The Lend and Play Toy Library based in Woodley is a registered charity which provides low cost loans of toys, games and play equipment to families, child minders, carers and children’s groups across the area. Parents become members first (for a £10 annual fee) and then they can hire a number of toys for a three week period. The toy library also runs a party hire service offering larger play equipment suitable for birthday parties, weddings and events. A new Saturday toy library volunteer is required to help check, clean and process the party-hire toys and to use the database to book toys in and out on a minimum of two Saturdays per month from 10am-12pm. They are also looking for new committee members to join their committee.

Are you a parent or a grandparent? - Do you have 2-3 hours a week to visit and support a young family in the Wokingham Borough? Home-Start Wokingham District volunteers visit families at home, supporting parents in situations such as isolation, illness, multiple births, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the families confidence aad ability to cope. A new training course is due to start on Tuesday 26th September 2017, 1 morning per week over 8 weeks. Please contact us ASAP if you are interested.

The Wargrave Baby and Toddler Group is for 0-4yrs and their parents/carers.  They have a mix of mums, grandmas and professional carers, sometimes the odd grandpa and dad too.  It’s a stay & play, so all adults are responsible for their own children.  There is also a baby corner for our youngest members. They have the use of the scout hut for all our indoor toys as well as a lovely field outside where we have ride on toys, trampoline and slide in good weather. They are looking for a volunteer to help as Group Session Co-ordinator to help on a Tuesday morning at the group opening up the venue and setting it up ready for everyone when they arrive. Ideally they would need to do some others activities outside the Tuesday morning such as helping to manage the diary and booking and fundraising events.

ASD Family Help provides information, advice and signposting for people affected by autism and their families/carers. They are looking to take on a Support Volunteer, to help run their coffee morning on a Monday morning and a volunteer to help with organising social events after school or on a Saturday for children/young people with autism. 
As well as these hands on roles, they are very keen for more help on their committee from a volunteer who could be a general committee member and possibly look at becoming Chairperson. Every charity has a board of Trustees, who are responsible for the way the charity is run. Please contact us for more details. 

Short Break Carers Scheme aims to link disabled children with carers who can provide them with regular short breaks. The Scheme provides a vital support service to families of disabled children, and benefits the children by enabling them to  enjoy new experiences. Most of the children who use the service have a learning disability and/or physical needs. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and can be working, retired, unemployed, single or with a partner, with or without children. They will need enthusiasm, energy and some spare time to commit to becoming a regular carer for a disabled child. Training is given in order to help prepare for the individual needs of the child the volunteer will be looking after.

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