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New volunteering opportunities for January 2018
Badminton Volunteer

One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem this year. A local independent charity is passionate about making sports accessible to anyone experiencing problems.

The charity is looking for volunteers to help run weekly badminton sessions. The aim of the sessions is to aid people’s recovery, whilst raising awareness, challenging misconceptions and encouraging social inclusion.

The sessions run on Monday 5pm - 6pm in Theale, Wednesday 6-6.45pm in Thatcham and Thursday 4.30pm - 5.30pm in Newbury. If you have some knowledge of badminton rules, as well as the desire to coach and encourage others, they would be keen to hear from you.

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Befriend West Berkshire

Having regular interactions with other people has been proven to combat loneliness, which is why Volunteer Centre West Berkshire are recruiting volunteers to become befrienders for lonely people aged over 50 who live in West Berkshire.

Once trained, you will be carefully matched to someone, then just like a friend, you will be to take a little time to visit once a week or so to enjoy each others company. This is an ideal volunteer opportunity for good listeners with empathy, patience and a friendly nature.

E-mail or call 01635 49004 for further information.

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Stop Smoking Champion

Are you interested in gaining experience of public health and health promotion? Stop Smoking Champions are being recruited in West Berkshire.

Volunteers will initially help out at high street events, approaching the public and giving them details of the stop smoking service. Once you have gained experience, there is also the possibility of volunteering alongside an experienced advisor to assist clients at stop smoking clinics.

No prior experience is necessary, as training will be provided, however volunteers should be friendly and enjoy talking to members of public.

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Information Room Volunteers

This is an opportunity to join a dedicated team of trained volunteers who enjoy helping people to find out the right information about medical conditions and other related issues.

Following training, you will join a team in the local hospital who are kept busy signposting patients and visitors to accredited information and useful services.

Ideal if you have good communication skills, a friendly nature and can show a natural empathy to people from time to time who might be distressed, anxious or worried. Good basic IT skills will be required, but training in specific systems will be provided.

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Volunteer Shop Assistant

Volunteers are required to help in a Newbury charity shop.

An ideal way to gain experience in retail, you can help raise funds for a leading animal charity.

Volunteers will be supported with training to develop their skills, and whatever help you can give would be welcomed; however, a couple of hours or one half day a week would be ideal.

Tasks include processing new stock, till work and displaying goods.

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Memories Café Assistant

Could you help with the running of a café for people living with dementia and their loved ones? A project in Thatcham requires volunteers to help with the serving of refreshments and facilitate nature based craft and memory activities.

The café runs on Monday mornings. If you have an empathy for older people, a friendly and welcoming personality, as well as an interest in wildlife, the project would be interested in hearing from you.

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