Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are the main providers of mental health, learning disability and community health services in Berkshire. Getting to know your Neighbourhood’ is a group for adults with learning disabilities in Wokingham. This is a short course which aims to help people explore different aspects of their local community including keeping safe and community participation. They are looking for volunteers to help with/co-facilitate the group which will take place on a Monday morning from 9.30am-12.30pm in Wokingham in September of this year. Volunteers must be open, friendly and approachable manner, have an understanding of confidentiality, be a good communicator and be a team player.  Please contact us if you are interested.

No 1 Club is a social club for adults with mild learning disabilities in the Wokingham area. The No 1 Club meets once a week at the Sindlesham Baptist Church Hall on a Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm. They are looking for club helpers during that time to socialise with the members and help them with their activities at the group on a Thursday evening. This can include helping with quizzes, cooking, music, art etc. Volunteers will need to have a sense of humour, enthusiastic and happy to help with people with learning disabilities. Volunteers can help on a rota basis, so even if you are interested in helping for two Thursdays out of four, then please do contact us.  

Wokingham Macular Support Group is a support group for people with Macular conditions (affecting their sight.) They meet every third Monday in the month from 10am-12pm at Chestnut Grange in Wokingham. They are looking for a volunteer to help with the general running of the group, making teas and chatting to the members of the group. An understanding of sight difficulties and practical caring skills are a must.

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.

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with and for all people with arthritis. They are a membership organisation with a network of local branches and groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They have a really exciting opportunity for people who have experience of arthritis whether personal or via family and friends - AND for those willing to learn - to provide peer support to others living with arthritis. The role is a Champion Volunteer and commitment is for a few hours each week - or less regularly if required. The volunteers will be helping with the drop-ins in the West Berkshire area: currently Central Reading, Pangbourne, Wokingham and Newbury. The volunteer can choose the area most local to them and they will be adding new areas, so please do get in touch. They can also help with Individual Support Calls, which are pre-booked one to one phone calls with people with arthritis. The other role is to help at the workshops run by Arthritis Care on how people living with chronic pain could better manage their pain. If any of these roles appeal to you, please get in touch! Full training will be provided.

CLASP is a self-advocacy organisation for adults with learning disabilities in the Wokingham borough. Our aim is to help people with learning disabilities to speak up for their rights and to be more independent. The role will involve encouraging and enabling our members to participate in and develop our campaigning group ‘Take Notice’. As a user-led organisation, our members lead the way in terms of setting our projects’ aims, actions and outcomes. It is diverse and varied and may include helping members to develop their ideas for a project, organise a fundraising event, or prepare a presentation for a meeting. Take Notice is supported at all times by CLASP’s Project Worker and so the volunteer will not be left unsupervised.
The role will take place on Friday mornings.

Rose Buddies prevention service provides support to adults who have learning disabilities living in Wokingham Borough. They provide a drop-in service from Monday to Friday where users can access a range of activities which include: training, relationship awareness, cooking skills, budgeting, IT courses, craft sessions, community allotments and many more. They are looking for volunteers who can commit a few hours a week to support members to take part in these activities especially volunteers that enjoy arts, crafts, cooking and gardening. 

Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap is a local charity working with people with a learning disability and
those with an autism spectrum condition (ASC), their carers and families. The Friday Alternative is a club for young people with Aspergers or high functioning autism aged over 16.  The club takes place twice a month, on the second Tuesday for activities in the community, eg: bowling or cinema, and on the last Friday of the month for a meal in a local pub. They are looking for a volunteer to help out (approx 10 per month.)

Acorn Community Centre at Woosehill provides services to adults with leaning difficulties. Facilities include; a sensory room, an art room, an IT room, a cafe and other rooms for meetings and activities. Volunteers are required to support over the lunchtime period, chatting to service users and helping with their lunches. Volunteers need to have empathy with those participating in the activities, patient and a good listener  All training and on going support will be provided and timing is flexible. 

Ravenswood houses an indoor hydrotherapy pool, a coffee shop, dance and art studios, riding school and a working garden all of which are developed to meet the needs of residents. There are 140 people with learning or physical disabilities or both who live on site, 450 staff and over 100 volunteers. They are currently looking for a volunteer to help a small group of people with learning disabilities to go bowling in Wokingham on a Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-3pm. They also need a volunteer to help with a group with learning disabilities to take part in an athletics session at Bracknell Sports Centre on a Tuesday afternoon from 2pm-3.30pm. They are also looking for volunteers to support art and craft classes which take place Monday morning and Monday evening, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Thursday mornings and afternoons and Friday mornings. Volunteers need to be caring, patient and ideally have a liking for arts and crafts. 

Two Left Feet is a voluntary organisation committed to introducing dance in a new, exciting and fun way. They welcome people from all backgrounds and with all abilities and want to appeal to those who 'dream' of dancing but because they believe they have 'two left feet' may not have had the confidence.  Primarily to assist with supporting the sessions on a Wednesday evening at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley.  They are looking for a volunteer to help to sign members in, welcoming new members, assisting the instructor to get set up, joining in the dance sessions and making members feel comfortable.  Sessions run every other Wednesday and time commitment would be from 7.00-9.00 pm. 

Disability Initiative is a specialist charity that supports adults with complex physical disabilities from its purpose-built Resource Centre in Camberley. The group supports people across Berkshire, including Wokingham. They are looking to recruit a new Trustee to support the strategic direction, governance and development of the organisation. They are also looking for woodwork or design and technology tutor to work in their newly refurbished practical skills area to work alongside their clients. 

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