Volunteering opportunities list

  • Could you give some time to help children that struggle to read? 21 September 2021
    Learning support / MentoringABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)

    ABC to read is an award winning charity, including the Investing in Volunteers Award and the Queens Award, that gives one-to-one literacy support to children in primary schools in 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, along with regular support, DBS checks, safeguarding training as well as resources provided and regular meet ups.

    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.

  • Create short videos for the people we support to enjoy and join along with during the Winter season! 21 September 2021
    Arts / EntertainmentDimensions

    Can you help bring Winter Magic joy to the people we support?

    We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to create short videos for the people we support to enjoy and join along with during the Winter season via our YouTube channel!

    Your video could involve:

    • Telling a festive story or poem
    • Singing, playing an instrument, or sharing your favourite dance
    • Creating arts and crafts, or baking festive treats
    • Recording a Christmas themed game/quiz
    • Sharing festive traditions from around the world (eg food, greetings, stories, music)

    We are looking for volunteers who are:

    • Enthusiastic and personable, with clear communication skills
    • Comfortable/confident with recording themselves
    • Able to create a video on a good quality mobile phone or DSLR camera
    • Happy to consent for their video(s) to be uploaded to our Dimensions YouTube channel (online consent form to be completed)
    • Happy to follow our supplied guidelines to capture good quality video
    • Ideally able to create and submit a video before 1st November
  • Looking for Box Office volunteers! 21 September 2021
    Arts / EntertainmentKenton TheatreRG9

    The Kenton Theatre Henley on Thames is looking for volunteers for its box office. The role will suit someone with IT experience although training will be given.

    You must be comfortable answering the phone and taking show bookings over the phone, including taking credit card details and entering them onto the booking website. Also giving out information over the phone and to visitor’s to the box office.

    You must be able to commit to volunteering for a couple of hours each week on a regular basis.

  • Looking for more ushers and volunteers to manage the bars 21 September 2021
    Arts / EntertainmentKenton TheatreRG9

    Are you looking to get involved in the theatre industry? Are you fun loving, reliable, able to work solo or as a team? The Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames is looking for volunteers who can commit to at least 2+ sessions per month.

    We are currently looking for volunteers to perform the role of ushers and to manage the bar and coffee bar.

    Our volunteers are an integral part of the Kenton, providing an invaluable service to our audience, helping to ensure that every trip to the theatre is a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable experience.

  • Can You Help To Run Our Pre-teens Youth Activities? 17 September 2021
    Leading group activitiesTilehurst Junior Youth ClubRG30

    Tilehurst Junior Youth Club is seeking volunteers to help run our weekly Friday evening youth club for 8 to 12 year old boys and girls.

    Our activities include arts and crafts, ball games, cooking, theme nights, discos, parachute games, pool table, indoor hockey, skittles etc.

    You would be joining our existing team of volunteers who have a wide range of experience. No previous experience is required, as long as you get on with other people and enjoy working with a lively club of children you should find the work great fun and useful experience if you are planning to work with young people or in a team as a career.

  • Join our growing team and helping us to achieve our aims and objectives 17 September 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeParents and Children Together (PACT)

    Our team is growing! We have fantastic opportunities to recruit trustees to join Parents And Children Together to support our work and help us drive our ambitions forward.

    PACT is one of the UK’s leading independent adoption charities, placing children with secure and loving families and supporting them with specialist therapeutic support. Our most recent Ofsted inspection rated our adoption service as “Outstanding”.

    We are a well-established charity based in the Thames Valley. Our beneficiaries make up the wider PACT family and are supported through a number of community projects for children and adults facing multiple disadvantages including domestic abuse, homelessness, debt and victims or perpetrators of crime. Our current community projects include the Alana House women’s community programme and Bounce Back 4 Kids, a therapeutic domestic abuse recovery programme for families.

    Our trustees play a very important role as they are responsible for governing PACT, providing strategic oversight of the charity’s operations and helping us to achieve our aims and objectives.

    Building on our existing successes, we are keen to hear from individuals that bring different experiences, knowledge and ideas alongside a desire to develop their personal and/or professional skills in a team of experienced and dedicated Trustees, volunteers and staff.

    As a community, we are committed to fostering inclusion and promoting diversity across all levels. Our Board is envisioned to be representative and supportive of the diversity of our current and prospective service users, volunteer community and our wider eco-system.

    We welcome interest from individuals of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and levels of experience. In particular, we recognise that we are missing out on contributions from people from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic communities, people of different faiths, people living with a disability and people from LGBTQ+ communities.

    Please note that previous board/trustee experience is not essential, your ‘lived’ experience is more important and full induction and training will be given to support trustees.

