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New volunteering opportunities for July 2018
Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

If you have some time to spare over the summer, a love of books and enthusiasm for promoting reading to children, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you! Friendly volunteers are required in West Berkshire to enrol young readers, administer the scheme and help celebrate their success along the way.

This is an ideal opportunity for friendly and patient volunteers with good interpersonal skills. Volunteers need to be aged 14 or over, and this opportunity might suit students seeking volunteering over the summer period.

Ref NY798


Could you support an adult with a learning disability to access the services they need?

Advocates come from all walks of life and each brings with them individual life experiences and expertise. Many citizen advocates have had no significant involvement with people with disabilities before. Many have found that their long term commitment to a person with disabilities can be a powerful force in that personís life. Advocacy relationships can positively affect the way that a person with disabilities is valued and respected in their community.

Volunteers are being recruited to train as advocates to support adults with learning disabilities in West Berkshire.

Ref NY640

Money Management Volunteer

A charity dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of older people is recruiting calm and friendly volunteers to help with its money management service. As a volunteer, you would carry out visits to an older person living locally to support them with managing their budget. This could include helping with payment of bills, setting up direct debits or helping arrange payment plans to clear debts.

Time commitment is 2-4 hours a fortnight and you will need to have access to transport. Financial experience or knowledge of the benefits system might be advantageous, but a common-sense approach to managing money is more important.

Ref NY1406

Sport & 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 and walking 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

Community Navigators

Would you like to share knowledge and information with vulnerable people in your community, enabling them to remain independent in their own homes?

Volunteers are trained to provide good quality information and guidance about community services in parishes across West Berkshire.

Ideal for good communicators who can manage their own time and enjoy working independently. Get in touch with Gill Comley on 01634 49004 to find out more and discover if volunteers are needed to make a difference in your parish.

Ref NY1637

Committee Members

Do you have a love of animals? Would you like to play a part in increasing awareness of animal cruelty?

The committee of a local branch of an animal charity is looking for new volunteers. The role will involve organising and helping at events organised by the branch.

Computer, office and financial skills would be useful, or perhaps practical abilities like driving or setting up a gazebo! There are about 6-8 meetings a year, and help at events is required once or twice a year.

Ref NY1924

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