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VCme - Supported
volunteering for people with mental health conditions
New volunteering opportunities for February 2019
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.
for People with Mental
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
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.
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
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
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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