Volunteering opportunities list

  • Many opportunities to help us run Reading Fringe in July 17 May 2019
    Arts / EntertainmentReading Fringe Festival (RFF)

    Reading Fringe Festival is back again for a seventh year and this year it is even bigger and better. The event starts on Friday 19th July and ends on Sunday 28th July and in order for it to run like a well-oiled machine we need lots of lovely volunteers.

    For each show, we need a venue manager and up to four stewards. Any time you can contribute is welcome, but we do ask that you are available for at least two slots of roughly 2 hours during Fringe week, as well as one training session of roughly 1 hour, in the run-up to the Fringe.

    As a thank-you for your time, you will receive a free ticket to a Fringe show of your choice, and you may be able to watch shows that you are stewarding.

    Our tech team also relies on volunteer help. If you have a yen for lighting and sound operation and would be interested in being part of the Fringe tech team, then we’d love to hear from you! We have a tech team member in each venue, providing support to the artists, and on occasion operating shows (if booked in advance).

    We also do lots of marketing before the festival. You’ll be seeing us in our bright orange t-shirts handing out programmes at many Reading events between now and the festival opening. We are planning to be at Reading Carnival, Waterfest, East Reading Festival, Reading Buses Open Day, Readipop and Bastille Day – if you are going along to any of these and feel able to help us for a short while then please tell us and we’ll tell you when and where we are going to be.

  • Outgoing? Enjoy a vibrant and friendly fun atmosphere? Reading Carnival needs you! 27/05/2019 17 May 2019
    StewardingReading Caribbean Cultural GroupRG30

    Outgoing? Enjoy a vibrant and friendly fun atmosphere? Reading Carnival needs you! 27/05/2019

    Reading Carnival are looking for volunteers to join us as stewards or events staff to help with the smooth running of the carnival procession route and the park event.

    It’s going to be a fun, yet busy day so to assist in the smooth running of the event, we are looking for volunteers and events staff who can assist as stewards in the following areas.

    Road Procession Stewards
    Park Event Stewards/Events Staff

    If you are looking for some hands-on events experience or if you’d just like to help support your community event, we would love to hear from you!

    Training for volunteers will be provided before the event.

  • Could you manage our annual Toys and Teens Appeal? 10 May 2019
    Coordination / ProjectsReading Family Aid

    Annual Toys and Teens Toy Project Manager

    Reading Family Aid is run entirely by a diverse group of volunteers. Each year we organise the amazing Toys and Teens Appeal which provides donated toys to hundreds of disadvantaged Reading families.

    The Toy Project is a major project that involves the whole committee. The Project runs mainly from June to December each year, although this role is really a year-round role. It culminates in a week in early December when all the donated toys are checked and sorted and then packed up for each family.

    We are looking for someone to manage this project. This will involve planning, confirming sponsors, organising who from the committee is doing what and monitoring progress during the lead-up to the main Toy Project Week in early December. You would also be overseeing the activities during that Week and providing updates on progress to the committee.

    You must be a good organiser and have good interpersonal skills. You will need to be very comfortable using email, Word and Excel. You must have your own Windows Laptop (not MAC) and printer.

    You must have the energy, enthusiasm and time to devote to the project. Full training and support will be given by the existing Project Manager.

    Come and join us and help to put more smiles on more children’s faces!

  • Are you good with Spreadsheets? 10 May 2019
    AdministrationNo5 Young PeopleRG1

    No5 has been supporting children and young people in Reading and the surrounding area since 1971. We are a community- based organisation with all counselling sessions provided by fully trained volunteer counsellors.

    We are seeking a volunteer to provide support in an administrative role. The role involves updating spreadsheets with data regarding new referrals and the progress of clients as they finish counselling.

    It is a very important role and is key to the running of the agency.

    Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel will be needed with very good attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Help develop and deliver our marketing communications programme 10 May 2019
    Marketing / PREthical ReadingRG1

    Ethical Reading is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making Reading a better place to live and work through helping organisations become more ethical. This includes everything from the decisions made at the very top to the way employees treat each other and the people they deal with day to day. Take a look at our website to find out more about the amazing achievements we have already made.

