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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.
New Handybus Service Starting
‘Jubilee’ is our brand new 16-seater Handybus modified to provide easy access. The bus will provide transport for anyone who would like to go shopping, or social meetings, but find it difficult or inconvenient to use public transport. if you have limited mobility ,need a bit of help to get to the shops, can’t manage the buses, or don’t have a bus service or a stop near you, we would be happy to try and help!
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Featured Volunteering Opportunities
A local charity provides help, support and hot food to our homeless, our rough sleeping community, our vulnerable and those generally less fortunate than others.
Volunteers are required to help with the operational side of the charity in its donation stock room. The role involves receiving, collating and keeping donations organised and stocking vans with necessary items. Lifting and carrying up and down stairs will be part of this role.
The role can be carried out any day Monday to Thursday (daytime). Days and hours can be flexible to suit. This opportunity would suit helpful, motivated, committed and reliable volunteers.
Exercise Therapy Assistants
Many disabled people find it difficult to take as much exercise as they want – but a therapy centre in Thatcham is working to solve that problem for disabled people across West Berkshire. A specialised gym, equipped with power-assisted exercise equipment, is running as a not-for-profit venture.
You could help by joining a small team of volunteers who provide a warm welcome to people using the centre. This will include booking them in, showing them round the centre and providing encouragement. Ideal for personable volunteers who are good at making conversation.
Summer Holiday Play Volunteer
A local charity that provides play and friendship for children with disabilities and their families is seeking volunteers to help at their sessions over the school summer holiday.
You will support children with special needs on a 1:1 basis or as a group, also helping to set up and clear away activities.
Training will be provided, and you can volunteer from age 14 upwards. Previous experience of working with children is preferable but not essential, and help is needed for sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (10:00-3:00).
The play sessions promote social and emotional wellbeing for the children who attend, and allow families to feel supported.
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 schools 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. Ideally volunteers will commit to an hour and a half twice a week during term time, but once a week will be considered. The next online training for new volunteers will be held on 5th July.
A befriending service in West Berkshire helps make a difference to those with life-limiting conditions.
As a befriender, you’ll provide companionship to people during a difficult time in their lives and enable them to do the things that matter to them. This could include offering companionship, sharing activities and helping with small practical tasks. Time commitment is at least one hour a week. Individuals need to have a warm and caring approach. Full training, support and mentoring are provided.
Charity Shop Volunteer
Would you like to gain experience of retail whilst helping raise funds for a leading disability charity?
A busy Thatcham charity shop is looking for volunteers to assist with tasks such as working on the tills, sorting donations and back of shop work.
You do not require any formal qualifications to be a volunteer, just a warm personality, and the shop’s friendly team will provide you with training as you go.