Volunteering opportunities list

  • Support two clients that enjoy swimming on Monday and Wednesday mornings! 18 January 2022
    Befriending / VisitingDimensions

    Do you enjoy swimming and relaxing in the water?

    Do you have some free time on a Monday or Wednesday morning to go for a swim with the people we support?

    Two people we support in Wokingham love going for their weekly swim at a local pool

    They are looking for a volunteer to enjoy swimming activities with and then have a chat afterwards

    The volunteer would be accompanied with a Dimensions colleague during these activities.

    Activities will include:

    • Swimming and enjoying being in the water with the people we support
    • Having a general chat during & after the session

    Activities will NOT include:

    • Assisting the person to physically swim or teach them to swim
    • Personal care, medication or financial assistance.

    We are looking for volunteers who are:

    • Confident in the water and enjoy swimming
    • Friendly, chatty and a good listener
    • Reliable/dependable and willing to commit to volunteer regularly (ideally on a Monday or Wednesday morning)
  • Looking for a Social Buddy to befriend a client! 18 January 2022
    Befriending / VisitingDimensions

    Would you like to bring fun and friendship to a person we support?

    A lady we support who lives in Crowthorne would like a Social Buddy to enjoy going out into the local community together, maybe for a coffee or a trip to a local garden centre.

    As her family no longer lives close by, she misses meeting other people regularly and having a chat. As a Social Buddy, you could help make a huge difference to her life.

    Our volunteer social buddies bring a lot of joy, fun and much-valued friendships to the people we support, so if you’re interested, please get in touch!

    Activities will include:

    • Arranging regular times to meet up (ideally at least once a month as a minimum)
    • Meeting, chatting and building a friendship with the lady we support
    • Being able to visit local coffee shops and other places of interest.
    • Have fun!

    Activities will NOT include: Personal care, medication or financial assistance.

    We are looking for volunteers who:

    • Enjoy going out and about
    • Are friendly, chatty and a good listener
    • Are reliable/dependable and willing to commit to volunteer regularly (a minimum of at least once a month is preferred but exact times/days can be discussed)
  • Work as part of a team gardening at local community sites! 17 January 2022
    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.

  • Support those living with dementia in our MCST sessions! 6 January 2022
    SupportAge UK BerkshireRG7

    Volunteer opportunity to support Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) programme for people living with dementia.

    Age UK Berkshire deliver a MCST programme where group members take part in meaningful and stimulating activities, proven to help maintain memory and mental function. The groups provide a fun, supportive environment where people can build new relationships. A carer’s friendship group also take place at the same time for any carers who wish to join.

    MCST Activities include: discussions, word games, quizzes, and physical activities, creative and musical activities.

    We are looking for volunteers to help support the programme.
    What does the role involve?

    • Help project leads set up the venue and session activities on site before the sessions begin.
    • Welcome clients to the programme; providing a friendly smile as people arrive and chatting with clients and their carers.
    • Observing sessions, feeding back to both project leads and securing recording the data.
    • Liaising with carers to note any changes in participants after the sessions.
    • Helping to gather quantitative feedback as part of the programme evaluation.
    • Help to compile the final case study reports based on observations and feedback.

    We are looking for people who are well organised with good communication skills, patience and are able to put people at ease. It is important to be willing to work as part of a team, enjoy variety and have a flexible approach.
    You will not be expected to deliver the sessions but in cases of holiday, sickness or emergency you may be asked to step in.

    This volunteer role would suit someone who can commit to attending the Tuesday fortnightly sessions at Grazeley Village Hall. Hours are 9.30am – 12.30pm so we are looking for volunteers who can make a regular, on-going commitment to attend the sessions throughout the year.

    What benefits can you expect?

    • The satisfaction of making a vital difference to the happiness and lives of those living with dementia and their carers.
    • Opportunity to participate in a pilot programme running nationally across Age UK which is helping to develop additional dementia resources.
    • For anyone looking to get into the charity sector or hospitality, this is a great way to get an insight as to what’s involved and gain rewarding new experiences.