    We are now looking to add to our team of volunteers and are seeking someone to work with Ethical Reading’s Directors to design and manage external marcomms, particularly using social media.

    Specific Tasks

    • To use the marketing framework to develop a marcomms programme with Directors
    • To provide items for the social media channel Volunteers, by liaising with Directors/ Events co-ordinator, measure take up / followers etc for each
    • To implement programme as agreed with Directors

     

    The ideal candidate for this role will have experience of marcomms and social media and be comfortable with use of office IT – Word, ppt, Excel, and use of the internet, email management. An understanding of the use of Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, LinkedIn, Instagram will also be important.

    In return for a commitment of around 10 hours per week you can expect support to receive

    • Volunteer Induction Plan
    • Regular catch up meeting with the responsible Director
    • Volunteer Peer Group Meetings every month
    • IT support

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  • Can you help coordinate our programme of events exploring ethical questions? 10 May 2019
    Coordination / ProjectsEthical ReadingRG1

    Ethical Reading is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making Reading a better place to live and work through helping organisations become more ethical. This includes everything from the decisions made at the very top to the way employees treat each other and the people they deal with day to day. Take a look at our website to find out more about the amazing achievements we have already made.

    We are seeking to add to our volunteer team and are looking for someone to take on the role of Events Coordinator. Each month we hold a free evening meetup in central Reading focusing on a particular ethical topic. Past events have considered issues like mental health in the workplace, whether some CEOs are paid too much and the circular economy.

    The Events Coordinator will help to ensure we have venues for our meetups and other events, help to publicise them in partnership with our social media volunteers and provide analysis on gathered feedback.

    Specific tasks may include;

    • Maintain calendar of events on sharepoint
    • Maintain documents for use with each event eg feedback forms
    • Book venues as requested by Directors
    • Liaise with marketing on use of video, blogs etc
    • Liaise with FSB, TVCC and others on publicising events
    • Liaise with external marcomms on the marketing of events

    In return for a commitment of around 10 hours per week you can expect support to receive

    • Volunteer Induction Plan
    • Regular catch up meeting with the responsible Director
    • Volunteer Peer Group Meetings every month
    • IT support
  • Bring your administrative skills to our ambitious organisation 10 May 2019
    AdministrationEthical ReadingRG1

    Ethical Reading is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making Reading a better place to live and work through helping organisations become more ethical. This includes everything from the decisions made at the very top to the way employees treat each other and the people they deal with day to day. Take a look at our website to find out more about the amazing achievements we have already made.

    We are now looking to add to our team of volunteers and are seeking someone to provide administrative support.

    This will be a varied role with tasks including;

    • To manage the task list and attend weekly webexes.
    • To maintain the shared calendar of external meetings.
    • To as requested set up internal meetings.
    • Review list of policies on sharepoint, identify gaps.
    •  Work with relevant admin to document new policies.
    • Work with Directors to link to review meetings.

    We a seeking an experienced, confident and competent administrator to take on this role. The ideal candidate for this role will be comfortable with use of office IT – Word, ppt, Excel, and use of the internet, email management. Experience in arranging meetings and excellent record keeping skills will also be required.

    In return for a commitment of around 10 hours per week you can expect support to receive;

    • A volunteer Induction Plan.
    • Regular catch up meeting with the responsible Director.
    • Volunteer Peer Group Meetings every month.
    • IT support.
    • Training on Hubspot.
    • Training on Office 365 and Sharepoint.

    Your experience and skills could help to bring some sanity to our busy and ambitious team of volunteers.

     

  • Would you like to volunteer your time to help children that struggle to read? 7 May 2019
    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.

  • Help us provide vital support to the people who welcome homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants into their homes 1 May 2019
    SupportSanctuary Hosting

    Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people (our ‘hosts’) who are willing to have someone (a ‘guest’) to stay with them rent free, for a pre-defined period of time, while the individual is receiving support to explore routes out of destitution.

    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.

    Main host support worker duties:

    • Meet potential hosts who have applied to Sanctuary Hosting and inform them about the hosting scheme, and the work and ethos of the charity.
    • Assess their appropriateness as hosts and risk assess the physical environment being offered.
    • Provide ongoing support to hosts who have guests staying, to foster a successful hosting placement.

