New Volunteering Opportunities for November 2023

Youth Club Volunteer

Help is needed at activities sessions for young people in the Hungerford area. Volunteers are being recruited to assist with youth clubs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, helping to create new opportunities for young people such as cooking, sports, crafts and music. It may be you have an interest in one of these areas but there is plenty else going on that you could help with, such as running the tuck shop.

Volunteers should be friendly, have a warm smile, be approachable to all and be good at communicating with young people. A commitment of one session a week during term time would be welcomed, but they are also interested in hearing from volunteers who can commit some time even if it is not every week. Training will be provided.

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Trustee

A Newbury-based charity that provides support to people whose lives are affected by mental health issues is looking for new trustees. They would particularly welcome people with financial, legal, fundraising, IT or HR skills, from any sector. The charity is looking for people who can empathise with those experiencing mental health issues. It is important that you share the charity’s values, have a belief in the value of every individual and have a desire to help the charity continue to grow.

You should also support real service user empowerment and leadership, and be able to work constructively with the members’ management committee. The role would suit thoughtful, organised and compassionate volunteers. Trustee meetings are held every six weeks in the evenings.

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Money Advisor

Are you friendly and approachable? Can you explain complex issues in an understandable way? A Newbury-based charity is looking for volunteers who can give guidance to others around money. In this role, you will guide and support clients through resolving their problems (this might include writing letters, making phone calls or referring to other organisations) and write up the clients’ problems and action taken. Examples of what you might be involved in include helping clients with debts and benefits, exploring what benefits a client is entitled to, helping complete benefits application forms and finding strategies to help someone deal with debts.

Advisors commit to 12 hours weekly, across two days (the service is open Monday to Wednesday); training is provided, and volunteers need excellent IT skills.

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Toy Library Volunteer

A service in Burghfield and Mortimer gives families the opportunity to borrow a wide range of children’s toys and puzzles at a very low cost.

Volunteers are required to welcome families and explain how the service works. You would facilitate loans, completing the necessary paperwork, collecting money and issuing the toys. When toys are returned, they are checked and the paperwork is amended. At the start of the session, toys are taken out of the cupboard to display to families and returned at the end. This is a fun role helping children choose toys and chatting to families. Time commitment is two hours per month on a Tuesday or Saturday (between 9:30 and 11:30).

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Association Visitor

Make a real difference to the lives of people living with Motor Neurone Disease by volunteering as a visitor for the local branch of an MND charity. In this role, you will offer emotional support to people living with MND and their families, provide information and help people access services/support.

Time commitment is flexible, with a minimum commitment of 2-4 hours a week. The role would suit volunteers who can work as part of team, liaise with health and social care professionals and develop supportive relationships.

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Volunteer Car Drivers

Volunteer Drivers in West Berkshire help hundreds of less able people each year, by collecting people from their homes and taking them to appointments of all kinds. This enjoyable and rewarding volunteer opportunity is an easy way to get involved in the local community.

You will not be out of pocket as your mileage will be paid and your insurers should not charge extra for volunteering on a not for gain or reward basis. You decide when and where you want to drive. Perfect for caring and patient people with an empathy for the less able.

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For information about these and more than 350 other volunteering opportunities please contact Volunteer Centre West Berkshire via vbase@vcwb.org.uk or call 01635 49004

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