Health, Hospitals and Hospices

Sue Ryder provides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life changing diagnosis. They do whatever can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.  Wokingham Day Hospice provides specialist palliative care services to patients living at home. The day hospice is led by nurses experienced in palliative care alongside other health professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, lymphedema therapists and dieticians. They also run a weekly wellbeing group and a monthly dementia group. They require volunteers to help with their groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Day Hospice volunteers play an important role in arranging activities, refreshments and general wellbeing of patients. To assist the staff in providing patients with a comfortable, enjoyable and stimulating day.  Volunteers tend to come in for a morning or afternoon session for one day per week, but this is flexible and if you would like to more or less, then this can be accommodated. 

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. 

Berkshire Healthcare NHS are the main providers of mental health, learning disability and community health services in Berkshire. The Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service run community outpatient clinics in a variety of settings across Berkshire including GP practices and community hospitals. They are looking for volunteers who would be happy to interview out-patients using our CRT machine (a hand held electronic device - we will provide training) following their dietetic appointment.  Feedback collection will be undertaken face to face at one of the noted clinics. The role is based at clinics and hospitals across Berkshire, but the most local role is at Wokingham Hospital.

Age UK Berkshire
offers a Home From Hospital service free of charge to older people who are residents in the Wokingham Borough. The service is for people who are being discharged from hospital and live alone, to help them through the first couple of weeks and make sure they have what they need to regain their confidence, settle into a routine, and re-adjust to living back at home. Their volunteer home visitors provide a few hours of social and practical support just after someone has left hospital. The volunteer coordinator makes an initial assessment before your visit, and will tell you what the client needs. It could be as simple as making them a cup of tea, doing a bit of light shopping, accompanying someone to a GP or outpatient appointment, or picking up a prescription. If you feel you can help, please get in touch for more details.

is a registered charity that offers a gift bag to people who have Breast Cancer and are under going chemo treatment. They operate across the Thames Valley. They are looking for various volunteers to help on an adhoc basis with various different tasks such as helping in the warehouse (which is in Woodley) to bag up gift bags, help with delivering the gift bags, distributing flyers to raise awareness, being an ambassador for the charity and helping at events. If would like to help in any way, please get in touch.

The Sue Ryder Befriending Service supports families facing the challenge of a life-limiting condition. Volunteer befrienders make weekly visits to provide company, emotional support and practical help. This might involve having a cup of tea and a chat, taking someone out, or running a couple of errands. This support means that people don’t have to face the challenge alone and can spend the time they have left in the way they choose. They would love some more volunteers to join our Wokingham team. Volunteers need to be available on a weekly basis and need to be good listeners. 

The Royal Voluntary Service run a coffee shop at Wokingham Hospital which serves patients, families, outpatients and staff. They are looking for volunteers to serve customers, make drinks and toast, restock and use the till. The volunteer on the 2pm-4pm shift will need to do some cleaning up as well. Shifts available are Monday 12pm-2pm, Tuesday 2pm-4pm, Wednesday 9.30am-12pm, Thursday 12pm-2pm and 2pm- 4pm

Macmillan’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, and inspire millions of others to do the same. They are looking to recruit MacMillan Speakers in the local area. As a Macmillan Speaker you will be a key part of our community fundraising activities representing the charity to schools, community organisations, corporate partners and groups of varying size, communicating our key messages and ensuring they know they are valued for their support. Volunteers with need to be confident speaking in front of groups, have excellent communications skills and be passionate about the work Macmillan does. The volunteer would need to be flexible as some talk requests may be during the day, others in the evenings or even weekends but you can give as little or as much time as you have.

The Stroke Association provides practical advice, essential information and emotional support to stroke survivors and their families. Their trained volunteers provide one-to-one support to assist people in achieving their personal goals for a full life after stroke. They are looking for One-to-one support volunteers. This role will involve reducing social isolation and help stroke survivors regain their confidence and independence. Volunteers will visit service users (typically at their home) once or twice a week over a six week period to work on their personal goals, such as communication practice or visiting their local coffee shop for the first time since their stroke

The Wokingham Stroke Club provides stroke survivors in the Wokingham area a chance to come together socially, share experiences and try out new things through regular meetings and a programme of activities. The club meets from 2pm to 4.30pm every other Wednesday in Wokingham and has regular trips out. They are looking for more volunteers to help support the group. There are many ways in which volunteers can help including assisting with chatting to members and making refreshments, assisting with outings and a volunteer who can help with publicity. For more information on the group and how you can help, please contact the Volunteer Centre. 

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