    We are particularly looking for individuals with:
    • skills in Finance to become our next Treasurer
    • a background in HR to ensure PACT continues to be a great place to work

    The role of trustee is a voluntary position for which we pay reasonable expenses. The time commitment will be approximately a day per month made up of quarterly board meetings and time to input on other charity matters. The Board aims to offer flexibility and tries to accommodate personal availability wherever possible.

    What would you get as a PACT trustee?
    • Satisfaction of helping vulnerable children, women and families, and thus giving something back
    • An opportunity to exercise your skills and knowledge, possibly in a different environment or context
    • A chance to contribute to the charity’s strategic growth
    • A chance to augment your experience of charities and gain new skills
    • A boost to your career and CV, if needed
    • An opportunity to work alongside other skilled and committed trustees
    • High-quality induction, training and support from us and other charity-support organisations

  • Join our Co-op team and feel part of your local community 13 September 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.

  • Help ENRYCH Members to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! 10 September 2021
    Befriending / VisitingENRYCH Berkshire

    We are looking for friendly Volunteers to help ENRYCH Members enjoy a leisure activity or interest of their choice. Volunteers play an incredibly important role in helping members to be active and independent.

    We are looking for volunteers to help ENRYCH Members to get outside and enjoy some fresh air! This may be going for a walk, help them with their shopping or accompany them to a café. Assistance required carrying bags, pushing wheelchairs and being a supportive guide for confidence.

    Many of our members are housebound without the help of a volunteer. We are looking for volunteers to help our members enjoy being outside again post Lockdown.

    You are not on your own, we support all our volunteers and will provide you with the knowledge and training that may be required.

    Helping out Once a week or every other week could make a huge difference.

  • Seeking friendly female volunteer to accompany an ENRYCH Member to the swimming pool 10 September 2021
    Befriending / VisitingENRYCH Berkshire

    We are looking for friendly Volunteers to help ENRYCH Members enjoy a leisure activity or interest of their choice. Volunteers play an incredibly important role in helping members to be active and independent.

    We are looking for a friendly female Volunteer to help accompany an ENRYCH Member to the swimming pool Assistance required carrying bags, pushing her wheelchair poolside and
    helping steady her on the steps into the pool. You do not need to be in the water unless you wish to do so for yourself!

    Support once a week would make a huge difference to her life, lack of help and
    facilities during lockdown has had a huge impact on her physical health and pain levels.

    You are not on your own, we support all our volunteers and will provide you with the knowledge and training that may be required.

     

  • Join Sue Ryder’s Shop Volunteers 9 September 2021
    Shop work / RetailSue Ryder Shop (Oxford Road)RG1

    Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7LA, United Kingdom
    Sue Ryder Shop Volunteer
    Currently can only take volunteers who are over 18

    Our network of 450 retail stores represents the charity in many communities and on numerous high-streets and retail parks across the UK. Our shop teams are the friendly faces of our stores. They are made up of staff and volunteers who undertake equally important roles.

    The shop feels fresh, vibrant and unique. Reading is an interesting store with a busy vibe and welcoming upbeat atmosphere. Our store really does offer something for all charity shoppers, be they collectors, vintage enthusiasts, bargain hunters or all and in-between.

    What you will do
    As a Sue Ryder Shop Volunteer you will have the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the day to day running of the store including but not limited to…

    • Sorting and pricing stock
    • Stock replenishment
    • General customer service
    • Till work
    • Window Dressing
    • If cleaning is your favourite thing to do, we also have opportunities to help keep our stores safe and hygienic.

    What you will need
    You don’t need any experience to join us as a volunteer you just need to be willing and helpful with a flexible and enthusiastic approach.

    What you will receive
    In return for your enthusiasm, you will have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful team, gain new skills and experience, and most importantly contribute towards making a difference to our service users and their families.

    Sue Ryder places huge value on the diversity that we have within our team of volunteers and supporters. If you are concerned that your skills or abilities might not fit with the role that we have described please contact our recruitment team – recruitment@sueryder.org . We are able to be flexible with most of our volunteering opportunities.

  • Join our team of Volunteer Drivers! (Tuesdays 10am and 2:30pm) 9 September 2021
    Transport / DrivingHempen CooperativeRG8

    We are Hempen Cooperative, a small land-based project based 4 miles outside of Reading.

    Every Tuesday we host Community Volunteering Days. From sowing seeds to making compost, walking in the woods in the woods to relaxing with a hot drink of tea, our community days are a hive of activity.

    We are on the look-out for people with cars! Many of our volunteers are from Reading’s refugee community. Many people are on a low income so face barriers to accessing the farm. We are recruiting warm and friendly  people to join our team of volunteer drivers who are able to help people join in! Ideally you will be someone who enjoys chatting but more-over is a good listener. We are respectful of what people choose to talk about and are led by them! (Training provided on this).

