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Are you a Charity or Voluntary Group that needs advice or support?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you take it further.
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Greenham Trust
Supporting Voluntary and Community Action in West Berkshire
Garry Poulson, Sara Hanson, Chris Read, Jan Ferrer. Greenham Trust – Louise James, Chris Boulton
In July 21, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Greenham Trust announced our Voluntary
Sector Support Alliance. Our two charities have formed this alliance to better support new
and existing community and voluntary groups across the district.
With over 70 years of combined experience delivering funding, guidance and training to the
charitable sector in West Berkshire, we are well placed to offer a range of services to
community groups, volunteers and charitable organisations seeking support.
What does this mean for you as a statutory sector professional or voluntary sector official?
From time to time your organisation will be asked by community groups for assistance,
funding, guidance, training or need advocacy of some kind. We have set out in the
attached document the key services our organisations deliver to facilitate your signposting.
Greenham Trust and VCWB believe that our pool of knowledge and expertise provides an
invaluable resource to local organisations.
We look forward to supporting you through our dedicated teams.
Garry Poulson, Director, VCWB Chris Boulton, Chief Executive, Greenham Trust
Our services can be summarised as follows:
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
Are you looking to volunteer some of your time and skills to help others in need? Befrienders are being recruited by an organisation that provides accommodation and services to people who are homeless.
Volunteers will work with clients on activities that the client has chosen. These may be recreational (football, boxing, swimming, yoga, cookery and walking for example) or designed to enable them to get paid employment (for example numeracy and literacy).
Time commitment is flexible depending on you and the activity. The role would suit volunteers with good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire will be taking delivery of a fantastic new Handybus in October and starting a dial a ride service for older people in Newbury and Thatcham.
We are looking for volunteers to drive the bus for four hours a week. Drivers will receive good training and will be joining a band of volunteers that love assisting older people. Drivers love chatting and being involved in a really positive way to help our older infirm citizens to go about their business.
Volunteers must be over 21 with a clean UK licence, and will ideally be living in Newbury or Thatcham.
Volunteer Shop Assistant
A charity that supports life-limited and life-threatened children and their families is seeking volunteers for its shop in Newbury.
The shop specialises in second-hand books, furniture and children’s toys. This role involves assisting and serving customers, sorting and pricing stock and operating the till.
They are particularly keen to hear from volunteers with a passion for reading and books, or a love of furniture and upcycling.
The role would suit someone with excellent communication skills who enjoys being part of a team.
At Home Library Volunteer
Would you like to help make the world of reading accessible to people who are unable to access their local library due to disability or illness?
A local service is looking for a volunteer to select books from the library in Newbury on a Wednesday on a three-weekly basis.
You would then make home visits to deliver the books to local residents. These visits can be made at a time suitable for the volunteer and the borrower. You will need access to your own car (a mileage allowance will be paid). Good interpersonal skills and empathy are essential, and a love of books would be an advantage.
Volunteer Tool Collector
A Christian charity collects unwanted tools, refurbishes them and then sorts them into trade kits to send across the world for livelihood creation.
Volunteers are required to respond to requests from the public to collect tools they have to donate. The role involves taking calls and e-mails, arranging collection times and driving to collect tools.
The role would suit friendly volunteers who enjoy driving and are happy to travel to make collections. Time commitment is flexible and variable depending on collections needed.
A local organisation aims to get more people cycling as a form of transport. They are looking to recruit an organised and computer literate volunteer secretary.
The role involves calling meetings when required, drafting agendas before meetings, taking notes at meetings and writing up minutes. You would also maintain documentation, handle communications and contribute to magazine/online articles promoting the organisation.
Time commitment is 3-5 hours per month. Meetings tend to be fairly informal and are currently held on a Wednesday evening.