Home-Start is a national voluntary organisation offering informal, friendly support to parents with at least one child under the age of five. Home-Start knows how hard being a parent can be, particularly during the early years, and that any additional pressures can make things seem overwhelming. Home-Start Wokingham is the local branch of Home-start and they are looking to recruit new trustees from a range of backgrounds in our local community. Volunteers with strategic management experience and professional experience in health and family matters would be welcomed. Meetings are held every 2 months, some daytime but mostly evenings. If you are interested, please contact us for more details. 

Reading and District Macular Society assists people with macular degeneration (sight loss) by organising events and social activities that offer opportunities to meet others and share experiences. They are looking for new committee members to attend their meetings which take place on a Friday morning six times a year at the Berkshire Vision in Reading. They would like someone who can be passionate about what the charity do and bring fresh ideas to the group.

The Berkshire Adolescent Unit is a hospital for patients with mental health illnesses. The BAU Hospital Education Team offers patients aged 12-18 years a chance to continue with their education during their hospital admission. They are looking for a management group member to attend group meetings once a term (on a Thursday evening) and support the work of the hospital’s education team for the patients. An interest of promoting learning for young people and some knowledge of finances/budgets would be desirable.

Marriage Care specialise in helping couples – married or not – build and sustain strong, fulfilling, healthy relationships, and in providing support in times of relationship difficulty. They are looking for a volunteer to lead a dedicated team of relationship support specialists in the local area. As Head of Centre you will be responsible for leading and motivating the team, recruiting new volunteers, raising awareness of Marriage Care in the local area and building positive local relationships with the Catholic Church community. This is a ‘virtual’ role that would be home based. The commitment involved would be around a minimum of 6 to 8 hours per week plus quarterly centre meetings and attendance at one or two regional/national conferences per year is strongly encouraged. Travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid. They are looking for someone who can provide a long term commitment.

The Wokingham Job Support Centre serves clients based in Wokingham Borough and Bracknell to help them in their search for jobs by coaching them for interviews, CV writing and supporting their job applications. They are in search of a new Trustee to be responsible for raising funds from the corporate sector. The volunteer with be required to establish links with business in the local area, so previous business knowledge is essential.

Wokingham, Bracknell and District Mencap are an independent local registered charity supporting over 1200 adults and children with learning disabilities and/or an autism spectrum condition (ASC), their parent carers and their families. They
provide a range of services including information, carer and family support, activities for children and adults with learning disabilities, siblings' support, activities for adults with autism, activities for carers as well as campaigning on local and national issues. They are looking for new Trustees to join them. The role will involve attending bi-monthly Trustee Meetings with the Board of Trustees and the Joint CEO’s to help develop the charity. Occasionally volunteer time towards fundraising events would be useful. They are looking for trustees who can commit up to 8 evenings and a few days days per year. Of particular value would be expertise in one or more of the following fields: Marketing,  Project Management, IT
and Fundraising. Understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship of a charity would be an advantage, but training will be provided.

Cruse Bereavement Care in is the leading national charity providing bereavement support in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. In order to support more people in the Thames Valley Berkshire area and make sure our services provide the best care possible, Cruse Bereavement Care is looking to recruit an Area Chairperson. This will provide the perfect platform for you to get involved and use your wide range of skills. This role requires leadership, direction and strategic thinking. The Area Chairperson is responsible for ensuring that the Area is efficiently and effectively managed in order to maintain the standards of service required by Cruse Bereavement Care.  The Management Committee meets monthly, usually a Wednesday evening 5.30-7.30, in Bracknell. The volunteer must have Management, Leadership, Strategic thinking and Business skills and be passionate about the charity and their aims and objectives.

The Citizens Advice Bureau gives free, confidential advice on every subject from debt, benefits, housing and employment, to law, immigration and discrimination. It is independent and gives advice in an unbiased way. The Wokingham Citizens Advice Bureau is looking to recruit a new Treasurer. Each individual member of the trustee board has a responsibility to contribute to the discharging of the board's duties. They can do this by: maintaining an awareness of the business of the bureau, taking responsibility for their own learning and development, regularly attending, preparing for and taking a full part in meetings, actively contributing to setting policy and strategic direction, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance, monitoring whether the service complies with its governing document and acting in the best interests of the bureau at all time and maintaining confidentiality about any sensitive or confidential information received in the course of duties as a trustee. Trustees will need to have experience of finance/accountancy experience. 

The Wokingham Winter Carnival committee plans and stages the Wokingham Winter Carnival each year on the final Sunday in November of each year. They are looking for a volunteer to act as the Honorary Secretary of the Winter Carnival Committee. Reporting to the Committee Chairman, the individual will be responsible for the efficient administration of the Committee and ensure that the necessary legal and local authority requirements are met. Previous experience in a management role and/or a legal role would be useful, though not essential. Meetings usually take place in the evenings.  

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