    Our session starts at 10am and ends at 2:30pm. It includes a nutritious communal lunch. Timings can be flexible depending on what you are able to offer!

    If you think that one or both of those timings work for you, amazing. You don’t have to stay for the session but you are warmly welcome!

    Coronavirus:
    Please note, we are taking strict measures to ensure volunteering is conducted in ways that minimises the risk of transmitting covid-19 . Please ask for more details.

  • Seeking Trustees interested in Social Media, Fundraising and Finance! 9 September 2021
    Trustee / CommitteeAutistic Pride Reading

    Autistic Pride Reading is in the happy position of being able to recruit more trustees. You will need to have lived experience of autism and be based in Berkshire.We would particularly welcome applications from people with an interest in social media, fundraising and finance. We are specifically hoping for applications from differing and minority gender/sexuality and ethnic backgrounds in order to better represent the community we serve.

    Autistic Pride Reading has celebrated six successful Autistic Pride events in Prospect Park, Reading. These have been temporarily put on hold due to Covid but we have instead funded two online Autistic Pride events which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpQtxIolUXY7Stjx40vZ3Tg

    We run a successful families group and have run book clubs for various different interest groups. Funding is in place for next year’s Autistic Pride. We’ve also aimed to provide safe/quiet sensory spaces at larger local events and Reading Pride (sadly unable to make it this year). We offer private support inline via our various social media accounts – FB, Twitter and Instagram. To find out more about we do please visit those accounts and our website here: http://www.autisticpridereading.co.uk/

    Our meetings are always held virtually as we have found that made it more autism friendly for the current trustees. We run a channel on Slack for communication between meetings. We look forward to you joining us.

  • Help out at our weekly Over 50s club! 8 September 2021
    SupportSouth Reading Over 50s Social ClubRG2

    Helping out at the Over 50s club in South Reading. You’ll be part of a friendly team of volunteers, helping to set out chairs and tables for the older people, chatting to older people attending the club and helping out with drinks and activities, then helping with clearing away chairs and tables.

    It’s a very relaxed and friendly group and there is already a team of volunteers in place so you will be well supported. This is a lovely role for someone wanting to help out a local group for a couple of hours a week, meet new people and enjoy a good chat.

  • Take telephone enquiries and greet our visitors! 7 September 2021
    Reception / Meeting and greetingParents and Children Together (PACT)RG1

    Reception and H.R. admin volunteer required to meet and greet visitors and staff at our Head Office and undertake admin tasks for the H.R. Team.

    The volunteer will ensure the reception area is kept tidy and prepare rooms for meetings and events, manage the post and answer telephone enquiries. H.R. admin would include tasks related to our Safer Recruitment Procedures and support to the H.R. Team with varied admin duties required as part of that process.

  • Help our members take part in Arts & Crafts activities! 7 September 2021
    Arts / EntertainmentReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    Do you enjoy helping people do arts & crafts?

    We are looking for Volunteers to help support our Members take part in the Craft activities at our Social Club.

    The Club provides a safe much needed social environment for our Members to chat with friends, have a bite to eat and do activities such as craft, gardening, games etc.

    You will help Members carry out the craft activity, describing what it is and how the materials provided could be used to create it.

    Whilst doing the craft activity with them, you will also get the chance to get to know our Members, have a bit of a chat and fun, enjoying the creative process.

    The Volunteers also help each other by preparing for the craft and clearing away afterwards.

    We would also welcome any Volunteers with additional available time who could help with the organisation & preparation of our Crafts. But this is not essential.

  • Come join the ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors team! 3 September 2021
    Information / AdviceReading UK

    A new volunteer-led scheme to welcome visitors to Reading is up and running at Reading Station. But we still need volunteers to join the team! Organised by Reading UK, a team of local volunteers is providing an information service to visitors arriving by train, playing their part in Reading’s economic recovery by providing a warm welcome, local information and directions.

    The Welcome Ambassadors have been initially operating three mornings a week, but it is hoped that more volunteers will join the team allowing Reading UK to expand the service.

    Nigel Horton-Baker, Executive Director, Reading UK, said: “The volunteer Ambassadors represent our town and all that is great about it, sharing their knowledge of things to do, where to go and how to get there with the thousands of people who pass through Reading Station every day. If you are proud of Reading and interested in helping welcome visitors back to our town, come join the team.”

    Terry Dixon, Welcome Ambassador volunteer said: “From helping people on the station with all manner of requests and giving a good first impression of Reading to providing directions and ideas of things to do in Reading, volunteering as a welcome ambassador is rewarding and fulfils an important function of promoting our friendly town to people visiting or just passing through.”

