- Help children with additional needs and disabilities in your local community! 4 March 2021 Befriending / VisitingMe2 Club
Help children with additional needs and disabilities in your local community! Make a difference to a child’s life by volunteering with us.
Me2 Club is a local charity that supports children with additional needs and disabilities in the Wokingham and Reading Boroughs attend mainstream activities including uniform groups, sports clubs and drama groups.
We do this by matching them with a 1-1 volunteer who supports them at the activity. By building a relationship with one of our young people our volunteers help them overcome barriers and be included.
If you are 16 years or older have 1-2 hours a week to give and have the desire to make a difference to a child’s life visit our website and fill in our application form today!
Get in touch to find out when we are run our next Volunteer Induction Training session.
- Are you a nature enthusiast? Be part of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project 4 March 2021 Gardening / Outdoor workThames Valley Environmental Records Centre
Are you a nature enthusiast? Do you have experience in species identification and wildlife surveys? Would you like the opportunity to visit protected sites, contribute to TVERC’s records, and play a role in the success of the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project? You may be able to help us with survey work!
Please note: Surveys and procedures are constantly being reviewed and will be undertaken in line with the latest UK government and CIEEMs advice on Covid-19.
About the role:
Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) are looking for enthusiastic volunteer naturalists with good identification skills and an ability to work alone in the field to help out with additional species surveys on a range of Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) across the county of Berkshire in 2021. The LWS’s cover a range of habitat types including woodland, wetland, heathland, bog and grassland, and have the potential to support a variety of rare species.
The findings of these surveys will feed into the Berkshire Local Wildlife Sites Project and inform decisions on how to develop and manage land sustainably and where to direct wildlife conservation work.
The LWS project aims to assess sites against the selection criteria every 10 years. In order to do this TVERC has the resources to carry out a habitat survey; however, many sites may be eligible to meet the LWS criteria based on their value for rare species and/or important species assemblages. At present, TVERC staff do not have the capacity to conduct the additional surveys required for a comprehensive assessment against all the criteria. Volunteer recorders and recording groups/schemes are vital to helping us collect the additional records required to assess sites.
You will have the opportunity to:
- visit notable sites which may not be accessible to the general public
- gain experience of recording and enhance your field skills
- work alongside enthusiastic and professional ecologists
- contribute to a valuable resource for conservation
Local Wildlife Sites in West Berkshire, Reading, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), Bracknell Forest and Wokingham (to be discussed)
The volunteer will ideally:
- Be experienced in species identification, possibly with expert knowledge in specific taxonomic groups or species
- Good map reading skills
- An ability to work alone in the field
- An ability to travel independently to remote sites
- An enthusiasm for wildlife and nature conservation
You will need to register with TVERC as a volunteer and agree to follow our H&S and lone working guidelines. Travel expenses will be reimbursed (up to £20/day).
Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre (TVERC) collects, analyses and shares geodiversity and biodiversity information in Berkshire and Oxfordshire to help people make sound decisions about how to develop and manage land sustainably and where to direct wildlife conservation work.
- Work as part of a team gardening at local community sites! 4 March 2021 Gardening / Outdoor workBritish Islamic Gardens
British Islamic Gardens are a team of volunteers that work together to garden at local community sites.
If you like gardening, learning and working as a team your time and support (even if I you are only able to donate a few hours Adhoc) are greatly welcomed.
We are also looking for drivers who will be willing to collect garden waste that we cannot compost and deliver this to the local recycle centre.
We believe that gardening should not be work but a leisure past time and anytime that you are able to donate your is always valued.
BIG is a volunteer led community initiatives which aims to link communities whilst creating a greener space for all.
Although the minimum age for independent volunteers is 18 we welcome younger helpers supervised by a parent/guardian.
- Could you help with this shopping support scheme for older people? 2 March 2021 SupportAge UK Reading
We are seeking volunteers to provide support for older people who live in the Tilehurst area by doing a weekly/fortnightly/monthly shop(s) as part of the Age UK Reading Shopping Scheme.
Many older people experience chronic loneliness in later life and, as a result, experience a decline in well being and associated health impacts. Age UK’s shopping service is there to offer a support network for these people.
