Take this first step to Volunteering by filling out our online registration form with your details and your interests and we will provide you with opportunities that will meet your interests. Or arrange a one-to-one meeting for close advice. During covid restrictions, this will be done virtually or on the phone.
From young people to senior citizens; from people in unskilled jobs to professional people; from the highly paid to the unemployed; from the able-bodied to people with disabilities. Everyone has something to offer.
People volunteer for a variety of reasons:
- Improve your career prospects
- Add variety to your day
- have fun
- Build self confidence
- Add experience to your CV
- Help your community
- Make new friend
- Learn new skills
- Make a difference to something you care about
Studies show that people who volunteer regularly are likely to enjoy better health and even live longer!
Perhaps the chief reward is in finding satisfaction in doing something worthwhile.
Do I need any experience?
No. Voluntary groups welcome people from all backgrounds and are often willing to train you.
Volunteering isn’t a replacement for skilled workers – volunteers add value and have a distinct role in society.
How can I help?
We have vacancies for an enormous range of activities on our West Berkshire Volunteer Opportunities List.
- Advice work
- Business and management
- Campaigning and lobbying
- Community work
- Computers and technology
- Finance work
- Hostel work
- Legal work
- Marketing, PR and media
- Practical work and DIY
- Retail and charity shops
- Teaching and training
- Under 16 volunteering
Our computer database matching system can match your interests with groups in need of help.
How much time must I give?
That is entirely up to you. You choose what your commitment will be.
Will my out-of-pocket expenses be paid?
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire recommends that organisations which use volunteers pay out-of-pocket expenses, for example, travelling expenses such as mileage or fares, and that volunteers are properly insured. It is recommended that you check these matters with the organisation concerned before commencing any voluntary work.
Will I lose benefit?
Participation in unpaid voluntary work whilst in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance will not affect your right to benefit, provided that you receive only out-of-pocket expenses and remain available for, and are actively seeking, work.
Even though your benefits will not be affected you must tell:
- Your Job Centre
- Your Social Security Office
- Your Local Council if you are receiving Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit
OK, how do I become a volunteer?
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire has a computer database matching system that can match your interests with groups in need of help. We have vacancies for all types of activity with groups in a wide range of sectors, from animals to youth work.
Why not make an appointment with us to come in for an informal and confidential one-to-one chat to discuss the range of ways that you could become involved? This will enable you to find out all you need to know about the organisations in your area needing help.
And if I don’t like what I’m doing?
If you are not happy with your placement or do not like a particular aspect of the tasks you have agreed to undertake, please contact us so that we can discuss the issue with you and help to make other arrangements if needed. This may mean looking for voluntary work with another organisation.