Volunteering opportunities list

  • Seeking people with a sense of adventure! 7 April 2021
    Leading group activitiesBerkshire ScoutsRG4

    We’re seeking people with a sense of adventure who want to work with young people in your community, make friends and gain new skills at the same time!

    If this sounds like you, then this could be the volunteering opportunity you have been looking for!

    89th Reading Scout Group in Caversham Park is looking for help running its exciting youth programmes:
    Beavers (age 6-8yrs) on a Monday evening.
    Cubs (age 8-12yrs) on a Tuesday evening

    The team are all volunteers and help to run the exciting activities alongside the youth. From abseiling to zorbing – we do it all!

    We can offer you a free DBS check, free training, career skills, and a great chance to improve your CV. There’s also plenty of support if you’re wanting to help but aren’t completely confident of your skills. The most important part is that it’s fun and incredibly rewarding.

    There are no specific skills/qualifications required.

    Want some more info? Contact us for a chat.

  • 89th Reading Scout Group wants your help to create every day adventure! 7 April 2021
    Leading group activitiesBerkshire Scouts

    89th Reading Scout Group wants your help to create every day adventure!

    The group, is looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers to help join their existing team of Cub volunteers in providing fun, challenge and adventure to local young people age 8-10yrs on Monday evenings.

    Our leaders are normal people just like you, but by working together they make extraordinary things happen! We are friendly and can teach you everything you need to know – no prior knowledge is required – and we will support you to reach your full potential.

    We can offer you a free DBS check, free training, masses of career skills, and a great chance to improve your CV. There’s also plenty of support from fellow volunteers and the chance to meet new people. The most important part is that it’s fun and incredibly rewarding.

    Contact us for more information or a non-committal chat about how you could help or visit www.berkshirescouts.org.uk

  • Help us provide fantastic opportunities to our Explorers! 7 April 2021
    Leading group activitiesBerkshire ScoutsRG4

    Have you got a passion for adventure?
    Want to inspire young people?
    Then this is for you!

    Scouting is growing and we are looking for adults who are keen to try new things, have fun and help with our youth section for 14-18 year olds. We call this youth section Explorers and they are great young people who are friendly, fun to be with and eager to try new activities. We need adults to help us provide these fantastic opportunities to local young people. Our leaders are normal people just like you, but by working together they make extraordinary things happen!

    One week you may be rock climbing, the next doing a community service project, the week after taking the young people on a hike to test their navigation skills. What we can guarantee is that no two weeks are the same as the young people do different things each week to earn their badges and awards.

    Could you make a difference with this age range? Are you looking for a career in youth work or teaching?

    If so, volunteering with Explorers will certainly be rewarding and can also gain you lots of valuable experience. Are you wanting to spend time with like-minded people and do something more with your time? Again, volunteering with Explorers could be for you.

    We can offer you a free DBS check, free training, masses of career skills, and a great chance to improve your CV. There’s also plenty of support. The most important part is that it’s fun and incredibly rewarding.

  • Help with admin tasks in our care home 7 April 2021
    AdministrationAbbeyfield Reading Society LtdRG1

    A temporary role for a few weeks to help with our administration in our care home. Work could include:

    • Assisting the home manager on various projects
    • Clerical duties including filing, photocopying and taking and relaying messages where appropriate
    • Updating employee files including training records
    • Updating policy and procedure files
    • Covering reception and switchboard
  • Could you lend a hand with preventative conservation and help preserve our internationally significant collection? 7 April 2021
    Conservation / RestorationRiver & Rowing MuseumRG9

    Get up close with our archives and behind the scenes access to our object stores! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support our Curatorial Team to preserve our internationally significant collection.

    What you will be doing:

    Lend a hand with preventative conservation in the main object store. Activities will include:

    • Carry out object condition checks.
    • Undertake object handling and cleaning.
    • Document collections in Excel and Vernon CMS collections database.

    This would be a great opportunity for someone who…

    • Has keen attention to detail
    • Is interested in museum collections and working behind the scenes with range of material.
    • Is looking to develop and apply knowledge and skills in collections care and management.
    • Is looking to gain experience of the heritage and culture sector.
    • Enjoys being part of a team.
  • Use your communication and digital skills to help us provide more support to disadvantaged Reading people 7 April 2021
    Coordination / ProjectsReading Community Welfare Rights Unit

    Social Media and Funding Bid Assistant

    Help us to allow vulnerable local people with complex benefit needs to live rather than just survive

    What we urgently need

    Your communication and digital skills to help increase regular income for the Unit, with which we can provide more support hours to assist disadvantaged Reading people.

    What you’ll do

    You will help research, plan and write large bids to Trusts and other funders for financial support. You will also use your strong digital skills to put together a social media presence, through which the Unit can gain regular income from potential supporters.

