Children/Young People

The Me2Club 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. Their next training course is being held on Tuesday 30th May and Thursday 1st June, 5-9pm in Woodley so please contact us ASAP if you are interested.

Woodley Girlguiding has an exciting opportunity for volunteers to help with opening new Brownie and Guide groups in the area! Being an adult helper involves helping to plan and run activities for the girls, going on trips and generally having fun! Volunteers will need to enjoy supporting children and young people, have a great sense of humour and have some ideas of activities. They also need help with administration such as treasurer, minutes secretary, craft organisers etc. Do contact us if are interested in helping with this.  

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. provide resources and services to inspire and support learning and knowledge for all. 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. This volunteering opportunity is for volunteers aged 16 to 24 years only.

The Woodcraft Folk are an educational movement, designed to develop young people’s self-confidence and activity in society, with the aim of building a better world based on equality, peace, social justice and co-operation. They run weekly with two groups; Elfins (6-9 years) and Pioneers (10-12 years) on Tuesday evenings between 6-7.30pm.  Our programs include games, drama, craftwork, singing and dancing as well as educational work on our aims and principles.  Hiking and camping/overnight trips are also undertaken occasionally at weekends. They need volunteers to help out at group nights and/or become involved in the running of the group. The group meets at All Saints School, Norreys Avenue Wokingham.

The 1st Woosehill Scout Group is the largest Scout Group in Wokingham.  Age ranges from 6-14 years with 2 Beaver Colonies (6-8 years old) 2 cubs packs (8-10.5) and 2 Scout Troops (10.5 years-14 years).  They need volunteers as Beaver Scout Leaders either on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Monday is 6.30pm-8pm and Tuesday and Wednesday is 5.30pm-6.45pm. Volunteer will be planning and supervising sessions (with a team), such as hikes, crafts and work towards badges.  Training will be provided with a mentor. Volunteers must be patient, organised, adaptable and can work in a team.  You will need to enjoy helping children develop and grow through scouting. 

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 Red Kite Children’s Centre in Shinfield is looking for volunteers to support their play and learn sessions. This role will involve; supporting Family Workers with play activities, helping set up and tidy away (could involve moving chairs and tables etc) cleaning art and craft area, interacting with parents, carers, children and babies. Volunteers will need to be a positive role model throughout the sessions and be willing to get involved with whatever is needed. Safeguarding training level 1 is essential, but this will be provided. Volunteers are needed mornings, Monday-Friday.

 

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.

Short Break Carers Scheme aims to link disabled children with carers who can provide them with regular short breaks. The Scheme provides a vital support service to families of disabled children, and benefits the children by enabling them to  enjoy new experiences. Most of the children who use the service have a learning disability and/or physical needs. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and can be working, retired, unemployed, single or with a partner, with or without children. They will need enthusiasm, energy and some spare time to commit to becoming a regular carer for a disabled child. Training is given in order to help prepare for the individual needs of the child the volunteer will be looking after.

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.

Berkshire Scouts supports scouting in more than a hundred communities across Berkshire providing fun, challenge and adventure for more than 8,500 young people aged 6 to 25. The 4th Wokingham Scout Group and wants your help to create every day adventure! The group, on Rose Street in Wokingham, is looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers to help lead their Beaver Colony (ages 6-8) on Wednesday evenings.  At present there is no Beaver Leader as work commitments led to the existing leader stepping down. With your help we can save the Beaver Colony from closing! Beavers develops young people through fun, challenge and adventure. The position is voluntary and primarily involves helping to run the exciting activities with the children, as well as go on fun trips and outings! You could get involved! From abseiling to zorbing - we do it all!  We can offer you a free DBS check, free training, masses of career skills, and a great chance to improve your CV. There's also plenty of support from fellow volunteers and the chance to meet new people. The most important part is that it's fun and incredibly rewarding.

The 1st Emmbrook Scout Group is a large Scout Group for 6-14 years olds with 2 Beaver Colonies (6-8 years old) 2 cubs packs (8-10.5) and 1 Scout Troop (10.5 years-14 years) They have about 150 members and their purpose is to help young people develop into awesome adults! They need help from adult leaders and also from assistants at the various groups that meet Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the occasional weekend. Volunteers must be passionate, enthusiastic and like children!

The Lend and Play Toy Library is a registered charity which provides low cost loans of toys, games and play equipment to families, child minders, carers and children’s groups across East Berkshire. Parents become members first (for a £10 annual fee) and then they can hire a number of toys for a three week period. The toy library also runs a party hire service offering larger play equipment suitable for birthday parties, weddings and events. A new Wednesday toy library volunteer is required to help check, clean and process the party-hire toys and to use the database to book toys in and out on a Wednesday afternoon and evening.

1st Wokingham Brownies unit meet on Wednesday evenings from 5.45pm-7.15pm at St Pauls School in Wokingham and is for girls aged for 7-10 years old girls. The current leaders are stepping down so they need two new leaders to take over the existing unit. This will involve planning and taking part in weekly meetings which could be anything from arts and crafts, cooking, trips out, sports etc. There is also a requirement to deal with the admin and the accounts, but this can be shared out between the adult helpers. Leaders will need to be DBS checks and New leader and First Aid training will be provided.

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.

2nd Woodley Scout Group are a very active scout group who are very accommodating of children with all kinds of needs and different backgrounds. A volunteer is required to help on a Monday night with the cubs group which meets from 6.30pm-8pm and on Tuesday night with the beavers group from 6pm-7pm and the Scouts group from 7pm-9pm to support the leaders with programmed activities. Volunteers do not have to be able to commit to every week as they can help on a rota basis. 

1st St Sebastian's Scout Group are looking for volunteers to help with their beaver, cubs and scouts groups. The beaver and cubs meet at St Sebastian Church Hall on a Monday evening and the Scout group is on Thursday evening. Volunteers will need to help with planning and supervising activities and training young people, with support from an experienced Scout Leader and formal training as required. Meetings are once a week, with occasional weekend activities. 

Peapods
 is a support group run by an for families with a child with physical disabilities. It aims to; support families and carers of children with physical disabilities locally; to increase public awareness of the needs of physically disabled children and their families; to strive to improve the services available in the area & to have fun! They run a club on the second Saturday of each month from 10.30-12.30 at Twyford Scout Hall. Volunteers are needed from 10-1 to help set up and clear away and to assist children with the activities, usually some craft, cooking, various toys and games. 





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