    Experience
    Although not essential, it would be an advantage if you have experience of dealing with, or caring for, those living with dementia informally (e.g. contact with or care of older family members), or formally in employment.

    Formal Requirements
    We require a completed Application Form submitted either online or you can download the Volunteer Offer of Service form and post it to us.
    We also require the names of two referees who have known you for a minimum of one year. For this role, there is a need for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

    We would encourage all applicants to attend a Dementia Friends session and become a Dementia Friend to learn more about people with dementia.

  • Supervise fun activities! (Wednesdays and Thursdays) 6 January 2022
    SupportSpotlight UK

    Help supervise children on a Wednesday evening 6.30-8.30 at Atmosphere Trampoline Park or Bowling on Thursdays 4.30-6.30pm.

    The young people are young carers, children in care, children who have parents or siblings with mental health issues, young people who have experienced loss or separation or those who have experienced domestic abuse.

    (Hours may be subject to change depending on booking times available)

  • Help organise fundraising events! 6 January 2022
    FundraisingSpotlight UK

    This role will be to help organise and coordinate fundraising events, and recruit and oversee volunteers.

    This can include a number of different jobs including organising separate events e.g. bake sale, showcase events, food bank collection point.

    This will also involve working alongside other members of staff for communication.

  • Help us promote Youth Social Action Projects! 6 January 2022
    SupportSpotlight UK

    This role will include the following tasks to be carried out:

    To go in to schools and encourage young people to get involved with Youth Social Action Projects including volunteering, campaigning and fundraising for topics including poverty, mental health, climate change, environmental issues.

    Help the children gain volunteering certificates in ASDAN

  • Events Ambassador wanted, to assist in the smooth running of various events! 4 January 2022
    FundraisingRoyal Berks Charity

    Role: Volunteer Event Ambassador
    Charity: Royal Berks Charity
    Report to: Fundraising Manager
    Time & Dates: Various dates across the year

    The role of Volunteer Events Ambassador is to assist in the smooth running of various events held by the Charity within the Reading and surrounding areas.

    The Volunteer Event Ambassadors will help with the setup, running and closing down at a number of events held throughout the year. The events will be form part of the annual events calendar which is agreed at the beginning of the year, however, may be updated from time to time.

    The set-up of an event may take place on a different day to the event, and so volunteering times will be flexible, and include morning, afternoon and evening opportunities as required.

    Tasks are likely to be varied, and some will be physical; a full risk assessment of events is undertaken to ensure the safety of all attending staff, volunteers and participants.

    There is no expectation for Volunteer Event Ambassadors to be available for every event. A database will be held of Volunteer Event Ambassadors agreed commitments for events, and should there be a need for additional help those not committed will be offered the opportunity to support if they wish.

    The Charity will:

    • Provide Volunteer Event Ambassadors with a branded t shirt and volunteer ID badge
    • Reimburse all travelling costs.

    The role holder will bring a warm welcoming smile, positivity and enthusiasm.

  • Could you provide support on various tasks with the Royal Berks Charity action team! 4 January 2022
    FundraisingRoyal Berks Charity

    Volunteer role description
    Role: RBC action team/ ad hoc volunteer
    Charity: Royal Berks Charity
    Report to: Fundraising Manager
    Time & Dates: Various dates across the year

    Why do we need your help?
    Volunteering with the Royal Berks Charity demonstrates your commitment to protecting your local hospital and the services it provides, NHS patient care and staff wellbeing. The Royal Berks Charity raises money to support NHS patients, staff, and volunteers in ways above and beyond what NHS funding can ordinarily provide. Join our friendly and reliable ad hoc volunteering team we call our ‘RBC action team’ and help us fundraise, create memorable events, raise awareness and campaign. From marathons and festivals to supermarket collections and black tie events there are plenty of events to get involved with where your time will make a difference to your local NHS charity and your community.

    What will I be doing?
    You’ll provide support when you can, depending on activities taking place in our events calendar, which could include:

    • Marshall, cheer, collect money or provide practical support in other ways at our events – from walks to marathons, cycles, swims and race days. Other locations may be festivals/gigs, special events, fetes, and balls
    • Support the Royal Berks Charity by spreading the word through campaigning, in-office support, putting up posters, and using your social media accounts
    • Other ad-hoc activities which may arise on the day

    What skills/experience do I need?

