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New volunteering opportunities for September 2018
Senior Citizen Drop-in Information Morning
Wednesday 26th September, 10am-1pm, Fair Close Centre, Newton Road, Newbury, RG14 7BH

Do you or someone you care for struggle to find senior citizens support in our community? Join Fair Close Centre and the Volunteer Centre for coffee and cake and discover the valuable services for senior citizens that they offer.

The teams from the car scheme, Meals on Wheels, befriending, Luncheon Club, Handybus and so many more will be there.

Afterwards if you would like to join them for the Fair Close Luncheon Club, this starts at 12:15 and is £5 for non-members. Prebooking for lunch is required – please contact Fair Close at 01635 40488.

Supported Volunteering
For People with Mental Health Conditions

Volunteering is known to be beneficial to people with mental health conditions. But many still face obstacles before they can experience the rewards of volunteering.

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire’s VCme project aims to reduce these barriers by ensuring that volunteering starts in a welcoming and supportive environment.

You will be matched to a volunteer mentor who will support you during your first steps in to volunteering, helping you develop the confidence to volunteer independently.

Interested? Call Chris on 01635 49004 or email

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Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators

Would you be interested in helping make your community safer? Get to know your neighbours and recreate the community spirit by starting a Neighbourhood Watch group in your area.

Schemes can cover anything from six houses to a whole road. As a coordinator, you will receive information on local crime and suspicious activity, which you can then make your neighbours aware of.

Help reduce crime rates by volunteering for this important role. Coordinators will receive free signs and stickers, and details of discounts available to scheme members.

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Exercise Therapy Assistants

Many disabled people find it difficult to take as much exercise as they want – but a therapy centre in Thatcham is working to solve that problem for disabled people across West Berkshire.

A specialised gym, equipped with power-assisted exercise equipment, is running as a not for profit venture.

You could help by joining a small team of volunteers who provide a warm welcome to people using the centre. This will include booking them in, showing them round the centre and providing encouragement and drinks. Ideal for good communicators with good IT skills.

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Charity Shop Volunteers

The Newbury branch of one of the leading charity shop outlets in the country would welcome new volunteers to help them in their busy shop that is open Monday to Saturday.

Volunteers with common sense and the ability to work as a team are needed to help with a variety of tasks including pricing, sorting and serving. They are particularly looking for till cashiers and those who are willing to cash-up at the end of the day.

This is an ideal opportunity to contribute to the fundraising efforts of an international charity, whilst meeting others and learning new skills.

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Work Support Volunteers

A disability charity runs a programme in Newbury on weekdays whereby adults with learning disabilities experience a real working environment.

Volunteers are required to join their team and support the users of the service whilst they undertake tasks such as counting and collating mailshots.

This is an opportunity to experience the rewards of helping adults with learning disabilities, developing their skills and independence and increasing their self-esteem. Ideal for patient volunteers with a calm and approachable manner.

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For information about these and more than 350 other volunteering opportunities please call Volunteer Centre West Berkshire on 01635 49004