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New volunteering opportunities for August 2018
Shopmobility Volunteer

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 wheelchairs.

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 personality.

Ref NY698


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.

Ref NY1972

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 appreciated.

Ref NY1970

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.

Ref NY23

Business Advisor

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.

Ref NY1631

Activity Volunteer

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.

Ref NY1973

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