The Civil Service Retirement Fellowship provide friendship and support. They provide a range of services that include befriending schemes to help combat loneliness in later life, local community groups and offer information, advice and signposting. They are looking for Volunteer Befrienders to visit a retired Civil Servant in their home, to provide company to people who may be feeling lonely and isolated. Training provided and expenses paid for.

Glebelands House is a 42 bed nursing and residential care based in central Wokingham. They are in need of volunteers to help with their tea trolley serving drinks to residents and visitors. Shifts are available Monday to Sunday 10am-12pm and/or 2pm-4pm. Volunteers do not need previous experience but must be friendly, polite and reliable.

Wade is a day care centre in central Wokingham which provides a hot meal and other services for the elderly. They are looking for Passenger Assistant volunteers to help assist the WADE driver during transportation of Members to and from the Day Centre on the minibus. The volunteers will be required to collect Member’s from their homes, support them on and off the vehicle and into the Day Centre. This is applicable to both morning and afternoon shifts. This is a non driving role, you are simply required to support the clients to and from the centre. The morning shift is from approximately 9am-11am and the afternoon shift from 3pm-5.30pm. Volunteers will need to be mobile, patient and reliable.

The Wokingham Transport Scheme provides low cost transport for the elderly to hospital, the doctors, physiotherapy and dentist appointments . They need to recruit more drivers who live in Wokingham, Finchampstead or Winnersh. Drivers will be called on an ad hoc basis and they will be required to provide transport to and from their desired destination and in many cases help them to attend their appointment. Expenses are re-imbursed. It really does make a difference to people's lives, many of whom without the volunteers cannot attend essential appointments.

Age UK Reading is a local charity providing services to older in the greater Reading area. Services include Lively Living Activity Club, Lunch and Tea social clubs, Happy Feet toenail cutting, Befriending and Information and Advice. They are currently in need of help at their Lively Living Club which take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. The Friday club takes place in Woodley, the other days are held in various locations across Reading. The role will include setting up, welcoming clients as they arrive, preparing and serving hot and cold drinks, serving meals and ensuring venue is clean and tidy when the group is finished. Volunteers must be friendly and caring, have a flexible attitude and enjoy spending time with older people.

Abbeyfield Winnersh is part of the Abbeyfield Society Charity which was set up 60 years ago with its main aim to reduce isolation in older people. Abbeyfield Winnersh is a specialist Dementia Residential Home. It recently opened in June and they are looking for volunteers in various areas such as Activity Coordinators, Befrienders and help in the shop. Volunteers must be reliable, patient and have good communication skills. Experience with dementia is not essential as training will be provided.

Walking for Health is run by part of Wokingham Borough Council and they run a variety of projects that serves clients who wish
to become more physically active after diagnoses of a long term medical condition, subjected to a fall or cardiac condition. The department also aims to help active adults participate in SHINE, an over 60’s physical activity programme as well as the Walking for Health programme, a National walking programme. They need volunteers to support walk leaders with the Walking for Health walks. This will involve; supporting instructors during physical activity classes where support would be invaluable and well received by instructors and participants alike. They will need people skills, empathy, a caring nature, supportive, friendly and be a reasonably active person. These run Monday to Friday mornings and afternoons.

The Liberty of Earley House is a friendly residential care home in Lower Earley for the elderly. They are looking for volunteers to come and sing with or play music to the residents. The volunteer will need enthusiasm, confidence to get a group to sing and join in.  If you can play an instrument too, that would be great!

Alexandra Place in Woodley provides social housing for the over 55's. They are looking for Lunch Club/Activity volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The role will involve helping on one of these days from about 11.30am-2pm welcoming residents to the lunch club, serving refreshments, helping clear up after the lunch and running activities after the lunch such as bingo, a quiz etc.

COATS is a local charity running a Day Centre for older people in and around Crowthorne. They are looking to recruit several new volunteers: a Shop Helper to help to sort and sell items donated to the charity for sale in their shop in Crowthorne High Street, a Fundraiser to assist with the fund-raising group to organise/arrange fund-raising activities of many varieties, a Minibus driver to drive the minibus around Crowthorne to pick older people up from their own homes in the morning and returning them in the afternoon and a Minibus Passenger Assistant to ride in the minibus around Crowthorne assist in the pick of older people from their own homes in the morning and returning them in the afternoon. They also need help in their kitchen to assist the cook with food preparation.

Wild Acres is a 20 bed single storey residential home in Finchampstead caring for the elderly. It promotes the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social well-being of its service users, protecting their inclusion in society. They currently need a volunteer to help one of their residents to play bridge, so if you have experience working with the elderly and have a good knowledge of the game they would like to hear from you. They also need help from a volunteer who could help them out with some gardening. 

The Link Visiting Scheme aims at reaching people who have become socially isolated by offering friendship, support and a listening ear. They need befrienders who will be responsible for visiting an elderly local resident on a regular basis. This can be as frequently as you choose and will be up to you to arrange with the person you are visiting. This scheme can be hugely rewarding and makes such a difference to the person you are visiting.

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