New Volunteering Opportunities for June 2021

Workshop Support Volunteer

A local young onset dementia charity is seeking volunteers to help at its workshops. The workshops provide an opportunity for people with a diagnosis of dementia to take part in activities such as art, gardening and cooking.

The main part of this role involves helping people attending the sessions, encouraging and supporting them to get the most out of the activities. You would also get involved in setting up activities and clearing away at the end of the session.

The workshops take place Monday to Friday at various locations in West Berkshire/Berkshire. The role would be suited to good communicators with a sense of empathy.

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Event Steward

Summer 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the Greenham peace women. Anniversary events are being planned to increase awareness of the impact of the peace women on worldwide nuclear disarmament, women’s empowerment and non-violent protest, as well as the relationship between the peace women and the local community.

A key part of the programme will be an anniversary event on the 4th and 5th September. Volunteer stewards are being recruited to welcome visitors, assist with car parking, help front of house and steward in the performance space. Help will also be needed with setting up the performance space in the week before the event. The role would suit friendly and welcoming volunteers.

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Youth Support Worker

A scheme in Greenham that supports young people is looking for volunteers to assist with its activity sessions.

Volunteers are required on Tuesdays 5:30 to 7:30pm, and 7:30 to 9:30pm. The first session is for 7-12 year olds, and activities include crafts, games and sports. The second session is for 13-18 year olds, and is similar but more suited to teenagers. The scheme is also running a drop-in session on Wednesday to help with homework and have discussions (currently 3:00-5:00pm).

The role includes setting up/packing away equipment, helping delivering activities and supporting the young people to reach their full potential.

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Brownie, Guide and Rainbow Volunteers

Be an inspiring role model to girls and young women in Newbury – and have fun in the process. Both leaders and helpers are needed. As unit leader, you’ll run the unit, lead a team of volunteers, and plan and deliver a programme of awesome activities!

If you’re enthusiastic about giving girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure then you’ll make a perfect unit helper. You’ll be key in providing the extra help needed to make unit meetings and events happen. Plus, you’ll get to know the girls and other volunteers, and be part of the Girlguiding community.

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Meals on Wheels Drivers

A local charity that promotes the wellbeing of older people in the Newbury area needs more drivers to assist with the delivery of meals on wheels. There is currently a particular need on Mondays and Thursdays.

This vital service is needed to help people who find it hard to prepare their own meals and do their own shopping. For them, it is a lifeline, and their families can feel reassured they are having a hot meal. There are rounds covering North, South and Central Newbury and the Thatcham area, with about 10-15 deliveries on each round. Ideal for caring, friendly people with a couple of hours to spare.

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General Shop Volunteer

A hospice charity has a shop in Newbury and is seeking friendly volunteers to help give its customers the best possible experience. You could be front of house, serving customers and keeping the shop floor tidy, or organising stock behind the scenes. Tasks include sorting and pricing, restocking, taking donations and talking to customers and serving on the till if you’re happy to.

The shop is open seven days a week and ideally volunteers will commit to a regular four hour shift, however any time you can give will be welcomed. Volunteers should have good common sense and enjoy working as part of a team.

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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