Volunteering opportunities list

  • Help make a difference to the lives of children and parents who have been affected by domestic abuse 19 October 2017
    SupportParents and Children Together (PACT)

    We are seeking kind, patient and creative volunteers to help and get involved in our BB4K (Bounce Back for Kids) programme and help make a difference to the lives of children and parents who have been affected by domestic abuse.

    BB4K is a support programme developed by PACT that uses therapeutic techniques to support children who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse.  The programme works with the children and their parents or carers to come to terms with experiencing family breakdowns.

    Our BB4K Champions are invaluable in helping the team as they deliver the programme in a group setting.  This role provides support for the staff, and requires someone willing to participate in therapeutic activities.  In addition, we are also looking for someone who has previous experience working with children and/or parents.

    To find out more about our BB4K programme, please follow the link below:


    Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on 0118 402 1681.

    We very much look forward to hearing from you!

  • Help work wonders with wood! 19 October 2017
    Befriending / VisitingENRYCH Berkshire

    Our volunteers support and enable people with a physical disability to take up, or return to, a hobby, interest, sporting activity or learning opportunity which they cannot do without some help or support. This support is mainly about giving confidence, understanding and emotional support to bring colour to our members’ lives.

    Help work wonders with wood!

    We have a man in his mid 50’s who suffered a severe stroke a couple of years ago.  This has left him unable to use his left hand.

    He is looking for a volunteer to help him with woodworking.  He particularly wants to make coat racks and walking sticks.

    The volunteer does not need to be a qualified woodworker.  We are looking for an enthusiast rather than a professional.  Knowledge of how to use a band saw and how to set up and use a router would therefore be useful but not imperative.

    We hope that a volunteer could offer to help once a week, preferably on Monday afternoon or Thursday morning, but this is negotiable.

  • Support our Fundraising Team at a wide range of events 19 October 2017

    We are looking for Event Support volunteers to support our Fundraising Team at a wide range of fundraising and awareness raising events such as village fetes, Christmas fairs and store collections.

    Some of the tasks you may be involved in are:

    • handing out leaflets
    • collections
    • selling merchandise and plants
    • running tombolas and raffles

    Flexible hours to suit your availability.

  • Support our horticultural therapists in delivering our gardening programmes 19 October 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workThriveRG7

    Enjoying the gardenWe are looking for volunteers to support our horticultural therapists in delivering our gardening programmes to people with a range of disabilities or ill health.

    • To develop social interaction with our client gardeners and to encourage them to work with and talk with others
    • Demonstrating or guiding with tasks such as sowing seeds, watering, mowing, pruning, etc.
    • Supervise, with others, the client gardener group over lunch breaks and occasionally when the therapists are engaged in assessing and related paperwork
    • Watching out for the health and safety of those you are working with

    We hold monthly taster sessions for potential volunteers to come along and find out more.

  • Support our minibus driver 19 October 2017

    We need volunteers to support the minibus driver as an escort when collecting and taking home Thrive’s clients from various locations across North Hampshire.

    Tasks include:

    • supervising clients boarding and disembarking (no lifting required)
    • ensuring seat belts are worn by all
    • general supervision of the clients
    • assisting the driver and passenger in the event of an emergency.

    NB this is not a driving role.

  • Help our learners to fulfil their potential in the classroom 19 October 2017
    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.

  • Join our small friendly team to help with basic reception and clerical duties 19 October 2017
    Reception / Meeting and greetingBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG2

    We are seeking volunteers to join our small friendly team to help with basic reception and clerical duties such as:

    • answering the telephone
    • help with filing, photocopying, and topping up paperwork
    • printing off clinic appointment lists and calling patients to
    • remind them that they have a clinic appointment due
    • rearranging appointments where appropriate

    Volunteers for this role will need to be reliable, polite and friendly. Volunteers will also need basic I.T. skills and a methodical approach to working.

    In return for your time we offer a rewarding experience working as part of a small, friendly team and the opportunity to gain first hand experience of working in a Community Dental Service.

