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New volunteering opportunities for September 2017
Charity Volunteers

Can you relate to the vision that no older person should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be?

A locally based UK wide charity keeps a database of events for older people happening on Christmas Day. In the months leading up to Christmas they are looking for volunteers to help in their temporary office space in central Newbury.

Volunteers with good telephone skills, an empathy with older people and reasonable PC literacy are needed to:
* Ensure the database is up to date
* Respond to enquiries
* Help with problem solving!

Ref NY1575   

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 Read on 01635 49004 or email

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Youth Offender Volunteers

Do you want to make a genuine difference to the lives of young people in West Berkshire? Volunteers are being recruited for two roles working alongside young offenders.

You could supervise a young person carrying out reparation activities in the local community. Alternatively, you could become a volunteer Referral Order Panel member. The panel meets with the young person, parent / carer and sometimes the victim of the crime, as a way of tackling the causes of offending.

Volunteers need to be willing to undergo training and should have access to their own transport. A calm and non-judgemental approach is a must.

Ref NY183

Guiders and Unit Helpers

Are you interested in helping children and young people fulfil their potential? Girlguiding is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young woman, and volunteers are sought in Newbury to help provide members with fun and challenging activities.

If you have bags of enthusiasm, and a willingness to get involved, you could make an ideal unit helper whatever your skills and interests. Volunteers will be provided with full induction and training.

Ref NY348

Men’s Pie and Pint Lunch Club Volunteer

A new initiative in Newbury is planning to run “Pie and a Pint” lunch time sessions to assist with the breaking of social isolation for older men. A volunteer who enjoys social gatherings is being sought to organise the monthly sessions, promote them and book the venue.

The role might suit two volunteers working together. Volunteers should be able to commit to running the sessions on a regular basis, enjoy organising, be calm and have a good sense of humour.

Ref NY1880

Children’s Rugby Coach

A local rugby club is looking for more volunteers to coach its junior sections. The club has funding available to support coaching qualifications for suitable candidates.

Volunteering will take generally place on Sunday mornings, and includes training, matches and tournaments with some travel and administration required.

The season runs from September through to April. The ideal volunteer will be enthusiastic about working with young people and enjoy delivering fun and engaging coaching sessions.

Ref NY1881

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