Home Start is a national voluntary organisation offering informal, friendly support to parents with at least one child under the age of five. Home Start knows how hard being a parent can be, particularly during the early years, and that any additional pressures can make things seem overwhelming. Homestart Wokingham District is the local branch of Homestart. Home Start Volunteers come from all walks of life, and are parents themselves. They are carefully selected for their friendliness, practical approach and understanding. Volunteers attend a course of preparation and are then matched with a family. They then visit families in their own homes to offer support, friendship and practical help.

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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