A shopper will be called by the shopping coordinator to ask if they are available to shop for a client with prior notice. The location is generally within the postcode of the shopper. If they are, the appropriate paperwork would be emailed through to the volunteer setting out who they are shopping for . An idea of the size of the shop would be established and the nearest or preferred location to shop ( if the volunteer is agreeable).
- DBS check required
- Own transport needed
- A role profile and person specification can be downloaded here.
- Looking for Chair with leadership experience to lead our Board as it grows 25 February 2021 Trustee / CommitteeSadaka
Sadaka is seeking a Chair with leadership experience to lead our Board as it grows and expands. This is an exciting time to join the Board as it charts the future direction of the charity.
We not only provide fresh meals for sustenance but also offer opportunities to improve our service users’ quality of life and therefore, societal integration. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with experience in voluntary sector governance at board level, fundraising and marketing.
Becoming a Trustee at Sadaka is a hugely rewarding role, helping us support the most vulnerable in our community by providing essentials like hot meals, toiletries, clothes and books. Providing these services in a welcoming, unquestioning environment has been the mainstay of our work over the past three years. Our service is relied upon by those in need, and we have never let anyone down. In line with the rest of the country, the numbers of those whom we serve has increased over the time we’ve been in existence, to about 120. The pandemic has added to the groups we support, changed aspects of how we deliver our services, and made us adapt the approach we have taken to fund-raising and marketing. Our charity culture is collaborative and supportive with respect for others, a fundamental principle.
In addition to our meal services since inception in 2017, we expanded our services in 2020; we now serve weekly meals to another disadvantaged group (refugees) and launched a training programme, funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund. Service users are able to join this programme to build their confidence, and gain basic workplace and employability skills.
The role of Chair is voluntary.
Trustees meet monthly. You may also be invited to join one of the committees, which meet about 6 times a year.
New Trustees will be able to take advantage of our on-going formal and informal training, aimed at ensuring board members remain up to date on good governance, including their responsibilities and liabilities.
To provide for the needy in Reading with an ethos of giving without judgement or bias.
- A relentless focus on provision of basics to those in need
- A commitment to equality and diversity
- A commitment to community cohesion, while ensuring the highest standards of professional and accountable behaviour.
If you would like an informal chat about the role and a copy of the Person specification and Role Description, please contact us via the email below.
To apply, please send your CV (including details of key achievements and responsibilities) with a covering letter which addresses the competencies outlined in the person specification and role description to Sunila Lobo, Chair, Sadaka, via her email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadaka is committed to safeguarding and expects all trustees, members, staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, and two references.
- Join our Co-op team and feel part of your local community 25 February 2021 Shop work / RetailTrue Food Co-opRG4
The True Food Co-op is a not-for-profit community shop in Reading which sells local, ethical, wholesome and organic food, toiletries and household goods.
We are seeking volunteers to join our shop team to:
- Provide high levels of customer satisfaction through excellent sales service at the till.
- Maintain the store condition, keeping it tidy and clean and helping with product displays.
- Help unpack new deliveries and stocking shelves with products.
- Engage with our customers in a welcoming and friendly way, helping them to find what they need.
- Follow our policies and procedures relating to Food hygiene, Health & Safety and handling payments.
Helping out in our Co-op can provide a great way to develop new skills, meet new people and feel part of your local community.
- Are you a social media whiz? 25 February 2021 Social mediaCreating Better FuturesRG2
Creating Better Futures are a Christian-led charity, based in Reading, devoted to helping children and their guardians in the Domboshowa and Mutare regions of Zimbabwe.
We are seeking a creative social media coordinator to manage the charity’s social platforms.
- Writing and scheduling daily posts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
- Designing graphics, images, and videos to accompany posts.
- Monitoring social media feeds, responding to enquiries, and engaging with supporter
- Have good written communication skills,
- Be organised
- Be able to work independently
- Be creative
- Understand social media and different platforms.
It would be great if you also had an interest or previous experience in:
- Digital Marketing
- A relevant subject area (social sciences or international development).
