Volunteering opportunities list

  • Become a valued member of a small team working to improve Reading’s cultural identity – 1-10 September 2017 18 August 2017
    StewardingOutrider Anthems

    Looking for experience in the arts or events industry? Become a valued member of a small team working to improve Reading’s cultural identity through greater access to the arts.

    Outrider Anthems is holding a number of events in Reading throughout 2017 as part of the community project Festival of the Dark. This is a year-long arts festival supported by Reading Borough Council, Arts Council England and a number of local organisations.

    Centred on the theme of ‘darkness’, there are over 25 events and workshops taking place in Reading throughout 2017. These are be focused yet diverse, with commissioned installations, music, wild events in nature, theatrical performances, street processions and keynote speakers, exploring darkness physically, scientifically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, environmentally.

    We are opening applications for volunteers to support the festival’s marketing and the running of these events, especially throughout the week DAZZLE on 1-10th Sept 2017. Timetable attached below.

    The following volunteer roles are available:
    Steward (at specific events);
    An extra pair of hands to help set up for events. A friendly and approachable manner, being attentive to attendees needs on site. As a bonus you will likely be able to see some if not all of the event. If required, help clear up after.

    Publicity Distributor (flexible hours);
    Liaising with our marketing assistant handing out flyers, supporting social media sites and helping to promote events. This is great way to meet the community and get to know the Reading area. It is also crucial for the sustainability of these projects.

    All volunteers get free access to our events and references can be provided upon request.

    Public transport links, wheelchair access and car parking should be available at most venues but please check specifically.

    If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please get in touch. Thank you 🙂

  • Could you coordinate our presence at local markets and fetes? 18 August 2017
    FundraisingSue Ryder-Duchess of Kent House

     

    Help Sue Ryder provide incredible care to people living with the challenges of life-limiting conditions by coordinating our presence at local markets and fetes, helping maximise income and increase awareness of our vital work.

     

    With support from the local fundraising team you will:

    • research new locations where Sue Ryder could boost community presence by having a stall
    • manage all admin associated with booking stalls
    • find suitable volunteer to help run stalls and ensure they have enough resources or run stall themselves where appropriate

    We’ll need you to:

    • be friendly and approachable
    • have common sense
    • use your own initiative
    • have an organised and systematic approach

     

     

    Previous retail experience would be beneficial but is not essential as all training and regular support will be provided.

    This is a great opportunity to develop your experience in the competitive retail sector whilst making new friends.

  • Could you help our local fundraising group? 18 August 2017
    FundraisingSue Ryder-Duchess of Kent House

    Do you have spare time?
    Could you help raise money for a good cause?
    Could you make a really positive impact in your local community?

    As part of a fundraising group you will explore and maximise community fundraising opportunities to help raise income and awareness for Sue Ryder.

    With support from your Regional Fundraiser you will:

    • Manage community fundraising in the area
    • organise local
    • promote other Sue Ryder events in the community
    • manage collecting tins in the area
    • attend cheque presentations/give talks in local area.

    Ideally you will be a confident team leader with the ability to

    • Delegate
    • manage
    • enthuse people.

    Previous experience of leading people, organising group events and fundraising would be an advantage but are not essential.

  • Help improve online access to this fascinating collection 18 August 2017
    AdministrationMills Archive TrustRG1

    Have you previously worked in libraries and can offer us suitable skills and experience or are you a student/graduate who is looking to gain library work experience prior to gaining professional qualifications?

    We wish to develop the Library and improve online access to its resources in line with professional standards for libraries. We would like to offer suitable candidates the opportunity to help the Information Manager and Librarian with the following priority tasks:

    • Cataloguing and processing of books and booklets on mills and milling in the UK and English speaking world.
    • Create summaries and catalogue foreign language material on mills and milling throughout the world. Specific foreign language skills required: Central European languages (particularly Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Scandinavian languages, Eastern European and Baltic languages.
    • Catalogue a large collection of technical material on wind and water power used to create renewable energy and electricity.

    Prior knowledge of mills and milling is not expected but an interest in archaeology, history, industrial heritage, or engineering would be useful. Training and development will be given for all tasks but supervision will be minimal once the volunteer is established.

    Accuracy, analytical thinking, computer literacy, self-motivation, initiative and teamwork are necessary skills.

    Hours and days are flexible but we would prefer a regular, weekly commitment.

  • Run fun engaging sessions for our groups of older people 18 August 2017
    Arts / EntertainmentAge UK Reading

    Age UK Reading provides front line services for vulnerable and elderly people in the Reading Area including social clubs, a befriending service, foot care, reminiscence and information and advice for our client group and their families.

