Home Start i
s 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.  They are currently looking for more Volunteer Trustees to join their board, who are jointly responsible for governing the charity. Board meetings take place about 10 hours per month working to develop the charities services, funding, staff and report on the charities activities. Volunteers do not need any special experience or qualifications, they should just be passionate about helping families.

Young Enterprise empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. They make the connection between schools and the world of works, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitude they need to succeed building on skills such as communication, initiative, problem-solving, team work and resilience. They are currently looking for volunteers to help as Business Advisors/Mentors to the support groups of pupils from local schools in Wokingham, Crowthorne, Ascot and Bracknell. Mentors are matched up with one group of 10-15 pupils based at one school and guide and advise them throughout the year. Business knowledge would be advantageous but not essential.  The mentor would need to be a good role model and be able to act as a ‘critical friend.’ Commitment would be term time only, approximately one hour per week usually during the day or after school and then possibly a further couple of hours in our own time. Young Enterprise is also looking for more volunteers to join their local Board in the Wokingham and Bracknell area. This is ongoing role and the board helps arrange events and seminars for all the schools involved in Young Enterprise in the area. Please contact us for more information.

ASD Family Help
is a user led local charity to support children and families affected by autism in Wokingham Borough. There are looking to recruit a new Chairman. The Chair’s role is to ensure the Committee operates within the Constitution and fulfils its purpose; to lead and support the team; to represent ASD Family Help as appropriate and to set the agenda and chair meetings. The volunteer must have a sound knowledge of autism and have previous experience of the charity sector and related networks including social services. Time commitment averages around 10 hours per month, which is made up of committee meetings, meetings with the Operations Manager and dealing with general admin/emails. For a full description or to discuss this role in more detail, please contact the Wokingham Volunteer Centre. 

Wokingham United Charities run the Westende almshouses which are flats in central Wokingham. The 27 flats are home to local, mainly elderly people, who have been in either financial or social need. They are looking for a volunteer to help manage their building work. They have reliable contractors for plumbing, heating, electrical and building work, but they need briefing, and their work checked on completion. There is a resident warden who is available for regular supervision of contractors, but the person taking this role will inevitably have to be available sometimes during working hours. They are a small and friendly team that meet about six times a year, attend occasional coffee mornings with the residents and report to trustees on all significant items. We do quite a lot by email. The role would suit someone that has experience of project management and/or building work.

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.

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