    Who we are

    We offer free advice, advocacy and assistance to people in respect of their rights to often complex benefits.

    The Unit’s been around in Reading for over 30 years, supporting vulnerable members of the Reading community facing hardship. We aim to benefit the local population by relieving poverty, sickness and distress by our free service.

    Person specification and skills required:

    • Understanding and commitment to social justice.
    • Flexibility, resilience and attention to detail.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in a persuasive, professional manner.
    • Competence and creativity in understanding and ordering information.
    • Excellent, IT, digital skills and knowledge of social media.
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a small, friendly team.
  • Looking to gain experience in the heritage and culture sector? This could be the role for you! 7 April 2021
    Conservation / RestorationRiver & Rowing MuseumRG9

    We are looking for people to join our Collections Project Volunteer team as part of this exciting 18-month project.

    Your main role will be to carry out audits and inventories of objects in the Museum’s collections, checking that we have the essential and accurate information about objects in our care, they are located where they should be and they are correctly numbered. You will then record this information in our Vernon Collections Management System and on Microsoft Excel.

    You will also have the opportunity to:

    • Assist with organising our object stores, helping us to create space for objects in our collections.
    • Document collections in Excel and Vernon CMS collections database.
    • Occasionally carry out other activities that contribute to the aims of the Project, including blog writing posts and assisting with hands-on tasks such as marking objects.

    This would be a great opportunity for someone who…

    • Has keen attention to detail and is well-organised.
    • Enjoys using a computer.
    • Enjoys being part of a team.
    • Is interested in museum collections and working behind-the-scenes with a wide range of objects.
    • Is looking to gain experience in the heritage and culture sector.
  • Editors and Producers needed for weekly audio news service 24 March 2021
    Information / AdviceReading’s Talking Newspapers for the Blind (Reading TN)RG1

    Would you like to work with a small local charity supporting the blind and vision-impaired community of Reading and surrounding regions?

    Reading’s Talking News produces a weekly audio news service to help people keep in touch with what’s going on in their area.

    Working as part of a small team, we are looking for volunteers for two roles — Editors and Producers

    Editors are responsible for collecting news and press items of interest from the local and national media. As part of a small team, they also read out news stories for recording by our producers.

    The Producers record the readings each week and compile into an edition which is distributed to our listeners.

    Full support is available for both roles with the opportunity to shadow and see what’s involved.

    If you can spare a few hours each month, you can be assured of a warm welcome from our small team of volunteers.

  • Looking for several new trustees to expand the skills and abilities of our Board 24 March 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeChemogiftbags

    Chemogiftbags are a very small (income £14k p.a.) charity who provide important free gifts for women and men who have undergone a diagnosis for breast cancer and are having chemotherapy.
    By providing this free support in a difficult time for cancer patients, Chemogiftbags supports and improves the lives of cancer patients, principally in the Thames Valley.

    We are looking for several new trustees to expand the skills and abilities of our Board. You don’t necessarily need experience of people surviving breast cancer, but you must have empathy with our cause and a willingness to help our beneficiaries.
    In particular, we’d like trustees to have ANY of these areas of expertise:
    Social media & marketing; Resource gathering and networking; Funding, fundraising, grant-writing; Business planning and governance.

    We also want to expand the diversity of our Board, in all aspects. We are a charity not a business, but we want you to help us apply good business principles in governing our organisation. We welcome potential trustees with ideas and expertise from a variety of backgrounds.

    The focus of a trustee role is strategic and you don’t need to be directly involved in the organisation’s operations on a day-to-day basis, although you’ll need to communicate with other trustees and our operational volunteers.
    We ask for about ten hours per month including all meetings, correspondence, communication, etc.
    This is a voluntary role and reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

    We’re looking for:
    An outline understanding of breast cancer survival and its impact on our beneficiaries would be welcome; empathy with our cause is essential

    Strategic vision; good, independent judgement

    Willingness to speak your mind and appropriately challenge other trustees; able to make unpopular recommendations to the Board, if necessary

    Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team for the good governance of the organisation

    Commitment to the organisation; willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

    Secure personal access to digital communication technology and able to competently and efficiently use those resources

    Having appropriate contacts & networks, with willingness to draw on those as needed

    The Board meets quarterly (or more often if/as required) for approx. 1 ½ hours in Woodley, Reading, although meetings are currently all run using Zoom.
    You will be dedicate about ten hours per month to the role, sometimes more, including preparation for and attendance at board meetings; many of your duties may be carried out online and by phone/video.

  • Join the trustee team of this growing charity 24 March 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeThe Mustard Tree FoundationRG1

    The Mustard Tree Foundation partners with local communities, charities, and statutory organisations to identify and address unmet needs among the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society. As a charity with a Christian ethos the projects we generate are inspired by our faith. Therefore, they are designed to serve all sections of our diverse community without discrimination.

