Children/Young People

The Wokingham Young Carers
projects supports young people and children aged 6-18 in the Wokingham borough who are classed as young carers. A young carer is a child or young person under 18 who look’s after someone (normally in their family) who has an illness, a disability, mental ill-health or a problem with drugs or alcohol. The charity is looking for Summer fun day volunteers to help with fun days each week being held in Wokingham Borough over six weeks of the school holidays (w/c 23rd July-w/c 27 August.) They will take place on two days per week, in two locations in Wokingham Borough (these will be confirmed soon.) Activities will include rounders, football, arts and crafts and other fun activities. Volunteers will need to be physically able and enjoy being with children. They will need to commit to at least one day per week for a minimum of 4 weeks, so the children get to know the volunteers. Please contact us if you are interested.

1st Shinfield Scouts
are a Scout group serving the Shinfield and surrounding areas. They cater for boys and girls from the age 6 through to 14 and currently have 2 beaver section, 2 cubs sections and a scout section. They are currently in need of more adults to help run our different sections and we are opening a new scout section later this year and will need more adult volunteers to help run that.  Volunteers help to plan and run the activities for our young people.  A regularly weekly commitment from volunteers is not essential and they would be happy with anyone who could even offer a few hours per term or one evening a month. They are also looking out for help in their committee with admin, newsletters and other behind the scenes activities.

Wokingham Borough libraries
provide resources and services to inspire and support learning and knowledge for all. Wokingham Libraries offers activities to help primary school aged children keep reading through the summer holidays as part of the national Summer Reading Challenge. Volunteers are needed encourage children to complete the Summer Reading Challenge by talking about books and promoting the SRC website and activities. They will help with children’s craft activities and displays in Wokingham, Woodley and Lower Earley libraries during the school holidays. Volunteers must be enthusiastic about reading. Enjoy talking to and helping children and families. Interested in craft activities. Reliable and able to make a regular commitment. Able to arrange own transport to and from the library. Please note: This volunteering opportunity is for volunteers aged 16 to 24 years only.

The Me2 Club offers support to families who have children, between the ages of 5 to 19, with special needs to enable them to access mainstream social activities, mainly after school or at weekends. They provide trained volunteers to offer one to one support to children in need. The Me2 Club links volunteers with children with additional needs to enable to take part in activities with other children. These include brownies, scouts, music lessons, drama clubs and a wide variety of sports clubs. They are looking for volunteers with a few hours to spare each week to support these children to get involved. No previous experience is required.

Scouting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to both boys and girls.  Adult volunteers can try new things and gain qualifications, become an active member of the community, meet new people and have fun themselves! 3rd Wokingham Scouts, based in Norreys Avenue, Wokingham is looking for more Adult Volunteers. Their groups meet each evening, Monday - Thursday, term times only and they have 1 x Scout Troop, 2 x Cub Packs, 2 x Beaver Colonies. Even if you feel you could help once a month, then please do get in touch. They are also looking for help on their committee as they need a new Chairman and Treasurer and help with fundraising and event organising. Contact us ASAP if you are interested in any of the above roles.

Students from Addington School (which is based in Woodley) attend sessions at the Shuters Café at the Wokingham Borough Council offices at Shute End in Wokingham. All the young people attending have a learning disability and they need some volunteer help to support these young people with helping to set up the café, serve the customers and help to clear away at the end. Volunteers will need to enjoy supporting those with a learning disability and have good customer service skills. The session runs from 9am-1pm on Thursdays.

Floreat Montague Park is brand new school in Wokingham with a unique educational vision. The are looking for a volunteer to help on a 1:1 basis with a child with SEN to support them in their learning and play. Activities would include: discussions with the learner, playing games, singing songs etc. The volunteer would need to work closely with the teaching assistant to support the child in a consistent way. A passion for working with children, especially special needs children is a must. A positive attitude and a calm and friendly persona is important. A knowledge of the EYFS curriculum would be useful but not essential as training will be provided.

NYAS is a nationwide children’s charity which provides a range of services to support looked after children and young people. We provide advocacy services to uphold the wishes and feelings of young people in the care system and also run a helpline to support these children in crisis. We also provide volunteers known as Independent Visitors to befriend children and young people in care. An Independent Visitor, or I.V as they’re known, befriends a child or young person who is in the care system. The I.V gives a couple of hours of their time each month to take a young person out to engage in a fun activity. These activities are really wide ranging and can be anything from visiting zoos, cinemas and theme parks, taking part in go-karting, swimming or even just chatting over a pizza. What makes these volunteers so special is that they are not social workers or have any part in the care system; they are ordinary people who want to make a difference to a young person’s life. For many children, an Independent Visitor provides an excellent role model and allows looked after children to believe that adults can be trusted.

The ASD Family Help charity is a 'User Led' independent and voluntary group that offers free support and advice to individuals on the autistic spectrum, their parents, carers and professionals within Wokingham Borough. They are also looking for volunteers to be positive role models to the their Teen Club @ 'Our House' Emmbrook, 1st and 3rd Wednesday in the month, term time only, 4.15-6.45pm. They also run a Martial Arts group 6.45pm-8.15pm every Friday, term time only, at Finchampstead Baptist Church. A volunteer is needed to help on a one to one basis or as part of the group, all within the main activity alongside staff.  No experience necessary just a willingness to be actively involved and get stuck in with children and young people aged 5-18.

Pavilion Youth Club runs a drop in youth session every Friday evening from 7.00 - 9.30pm based in Spencer's Wood. Their current age range is from 11 - 17 yrs old. It is a safe place for young people to come and socialise/relax with their friends, find support when needed and get involved in activities and the opportunities we provide. The volunteer will be volunteering alongside the Youth Support Workers and be involved with the organisational aspects of running the session ie, taking in subs, registering, manning tuck shop, setting up and supervising activities/games as well as chatting and interacting with the young people. Being able to interact, communicate and relate to young people today. Some experience of being around young people would be preferred. This position does not require the volunteer to attend every Friday but could be one or twice a month, so in that respect would look for 2 or more volunteers depending on their availability.

ASSIST supports young people in Wokingham Borough from 12 years-18 years who are on the autistic spectrum. They have two groups that meet once a month on a Saturday and once a month on a Sunday. The boys group meets once a month on a Saturday from 11.15am-2.15pm in Woodley. A volunteer is required to spend time chatting to the young people, playing games, pool, football etc. The girls group meets once a month in Wokingham on a Sunday from 11am-3pm and a volunteer is needed to spend time chatting to the girls and playing games etc.

Wokingham and Bracknell Mencap are looking for Support Volunteers to help with the provision of activities at a youth club for young people aged 13-19 years who have learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions.  The Youth club takes place on a Wednesday evening from 7pm-9pm at Addington School in Woodley. Volunteer will be required to participate in sports, going to the cinema, and other activities as specified by the Youth Club Supervisor, and to support and encourage the young people attending the youth club to join in.

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