- Software such as Hootsuite and Canva
Creating Better Futures have an excellent track record for providing volunteers with the skills and experience to grow personally and professionally.
- Be part of the team helping to establish Reading’s ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’ initiative 24 February 2021 Community DevelopmentReading Museum & Town Hall
Reading Museum is looking for volunteers to support Reading Borough Council’s ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’.
High Street Heritage Action Zones (HSHAZ) are a heritage-led regeneration initiative, led by Historic England, working with local councils and the community to create economic growth and improve the quality of life in our historic high streets.
The HSHAZ programme has three complementary strands:
Physical interventions to restore and repair buildings and improve the public realm
A programme of cultural activities to celebrate the high streets and their importance to local communities
Community engagement which will give local people a key role in deciding what work they want to see happening on their high streets
We are looking for volunteers to form a team who can help us with the Community engagement strand. We are particularly interested in working with volunteers who live in or work with the communities in the three HSHAZ zones we are working in.
What you will be doing:
Starting in March the first part of the project, volunteers will be involved with the evaluation stage of our Cultural Pilot Project ‘Re-imaging the high street through your stories’. This will include:
Working with the Community Engagement & Cultural Officer and the University of Reading research team to plan methods for and then deliver the collection of contributor and general public feedback on the pilot project
Training will be provided by the University of Reading team, with opportunities to work alongside the research team before working independently. (All location work will be done in pairs)
Depending on pandemic restrictions, this could involve in-person survey and collecting feedback along the Oxford Road, or virtual engagement via video calls or phone calls. You may also be asked to send emails on behalf of the project, to collect feedback and circulate online surveys
There will also be online meetings with the evaluation teams to feedback about the process and exchange ideas, as well as report back on feedback
The work that you do to support the evaluation stages will help to inform the end of project report that we will send to our funders, Historic England
After this pilot stage, further roles will include:
Working alongside the Community Engagement & Cultural Officer and the Conservation Officer, to support engagement work for the physical improvement strand of the programme
Helping to establish links with commercial/cultural and community groups to help foster engagement and build new relationships
Supporting community research, including: face to face interviews, survey collecting, evaluation, delivery of communications and online engagement support
Helping to empower local residents within the communities to take an active role in their town’s development
Assisting with the delivery of consultation sessions/workshops with the community
Social media planning and digital engagement support
More information about the project and location of the zones is available at www.reading.gov.uk/hshaz
- Are you looking for ways to get outside, connect to the natural world, build new skills and meet people in your local community? 18 February 2021 Gardening / Outdoor workHempen CooperativeRG8
Are you looking for ways to get outside, connect to the natural world, build new skills and meet people in your local community?
We are Hempen Cooperative, a small community farm based 4 miles outside of Reading.
Every Tuesday from mid-March we are hosting Community Volunteering Days.
From sowing seeds to pruning trees, making compost to relaxing with a hot drink of tea, our community days are a hive of activity. There is something for everyone.
The community days are part of our wider project to support food-growing in communities where people are food insecure.
We are also on the look-out for volunteers with cars!
Many of our volunteers face barriers which make it difficult for them to participate in our community days. We are recruiting a team of volunteer drivers who are able to help get volunteers to the farm and join in!
- Help connect those in need to the people and services that can help them the most! 10 February 2021 Befriending / VisitingRAF Association
Connections for Life is the new way that the RAF Association is delivering our welfare services by matching volunteers with beneficiaries. Whether lonely, isolated from friends and
family or facing difficult situations alone, Connections For Life works tirelessly to connect
those in need to the people and services that can help them the most.
Depending on the beneficiary’s requirements, you will remain their volunteer for the duration of the project with the aim of integrating them back into the community and helping them become confident and independent again. As a Connections Volunteer, you will have the whole support of the Association behind you and a designated co-ordinator as your point of contact. We will provide you with all the necessary training so you can rest assured that you will have all the skills you need.
Not having someone to talk to during these challenging times can be lonely, particularly if the person is used to social activities and spending time with others. A friendly, 30-minute chat that you will offer will make all the difference.