    The main projects at present are:

    • Engage – Reducing isolation and loneliness by developing positive relationships and networks in our community.
    • Rahab – Identifying, supporting and empowering anyone affected by sexual exploitation.
    • Starting Point – Providing mentoring and creating opportunities for young people aged 11-25 who face disadvantage.

    The Board is responsible for setting the strategy and policies of The Mustard Tree and guiding and supporting the Chief Executive and team. The charity is going through a period of growth and change. We are looking for Trustees who can help us in this transition, and use their skills and experience to help us build on ours, ensuring we achieve the best impact. We are particularly looking to recruit people who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Experience of the issues that we seek to address. Including social isolation, marginalisation, and disadvantage.
    • Finance management and planning
    • Marketing or communications
    • Legal
    • Personnel management

    We are keen to encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) applicants who are currently underrepresented on our board. Our Trustees must be Christians with an active faith who will embed our ethos and values into the organisation. We believe in the power of prayer to transform situations and so spend time at our meetings praying together.

  • Looking for someone with building, surveying or premises management experience to join our Trustee Board 24 March 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeQueen Victoria Institute FundRG1

    We are looking for someone with building surveying or premises management experience to join our Trustee Board.

    We are a registered charity providing professional foot health services for people who are over 60 or unable to manage their own foot care due to disability or a medical condition. Many of our patients have circulatory problems, arthritis or diabetes. 85% of our patients are between 70 and 90 years old. Our services relieve foot pain and discomfort and keep people mobile.

    Our premises are ‘older’ too, situated in a converted end of terrace house, and consisting of a smart clinic on the ground floor, and a tenanted flat above, the income from which helps to keep us going.

    We need advice on maintaining and improving the building. Someone who can help us to plan ahead so that we can schedule repairs and improvements both internally and externally and who can advise on health and safety matters. You will need experience in dealing with contractors and tradespeople.

    Previous experience as a Trustee is not essential, your bricks and mortar planning knowledge would contribute greatly to our Trustee tool box.

    Trustee meetings are roughly six a year, and with visits to the premises, you are likely to spend around four hours a month contributing to the charity’s work.

    For more information, please do get in touch by Friday 11 June.

  • Could you be our next Treasurer? 24 March 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeBerkshire Family History Society

    Our current Honorary Treasurer has to stand down at our AGM in June, having completed his maximum term in office as allowed under our constitution. We are therefore looking for a replacement.

    The Treasurer is a vital role in our society. The job is not onerous, requiring only a couple of hours a week on average. If you are willing and have the relevant experience, we would love to hear from you. Knowledge of Excel/Google Sheets is necessary.

    Full handover and ongoing support will be given.

    More information is available on request.

  • The Woodland Improvement Team, join in and feel good, helping to improve some of Reading’s green and wooded spaces 16 March 2021
    Conservation / RestorationThe Conservation Volunteers Reading

    During lockdown 3.0, most of our volunteer opportunities were suspended. We have since started a gradual resumption of our activities, scaling these back with small numbers of experienced/existing volunteers. Whilst we are not able to invite new volunteers to tasks just yet, we hope to do so in April when participant numbers might be able to safely increase. If you would like to register your interest in volunteering, please read the information below and get in touch.

    Join in and feel good, helping to improve some of Reading’s green and wooded spaces for improved biodiversity and help us create healthier happier communities for everyone.

    After starting to run small-scale volunteer tasks with existing volunteers, we will soon be ready to open up our activities to new interested volunteers in Spring! To keep activities safe, please follow the latest government guidance and only volunteer if:

    • you’re well
    • nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms (or awaiting a test result)
    • you do not have any long-term health conditions that make you vulnerable to coronavirus

    To keep everyone safe and minimise transmission risk, we will be disinfecting tools before and after use, not tool sharing, start the session with a thorough tool talk and risk assessment, encourage social distancing, offering regular hand sanitation breaks and running shorter sessions. Booking for each session is essential as we are capping numbers to reflect current guidance.

    WHERE WILL THE REGULAR TUESDAY TASKS BE HELD?

    The Woodland Improvement Team will be meeting every Tuesday at various sites across Caversham (Bugs Bottom and Clayfield Copse & Blackhouse Wood), Tilehurst (Blundell’s Copse), and Woodley (Aldermoors & Highwood Nature Reserve).

    PROJECT AIMS:

    The project aims to enhance Reading’s woodland sites for people and wildlife whilst connecting local communities with their local green spaces. The project will run for 3.5 years and involve various tasks such as:

    • Tree planting
    • Invasive species removal (rhododendron, laurel & snowberry)
    • Bracken and bramble clearance
    • Coppicing
    • Sapling maintenance
    • Ecological surveys (plants, birds, butterflies etc)
    • Site maintenance
    • Other habitat improvements

    WHAT IS PROVIDED?

