Disability

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.

Set in over 120 acres of Berkshire countryside, Norwood runs Ravenswood Village which is home to 140 people with learning or physical disabilities or both who live on site. They are looking for more volunteers to help with Befriending, help in the stables with one of the retired horses and an Arts and Crafts Volunteer. The role of Befriender is a one to one role and would involve chatting with one of the residents and engaging in meaningful activities depending on the choice of the individual and the volunteers. Time commitment is a few hours per week, flexible daytimes/evenings/weekends. The stables role is also very flexible and can fit around the availability of the volunteer who must have knowledge and a love of horses. The Arts and Crafts volunteer role is to support an arts and crafts class which takes place on Tuesdays from 1.45pm-4pm. The class has a tutor, so the volunteer would be required to provide extra support. A love of Arts and Crafts would be beneficial.

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.)









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