You will be invited to speak to a member of the team before your application for the Befriender role is successful. This will enable both the volunteer and the organisation to find out more about each other and to assess whether the role will be suitable for the volunteer. Volunteers will be asked to provide two references. If the volunteer meets the criteria required they will then be referred for training.
Initial training will consist of:
- Half-day online befriender volunteer training course.
What you will be doing
- Providing regular social interaction and support to RAF veterans via telephone
- Relaying any concerns to your Connections Coordinator
- Regularly submitting an activity log summarising your interactions so we can make sure everyone is receiving the help they need
Why is it rewarding?
It is an important opportunity to help members of the RAF community to feel less isolated and lonely during the Coronavirus crisis.
Who do Connections Volunteers report to?
Connections Volunteers will report to their Connections Coordinators following being approved in the role. Prior to approval, all volunteers will be in contact with the Connections Administrators.
- Do you have a background in domestic or commercial building work? Help us plan improvements to our community building! 10 February 2021 Coordination / ProjectsReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1
Reading Association for the Blind’s building in Carey Street is really well used by our staff and Members.
During lockdown, we are taking the opportunity for some much needed building improvement work that we need help with.
We are looking for a volunteer Building Improvement Organiser & Helper.
Previous experience with domestic or commercial building work is ideal but not essential.
It will involve
- Helping with contractors & advisors
- Looking at plans and identifying ways forward
- Being flexible and adapting to project needs
- Join us helping people with Sightloss feel less lonely during lockdown! 10 February 2021 Leading group activitiesReading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Reading Association for the Blind are looking for volunteers to lead or support an hourly session with our Members, either by telephone or the internet.
These activities are usually discussion based and help our Members who are often house-bound to be less lonely and isolated.
The sessions are at set times each week and each last 1 hour. A
timetable distributed monthly
The current sessions are:
Chat & catch up – Tuesdays 10 – 11am
Quiz, Craft or Storytime – Wednesdays 2 – 3pm
Find Memories – Fridays 2 – 3pm
We’d like to set up more activities if we get interested volunteers
- Looking for admin to assist and support those with mobility aids 1 February 2021 AdministrationBritish Red Cross – Thames Valley AreaRG1
This is a very rewarding role providing much-needed support for people who are accessing our service. Based at one of our mobility aids spoke locations, the main element of the role is serving the public who require a wheelchair or other mobility aids equipment. This is the ideal role for someone who enjoys meeting people, can show compassion and empathy and who likes administrative duties with a customer service perspective.
- Liaising with the hub to arrange stock/deliveries/collections.
Issuing and receiving wheelchairs (or other mobility aids equipment) using a computer based stock control system.
- Demonstrating how to use and look after our wheelchairs (and other equipment)
- Dealing with enquiries from people wanting to borrow a wheelchair (or other equipment) by telephone and face to face
- Receiving payments / donations and issuing receipts
- Contacting service users about overdue and upcoming return of equipment
- Signposting to other Red Cross services/providers
- Actively promoting the Retail Mobility Aids offer/website
These are just some examples. You will work within a great team and be fully supported by the Volunteer Coordinator.
- Liaising with the hub to arrange stock/deliveries/collections.
- Drivers needed, delivering and collecting wheelchairs 1 February 2021 Transport / DrivingBritish Red Cross – Thames Valley AreaRG1
If you enjoy driving, like meeting people and are compassionate then this could be the role for you. Volunteers like you provide people in their local community with wheelchairs and other equipment to help them get moving again after an illness or injury. Whether it is to help take a relative out, or take a child to school, it makes a difficult and distressing time a little bit easier. Spread the power of kindness with us and help make sure that everyone who needs one can get a wheelchair.
Volunteers will be driving from our office in Reading to help at our pop-up location in Hammersmith (Tesco, 180 Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith W6 7NL), ensuring that they have all the equipment needed for the pop-up to run. Initial availability for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays preferred.
> Delivering and collecting wheelchairs (or other mobility aids equipment) – including overdue equipment (you will be driving a transit Van style vehicle up to and including a long Wheel Based version). You might also be driving to pre-arranged locations to operate a ‘pop up’ spoke.
