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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.
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Featured Volunteering Opportunities
A Newbury primary school is looking for new governors to join its Board. The Board’s main responsibilities are ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding executive leaders to account for the school’s educational performance and overseeing financial performance.
The Board meets about six times a year (mainly evenings) with two days in school. Overall time commitment is 6 to 8 hours a month (term time only). The school is particularly looking for people with knowledge of safeguarding, primary education and marketing/communications. However, if you have an interest in primary education and want to learn new skills to support your personal development, they would be interested in hearing from you.
Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
Each year, the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read six books during the school holiday. Friendly volunteers are required in West Berkshire libraries to enrol young readers, administer the scheme and help celebrate their success along the way.
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!
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.
Activity Support Volunteer
A local charity offers support to families affected by autism and associated learning difficulties. You can help individuals gain social skills and confidence by volunteering at their sessions.
The charity run a monthly teen club on Wednesday twice a month in Thatcham (4.15-6.45pm). Volunteers will help young people aged 12-18 who have autism or learning difficulties to socialise and interact. Duties include joining in with games and activities, helping to set up and pack away and wiping down surfaces.
There are also adhoc sessions requiring volunteers – these are days out or shorter craft, sporting and socialising activities at various locations. The role would suit friendly and empathetic volunteers with a good sense of humour.
Mindfulness Walk Volunteers
Do you want to give back to the community and help support adults experiencing mental health problems in their recovery? A charity which improves the lives of those experiencing mental health problems through physical activity needs volunteers to help at a weekly Mindfulness Walk in Newbury.
In this role, you will welcome attendees, chat to group members and make new attendees feel welcome, enable people to walk at their own pace and regroup at different points, and make sure a safe, supporting and engaging environment is provided.
Time commitment is 1-1.5 hours every Thursday, with the walk running from 1-2pm. The role would suit caring and patient volunteers.
Trustees are required for a small and busy Newbury charity which provides low cost accommodation to those in need.
The ideal candidates will bring to the board of trustees one or more of the following – management experience in a not for profit or commercial environment, a track record of business and financial acumen or a social work background. The charity is looking for someone who is committed to the work of the charity and understands the principles of good governance.
There are four trustee meetings per year; trustee meetings are usually held on a Monday at 1pm and last a maximum of two hours.
Charity Shop Team Member
Help raise funds for a leading health charity by volunteering for a busy charity shop based in the centre of town. This is an opportunity to gain retail experience and meet new people.
Volunteers should enjoy working with the public, and as part of a team, and be happy to learn how to use the till. You will be provided with full training in areas such as till work, sorting, pricing and rotation of stock.
The shop is also looking for volunteers who can help them with their online sales, listing donated items on various websites.