    What we are looking for:
    You need to be;

    • An excellent communicator with good listening skills and a high level of spoken and written English
    • aware of conflict and migration issues, and empathetic about the situation and needs of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
    • sensitive to cultural issues
    • willing to adhere to Sanctuary Hosting’s policies and procedures
    • able to uphold confidentiality
    •  willing to undertake a criminal record check.

    Tasks may include;

    • Lead or assist in the assessment of prospective new hosts, including making a record of the assessment and providing feedback to Sanctuary Hosting
    • providing support at move-in, when a new guest arrives at a host’s home
    • be responsible for regular contact with a host by phone/email/visit. Review how the placement is going. Provide support to the host, including on any issues that may be causing concern, and alert Sanctuary Hosting if appropriate
    • provide feedback to Sanctuary Hosting after regular hosting reviews
    • liaise with the guest support worker, particularly in case of any concern/problem
    • attend review meetings between the host, guest and guest support worker.
  • Provide practical support to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants 1 May 2019
    SupportSanctuary Hosting

    Sanctuary Hosting matches homeless asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people who are willing to have someone to stay with them rent free, for a pre-defined period of time, while the individual is receiving support to explore routes out of destitution. We recruit in response to need throughout the year

    About this role
    Volunteer guest support workers provide practical support to individuals – ‘guests’ – who are accommodated within the hosting scheme, 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. 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.

    What we are looking for:
    You need to be;

    • an excellent communicator with good listening skills and a high level of spoken and written English
    • personally resilient and able to work appropriately with vulnerable people in difficult or challenging situations both face-to-face and over the telephone
    • able to use emotional support skills in a calm and responsible manner
    • aware of conflict and migration issues, and empathetic about the situation and needs of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
    • sensitive to cultural issues, including those relating to gender
    • able to involve the guest in decision-making, acting in their best interests at all times
    • willing to adhere to Sanctuary Hosting’s policies and procedures
    • able to uphold confidentiality
    • willing to undertake a criminal record check

    Average commitment will be 1-2 hours a week. Due to the nature of the role, the hours can be irregular and require responding to situations that may arise. Routine contact with the guest may be during the day, evening or weekend and can be agreed on an individual basis. You will be reporting to and supported by the Sanctuary Hosting Service Manager & Service Coordinator

    Tasks may include;

    • Providing one to one orientation support to guests who are new to an area eg finding local bus routes and amenities
    • supporting guests to access other support services eg accompanying them to meetings, helping them find information, providing signposting support
    • reminding guests of appointments
    • contacting referral agencies to ensure continued support and progression for guests
    • working with interpreters, other volunteers, and staff at Sanctuary Hosting
    • identifying and responding appropriately to any safeguarding and protection issues providing feedback to Sanctuary Hosting.
  • Could you spare room to host a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker in your home? 1 May 2019
    SupportSanctuary Hosting

    Volunteer Host Role
    Sanctuary Hosting matches destitute asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants to people who are willing to have someone to stay with them rent free, for a pre-defined period of time, while the individual is receiving support to explore routes out of destitution.

    A ‘host’ is someone who generously accommodates a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker – a ‘guest’ – in their own home. This is usually in a spare room.

    How does it work?
    It is up to the host to decide how long they are willing to accommodate someone. This could be for just a few days or considerably longer. People host in all sorts of different ways and we aim to be as flexible as possible. You can decide your own living arrangements with your guest – for example, whether or not to share meals. If you go on holiday, expect visitors or just want a break, we can arrange for the guest to move to another host and many guests stay with several different hosts while they are on the scheme.

    Who are the guests?
    Individuals need to meet our eligibility criteria before joining the scheme. When we receive a referral, we meet with the person and obtain two references. Each guest is required to work with other services to resolve their situation, including progressing an asylum or immigration case.

    How do I become a host?
    First, please talk through the implications of hosting with anyone living with you, including children, and make sure they are on board. Then complete the host application form on our website. When we receive your application, we will arrange to meet at your home for an informal interview, to answer questions you may have about hosting, and to look at the accommodation you are able to offer. After this, if both you and Sanctuary Hosting decide to go ahead, we will ask for two references and a DBS (criminal record) check, which Sanctuary Hosting will pay for. You will also need to attend our induction training, which is usually on a Saturday.