    We are currently looking for a volunteer to help organise and run activity sessions at our Lively Living Activity Lunch and Social Clubs. Activities could include group singing (with our Sing For Your Life machine), boccia, play your cards right, and more. Age UK has all equipment and full training will be provided.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Run fun engaging sessions for our groups of older people, using equipment which will be provided
    • Liaise with the Day Services Assistants at the clubs.
    • Attend various clubs around Reading once a fortnight (flexible)
    • Help to research and develop a programme of interesting activities for the older people who attend our clubs

    Would suit someone who:

    • can be organised and lead group activities.
    • wants to have fun and help others have fun.
    • likes to get out and about.
    • has an interest in helping older people live a full life.
    • would like to be part of a team.
    • wants to contribute to a great local charity.

    This role will be ideal for someone who has experience of running events and activities and is happy to get involved in singing along with our clients. You will need to be PC literate to the point of being comfortable using email.

    We would need an ongoing commitment of at least once a fortnight, at various clubs with each session lasting approximately 1 hour. Also some time to be spent researching other activities and planning an activities programme to be rolled out across all our clubs

  • Become a Dementia Champion for Reading 17 August 2017
    Advocacy / CampaigningReading Dementia Action Alliance

    A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

    It’s easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions will attend a induction, receive support when they need it, and be part of over 10,500 volunteer Dementia Friends Champions creating dementia friendly communities together.

    ‘Becoming a Dementia Friend Champion has undoubtedly been one of the most positive and exciting things I’ve done’ – Jane Gilby, Dementia Friends Champion

    You don’t need to have any particular experience or skillset to be a Dementia Friends Champion, but you do need to understand what’s involved so please read the rest of the information in this section carefully.

    Become a Dementia Friends Champion by attending a whole day volunteer induction session. You’ll see a Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Dementia Friends Officer and then learn how to deliver the session yourself with the chance to discuss the activities and our key messages, before taking part in a practice presentation. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

    Once you have successfully completed a Champions induction you will have access to online resources and tools that will help you set up and run a Dementia Friends Information Session. You will receive support from your local Regional Support Officer (RSO), Reading Dementia Action Alliance, a monthly Champions e-newsletter, access to regional Facebook groups and webinars to attend.

    You may not need to set up anything special to run a Dementia Friends Information Session. If you are already part of local networks, such as a book club or residents’ association, then you could organise a Friends Information Session at one of your meetings or among a group of friends or at work.

    Here are some ideas from Dementia Friends Champions about where they will run their information sessions:

    • Coffee mornings, lunch clubs, knitting groups and book clubs.
    • Tenants’ associations and residents’ groups.
    • Social clubs.
    • WI, Round Table, British Legion.
    • Students unions.
    • Schools and sixth form colleges.
    • Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides groups.
    • Workplaces.
    • At their places of worship.

    You must register or sign in as a Dementia Friends Champion before you can register your interest in the Champions’ induction.

  • Be part of the Inaugural Reading on Thames Festival – 7-17 September 2017 10 August 2017
    StewardingReading UK CIC

    Volunteers will be integral to the running of the inaugural Reading on Thames Festival. The aim of volunteer stewards is to help make sure the performances go without a hitch and both the audience and performers are happy. This might mean that you are selling or checking tickets, helping the acts set up or liaising with committee members or ensuring that the site is secure, all with the support of a volunteer manager.

    This is a great opportunity to get involved with a brand new festival, and may be of particular interest to those looking for experience in live arts events, arts administration or customer service. Stewards should be friendly, approachable and always willing to help. You must have great team spirit and be reliable and adaptable at all times.

    You can volunteer as much or as little time as you are able during the festival, but we do ask that you are available for one training session in the run-up to the Festival (roughly 1 hour long).

    Some venues have wheelchair access and parking spaces for volunteers. All venues have good public transport links.

    We look forward to hearing form you!!

  • Help us run our stall at this local fete – 2 September 2017 10 August 2017
    FundraisingThriveRG7

    Thrive will be attending the local village fete selling plants, merchandise and running a tombola. We need help on our stall, raising funds and awareness of the work we do locally.

    Thrive staff will be present and it is possible to help for just a few hours during the day.

    It is a fun day and there will be an opportunity to enjoy the other stalls and activities at the fete.

    Thank you for your interest in our work.

  • Help us collect much needed funds and raise awareness of our gardening therapy programmes – 9 September 2017 10 August 2017
    FundraisingThriveRG31

    Thrive will be collecting much needed funds and raising awareness of our gardening therapy programmes at Sainsburys Calcot for the day and would be very grateful for your support at the store.

    Working with a member of Thrive staff, the task will involve handing out leaflets about the charity and collecting funds.

    We will organise ‘shifts’ of 2 to 4 hours.

    Thank you for your interest in our work.

