ASD Family Help is a user led local charity to support children and families affected by autism in Wokingham Borough. The Chair’s role is to ensure the Committee operates within the Constitution and fulfils its purpose; to lead and support the team; to represent ASD Family Help as appropriate and to set the agenda and chair meetings. The volunteer must have a sound knowledge of autism and have previous experience of the charity sector and related networks including social services. Time commitment averages around 10 hours per month, which is made up of committee meetings, meetings with the Operations Manager and dealing with general admin/emails. For a full description or to discuss this role in more detail, please contact the Wokingham Volunteer Centre.  

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 and help in the stables. 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 would ideally take place on a Monday and Wednesday morning and would involve grooming and walking the horses and supporting the clients.

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.

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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