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New volunteering opportunities for December 2017
Library Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer in a local library? Volunteers are currently being recruited for two roles in Newbury.

The first role is that of a community library volunteer and involves assisting readers with using the self-service equipment, helping people access stock and computers, shelving and assisting with events.

The second role is that of a community library organiser and involves playing a key role in supporting front line volunteer cover to ensure that a local library can maintain its open hours. The role will cover the essential activities to support the library service, such as organising the volunteer rota, arranging cover and being a point of contact for volunteers and staff.

Ref NY1844/47

Volunteer Charity Director

A Newbury-based charity that provides homes for local people experiencing hardship is seeking new directors to join its board.

Applicants should be committed to social housing and almshouses in particular. A background in housing management would be helpful but not essential – you might have management experience in areas such as accountancy, law or website development.

This is a hands-on role, with directors managing the charity and providing some administrative support. Time commitment is approximately 10 days a year, with attendance at quarterly directors’ meetings.

Ref NY1907

Volunteer Engineer

A national charity helps people with disabilities become more independent by providing custom-made equipment that is not available to buy.

The charity’s Berkshire branch is interested in hearing from skilled DIYers, model makers and craftspeople who have access to their own workshop, as well as the ability to design and make unique equipment that can help someone with a disability.

You will work from home, although you will need your own transport to visit clients and find out about their needs and buy equipment. The cost of materials and petrol will be reimbursed.

Ref NY1797

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

Branch General Volunteer

Are you a can-do person? Do you work well in a team? The local branch of an organisation that supports people affected by Motor Neurone Disease is seeking volunteers to assist with tasks such as creating and distributing leaflets and posters, assisting with refreshments at events, helping out with street collections and fundraising, and recruiting other volunteers.

Time commitment is approximately four hours a week. Branch committee meetings are held on Thursday evenings once a month just outside Reading, and volunteers are welcome to attend these.

Ref NY1901

Group Fundraiser

A Thatcham Scout group is seeking new volunteers to assist with its fundraising. The group takes part in events and fayres in Thatcham, and as a volunteer you can get involved in the current programme or come up with new fundraising ideas. All proceeds go back into the Scout group to improve the hut and purchase equipment for activities.

Time commitment is two meetings per term, plus an hour a week to carry out the duties, and the role would suit a volunteer with organisational skills and a desire to get involved.

Ref NY1900

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