  • Help us collect much needed funds and raise awareness of our gardening therapy programmes – 6 October 2017 10 August 2017
    FundraisingThriveRG1

    Thrive will be collecting much needed funds and raising awareness of our gardening therapy programmes at Sainsbury’s Broad Street for the day and would be very grateful for your support at the store.

    Working with a member of Thrive staff, the task will involve handing out leaflets about the charity and collecting funds.

    We will organise ‘shifts’ of 2 to 4 hours.

    Thank you for your interest in our work.

  • Could you be our Chair of Trustees? 10 August 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeCitizens Advice Bracknell & District

    We are a charity which helps improve the lives of over 2,500 local people a year.

    Increasing demand for our services and a need to diversify our sources of income mean a time of significant and exciting change. We’re looking for a Chair of Trustees who can lead the Trustee Board and CEO in defining and delivering that change.

    To be successful, you will have worked at a senior level, ideally within a service delivery organisation, and will be able to build strong relationships with the CEO, trustees and external stakeholders.

  • We need Youth Offender Panel Members 10 August 2017
    Community RepresentativeReading Youth Offending ServiceRG1

    We need Youth Offender Panel Members who can represent their local community and make a difference to young people’s lives.

    Referral Order panels are for young people who commit crime and receive a Referral Order as a sentence at Court. You can help challenge these young people to take responsibility for their actions and help change their behaviour.

    Trained volunteers work with young people, their parents and victims. Panel members will talk and listen to create a plan of action designed to repair harm and prevent future offending and review the progress of this plan at regular intervals.

    Panels aim to:

    • Ensure young people take responsibility for their behaviour.
    • Help put things right for the victim.
    • Bring young people back into the law-abiding community.

    The nature of Referral Order panels means that how frequently volunteers are required can fluctuate. The majority of panels need to take place between 3.30pm and 6pm, although there is a need for some panels to take place outside these times.

    Panel members are welcomed from all ethnic and social backgrounds. Good spoken English and communication skills required.

    Potential volunteers need to attend an information session on 09/10/17 at either 10am-12pm or 5:30-7:30pm.

    Potential volunteers need t be able to attend all of the 8 days initial training over two weeks in November 2017.

  • Fancy geo-caching and/or do you like building with Lego? 4 August 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.

    Fancy geo-caching and/or do you like building with Lego?

    One of our physically disabled members is looking for a person with a car to go geo-caching with once a month. If you do not know anything about it she will be happy to introduce you into the delights of this hobby. If you are already a geocacher then you will have a lot in common!

    If the weather is miserable maybe you would like to stay indoors and build lego models together instead. She is a member of the adult lego club and would love to meet a fellow enthusiast!

    Despite being in constant pain, she is great fun to be with and very enthusiastic about both hobbies. This opportunity would suit a volunteer who is happy to be either outside or indoors.

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

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  • Be part 6th annual PIP Mountain Bike Challenge – help needed 10-15th October 2017! 3 August 2017
    StewardingPursuing Independent Paths (PIP)RG9

    On October 14th the 6th annual PIP Mountain Bike Challenge takes place in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Over 100 people will ride over 20 miles through the Chilterns helping PIP fundraise to continue supporting adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential.

    We need lovely volunteers to help the Challenge run smoothly. We need stewards to man the route and keep everyone safe and going in the right direction, but also really could use a hand in setting up, prepping for the BBQ and taking down again. Would you be able to help?

    We need help on the day itself but could also do with hand with a range of tasks that need to be done in the build up to the event from 10 October onwards.

    All volunteers receive: a detailed information pack and briefing, a free PIP t-shirt and a bbq with drinks after the event at Lovibonds.

  • Can you help us to provide support for victims of crime? 3 August 2017
    SupportVictim Support

    Victim Support are seeking volunteers.

    What will I be doing?

    • Contacting people who have been victims of crime, either over the phone, at the victim’s home or another mutually agreed location.
    • Clearly explaining the role of Victim Support and empowering victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.
    • Communicating in a way that is appropriate to the person being supported.
    • Helping people explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and identifying ways to enable them to recover from the experience.
    • Working with people to identify their individual needs and helping them to choose options they feel are right for them.
    • Identifying situations where we cannot directly meet the needs of the victim and working with the client and the manager to make appropriate referrals.
    • Liaising with staff to arrange practical help for victims (such as lock fitting).
      Promoting the rights of people you support and respecting diversity.
    • Giving information about other agencies and their procedures.
    • Giving information and help with applications for criminal injuries compensation.
      Attending training, support sessions and volunteer meetings.
    • Keeping your manager informed of actions and progress on each case.

    What skills do I need?