    Reading UK is looking for people who want to share their pride in Reading, its history and culture and modern economy, by giving up three hours a week to help run the mobile visitor information stand inside Reading Station. Volunteers will have a good knowledge of Reading, its geography and what it has to offer to tourists, shoppers, business visitors or people visiting for other reasons.

    The Welcome to Reading Ambassadors are based inside Reading Station near the main ticket barriers at a mobile tourist information stand. Volunteers receive full training and a uniform and will be working in a team with other volunteers. Anyone interested will need to be able to
    volunteer for three hours, one day a week.

    Get in touch for more information and a full role description.

  • Use your own experiences to empathise with and support people who are experiencing mental distress 1 September 2021
    SupportBerkshire West Your WayRG1

    As a Peer Supporter, your lived experience of mental distress will be at the heart of your role. You will use your own experiences to empathise with and support people who are experiencing mental distress, sharing your lived experience in an appropriate way to express empathy and hopefulness. This will involve sharing skills and techniques to help people identify their own self-management tools and ways of moving forward with life.

    At our new Breathing Space service, this will involve:

    • Welcoming users of the Berkshire West Breathing Space; helping them to feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
    • Providing emotional and/or practical support drawing upon your own experiences where relevant and appropriate to people accessing the Berkshire West Breathing Space
    • Providing support alongside people accessing the Berkshire West Breathing Space, to identify with them local services and activities that individuals may find beneficial to access, as appropriate
    • Completing time sheets and session logs
    • Attending and contributing to the monthly Peer Supporters Team Meetings facilitated by the Peer Support Coordinator
    • Attending and contributing to regular supervision with the Team Leader and undertaking regular training as agreed
    • Adhering to the Berkshire West Breathing Space policies and procedures including Equality & Diversity, Confidentiality, Safeguarding as well as Boundaries guidance and Best Practice for Peer Supporters
  • Help organise and co-ordinate fundraising events! 31 August 2021
    FundraisingReading SamaritansRG1

    The Fundraising Trustee is responsible for fundraising activities of the charity, including putting together a fundraising plan and fundraising to achieve that plan.

    • Plan an achievable approach to raise the necessary funds to support Reading Samaritans’ operational need as agreed with the Board of Trustees.
    • Liaise with the Treasurer during the Budget preparation to communicate and discuss the fundraising plan. Also liaise throughout the year to keep the fundraising forecast updated.
    • Update the Board of Trustees on a regular basis of planned fundraising activities and funds raised from previous activities.
    • Co-ordinate and work closely with all fundraising volunteers, ensuring effective and regular communication is maintained.
    • Research sources of funds from various places, including large corporates, high net worth individuals and grant giving Trusts.
    • Organise and co-ordinate fundraising events to raise funds required by Reading Samaritans, involving other volunteers where required
    • Prepare and submit applications for funding on behalf of Reading Samaritans.
    • Thank donors for the donations within a timely manner.
  • Assist our Horticultural Therapists! 26 August 2021
    Gardening / Outdoor workRidgeline TrustRG6

    Support volunteers to work alongside Horticultural Therapists, helping people with physical disabilities, mental health issues and learning difficulties. The role involves:

    • Supporting clients to carry out gardening activities, under the supervision of the Horticultural Therapists
    • Enable and encourage clients
    • Develop and maintain a relationship of trust with clients, Ridgeline staff and other volunteers
    • Listen to clients, observe and acknowledge their progress, and contribute to Horticultural Therapists’ evaluation
    • Report any concerns to Ridgeline staff, including potential safeguarding issues
    • Join in group social interaction during breaks
    • Assist in preparing before sessions and tidying/cleaning tools after sessions
    • Be prepared to be flexible, depending on client numbers at a session
    • Optionally, assist at public events, e.g. plant sales, harvest fete

    The role suits someone who:

    • Has excellent communication skills
    • Has empathy with people with a range of disabilities and mental health issues
    • Has an interest in gardening and working outdoors
    • Can maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries
    • Can commit to approximately 3 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Got experience with Fundraising? Join our dedicated Trustee Board! 26 August 2021
    Management / BusinessENRYCH BerkshireRG6

    We are seeking to add new skills and interests to our Trustee Board. You will be joining an experienced, supportive and dedicated team of Trustees who work to the philosophy that those with physical disabilities should be encouraged and enabled to reach their potential.
    We are interested in hearing from anyone who is passionate about the work we do and feels that they have something they can bring to the success of the charity.

    We would especially like to hear from anyone with knowledge and experience of Fundraising. This would include:

    • Organising Fundraising events
    • Planning campaigns to generate individual donations
    • Identifying and drafting applications to grant-making bodies

    The Board of Trustees meets formally once per month in our office on the University of Reading campus, but by online video meetings during the current COVID-19 situation. More informal discussions are held with other board members and our Volunteer Coordinator as needed.

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