    Taking on a guest
    When we have a guest we would like to place, we will contact you and tell you a bit about the person. Then an introductory meeting is arranged between host and guest, along with a Sanctuary Hosting support worker. After the introduction, we ask hosts to take a day to consider if they are happy to proceed with the placement.

    What support would I get?
    We allocate a volunteer support worker to every host and every guest, who ensure that both host and guest feel well supported and have someone outside the hosting placement to talk to. Guest support workers also get involved in practical ways, perhaps helping someone join the library or find English lessons, as this is not part of the host’s role – hosts do more than enough by providing accommodation!

    More FAQs for hosts: https://bit.ly/2Dyc32e

    Download host application form here: https://bit.ly/2VnM6g2

  • Seeking a new County Treasurer 1 May 2019
    FinanceBerkshire Scouts

    Berkshire County Scout Council (BCSC) is a local charity supporting over 12,000 young people and volunteers in Berkshire. We are seeking a new County Treasurer. This important voluntary role involves the maintenance of the accounting records, with the support of a part time paid Administrator.

    The County Treasurer is a Trustee of the charity and supports the work of the Scout County Executive Committee (CEC) and provides advice and support to the County Team.

    The role involves the maintenance of the financial records and the production of bi monthly reports of the financial results of the CEC.

    Xero software is used to hold the records and full training will be given to a candidate if they are not familiar with this software.

    At the end of the financial year, 31 March, the County Treasurer prepares the annual accounts in conjunction with the Independent Examiners for presentation at the annual general meeting in early July.

    The County Treasurer also provides advisory support for the Treasurers of the 11 Scout Districts which are all self-accounting.

    This role is an opportunity for a recently qualified ICAEW, ACCA or AAT member or an experienced financial professional to make a very positive contribution to a successful organisation which is dedicated to the support and development of young people and the volunteers who work with them.

    An additional benefit is the involvement with the charity sector and the opportunity to gain experience of working with volunteers.

    The role includes a commitment to 6 CEC meetings each year and the Annual General Meeting.
    The County Treasurer is also a member of the Finance and Risk Sub Committee which meets 5/6 times each year.

    Full details of the role are available. For more information please contact Ian Aitken, Chairman, Berkshire Scouts County Executive Committee, ian.aitken@berkshirescouts.org.uk

    Full hand over support will be given by the existing County Treasurer.

  • Could you be the next Chair of this successful and dynamic voluntary organisation? 1 May 2019
    Trustee / CommitteeCitizens Advice ReadingRG1

    Could you be the next Chair of this successful and dynamic voluntary organisation?

    Citizens Advice Reading is looking for a Chair-Designate to work alongside the current Chair for a year from September 2019 before he steps down in September 2020.

    Citizens Advice Reading is an independent charity that has been giving free, confidential and impartial advice to the people of Reading for over 75 years. Last year nearly 8000 people used our services and we helped them deal with over 18,000 different problems.

    As Chair you would be responsible for ensuring that the Trustee Board sets the strategy for the organisation, decides its policies and provides overall leadership. You would chair up to five Trustee Board meetings a year and also be responsible for supporting and supervising the CEO. The total time commitment is likely to be around 8 – 10 hours a month.

    For more information about the organisation, and a full role and person specification please click on this link: www.rcab.org.uk/get-involved/current-volunteering-opportunities/

    If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact the current Chair, Richard Harrison, for an initial discussion. He can be contacted by phone on 0118 954 6833 or 07834 363144, or by email at richard.k.harrison@ntlworld.com

    Closing Date: Thursday 20th June 2019
    Interview Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019
    Trustee Q&A: Thursday 18th July 2019

  • Do you have the energy, time and enthusiasm to help us continue putting smiles on children’s faces? 1 May 2019
    Coordination / ProjectsReading Family Aid

    Are you enthusiastic and keen to help run our charity?

    Reading Family Aid does 3 things:
    – Organises outings for hundreds of disadvantaged Reading families
    – Provides toys for hundreds of disadvantaged families each Christmas through Reading Chronicle’s Toys and Teens Appeal
    – Generates funds to allow us to do the Outings and the Toy Project

    All the work is done by a diverse group of volunteers from our own homes.