  • Share your craft skills to help this innovative upcycling project! 19 October 2017
    Design / CreativeAgainst the GrainRG2

    We are looking for volunteers who have a variety of craft skills including painting furniture, sewing skills, upholstery skills, general craft skills and woodworking experience.

    You will be sharing your skills with young adults who are keen to learn and are helping to upcycle pieces of furniture and small items in our workshop, to be sold in our shop at Broad Street Mall, Reading.




  • Become a Cancer Champion and help local community groups understand what cancer is and how it can be treated! 18 October 2017
    Advocacy / CampaigningSouth Reading CCG

    We are looking for community volunteers to become Cancer Champions in South Reading.

    Cancer champions help local community groups in understanding what cancer is and how it is treated, by providing them with information on where to find local support and promoting the importance of screening for early diagnosis.

    You will receive full training from Macmillan Cancer Support to develop your knowledge and skills, and will work with GPs and the local hospital, as well as people in the wider community.

    Since this is a community based project no specific skills are needed and training will be given before commencing the work.

    This is a two year project and will run until 2019.

  • Would you like to volunteer your time to help children that struggle to read? Next training dates 16 & 17 November 13 October 2017
    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.

  • Can you bring your PR/ fundraising skills to the board of this progressive, imaginative preschool! 12 October 2017
    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

  • Fun and interactive role with lots of opportunities to engage with others 12 October 2017
    Reception / Meeting and greetingReading RocketsRG2

    Reading Rockets Basketball club are looking for a volunteer who can help for a few hours each weekend to help look after their venue which they use for their basketball games on a weekend.

    This includes meeting and greeting teams that arrive, unlocking changing rooms and also helping to set out a small amounts of equipment.

    The volunteer will be given full training in how to look after the venue for these few hours. This is a really fun and interactive role which has lots of opportunities to engage with others.

  • Do you know your Tweets from your Posts? And do ## make your day? 12 October 2017
    Social mediaDingley’s Promise

    Do you just love social media?
    Do you know your Tweets from your Posts?
    And do ## make your day?

    If so, Dingley’s Promise, an up and coming charity in Berkshire that delivers life-changing support to the under 5s with additional needs and disabilities and their families, needs your help.

    We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic volunteer to help our busy Fundraising and Communications Manager to raise our profile by ‘shining the social media spotlight’ on the fantastic work we do.

  • Could you be one of Santa’s little helpers? 4-7 December 12 October 2017
    Community DevelopmentReading Family AidRG1

    Reading Family Aid launches it’s annual toy project on 19 October. We are looking for fairies and elves to come and help sort and pack the toys and gifts donated by our amazing community for children living in deprivation in the Greater Reading area during the week of 4 – 7 December between 9.30am and 4pm.

    Join us for half a day or the whole week. No specific skills required, just a common sense approach and a willingness to be hands on. You will be on your feet quite a lot but we do provide lunch and refreshments.

    We look forward to seeing you.



  • Help older people keep on-top of their garden 12 October 2017
    Gardening / Outdoor workAge UK Reading

    Could you give one day a fortnight to help us provide a gardening service for older people in Reading?

    Many people find as they get older, gardens they once lovingly cared for become too much to maintain. But finding regular help with mowing and weeding can be harder than you’d think!

    There is a great need locally for a low-cost, basic and reliable service. Commercial companies often don’t want to bother with smaller gardens. Leaving many older people relying on small ads or notice boards, which have an element of risk and can be hit-or-miss.

    Last year Age UK Reading launched a pilot project in the Southcote area. With minimal advertising and word of mouth, we quickly had more requests than we could accommodate. We currently have a waiting list of 40 older people in the Reading area, but are unable to help more people or extend the service beyond Southcote until we have more volunteers.

    If you can give one day a fortnight, Monday or Tuesday, from 9.30 – 2.30 we’d love to hear from you. Don’t worry about having Green Fingers as experienced volunteers will help you identify the weeds.

    The volunteering day can be busy as we drive between 1 hour appointments at closely located gardens. We work in pairs, with one person mowing and another weeding, which means we also have time for an all-important chat with the older person. 

