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New volunteering opportunities for August 2018
Newbury Shopmobility has been operating since 1995 and has
helped thousands of people with limited mobility go about their
business with complete independence. This vital service, run by
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, loans mobility scooters and
A volunteer is required to help out on any day, Monday to
Saturday, between 9.30am and 4pm, although these hours are
flexible. The role involves meeting and greeting people, having
chats and advising visitors to Newbury about the scheme. You
will be trained to give instructions on using the equipment.
Ideal for a volunteer with a “hands on” approach and a welcoming
An event taking place in Newbury on the 15th and 16th September
is seeking stewards. There are a number of areas that stewards
can be involved in – you may wish to get experience marshalling
animals or helping visitors with queries in one of the
attraction tents. You could be involved in ensuring the display
ring, in which there are various demonstrations and
performances, runs to time, or be involved with welcoming
visitors at the gates.
Stewards will be the public face of the show, and so good
interpersonal skills are of value. Stewards are asked to commit
to at least a half day shift, and training will be given.
Rights of Way Inspector
If you enjoy cycling and walking in the countryside, you might
be interested in this role.
As a volunteer Rights of Way Inspector, you would inspect local
footpaths for problems with trees, crops, stiles and gates,
obstructions and surface mud.
Car mileage would be paid, and training and equipment provided.
The role would suit someone who can read maps well, is
self-reliant and can access some remote locations. An ideal time
commitment would be two days per week, but any help would be
Parent Support Volunteers
Parents play a key role in creating a secure childhood for their
children before they go off to school. But sometimes they need
help … your help.
Volunteers with parenting skills are required to undertake an
accredited training course (five hours per week on seven
consecutive Wednesdays, with the next course beginning on the
19th September 2018). On completion of the training, you will be
matched to a family in West Berkshire with young children,
becoming a trusted mentor.
Through visiting, you will be able to offer one-to-one support,
friendship and practical help.
Could you pass on your skills and experience of business to
inspire the next generation?
A national organisation which helps school students spend a year
setting up their own business requires volunteer advisers to
support the running of projects in local schools.
As a volunteer business adviser you will act as a mentor to the
young people, supporting them as they develop, sell and market
their product or service. You would attend a weekly meeting held
at the school running the project. This could be an ideal role
if you are able to encourage and motivate young people.
Do you have an interest or talent that you could share with
older people living with dementia?
A Newbury care home is keen to hear from volunteers who could
carry out activities with their clients, which could be anything
from art to baking to gardening. Or you could just come along to
provide companionship, having a chat over a cup of coffee.
Time commitment is flexible to suit you. The role would suit a
caring and empathetic volunteer, who might have some knowledge
of working with people with dementia.
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