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New volunteering opportunities for October 2017
Village Agent Information Day

A Village Agent Information Day will be held at the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, 1 Bolton Place, Northbrook Street, Newbury, RG14 1AJ on Thursday 12th October 2017, 10am-3pm.

Do you have a common sense approach and enjoy talking to people? Village Agents are trained about the numerous services provided by various organizations; they then visit older or socially isolated people. The information they give enables them to live in their own homes for longer and become engaged in their own community. The role is extremely rewarding.

If you can offer 2-3 hours a week, come along and chat to Gill at the information day or call 01635 581001 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 the winter months.

Volunteers are needed for three shifts - in the evening to distribute sandwiches, interact with service users and prepare beds (7.30 – 10.15pm), overnight to ensure everyone’s safety (10:00pm – 6.15am) and in the morning to help provide tea and toast and clear the beds (6:00 – 8:30am). A volunteer driver is also needed in the evenings and mornings to transport bedding in the van.

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

Ref NY1886

Assistant Keyholder

A Thatcham building has grown significantly in popularity as a venue for hire. A volunteer who lives nearby is required to help with keyholding duties for casual lettings, and also to show prospective hirers the building and explain the conditions of hire.

On occasions, support is also needed with basic administrative tasks such as handling e-mails or phone calls, and this work can be done from home.

The role would suit a good communicator who would enjoy meeting new hirers. The amount of time per week will vary according to the number of bookings, but is expected to be 1.5 to 2 hours.

Ref NY1838

Volunteer Dog Training

Could you provide a loving home for a puppy who is training to be an assistance dog?

Volunteers are being recruited in West Berkshire to look after a puppy for 14-16 months, and provide it with obedience and skills training, socialisation and exercise.

This is a full-time commitment; volunteers will need to be at home for the majority of the day and able to attend regular training classes.
You also need to be a car driver. Full support from a local dog trainer will be given and expenses paid.

Ref NY1885

Memory Café Supporters

A new weekly drop-in session designed to support people living with dementia and their loved ones will shortly be launching in Thatcham. Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help with the running of the sessions on Friday afternoons.

The role will involve meeting and greeting, supporting with giving out cake and coffee, helping with activities such as art and games and chatting to users of the service.

No specific qualifications are required, just a desire to socialise, listen and talk. Induction and training will be provided and cake bakers would be welcomed!

Ref NY1893


Volunteer Centre West Berkshire has been around since 1974, and provides free impartial information on volunteering opportunities available locally, alongside services such as Village Agents, a befriending project and voluntary sector support.

We are seeking to strengthen our team with the addition of trustees with backgrounds in HR and the voluntary sector. Trustees meet every ten weeks on weekday afternoons (usually a Friday). Trustees will offer guidance and expertise and become involved in other projects on an ad hoc basis. If you are a good team player, with expertise in the community, we would be interested in hearing from you.

Ref NY1449

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