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Parent Support Volunteers

Parents play a key role in creating a secure childhood for their children before they go off to school. But sometimes they need help … your help.

Volunteers with parenting skills are required to undertake an accredited training course (five hours per week on seven consecutive Fridays, with the next course beginning on the 19th January 2018). On completion of the training, you will be matched to a family in West Berkshire with young children, becoming a trusted mentor.

Through visiting, you will be able to offer one-to-one support, friendship and practical help.

Ref NY2

Volunteer Car Drivers

Volunteer Drivers in West Berkshire help hundreds of less able people each year, by collecting people from their homes and taking them to appointments of all kinds. This enjoyable and rewarding volunteer opportunity is an easy way to get involved in the local community.

You will not be out of pocket as your mileage will be paid and your insurers should not charge extra for volunteering on a not for gain or reward basis. You decide when and where you want to drive. Perfect for caring and patient people with an empathy for the less able.

Ref NY188

Volunteer Internet Shoppers

Being able to get out for shopping, or make purchases online, is something many of us take for granted. But for many older people, this may not be so simple and can have an impact on their ability to lead independent lives.

A scheme has been developed to overcome this problem by giving elderly people the ability to undertake their supermarket shopping online, with the telephone support of an office based volunteer.

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals with a caring and friendly attitude, who have confidence using the internet and 2-4 hours to spare on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

Ref NY760

Employability Mentors

Could your share your experience of job searching and recruitment with local people looking for new or better employment?

A West Berkshire project is looking to recruit Employment Mentors, who could meet someone for an hour every week or fortnight. As a mentor, you would provide support with job searching, application / CV writing and interview preparation.

The role would suit non-judgmental and encouraging volunteers, with an interest in building someone’s confidence.

Ref NY1856

Sport and Activity Volunteers

One in four of us will be affected by a mental health problem this year. A local independent charity is passionate about making physical activities, such as football, table tennis, badminton, tennis, walking and cricket, accessible to anyone experiencing problems.

They do this by running sport activities to aid recovery, whilst raising awareness, challenging misconceptions and encouraging social inclusion at the same time. Good communicators with an active and pleasant nature are needed to help with the one-hour sessions.

Ref NY1303

Youth Support Worker

Do you want to help provide local young people with new and fun activities?

A project based in Greenham runs sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and is looking for volunteers to assist their staff with organising and running activities.

The role would suit a good team worker with an understanding of young peoples’ individual needs. Volunteers should be friendly, approachable and patient with a natural authority.

Ref NY1683

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