    • A caring, mature and supportive empathy towards others.
      A non-judgemental, impartial and confidential approach to supporting others.
    • A commitment to ensuring victims all have equal access to our services.
    • Respect for the diversity of our colleagues and clients.
    • Willing to work within our values, procedures and policies.
    • Good listening skills and good verbal communication skills.
    • Basic IT skills suitable for accessing our webpages, internet and emails.
    • Friendly, reliable, approachable and a confident team player.

    How much time am I expected to give?

    • We encourage volunteers working with victims to be available every week whenever possible, for a minimum of one year after the completion of training. The minimum number of hours we request varies according to regional requirements and working times are flexible according to local need. Appointments may be made up to 7.30pm Monday to Friday or at weekends, although in some areas, client requirement for volunteer support is higher during weekday office hours.

    What does the training involve?

    • All volunteers will be required to take part in relevant modules of the core Victim Support training so that they have a strong understanding of the work and values of the organisation they promote. This is a four day face-to-face course that is mandatory.
    • All volunteers will receive the Victim Support data protection, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training. This is through an e-learning package.

    What are the benefits?

    • Full induction, one-to-one support for the role, and opportunities for excellent training and to develop new skills.
    • Rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people’s lives.
    • Learn about the work of criminal justice agencies.
    • All volunteers have free access to a wide range of e-learning opportunities.
    • Progress by specialising in supporting victims of specific crimes (such as domestic abuse or hate crime).
    • Payment of agreed expenses.
  • Help this lady to get out and about 3 August 2017
    Befriending / VisitingRoyal Mencap Society (Mencap)

    We support a lady with a learning disability in Tilehurst. She is in her 60s and is looking for a volunteer visitor to spend time with her 6 times per year.

    She loves getting out for a meal, having her nails and hair done, or staying in with some arts & crafts and having a singalong. She is looking for a female visitor to enjoy some of these activities with.

    Visits can take place at the house she shares with her housemate, or you could get out and about for a drive, a walk or a meal.

    The Mencap Visiting Service supports older people with a learning disability after their parents have passed away. By spending time with this lady you can support her to socialise, get out and have fun.

  • Are you a Scrabble fanatic or a Chess Whiz? This could be the role for you! 2 August 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.

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

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  • Team Reading: Be part of the welcome at Reading’s Older People’s Day 2017 celebration – Monday 9 October 2 August 2017
    StewardingReading Older People’s Working Group (formerly ROPP)RG1

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    Once again we are seeking volunteers to help at Reading’s event in support of UK Older People’s Day. UK Older People’s Day celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes. The theme of the event this year is emotional and mental well-being and there will be a range of fun taster sessions, exercise classes, singing etc for attendees to try out.

    OPD 2016

    On Monday 9 October Reading Older People’s Working Group (OPWG), in partnership with local voluntary sector organisations and community groups, is organising a celebration event with a wide range of presentations, demonstrations and information displays. We need a team of volunteers to act as welcomers, refreshments helpers, stewards and guides to help visitors get the most from the event.

    If you could help on the day we want to hear from you. As well as helping the day run smoothly, you’ll meet some new people and find out lots about a range of topics. And you don’t have to be an ‘older person’ to volunteer – this is an intergenerational event with an older people focus, so it’s a chance for anyone to contribute.

    As part of the Team Reading initiative Reading Voluntary Action is coordinating the recruitment of the hosting volunteer team on behalf of the members of the OPWG, and volunteers who are already established with member organisations in other ways are very welcome to sign up and join with new recruits to help form the hosting team for the event.

    Please complete the simple registration form found HERE to be part of the team!

  • Football fan? Help this gentleman roar on the Royals! 2 August 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.

    Roar on the Royals!

    This 50 year old man who is in a wheelchair is looking for a volunteer to take him to football matches and maybe to go out to the pub afterwards.

    At other times he would like to go with a volunteer on the bus or Readibus into Reading to visit the shops and have a coffee/drink together to give him different sights and sounds to the ones in the home he has to live in due to his care needs.

    He will not require any personal care from a volunteer whilst out but he will need pushing in his wheelchair.

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

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  • Passionate about improving services and support to the people of Reading? 2 August 2017
    Trustee / CommitteeReading Advice NetworkRG6

    The Reading Advice Network is a young charity based in Reading. We are a membership network of organisations that provide information, advice, guidance and non-statutory services to the Reading Community.

    The Reading Advice Network exists to bring together all the voluntary organisations that give information and advice to people who live or work in Reading.

    Our Aims are to:

    • Improve the quality of those services
    • Make it easier for people to use them
    • Be the collective voice for those organisations

    We have an active Board of Trustees who meet every six weeks with occasional ad-hoc meetings in between. Trustees are also encouraged to play an active role in the running of the business by utilising their specific professional skills.

    We wish to recruit new Trustees to our Board and would welcome applications from people who are passionate about improving services and support to the people of Reading.

     

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