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 vbase@vcwb.org.uk and we will help you take it further.  

Slowly volunteer organisations are getting back to some of their regular services so will be looking to recruit very soon. 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 and we will help you take it further.

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire and Greenham Trust

Supporting Voluntary and Community Action in West Berkshire

Volunteer Centre – Garry Poulson, Sara Hanson, Chris Read, Jan Ferrer, 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:


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

Information Room Volunteers

This is an opportunity to join a dedicated team of trained volunteers who enjoy helping people to find out the right information about medical conditions and other related issues.

Following training, you will join a team in the local hospital who are kept busy signposting patients and visitors to accredited information and useful services.

Ideal if you have good communication skills, a friendly nature and can show a natural empathy to people from time to time who might be distressed, anxious or worried.  Good basic IT skills will be required, but training in specific systems will be provided.

Ref NY377

Contact about this opportunity

Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinators

If you do not currently have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your road, with all the lovely community spirit and neighbours getting to know one another, it is the ideal time to set up one up.

Schemes can cover anything from 6 houses to a whole road. With email or by setting up a closed Facebook or WhatsApp Group, it is so easy to forward alerts on to your neighbours. Scheme signs, stickers and leaflets are free plus all neighbours receive various local discounts.Help reduce crime rates and make the community a safer place to live by volunteering for this important role.

Ref NY142

Contact about this opportunity

Hub Volunteer

A Thatcham organisation that supports young children and their parents is seeking volunteers to help with running its sessions.

The role will enable you to get involved with supporting play sessions, giving the children a range of outdoor, creative, imaginative and creative play experiences. You will also help parents feel welcome and signpost them to other services where required.

The role would suit friendly, trustworthy, reliable and committed volunteers. No formal qualifications are required, but experience of working with families and young children would be preferred. Time commitment is a minimum of two hours a week.

Ref NY1545

Contact about this opportunity

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.

Ref NY2053

Contact about this opportunity

Shop Volunteer

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

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.

Ref NY2281

Contact about this opportunity

Literacy Support

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.

Ref NY769

Contact about this opportunity

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

Want to keep up with news in the sector? Sign up to our weekly bulletin.

* indicates required

Add Your Heading Text Here

Spread the love