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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.
WHO WE ARE
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
Trustee with Aquatics-Leisure Experience
Do you have experience of pool design, construction and operation, or experience of managing projects relating to leisure-aquatics facilities? A West Berkshire organisation, which runs a successful gym for people with disabilities, is planning to add hydrotherapy to its service. As such, they are looking for someone with experience of this area to join their team of trustees to provide guidance. The role will involve agreeing specifications for design and construction, and ensuring that legal and best practice guidelines are followed.
The project is expected to build from an initial involvement of 2-3 hours a week, rising during the key stages of design and implementation.
Out and About Volunteer
A Berkshire charity runs a service for older people who have become isolated and for whom short-term support can make a real difference.
Volunteers are needed who can give 2-4 hours a week to support people aged 50+ who need some extra help to reconnect with the local community. The aim is to enhance quality of life in cases where there is little or no social contact.
In this role, you would provide short-term intervention, visiting a client and working on an action plan. The role also involves accompanying the client on visits to community activities and reporting back to the project coordinator. Volunteering would normally be between 10am and 5pm and you would need to be available to volunteer for a minimum of six months.
If you have an interest in reading then consider joining a scheme set up to encourage primary school children to discover the love of books.
Volunteers are needed to train as mentors and meet the increasing demand in West Berkshire. You’ll experience the rewards of watching the children gain confidence as they learn in sessions of reading, talking and playing games.
No special skills are required, just lots of patience, a love of reading and an interest in supporting children.
Enter and View Volunteer
Do you have an interest in health and social care services? The West Berkshire branch of a national consumer champion organisation is seeking volunteers to visit local health and social care providers to observe and assess the services being provided. Ideal for someone with good communication and written skills, you would conduct visits as part of a small team and be involved in writing reports giving recommendations for improvement.
Volunteers will need to be able to travel around West Berkshire and the time commitment involved is 1-2 hours per month.
Peer Support Mentors
Would you like to use your experience of mental health issues to support others?
A charity that supports people with mental health conditions is seeking volunteer mentors who can support others on their recovery journey.
The role usually involves one to one support sessions, facilitating social meet ups, providing support with delivering training and promoting services – at the current time, due to Covid, volunteers are providing support via phone/virtually. Training will be given, and the time commitment is three to ten hours a week, with the service running primarily on weekdays.
Do you have experience of arthritis, either personally or via a family member or friend? Could you provide peer support to others who are living with the condition?
A national charity is recruiting volunteers to give information and peer support to individuals living with arthritis at some of its local services. As well as one-to-one services which provide guidance on factors such as exercise, nutrition, pain management and surgery, there are also group workshops. Currently support is being offered by phone.
The role is flexible and you can choose in advance which services you help with. If you are friendly, helpful and approachable, the charity would be interested in hearing from you.