Sebastian's Action Trust walks alongside families of life-limiting and seriously-ill children from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. They are looking to recruit Volunteer Befrienders who can offer practical, social and emotional support to the families and children. This may include driving them to appointments, helping with homework, going to activities with them or just being a good listener. Volunteers help out when they can and must be caring and friendly. The nature of the need of the families means that this sort of volunteering is not for everyone, so we offer training and ongoing support. 

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service which is run at ‘arm’s length’ from the Special Educational Needs decision makers and provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance and support to parents of children and young people up to the age of 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. parents/young people with initial concerns about their child’s/their education through to those with and Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement. SENDIASS are looking for Parent Support Volunteers. Tasks may include: supporting a parent or young person at a meeting with professionals, helping a parent to fill in their annual review paperwork and attending parent group meetings and explain how SENDIASS can help. 

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 and the ability to cope.

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. 

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