    • Tools and equipment
    • Work gloves for everyone (although you may wish to bring your own)
    • Trained leader(s)
    • First aid cover
    • Public and personal liability insurance
    • Refreshments (such as tea, coffee and biscuits) would normally be available (but during the pandemic, unfortunately, we are not able to provide these and instead request that you provide your own)

    NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

    You don’t need any special skills to join in, other than a willingness to get involved and have a go. We don’t ask for a commitment from anyone for more than a session at a time. We provide on-site, informal training and guidance.

    WHAT TO BRING?

    Please come prepared for the likely weather conditions ...

  • Looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to support our social group 15 March 2021
    SupportEpilepsy Berkshire

    Epilepsy Berkshire exists to give support to those living with epilepsy:  to educate the community and organisations about epilepsy, to facilitate a sense of community ensuring that people do not feel isolated, to bring those together in a social environment where they can feel safe and supported giving support to the newly diagnosed, with help where necessary, such as guidance to organisations that can help them.

    Epilepsy Berkshire is now looking to recruit a volunteer, for approximately two hours a week, to help support adult members of a recently-formed charity. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who has the aptitude and approach required for this social role.

    The charity had taken its first steps, in setting up a support group at St Nicholas church, Earley, for the Greater Reading area in late 2019, early 2020. Sessions were provided to meet others in a safe environment. This is currently via Zoom due to Covid 19. Our ethos is to encourage all members to adopt an inclusive, friendly approach. In addition, other social activities are planned and take place post Covid.

    The charity has been successful in carrying out fundraising and is discussing plans to use the funds raised for activities to benefit its clients. A volunteer with the appropriate aptitude and approach would be an asset in providing support and help in achieving the charity’s goals, with the existing officers.

    What Qualifications and Skills are needed?

    • Social skills, e.g. having empathy with those who are living with epilepsy, being a good listener
    • Organisational, communication, team-building
    • Access to a PC would be required for sharing communications

    The volunteer would benefit from meeting those who are living with epilepsy. Initially, this would be via Zoom and later face to face. The volunteer would have the knowledge that there is a challenge to be met, and if successful, could see a major step in providing a significant improvement in community-based resources for this group. The volunteer would be self-motivated though guidance will be provided from other volunteers of the charity.

    This role could suit a student or a person looking for a new career path or direction.

  • Seeking dynamic and driven person to join our board and support our fundraising events 11 March 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeSmart Works ReadingRG1

    We are looking for a dynamic, driven person with proven experience to support our fundraising events, playing a key role in helping the charity to meet its financial objectives of core running costs and growth.

    Smart Works Reading, operating as a licensee of Smart Works Charity, is led by a Board of passionate and dedicated trustees who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the Smart Works service across the Thames Valley from a base in Reading. Each Trustee has specific responsibilities and area of expertise to manage and own.

    Principal responsibilities:

    • Being passionate and proactive in spreading the Smart Works message
      Creating and managing fundraising events schedule annually to raise up to £25- 35k
    • Project Managing (with our Funding & Development Manager as support) 3 key fundraising events throughout the year
    • Build a network of wealthy individuals to support event
    • Working with the FDM directly to ensure smooth running of all key Fundraising events

    About Smart Works

    Smart Works is a dynamic, high profile and fast-growing volunteer-led UK charity that styles and coaches unemployed women for success at job interview. Voted Social Action Charity of the Year, the Smart Works service is delivered in London and through licensees in Greater Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Newcastle and the Thames Valley.

    The licensees are independent charities and companies run by their own Boards with the ‘headquarters’ Smart Works Charity as the sole member.

    At each centre, more than one in two of the women seen go on to succeed at their interview. We are passionate about taking this service across the UK to help as many women as we can, and committed to delivering a service that is transformational, high-impact and inspirational.

  • Seeking an experienced Business Leader 11 March 2021
    Management / BusinessGraft (Thames Valley) Ltd

    We are a small but dynamic charity with big ideas.

    A number of development opportunities have recently presented themselves and we are seeking the support of an experienced Business Leader to help us to investigate the feasibility of these and helping us drive these to fruition.

    We plan to expand the geographical footprint of our charity by modernising our services and supporting even more individual from disadvantaged backgrounds into employment; helping them to live better, more independent and socially integrated lives that require less support from the public purse.

    Ideally suited to someone who has experience in business development, new product launches, good networking abilities, and an interest in helping people off benefits and into work.

    For more information, please contact us.

  • 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

    Where:
    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).

    About TVERC:
    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).

    Additional information
    • DBS check required
    • Own transport needed
    • A role profile and person specification can be downloaded here.

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