Berkshire Demcare support clients with dementia by providing therapeutic activities. They are looking for volunteers to help with activities at the Crowthorne Methodist Church where they meet and when they go out on trips. Volunteers must be approachable, friendly and reliable. Help is needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays from 10am-3pm.

Age UK Berkshire are a local independent charity which provides integrated health and wellbeing services for older people across Berkshire. They are looking for several different types of volunteers across the Wokingham Borough area. Telephone Befrienders are needed on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to contact older people who love along and have limited or no social contact by offering companionship and support through regular phone calls. Volunteers will need to be kind, caring and friendly and reliable. They are also looking for Home from Hospital visitors. Volunteers are needed to provide a few hours of social and practical support for people who are being discharged from hospital and live alone. This will involve helping the client during the first couple of weeks to help them settle in. This could include doing things like a little shopping, picking up prescriptions, making tea or just having a chat. Volunteers will need to have flexible availability and be able to pop a few times per week for the first few weeks of the client returning home. They are also looking for Money Management Visitors. Volunteers are needed to support older people who need some help with managing their finances by visiting them at home every two weeks. Volunteers do not need qualifications in finance or business are required, just an everyday understanding of budgeting, paying bills and personal banking. DBS checks will be carried out for all of these roles. 

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.

Do you want to improve the lives of older people? Do you want to make new friendships? Do you want to make a difference? If the answer is yes, then volunteering at Abbeyfield Care home could be for you! Abbeyfield Care Home in Winnersh is a specialist Dementia Care home opened in 2016. They currently have 39 residents, with a capacity for 60. They are looking for befrienders to spend time with residents on a one to one basis, chatting with them and sharing interests. Volunteers are very much part of team and are welcome to come to events and have input in making Abbeyfield an even happier place for residents.

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. They are looking for volunteer Hosts and volunteer Drivers. Hosts provide a warm welcome, a friendly atmosphere and a simple afternoon tea with sandwiches and a few cakes for the older members and the volunteers. They need a downstairs toilet, few or no steps and seating for 5 or more older people and parking needs to be available for drivers. Hosts will be ask to host once or twice a year and are looking for homes in the Wokingham, Crowthorne and Sandhurst areas.  The volunteer drivers will use their own car to collect 1-2 older people just one Sunday afternoon each month. They collect the same older member from their home, driving them to the host’s home to spend a couple of hours together over tea before returning home. Drivers are not required to do any lifting, only assisting with a steadying arm. Regular drivers are responsible for the monthly contact with their older guests, reminding them of the date and checking their attendance.

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 Clubs which take place on a Thursday and Friday in Woodley. The Thursday club meet in Woodlands Avenue in Woodley and the Friday club takes place in Southlake Crescent in Woodley. 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. Volunteers need be available Thursday or Friday from 10.30am-2.30pm. 

The Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age. Their volunteers help older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society. They do this by providing practical and emotional help where and when it’s needed. They are recruiting Volunteer Coordinators to develop and coordinate activities and social clubs for older people to attend in your area. A Volunteer Coordinator could be one person leading the way, or you might want to help run a group with others as part of a team. Each group will vary greatly and provide activities ranging from dining clubs, art groups, or exercise sessions – to gardening clubs, music or relaxed coffee and cake mornings - it’s really up to you. They need people who are friendly and outgoing, organised and efficient and a team player.

Glebelands House is a 42 bed nursing and residential care based in central Wokingham. They are in need of volunteers to chat to the residents. 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.

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.

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