    What our clients say:

    I look forward to the Age UK Team coming.  They are always kind and cheerful, and keep my garden under control, as it is very big.  It looks nice when it’s finished – Mrs Jerome
    As I don’t have to do the heavy work its such a relief.  I can do a few pots, to add a bit of colour and still enjoy my garden. Instead of it being a burden.  So Thank You – Mrs McDonald


  • Become part of our team to assist with fundraising and alumni relations 12 October 2017
    AdministrationLeighton Park SchoolRG9

    The Development Office at Leighton Park School is looking for a willing volunteer who can assist with the fundraising and alumni relations communications.

    The role may include tasks such as:

    • Researching for alumni that we are not in contact with.
    • Data entry.
    • Proof reading.
    • Writing copy.
    • Helping with events.

    The tasks you are given will depend on your skill set so we can be flexible. You should have good computer skills, although training will be given where needed. A positive attitude and team spirit will be essential.

  • Chess opponent wanted! 9 October 2017
    Befriending / VisitingENRYCH Berkshire

    Our volunteers support and enable people with a physical disability to take up, or return to, a hobby, interest, sporting activity or learning opportunity which they cannot do without some help or support. This support is mainly about giving confidence, understanding and emotional support to bring colour to our members’ lives.

    Could you be a Checkmate?

    This man who suffered a brain injury some years ago is looking for a volunteer to play chess with him at home.  He plays slowly so patience is required. He also likes playing scrabble.

    He has been waiting for a suitable volunteer for quite a while. Are you the person he would like to play chess with?

    Want to find out more about being an Enrych volunteer? Read Maria’s Volunteering Story


  • Will you support an Emergency Shelter for the homeless this winter? 9 October 2017
    SupportLaunchpad Reading

    Will you support an Emergency Shelter for the homeless this winter?

    Each winter when the temperature falls below freezing, Launchpad and our partners provide emergency shelter for rough sleepers in Reading.

    This strategy, the Severe Weather Emergency Provision (S.W.E.P.), provides a hot meal, warm clothes, a space to wash, and a warm, safe place to sleep when it’s most needed.

    We need Volunteers to join our rolling on-call rota for an evening each week. When S.W.E.P. activates, the Volunteers will sign in, chat with and generally make the S.W.E.P. users feel welcome at the Shelters.

    Volunteers should be warm, friendly people; good listeners; able to remain calm under pressure and happy to be called upon at relatively short notice.

    The Volunteers will receive a bespoke Volunteers’ Guide, basic training and an on site Induction. Volunteering will be at Town Centre locations, with free parking available. Reasonable Travel Expenses will be paid.

    S.W.E.P. is temperature dependent. Volunteers will be allocated an evening on a rolling on-call rota, and will only be called upon when S.W.E.P. is activated.

  • We are looking for an experienced finance administrator 5 October 2017
    FinanceFusion Youth and Community UKRG2

    Fusion Youth & Community UK is looking for experienced Finance Administrator Volunteer.

    This person will be in charge:

    • managing Fusion Youth & Community UK’s finances
    • ensuring the effective use of our financial procedures by using a series of checks and balances (we use SAGE finance software)
    • working with an external auditor on annual basis
    • exercising the responsible stewardship of our resources
    • good governance of the organisational finances at both a local and national level
  • Join our Advice Team and help people in Reading facing challenges in their lives 5 October 2017
    Information / AdviceCitizens Advice ReadingRG1

    Every year we see thousands of people from across Reading who are facing all sorts of challenges in their lives – debt, benefits, housing, employment, immigration, relationship etc.

    In this role you would be interviewing clients initially, either face to face and over the phone, to ascertain key information.
    Then you would  either

    • provide initial information and advice
    • or decide the best next steps for the clients, which may involve them seeing a more experienced adviser in our office or signposting them to a different organisation.

    You need to:

    • be non judgmental
    • have excellent listening skills
    • be able to assimilate and analyse information quickly
    • enjoy working in a team
    • be happy to use websites to research information
    • be good at explaining information
    • be emotionally robust

    You would need to be able to commit to 2 half day sessions or one full day at the same time(s) each week and be able to work with us for at least 18 months.

    If you are interested we would love to hear from you. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are especially keen to recruit people from minority communities.

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