Children/Young People

Just Around the Corner
is a youth work charity based in Wokingham that works alongside children and young people who require additional support, through mentoring. The mentoring programmes can be in equine assisted learning, pottery, horticulture, site management, arts & crafts or stables management. JAC also provides mentoring in the community and in school and detached youth work on the streets and in parks. They are currently looking to take on volunteers in many different areas such as mentoring, horticulture, in the stables, in the office, site maintenance and many more. Please contact us for full details. 

ABC to read recruit, train and support volunteers who work on a 1:1 basis with primary school children who are struggling with reading. Volunteers will visit a local primary school on a weekly basis and works with children individually seeing the same children on each visit, talking and reading and playing games with them. The volunteers are supported by a field worker who is available to provide ideas and act as a link between the charity and the school. Their next training course is being held on 25th January 2019. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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