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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.

Their Grants Committee are also looking for people with an interest in tackling disadvantage in the local community and help assess applications for organisational grants through their "Relief in Need" Fund. A good local knowledge is needed and the group meets roughly six times a year, although there a lot of email communications in between.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) aims to contribute to securing a safe society by reducing the incidence of death, injury and damage to property from fire and other emergencies. They are looking to take on some new volunteers to be based at the Wokingham Fire station. Community Engagement Volunteers are required to operate as part of a volunteering group delivering Home Fire Safety Checks to vulnerable people in the community. This role helps people live independently and safely in their own homes. Once the volunteers are trained, they can offer advice on how to keep the home safe and install smoke alarms to some of the most at risk members of the local Wokingham Community. The commitment can be determined by the wants and needs of the volunteer. The volunteer will need to have access to their own transport and be willing to undertake training and a DBS (police check.)







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