- Loading and Unloading wheelchairs ready for daily runs.
- Issuing and receiving wheelchairs (or other mobility aids equipment)
- Setting up and operating the mobile ‘pop up’ spoke.
- Demonstrating how to use and look after our wheelchairs
- Dealing with enquiries from people wanting to borrow a wheelchair (or other equipment)
- Using a computer-based stock control system
- Receiving payments / donations and issuing receipts
- Signposting to other Red Cross services/provider (including the Mobility Aids Retail website)
These are just some examples. You will work within a great team and be fully supported by the Volunteer Coordinator.
- Are you passionate about investing in ‘at risk’ young people? 1 February 2021 Information / AdviceThe Mustard Tree FoundationRG1
Are you passionate about investing in ‘at risk’ young people? Do you want to be part of enabling transformation in the lives of young people who are caught up in crime, violence, and risk-taking behaviour? Could you provide 2 hours a week?
Starting Point is launching a volunteer Navigators scheme within The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s A&E department in Reading.
Navigators provide one-to-one support for young people (13-25) in A&E who are involved in violence or risk-taking behaviour, helping them to access ongoing support within the wider community.
In partnership with the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Thames Valley Police we are recruiting, training, and equipping volunteers who are able to offer relational, tailored and holistic support in a time of crisis. Providing a friendly face and listening ear, then enabling the young person to access ongoing support in their wider community.
What does being a Navigator involve?
- Outreach support in A&E – Each navigator is put on a weekly rota for 2 hours outreach within A&E, engaging with young people identified by the hospital staff. This is primarily evenings but does also include daytime outreach. – Each volunteer’s availability is taken into account in scheduling the rota.
- Completing assessments and evaluation – Both during and after meeting a young person in A&E there are simple tools and assessments for each Navigator to complete. – Training will be provided.
- Following up with each Young Person – This includes calls and texts and/or meeting up with the young person within the community or at our centrally based Mentoring Hub.
- Sign-Posting – In initial meetings and follow ups, Navigators will sign-post young people to relevant services locally. This may include completing a referral with a young person.
- Completing ongoing paperwork – Along with YP assessments and evaluations, Navigators complete logs on each Young Person met in A&E.
Role requirements and experience:
- Able to work within a high intensity environment – A&E
- Good communication skills
- Active listening skills
- Previous experience of supporting young people with complex needs.
- Understanding of Trauma Informed Practice
- PC literate
- Resourceful – able to find information / access services.
The support Navigators provide has the potential to have a transformational impact on the lives of local young people in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire! Could you play a part?
- Help our amazing learners as a Literacy Support Worker! 1 February 2021 Learning support / MentoringGraft (Thames Valley) Ltd
We are a charity supporting disadvantaged individuals (of mixed ability) into employment.
We are aware that the written English competencies our “students” have, are not adequate for mainstream employment requirements.
We are looking for a literacy support worker to help our students improve their grammar and sentence structure (as well as appropriate register for the task at hand).
We are delivering training online and are happy to train anyone on the use of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams which is the charity’s preferred platform for communication.
Minimum requirement: A-Level English Language and/or Literature or classroom experience.
Would be an ideal opportunity for a retired teacher. However, please note, that some of our students have disabilities that could require non-traditional teaching methods and a certain degree of patience as they might need extra support in understanding appropriate communication styles.
Our learners are amazing and are proactively seeking help so this will undoubtedly be a rewarding experience for any applicant.
We look forward to receiving your application.
- Work with our Finance Director to identify funding opportunities 1 February 2021 AdministrationEthical Reading
Working closely with Finance Director to identify opportunities to apply for funding for the Ethical Reading Programmes or core activities, using a range of feeds eg NCVO, SSE. Working with relevant Programme Director and/or Initiative lead to write the application and submit it, deal with requests for follow up information, etc.
At Ethical Reading, we believe that all everyone has the right to be treated with respect, fairness and compassion at work. Research show that if they are treated in this way, they feel better, are healthier and enjoy their work more.
