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New Volunteering Opportunities for October 2020

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.

Ref NY2128

Mental Health Gardening Session Volunteers

Are you a keen gardener who is passionate about promoting the benefits of physical activity and raising awareness of mental health?

A charity is looking for volunteers to support at gardening sessions in Newbury, helping to deliver a fun, safe and welcoming atmosphere to adults experiencing mental health problems.

Time commitment will be in the region of 4-8 hours a week, spread across two days (the sessions run Tuesday and Thursday, 2.30 – 4.30pm, subject to change). Volunteers should be friendly and approachable, with good knowledge of gardening and allotments and an awareness of mental health.

Ref NY2084

Women’s Project Volunteer Mentor

Could you help female offenders change their lives for the better? A national charity which works with women in prison and the community is seeking volunteer mentors in the West Berkshire area. Some of the duties are:

Supporting and accompanying the women to appointments, meetings and group work sessions
Being and advocate and acting as a conduit on behalf of the women
Helping with housing, debts, finances, benefits, social services

This opportunity is suitable for approachable and non-judgemental volunteers, both male and female.

Ref NY1714

Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates

Did you have someone who listened to you or was a positive influence when you were growing up? Now you could do the same by volunteering with a charity that works with vulnerable young people.

Independent Visitors/Mentors meet with a young person one day a month (usually on a weekend) to share activities, acting as a mentor and providing a long-term friendship. Advocates help ensure a young person’s voice is heard at meetings and reviews and the role would be suited to a volunteer with availability during the week.

Full training will be provided so no specific qualifications are required, just an ability to relate to young people. Volunteers need to be aged 21+.

Ref NY1741

Drivers

A charity that supports life-limited and life-threatened children and their families has a shop in Newbury.

They are looking for volunteer van drivers to assist with the delivery of sold and collection of donated furniture. The driver will be accompanied by another team member for sharing lifting of large items.

The role involves driving a 3.5 ton van, and volunteers will need a clean licence and good level of spoken English. Some previous experience would be preferred.

Ref NY2156

Fundraisers

A charity that helps increase the confidence and self-esteem of young people is seeking volunteer fundraisers.

Fundraising roles are varied and the organisation likes to match what they need to what volunteers feel they can do. The role could involve money tin collections, writing funding applications, contacting businesses for donations, running raffles and promoting the charity at various events. Time commitment is flexible.

Ref NY2127

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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