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New volunteering opportunities for February 2019
Committee Members

Do you have a love of animals? Would you like to play a part in increasing awareness of animal welfare?

The committee of a local branch of an animal charity is looking for new members. The role will involve attending meetings to discuss branch matters and occasionally organising or helping at events organised by the branch.

Computer, office and financial skills would be useful, or perhaps practical abilities like driving or setting up a gazebo! There are about 6-8 meetings a year, and help at events is required once or twice a year.

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Supported Volunteering
for People with Mental Health Conditions

Volunteering is known to be beneficial to people with mental health conditions. But many still face obstacles before they can experience the rewards of volunteering.

Volunteer Centre West Berkshire’s VCme project aims to reduce these barriers by ensuring that volunteering starts in a welcoming and supportive environment.

You will be matched to a volunteer mentor who will support you during your first steps in to volunteering, helping you develop the confidence to volunteer independently.

Interested? Call Chris on 01635 49004 or email

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Night Shelter Volunteer

A project in Newbury is seeking volunteers who can help with the running of a night shelter, providing somewhere to sleep for the homeless during February, March and April.

Volunteers are needed in the evening to distribute sandwiches, interact with service users and prepare beds (6-10pm), overnight to ensure everyone’s safety (9pm-9am) and early morning assistance to help provide tea and toast and clear the beds.

Training will be given and the role would suit volunteers with a listening ear and a sense of humour.

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Community Fire Safety Volunteer

A local service provides home safety checks to reduce the risk of fires. Volunteers with excellent communication skills are being recruited to generate fire safety referrals from people aged over 65 or with support needs.

The role involves engaging with local residents to promote the service, supporting fire crew to book appointments and attending local community events.

This is a seven day a week service, but the time commitment is flexible (a minimum of four hours a month). Training will be provided.

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Side by Side Volunteer

This flexible volunteering opportunity matches you with someone with dementia so you can help them keep doing the things they love – and try new things too.

It could be going to see the latest movie, a walk round the park, a trip swimming or a catch-up over coffee. You’ll be empowering someone with dementia to keep playing an active role in their local community.

As a volunteer, you will spend time with someone each week, usually for around two hours. The role would suit good communicators who are happy volunteering on their own, whilst also keeping in touch with the charity’s team. Training will be provided.

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Charity Shop Team Members

Help raise funds for a leading health charity by volunteering for a busy charity shop based in the centre of town. This is an opportunity to gain retail experience and meet new people.

Volunteers should enjoy working with the public, and as part of a team, and be happy to learn how to use the till. You will be provided for full training in areas such as till work, sorting, pricing and rotation of stock.

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