Enrych Berkshire provides volunteers on a one-to-one bespoke basis, to physically disabled adults to enable them to enjoy leisure, learning or sporting activities of their choice, which they could not do without the assistance of another person. They have a lady who loves near Wokingham and is looking for help, ideally from a female volunteer. Initially, to help this young woman with a degenerative muscular disease to go walking outside her home for short distances; also enjoying a cream tea together in her garden. In time, maybe going out to the theatre, pub quizzes or meals together.  She is also interested in earning the piano if there are any volunteer teachers out there. The volunteer  will need to be robust physically and emotionally; have a good sense of humour and desire to have fun and make a new friend; patience and sensitivity if our ember gets tired by the activity. 

CLASP is a self-advocacy charity for adults with learning disabilities living in Wokingham. They are looking of a number of volunteers. A volunteer is needed to help with administration in their office based at the Bradbury Centre in central Wokingham on Tuesdays or Friday afternoons from 1pm-3pm. They also need help with their weekly coffee shop which takes place at the Bradbury Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10am-12pm. The volunteer is needed just to spend time chatting to the attendees who attend to receive support, information and friendship! There is also a need for a Marketing and PR volunteer to help improve awareness of their services, campaigns and projects. This would be in an ad hoc basis and could be home based or based in the office.

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. Headway Thames Valley works to improve life after brain injury. It provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as campaigning to reduce the incidence of brain injury in the Thames Valley. We have a variety of volunteer roles to suit your skills, interests and availability. They need help in their Resource Centre in Henley, everything from making teas and coffees and chatting with clients to assisting with activities, outings and gardening. They also have opportunities to volunteer with administration tasks and fundraising events.

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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