Request Load and production of the necessary
    – Be responsible for the loading of the Requests in to the system, produce the necessary documents for managing the packing and to actually manage the packing during the Toy Project Week.

    You must have excellent organisational, interpersonal and computer skills – you must be really comfortable using email, internet, Word and Excel and computer file and programme handling, testing and running. you must be meticulous!

    It will take 3-5 days of your time each month from January to August, but from September to Christmas, it will take at least 2-3 days each week. And during the Toy Project week in early December (Dec 3-7, 2018) you will be expected to be there all day, every day.

    It would suit a recently retired IT Project Manager or IT proficient Project Manager from another field.

    Full training will be given and a gradual handover from the existing Toy Project Manager is envisaged. It is anticipated that this year you would be assisting and be fully responsible from January 2019. You would be expected to hold this role for a few years.

  • Join our team and help us put smiles on Children’s faces 29 March 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeReading Family Aid

    Join our Team of Enthusiastic Volunteers and put some Smiles on Children’s faces

    Reading Family Aid has been helping disadvantaged families in Reading for over 60 years by taking them on outings and by providing toys at Christmas.

    We organise 3-4 outings each year taking about 500 family members in total to theme parks, zoos, activity centres and the panto.

    The Toys and Teens Appeal is one of Reading’s major projects where thousands of toys are donated, sorted and packed up for hundreds of disadvantaged Reading families.

    We are looking for more energetic and enthusiastic people to help us to continue our work.

    If you have good admin and organisational skills and are comfortable using a computer for Email, Word and Excel we need you!

    Or if you are happy to help out with outings, summer fetes, car boot sales or the Toy Project then why not come and join us?

    Our motto is “To put a smile on the face of a child” – can you help us do that?

  • Provide companionship to those in later life 29 March 2018
    Befriending / VisitingCivil Service Retirement Fellowship

    The National Visitors Network is a UK wide scheme where volunteers provide companionship to those in later life who find themselves lonely or isolated.

    These visits can make a real difference in people’s lives and provide much needed social contact. With Britain’s ageing population, loneliness is only getting more common and befriending schemes play a huge role in alleviating this struggle.

    All our volunteers are provided with training prior to beginning their volunteering and all reasonable travel expenses are reimbursed.

    We ask that volunteers commit to 6 months of visiting.

  • Join our team and help make our clubs comfortable and welcoming places for people to visit 23 March 2018
    SupportAge UK Reading

    We are seeking volunteers to help us run our Lively Living Activity and Lunch clubs.

    Our Lively Living Activity and Lunch clubs offers people an opportunity to meet up with friends as well as have a nourishing meal. We want our clubs to be a comfortable and welcoming place for people to visit – their well-being and enjoyment is of utmost importance to us. We would expect our volunteers to work with us to achieve this aim.

    Our clubs run across Reading and Woodley at different times during the week:

    Chimneys Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Tilehurst (RG30 4EN) – Mondays 10:30-13:30
    Weirside Afternoon Tea, Activity and Social Club, Central Reading (RG1 3JS) – Mondays 13:00-16:00
    Oak Tree Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Tilehurst (RG30 4DZ) – Tuesdays 13:00-16:00
    Cedars Bluebell Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Whitley (RG2 0NS) – Wednesdays 10:30-13:30
    Cornerstone Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Tilehurst (RG30 4TH) – Wednesdays 10:30-13:30
    Woodley Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Woodley (RG5 3QW) – Fridays 10:30-13:30
    Cedars Happy Prospects Activity, Lunch and Social Club, Whitley (RG2 0NS) – Saturdays 11:30-14:30

    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 guideline.

    Key Responsibilities may include:

    • Setting up – arranging tables and chairs as necessary, setting tables.
    • Ensuring any clients with mobility problems are able to access the dining area.
    • Welcoming clients as they arrive.
    • Preparing and serving hot and cold drinks.
    • Serving meals or handing out rolls and cakes.
    • Push wheelchair clients short distances.

    Essential Skills:

    • Be friendly and caring.
    • Have the ability to empathise with older people.
    • Have a flexible attitude.

     

    Want to know more about volunteering at an Age Uk club? Read Gabriele’s Volunteering Story

  • Secretarial role to keep our charity running smoothly 22 March 2018
    AdministrationReading Family Aid

    Secretary for Reading Family Aid

    This role is key to the smooth running of the Charity.

    The charity does two main things:
    – Organise 3-4 Outings for Disadvantaged Families in Reading each year.
    – Organise the huge Christmas Toys and Teens Appeal where thousands of toys are donated by the public and collected, sorted and delivered to hundreds of disadvantaged Reading families.

    The Secretary role involves the following:
    – Be responsible for RFAG’s Constitution and Policies – making sure we have what we need and they are up to date and understood.
    – Organise the monthly committee meetings an AGM and do the minutes
    – Do the annual Charities Commission return.
    – Handle email communication to and from our supporters
    – Manage our contacts list
    – Write the Risk Assessments for our various activities
    Note that other committee members normally assist with some of these tasks.

    The role will require about 2-3 days work a month.

    We would hope that you would also participate in the activities of the charity: Outings, Toy Project and Fundraising activities.

  • Join the board of the charity raising money for Royal Berkshire Hospital 15 March 2018
    Trustee / CommitteeLeague of Friends of the Royal Berkshire HospitalRG1

    The League of Friends of Reading Hospitals a charity within the Royal Berkshire Hospital celebrated its 60th years anniversary last year and has raised thousands of pounds. It has the pleasant task each year of distributing funds to provide facilities for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

    The League is run by a committee of Trustees who meet every 2 months to discuss the general running of the League and to make decisions on Hospital Giving Projects. The role is fully participative and contributing to the Leagues events and retail outlets. If you have experience in management, fundraising and an interest in health and helping patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital we would love to hear from you. Training for a Trustee role will be provided. The League has a new coffee shop, retail shop and runs the hospital trolleys, each year fundraising events are organised.

    We wish to recruit new Trustees to join the committee. We are particularly looking for a Minute Secretary but would like any applicant to play an active role in the running of the Charity.

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