    • Excellent communication skills
    • A personal and friendly manner
    • Flexibility to be called upon when needed
    • An honest and trustworthy nature

    How much of my time would you like?
    This is a completely flexible volunteer role, for which we’d recommend a few hours every few months, or more if you have the time. You will be notified of new opportunities by email and phone.

    How will I be trained and supported?
    Receive a briefing and support on the day, and reimbursement of pre-agreed expenses within our guidelines

    What can I gain from volunteering with you?

    • The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to your local NHS charity
    • Be a part of a friendly team that makes a difference in the community
    • Utilising your existing skills as well as developing and learning new ones

    Where will I be based?
    This role will be based within your local area, with the option to attend events further afield should you wish to.

  • Assist in the distribution and collection of money boxes and buckets! 4 January 2022
    FundraisingRoyal Berks Charity

    The role of Volunteer Collection Box Steward is to assist in the distribution and collection of money boxes and buckets.

    Collection boxes and buckets are located at various locations across Reading and the surrounding area, and at planned set times will require collecting and exchanging for empty boxes. Once these are returned to the charity, assisting in the counting and recording of the money raised in line with Charity policy. To also recognise and pass on potential new locations where the charity could place further boxes or buckets.

    Some of the volunteering time can also be flexible around morning, afternoon and evening as required, working with the location for when they are open.
    From time to time there may be a need to return to a location at short notice, though in general this is not expected regularly.

    The role may need the use of a vehicle to transfer boxes about, thus could be classes as physical, and for this purpose we carry out risk assessments on this task.

    The Charity will provide you with a branded t shirt, volunteer badge and will reimburse you for your travelling costs. What we ask of you is to bring your warm welcoming smile, positivity enthusiasm and strength for this role.

  • Could you be a DraughtBuster? Help reduce energy use, make homes warmer and alleviate energy poverty in Reading 17 December 2021
    DIY / MaintenanceTransition Town Reading

    The Reading DraughtBusters aim to reduce energy use, to make homes warmer and to
    alleviate energy poverty. We do this by visiting the homes of those in Energy Poverty.

    Our lead DraughtBuster has been doing this for ten years now and wishes to step back.

    On visiting a household we survey the property for draughts and inadequacies. Then report to
    the householder giving our recommendations and if acceptable carry out the draughtproofing works there and then, a one-stop shop arrangement. Before leaving we offer energy use reduction advice including heating system control and management.

    Your help will be greatly appreciated by the clients and this organisation. There is a lot of
    useful information on our website https://readinguk.org/draughtbusters/

    As a volunteer, you will be helping folk in our community to be warmer, and in extreme
    cases making it less likely that they would become ill or even die! Certainly, they will be
    warmer after the intervention.

    We have been operating on Friday afternoons and occasionally Saturday mornings. The
    commitment should be for half a day a week during the heating season only. It should be
    possible to expand the operations.

    We will provide full training and support in the form of a handover followed by mentoring,
    there is a budget in place to fund materials and travel costs. You may be asked to attend a
    course on safeguarding.

    We have recently helped set up a DraughtBusters group in the Royal Borough of Windsor
    and Maidenhead and they are now operational.

     

  • Help us build a crowd and raise funds through social media! 16 December 2021
    FundraisingABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)RG30

    Crowd Funding Volunteer

    ABC to read are a Berkshire children’s reading charity. They are holders of the Investing in Volunteers Award and Queens Award and were set up in 2004. Their mission is to transform children’s lives by working with schools, families and the children themselves to provide high quality support in developing literacy skills and building confidence amongst primary school children.

    Fundraising has been achieved mainly through grants and whilst successful the charity would like to develop further and raise funds through social media and building a crowd. The charity is therefore looking for a volunteer with a good knowledge of crowd funding to generate other forms of charitable income.

    The role is to be carried out at home as and when an opportunity arises for the charity to use other channels away from the usual grant applications.