    We are looking for enthusiastic people to help run the charity.

    Do you have plenty of energy and some free time and are you willing to get stuck in and really help to keep our charity
    running?

    Are you good at one or more of the following things?
    – organising things
    – administration
    – persuading people to donate
    – public speaking
    – spreadsheets
    – know about charity governance and law
    or are you happy generally help out with fetes, outings and the toy project.

    Whatever your skills and interests we would welcome you to our merry band as long as you have the energy, time and enthusiasm to help us continue putting smiles on children’s faces.

  • IT troubleshooter wanted 1 May 2019
    IT / ProgrammingShift Youth and Community (SYC)RG2

    We are looking for someone who can help us with the IT in our office. We need help with managing our domains, general office IT, troubleshooting, and so on.

    We are looking for someone who has the appropriate knowledge of IT and computers who can spare some time (the equivalent of one day a month / when we need help) to help with our IT problems.

  • Green fingered? Sociable and caring? This could be the role for you! 1 May 2019
    Gardening / Outdoor workAge UK BerkshireRG1

    We are looking for a sociable, caring person who enjoys gardening to help out with a weekly gardening group for older people.

    The ideal volunteer will be friendly and capable, helping people with activities where they need it, ensuring that participants are comfortable and safe during the session – alerting them to trip hazards, making sure that they are not too hot/cold, etc

    There will be some setup and clearing away required before and after the activity session, plus providing light refreshments.

    Moving furniture, plants and gardening equipment is involved, so you need to be physically able to do this.

  • Are you a bit of a techy and very methodical? 1 May 2019
    IT / ProgrammingReading Family Aid

    Are you a bit of a techy and very methodical?
    Would you like to be involved in our amazing Toy Project?

    Reading Family Aid is run entirely by a diverse group of volunteers. Each year we organise the amazing Toys and Teens Appeal which provides donated toys to hundreds of disadvantaged Reading families.

    We are looking for one or two people who are a bit technically orientated to help run our simple computer system that we use for the Toy Project. You should be comfortable using spreadsheets, file handling and testing of revised versions. You must be happy to follow detailed procedures to load Toy Request Forms and use the system to produce all the required reports to manage the packing and delivery processes.

    You do NOT have to be able to write software but an understanding of programming would be a help.

    You should be meticulous and organised and happy to work alone and in a team. You must have your own Windows laptop (not MAC) and a printer.

    Most of the work is carried out during the period from September to mid-December but there is activity during the rest of the year. It culminates in a week in early December when all the donated toys are checked and sorted and then packed up for each family.

    We would welcome you to our merry band as long as you have the required skills and the energy, time and enthusiasm to help us continue putting smiles on children’s faces.

  • Join our Housing Advice Service team 1 May 2019
    Information / AdviceLaunchpad ReadingRG1

    Launchpad’s Housing Advice Drop In Service seeks 3 x volunteers to join Monday and/or Friday advice crew!

    • Do you have good listening skills?
    • Can you support others with making benefit claims using the Internet?
    • Be confident in giving information and signposting to members of the public?
    • Comfortable in communicating in writing, on the telephone and one to one?
    • Have the ability to remain calm under pressure?

    This could be the role for you!

    To find out more about please contact via volunteers@launchpadreading.org.uk and quoting reference:

    AR0004 – Monday Crew
    AR0009 – Friday Crew

  • Help us transform the future for young people in Reading 1 May 2019
    Learning support / MentoringStarting Point

    Are you passionate about investing in the young people of Reading, and have an hour a week to share your knowledge, skills and expertise? Starting Point has opportunities to mentor local young people who are currently not in education, employment and training.

    At Starting Point we train, equip and match volunteers to a young person in need of support around education, employment and training. Tailoring the mentoring to each individual’s specific needs, our mentors offer one-to-one support in both practical skills and social-emotional development.

    Each young person has barriers that are unique to them, making our tailored, individual and holistic approach crucial to their success.

    Your input is vital to radically transform the future for young people in Reading.

  • Can you help at our Coffee Club? 1 May 2019
    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.

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