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New volunteering opportunities for October 2018
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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At Home Library Volunteer

Would you like to help make the world of reading accessible to people who are unable to access their local library due to disability or illness?

A local service is looking for a volunteer to select books from the library in Newbury on a Wednesday on a three weekly basis. You would then make home visits to deliver the books to local residents. These visits can be made at a time suitable for the volunteer and the borrower. You will need access to your own car (a mileage allowance will be paid).

Good interpersonal skills and empathy are essential, and a love of books would be an advantage.

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Community Reserve Volunteer

Community Reserve Volunteers help their local community during a major emergency. This role is perfect for people who want to do their bit but do not wish to commit to regular volunteering.

Typical tasks include filling sandbags, clearing roads and paths, moving furniture upstairs before a flood, sorting supplies and stock, administration and helping teams carry/load equipment. Teams are led by an experienced volunteer.

When there is a need to mobilise volunteers, you will be sent a text message which you can reply to if you are available to support.

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Day Therapy Volunteer

A local hospice requires day therapy volunteers to help ensure the wellbeing of its patients.

As a day therapy volunteer, you would play an important role in groupwork activities, serving refreshments and meals and ensuring a welcoming environment.

Listening and talking to patients and their visitors is central to this role, so strong communication skills and a non-judgemental attitude are a must. The service runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Volunteer Shop Assistant

Volunteers are required to help in a Newbury charity shop. An ideal way to gain experience in retail, you can help raise funds for a leading animal charity.

Volunteers will be supported with training to develop their skills, and whatever help you can give would be welcomed; however a couple of hours or one half day a week would be ideal.

Tasks include processing new stock, till work and displaying goods.

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Guiders and Unit Helpers

Are you interested in helping children and young people fulfil their potential?

Girlguiding is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young woman, and volunteers are sought in Newbury to help provide members with fun and challenging activities.

If you have bags of enthusiasm, and a willingness to get involved, you could make an ideal unit helper whatever your skills and interests. Volunteers will be provided with full induction and training.

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