  • Help us spread the word and build connections in the community! 14 December 2021
    FundraisingShelterBox

    ShelterBox works with people around the world who have been driven from their homes by conflict or terrible events like floods, earthquakes, or typhoons. By providing tents, tarpaulins, tools, and household essentials, we can give people a safe, private space where they can begin to re-build their lives.
    We want everyone to know about the ever-increasing millions of people made homeless, and the work we do. Could you be the voice of ShelterBox in your community? We are looking for volunteers who enjoy meeting people and making connections in their local community. It is a flexible role, which you can shape according to your skills and time commitment.

    These are some of the things you can do as a ShelterBox Ambassador (we’re not expecting anyone to do all of them!).

    • Speaker engagements – Delivering at least 8 talks a year, to a wide variety of audiences including schools, universities, and community groups
    • Supporting our fundraising campaigns
    • Receiving cheques and donations from local groups
    • Holding/ transporting and occasionally accompanying our Demo ShelterBoxes at local events
    • Reaching out to community groups to offer them opportunity of in person and virtual talks
    • Promoting the work of ShelterBox through use of social media channels by sharing content across your network and working with our digital team to create your own content if you wish
    • Seasonal/ad hoc fundraising using your own community insight to support a calendar of exciting activities and in response to times of major disaster
  • Help with various tasks around our Shinfield Shop 14 December 2021
    Shop work / RetailSue Ryder Shop (Shinfield)RG2

    Retail Volunteer – Reading Shinfield

    Shinfield Rd, Reading RG2 8HA, UK

    About us
    As the largest Sue Ryder shop in the Reading area, our Shinfield Road store has a fantastic variety of new and donated goods. From furniture to bric-a-brac and electrical items, to ladies and men’s and kids’ clothing. Come and visit and find that great brand at a bargain price.

    About you
    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.
    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
    • Helping keep our stores safe and hygienic.

    How you’ll benefit
    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 providing more care for more people in the community.

    How much time does the role take up?
    Ideally we ask that you can make a regular weekly commitment. How often you volunteer is flexible and can be a regular morning or afternoon during the week or weekends.

    Why not arrange a taster session
    You can register your interest in volunteering online or directly in store, by applying online you will be given a no-obligation taster session in your chosen shop

    If you want more from volunteering, we want you.
    Join the team and be there when it matters.

  • Looking for confident volunteers to support patients with fun activities during hospital routine breaks! 9 December 2021
    Befriending / VisitingBerkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustRG30

    A large part of this role is about providing a positive distraction – a break in hospital routine for our patients

    • Interacting with patients’ across two wards
    • Liaising with staff who will guide with ideas and provide resources
    • Interacting with patients in groups or 1:1

    We are looking for volunteers who would be confident and happy to support our patients’ with activity sessions such as, chatting, playing board games, discussing the news, quizzes, nail painting, gardening activity, meal-time support and supporting mobility and exercise sessions.
    The importance of movement and mobility is particularly important on our rehabilitation wards. Prolonged hospital stays and bed rest may lead to a loss of muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity, and other functional abilities so our volunteer activity/mobility assistants provide an invaluable service helping to address this.

    Please note, there are potential risks with these role.
    While our volunteers will be provided and trained on correct use of PPE and briefed on strict infection control measures, we cannot alleviate all risk.
    Managing risk/keeping you safe: We can only offer these roles to people not deemed as being in the ‘at risk’ group. We will undertake a risk assessment with you.

  • In this virtual role, provide information to help the people we support to improve their oral health 9 December 2021
    Information / AdviceDimensions

    Are you studying oral health, or a trainee dental therapist/hygienist keen to share your knowledge with others?

    Would you like to help the people we support to improve their oral health?

    As a volunteer, you would be sharing your invaluable knowledge with our support colleagues, so they can encourage and guide the people we support to have good oral hygiene.

    Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism would be desired, in understanding the needs, challenges and issues around maintaining good hygiene, but this is not essential.