The activities are to provide us with intelligence and competence in applying for funds. eg
- Maintain links and track progress of government funding programmes and information from NCVO, SSE and other sources in discussion with relevant Directors.
- Structuring/writing applications to specifications, submitting applications well before deadline, answering queries from funding agencies, in consultation with the relevant Director.
- Maintain boiler plate and file of data used for all applications. In consultation with the Finance Director.
- Volunteer induction and coaching
- Weekly meeting with Finance Director
- IT support and training on Ethical Reading (Microsoft) systems
- Volunteers monthly meeting and monthly “Friday drinks
- Help a young person to build their self-esteem and confidence 13 January 2021 Learning support / MentoringThames Valley Partnership
Our Early Intervention Team support young people to channel their energy and time in positive ways to help prevent them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or crime.
Volunteer mentors meet once a week with a young person aged 13-18 years of age who has been referred to us by the Police. The referral is usually because the young person has come to the attention of the Police although not necessarily been convicted of a crime.
Volunteers should be patient and great listeners, able to converse with young people and work with them to identify and engage in opportunities that they will enjoy. The ability to find common ground and get involved in an activity is preferable, whether it be sport, cooking, craft, learning etc. Building the young persons self esteem and confidence is key.
- Bring your experience to our board! 13 January 2021 Trustee / CommitteeThrive
We have an exciting opportunity to appoint five trustees to join our Board. You will bring your experience and expertise to help enable Thrive improve many more people’s lives through access to therapeutic horticulture and gardening and help shape our future direction.
In addition to the skills and experience described in the Trustee Recruitment Pack we are particularly looking for Trustees who can provide experience, expertise and knowledge in the following specialisms:
Public Health – With the continually changing face of health and social care provision in England and the rise of interest in social prescribing we want to recruit a public health professional to ensure that Thrive is able to stay abreast of developments and to present our services and the benefits of nature-based interventions to the health community in a meaningful and impactful way.
Clinical/Medical – Your expertise and experience is in health: you are a doctor, nurse or other health practitioner, with a particular interest in the use of ‘nature-based interventions’ to help improve people’s physical and psychological health. At Thrive we would like you to help us interact more effectively with the health sector – and so enable Thrive to support more people who are living with a disability or ill-health or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
Digital Transformation – You will have previous digital experience in a senior role as well as expertise of how to deliver digital transformation throughout an organisation. Thrive is committed to a more digital future – and the Board would welcome further expertise to support us on this important journey.
People – Senior strategic and operational HR experience will help to guide and support our people and organisation plans for Thrive. If you have previous experience in a senior HR role and can provide support enabling us to attract, retain, develop and inspire our ‘one Thrive’ team in achieving our vision then we would like to hear from you.
Research – Building on our reputation for leading research and evaluation of horticultural therapy and gardening, green care and health, we are looking for a Trustee who can help us shape our forward plans. We want to ensure that we are getting the most from the information we hold and the data we collect in order to help us advocate and demonstrate the positive impact that Thrive has on people’s lives on an ongoing basis.
- Support Worker opportunity to support homeless migrants, refugees and asylum seekers 13 January 2021 Befriending / VisitingSanctuary HostingOX4
Sanctuary Hosting is a registered UK charity that provides shelter to homeless vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom are destitute and have escaped torture. We work across the Thames Valley to match guests to generous people who have a spare room to accommodate them temporarily, until long-term housing options become available.
We can offer volunteer opportunities to become a support worker, in order to support Sanctuary Hosting’s guests and hosts. Volunteer support workers provide practical support to individuals who are accommodated within the hosting scheme, or their hosts, serving as a main contact. During the placement, the support worker makes regular contact with the guest, reviews with them how things are going and provides feedback to Sanctuary Hosting.
Host support workers provide vital support to the people who welcome guests into their homes. They are the main contact point for hosts and are essential in maintaining good links and communication between a host and Sanctuary Hosting.
Guest support workers often get involved in very practical ways – for example, helping the guest to register with a GP, join the library, or find English lessons.
If you are interested in being a support worker, or have any skills that you would like to share, please get in touch at email@example.com to find out our current requirements.