Volunteering in West Berkshire
There is a wide range of volunteering available across West Berkshire. If you are looking for some local volunteering, there are plenty of possibilities to help our local charities.This week is Thank the Volunteers Week and there is certainly a lot to be thankful for.
Some of the benefits of volunteering include-
Learning new skills
Trying something new
Making new friends
Improving experiences and quality of life
Finding a rewarding way to spend your free time
Fresh Air Volunteering
Dog walking, Greenham Control Tower, The Living Rainforest, Beale Park, Trindledown, Butterfly Conservation, Steam Trains,Bumblebee Conservation, Action for the River Kennet, Kennet & Avon Trust and more…
Volunteer West Berks
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire provides free impartial information advice and guidance about volunteering throughout West Berkshire. At our central offices in Newbury we provide a confidential space where you can chat without obligation about how to get involved in your community. With around 400 different volunteering opportunities we are always able to come up with something fun and interesting for you to consider.
Volunteering at Shaw House & West Berkshire Museum
At Shaw House and the West Berkshire Museum we welcome people who want to get involved through volunteering. We encourage volunteers of all ages and background. No previous experience is necessary.
The West Berks Food Bank
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Healthwatch West Berkshire
If you are passionate about helping your local community achieve better health and social care now and in the future, then volunteering with Healthwatch West Berkshire could be for you!
The thing to remember is that volunteering for Healthwatch West Berkshire can be as big or smaller time commitment as you want it to be, from as little as 2 hours a month!
Home Start West Berks
Our volunteers are committed and caring people who offer their time freely.
They are usually parents themselves and bring with them personal experience, skills and knowledge of the resources available within their local area.
They are friendly and approachable and can be relied on and trusted by parents to listen without being judgemental, and to respect the needs of each individual family.
NHS Berkshire Healthcare
We understand that everyone has their own, personal reason for volunteering and we try to provide a range of opportunities across all our departments so you can get the most out of your time with us.
We value all of our volunteers and know that your contribution helps us provide an excellent service to our patients and improves the time they spend in our care.
Berkshire Children to Read
Reading is essential in today’s world. Unfortunately many children struggle to learn to read for all sorts of reasons – 1 in 8 children in England left primary school last year behind in their reading. By becoming a volunteer, you’ll give a child the one-to-one attention they need to build their confidence and help them catch up with their reading. You’ll give them a chance to learn at their own pace and adapt the sessions to suit them.
Newbury Soup Kitchen
At different times of the year and as the requirements dictate, we invite applications from the local community to help us provide help and support to the Newbury homeless via the Soup Kitchen. Based at the Salvation Army Hall in Northcroft Lane, we are open between 5.00pm to 8.30pm on a Thursday evening. Most vacancies will revolve around our Thursday evening opening hours, though some may extend further. We also operate a limited service at The Wharf in Newbury on Saturdays between 5pm and 6pm.
Newbury Cancer Care
We are recruiting volunteer drivers. If you like driving and have some free time to help cancer patients attend vital hospital appointments, we would love to hear from you. Mileage expenses paid.
If you would like to offer your support to help in Lambourn, Upper Lambourn and the surrounding area, please get in touch
Lambourn Riding For The Disabled
As with all groups, Lambourn RDA relies on the input and support of its volunteers – not just those who help with riding, but also fundraisers, treasurers, and administrators or simply those who can help with a bit of DIY!
We need volunteers with a wide range of skills – people who want to share in the fun and excitement and be part of the environment that bring horses and people together for such great benefit.
Our volunteers achieve amazing results and help people realise dreams.
Children’s Services Volunteers (Mencap)
We are always looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to work with the children, you have to be aged 14 years and up, fill in a volunteer application form and subject to 2 references you will be invited in to have a look around, attend a brief training session and meet some of the children.
Hungerford Hub is funded by monies raised by the Hub team; the use of these monies, as well as the management of the Hub, is the responsibility of Hungerford Library & Community Trust, a charitable organisation. (It’s registered number with the Charities Commission is 1174178.)
If we are to keep our library we must keep the building up and running, and there are many ways in which you can help.
Meals on Wheels (Fairclose)
We are always in need of volunteer drivers!
Whether you are available for one day or all seven days a week we would welcome your help. Delivering Meals on Wheels is a rewarding activity helping to keep in touch with older people in the West Berkshire and North Hampshire area who may be housebound or isolated to ensure they have at least one nutritious meal a day and contact with another human.
West Berkshire Youth
We rely on the incredible generosity of local people, companies and groups. We need your help to raise awareness of Berkshire Youth and to raise funds to pay for our crucial work, supporting, empowering and inspiring young people.
We provide a free befriending service in Reading, Bracknell and West Berkshire. Our team of dedicated and caring volunteers visit clients in their own homes or speak to them on the phone to provide companionship and engage in friendly conversation to help break the cycle of loneliness.
An Appropriate Adult acts independently from the Police to ensure that all processes necessary are conducted fairly and properly whilst a detained person is in custody.
Independent Visitors service
All looked after young people are entitled to an independent visitor to take a long-term interest in the their life, sometimes over several years, befriending and supporting them, often through changes in placement and within the team of helping professionals that work with them.
Independent Visitors are diverse, unique, dynamic individuals who commit to spending a few hours a month visiting a young person with the hope of building a long term friendship based on shared interests.
Foster a Dog
By taking care of a dog in your home temporarily, you can help them get back on their paws.
We have two different foster care schemes:
Home from Home scheme: caring for a homeless hound until we find their forever home
The Freedom Project: fostering a dog belonging to a family fleeing domestic abuse until they can be reunited. Our two foster schemes have different criteria because the fostering needs are quite different. Find out more about each of the schemes and how to apply below.
Do you want to be a radio presenter? We are looking for committed local people with personality and something to say, people who know the area and know what matters to local residents. Don’t worry if you’re unsure about the technical side of things, we can show you what buttons to press, or even get someone to press the buttons for you.
Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 and is the largest voluntary organisation in the world. Its principal goals are to promote good citizenship, to take an active interest in the community, to serve its needs and to relieve distress.