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New volunteering opportunities for June 2017
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   

Volunteer Employability Mentor

Could your share your experience of job searching and recruitment with local people looking for new or better employment?

A West Berkshire project is looking to recruit Employment Mentors who could meet someone for an hour every week or fortnight. As a mentor, you would provide support with job searching, application / CV writing and interview preparation.

The role would suit non-judgmental and encouraging volunteers, with an interest in building someoneís confidence. A training session for new mentors will be held in Newbury on the 24th June.

Ref NY1856

Appropriate Adults

Appropriate Adults are trained volunteers who attend police stations when a young personís parents or guardians cannot attend or where friends family or carers of a vulnerable adult are unable to attend.

They are there to ensure the person understands their rights, police procedures, and to safeguard their welfare whilst in custody.

Could you undertake this role? Volunteer Appropriate Adults are being recruited to cover the local area. Volunteers will need to be non-judgemental, and have the confidence to deal with challenging situations. Full induction and training will be provided, as well as opportunities to shadow existing volunteers.

Ref NY1854

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

If you have some time to spare over the summer, a love of books and enthusiasm for promoting reading to children, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you! Friendly volunteers are required in West Berkshire libraries to enrol young readers, administer the scheme and help celebrate their success along the way.

This is an ideal opportunity for friendly and patient volunteers with good interpersonal skills. Volunteers need to be aged 14 or over, and this opportunity might suit students seeking volunteering over the summer period.

Ref NY798

Handybus Drivers

Newbury Handybus helps people who are unable to use public transport to get out on shopping trips and social outings of all kinds. The minibuses are driven by volunteers who give up some of their spare time to contribute to those in the Newbury community.

New volunteer drivers are always welcomed, ideal for those with empathy and awareness of the needs of the elderly and disabled. Volunteers must be over 25, have a D1 category on their licence or a midas certificate, or be prepared to undergo a short test to acquire one, which will be arranged.

Ref NY109

Research Volunteer

Would you like to help improve the quality of health and social care services in West Berkshire?

The local branch of a national consumer champion organisation is seeking volunteers to develop and deliver research projects from feedback gathered from the public.

The role involves gathering feedback through phone calls and desk-based research, designing surveys and questionnaires, analysing results and writing reports with recommendations on how services might be improved. Ideal for someone with good verbal, written and research skills.

Ref NY1633

For information about these and more than 350 other volunteering opportunities please call Volunteer Centre West Berkshire on 01635 49004