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Volunteering is at the heart of every thriving community. When you volunteer the effects to the local community and beyond are remarkable. As well as impacting others the valuable benefits you gain from taking part in a volunteering project has a long lasting positive effect.

Slowly volunteer organisations are getting back to some of their regular services and are beginning to recruit. Please take a look at our extensive West Berkshire Volunteer Opportunities list.

If you see something that you are interested in then get in touch by emailing 

and we will help you take it further.  

We’ve Moved!

We have moved office and our new address is:

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire

Broadway House

4 – 8 The Broadway

Newbury RG14 1BA  

Our contact details remain the same: 

Telephone 01635 49004

For volunteering enquiries email 

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Volunteer Centre West Berkshire is a charitable incorporated organisation, formed in 1974. The organisation’s overriding ethos is to match local people to local need. We provide information, advice and guidance and personally match people to one of the more 350 volunteering opportunities in West Berkshire.

We also provide help and information to charitable organisations in West Berkshire, whether helping start a new charity or providing assistance with fundraising, training and governance. As well as run local schemes providing help for socially isolated and the elderly.

Featured Volunteering Opportunities

Project Ambassador

A local project aims to support socially isolated and vulnerable residents who are not digitally connected by providing them with an easy-to-use non-digital speaker and regular new recordings on USB stick. This will enable them to feel connected to the outside world, with recordings personalised to suit an individual’s interests.

As an ambassador for the project, there are a few ways you could get involved, from researching and recording material to helping deliver the speakers and memory sticks. Perhaps you are involved in a performing arts or musical group that could make a recording or you could use your technical or administrative experience to help organise and document the material and keep records. Volunteers are also needed to promote awareness of the project and encourage referrals.

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Are you passionate about investing in young people locally? A local charitable project runs several mentoring programmes supporting young people aged 11-25. They work with young people who at risk of exclusion, exploitation or offending, or who are not in education, employment or training.

Mentors offer one-to-one practical support such as helping devise a study timetable, identifying and applying for employment or training and accessing work experience. They also provide social-emotional/wellbeing support such as building self-esteem and a positive attitude.

The role would suit empathetic volunteers with good listening skills and a sense of humour. Time commitment is about an hour a week.

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Office Volunteer

This is a rare opportunity to be part of Volunteer Centre West Berkshire’s car scheme team on a Wednesday or Friday morning at our office in Newbury. The role involves handling requests for transport from people with mobility problems over the telephone. The ideal person will be friendly, confident, well organised, PC literate and have an empathy for people with transport needs. We need long term commitment.


The hours are 10am to 1pm on a Wednesday or Friday, although cover may occasionally be needed on other days. You will be part of a supportive team of existing volunteers working together in a good sociable environment. This rewarding role will allow you to make a worthwhile contribution to our charity’s work in Newbury.

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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 libraries 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.

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Volunteer Therapy Gardeners

Join the team of volunteer gardeners at a local health service provider and help provide and develop an oasis of calm for the patients.

This role involves maintaining and developing the outdoor space, safe use of garden tools, digging and planting and weed management. There may be some direct contact with patients depending on your availability and preference. If you have a good knowledge of gardening, they would be interested in hearing from you.

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Shop Volunteer

Volunteers are required to assist in the day to day running of a charity shop in Thatcham.

The role would suit volunteers with experience of using a till and taking card payments – this experience is not essential though as training can be provided.

Volunteers commit to either one morning or one afternoon a week. If you love animals, love talking to customers and love seeing customers purchase a great bargain, the shop would be interested in hearing from you.

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Not seeing something that piques your interest? See our extensive West Berkshire Volunteer Opportunities list!

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