    Activities will include:

    • Sharing key tips and knowledge with Dimensions group colleagues about oral health for the people we support
    • Sharing suggestions and ideas for how to make the process of maintaining good oral hygiene fun and accessible for the people we support
    • Creating resources that demonstrate good oral health (eg quick guides, Powerpoint presentations and webinars)
    • Attending meetings (virtually) to answer questions from colleagues

    This is a virtual, home-based role, so activities WILL NOT involve supporting specific individuals with their oral health.

    We are looking for volunteers who are:

    • Knowledgeable of oral health in relation to dysphagia
    • Knowledgeable about the practicalities of supporting a person with oral care
    • Has access to and is comfortable with using IT, including using video calling technology eg Microsoft Teams
    • Friendly, a good listener and is reliable/dependable
    • Desired but not essential: Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism

    If this role sounds of interest, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you!

  • Help us by setting up team meetings and taking minutes! 7 December 2021
    AdministrationThe Advocacy People

    We are looking for a reliable volunteer to assist with team administration. This will involve the set-up of team meetings which are held monthly and taking the minutes. You will be liaising with other team members to form the meeting agenda and chase up outstanding tasks. You may also be supporting Advocates with general administration.

    This role would be perfect for someone with previous office administration experience, however full training will be provided, so would also suit someone willing to learn new skills.

    We need you to be able to manage your own diary around team meetings and provide 1-3 hours of your time per week. Although we can offer some flexibility in working time, due to the nature of the role, we are looking for someone who can commit to 6 months or longer voluntary service.

  • Assist and share tasks with the Treasurer 7 December 2021
    FinanceBerkshire Credit UnionRG30

    Main purpose:

    • To assist in and share with the volunteer Treasurer the overall financial management and control of the Credit Union.
    • To deputise and cover all aspects of the Treasurer role in the event of absence.

    Specific responsibilities:

    With the assistance of the paid Finance Officer, production of monthly management accounts.
    Complete quarterly regulatory return to the Bank of England.
    Improve financial controls and checks.

    Skills needed:

    • Experienced finance professional preferably qualified.
    • Use of SAGE or similar General Ledger.
    • Logical thinker able to understand complex information.
    • Able to work independently and remotely.
    • Analytical, numerate and high attention to detail.
    • Objective, rational and decisive.
    • Effective communicator.

    Who to contact:

    E-mail a copy of your CV and a short covering letter to Annabelle Linthwaite at 62 Portman Road, West Reading, RG30 1EA, Tel: 0118 9585803, Email: operations@cslberks.org.uk

    Selection process:

    We make every effort to make sure that our volunteers’ skills are matched with the work that they do for us at Berkshire Credit Union. Job satisfaction is important so tasks are always done in negotiation with volunteers recognizing their skills and qualifications. For this reason we judge every application on its own merit.

    Interviews are arranged as necessary.

    We ask all of our volunteers to open a savings account with us with a minimum of £10.00 in it: we feel this is a way to demonstrate equality with our members and allows you to take part in benefits that we offer.

    Location: 62 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA and remote

    Hours: We ask all our volunteers to contribute a minimum commitment of 4 hours a week.

  • Can you help us in our Caversham shop? 2 December 2021
    Shop work / RetailThames HospiceRG4

    We have a beautiful shop in Caversham with a range of roles to offer you.

    If you are sociable, like meeting people and have a creative flair we would love your help on our shop floor.

    Additionally we have several roles at the back of our shop, sorting, pricing and tagging.

    If you have an interest in books and collectables, please do get in touch too.

  • Help us run our Social Club for the Blind! 30 November 2021
    SupportReading Association for the Blind (RAB)RG1

    We need helpers at our Social Club for the Blind

    Our Walford Hall Club is a Social Club for our Members experiencing varying degrees of Sightloss and ran by Volunteers.

    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.

    We are looking for Volunteers to join our existing team helping at the Club, to help the Club run smoothly and people enjoy it.

    We need help with tasks such as a bit of washing up, food prep, helping with Teas & Coffees, helping on the Minibus, helping Members access the activities on offer, helping guide people, as well as getting to know our Members by having a bit of chat and some fun.

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