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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
Training will be given and the role would suit volunteers with a
listening ear and a sense of humour.
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
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.
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
You also need to be a car driver. Full support from a local dog
trainer will be given and expenses paid.
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!
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
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.
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