Health, Hospitals and Hospices

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. 

Berkshire Healthcare NHS are the providers of mental health, learning disability and community health services in Berkshire. They are looking for volunteers to help with their 15 step programme. 15 steps deals with feedback visits regarding patient experience. As part of a small team led by the professional development nurse, volunteers will visit community health wards, mental health wards and outpatient clinics to gain feedback from patient and visitors on first impressions. The findings will be passed back managers and their teams to help improve service if need be. Volunteers will need to be friendly, professional and well presented and have an understanding of confidentiality. Time commitment is flexible, but would only need to be 3 hours per visit , once or twice per year to locations across Berkshire.

Sue Ryder provides hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life changing diagnosis. At the Wokingham Day Hospice, they provide specialist palliative care services to patients living at home. The Day Hospice volunteers play an important role in arranging activities, refreshments and general wellbeing of patients. They run different groups every weekday, mornings and afternoons and are looking for volunteers to help with any of these sessions. They also need help from volunteer drivers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to transport patients to and from the day hospice using their own cars.

Macmillan provides supported to people affected by cancer, as well as their carers, by providing funding for medical staff and other professional, providing free information, providing support through help lines, mobile units and volunteers and by campaigning for change. They are looking for Support Volunteers to provide 1 to 1 support. The support volunteer offers practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer that feel isolated. Practical support may involve light housework, a little gardening, collecting some shopping, taking the dog for a walk or taking someone out for a cup of tea and a chat. They also offer a non-judgmental listening ear in a confidential setting allowing their client to explore ways to enjoy life and take back control. Volunteers with need to be an effective listener, be polite, courteous and patient, have the ability to maintain confidentiality, reliable, honest and punctual, have an interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides and have the ability to recognise own boundaries and the limitations of the role.

WRVS 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

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest organisation working with and for all people with arthritis. They are a membership organisation with a network of local branches and groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They have a really exciting opportunity for people who have experience of arthritis whether personal or via family and friends – and for those willing to learn - to provide information to people living with arthritis. The role is a Champion Volunteer and commitment is for a few hours per month. The volunteers will be helping with the drop-ins in the Reading & West Berkshire area- currently Central Reading, Thatcham, Hungerford, Tilehurst, Newbury, Wokingham, Pangbourne and Caversham. This usually means taking to people with Arthritis and providing information on local organisations, exercise and more. This would be with the full support of attending Arthritis Care staff. Our Drop Ins are very popular and we always have good attendance; you would be directly helping local people to access the information they need to manage their condition. The volunteer can choose the area most local to them and they will be adding new areas, so please do get in touch. They can also help with Individual Support Calls, which are pre-booked one to one phone calls with people with arthritis. The other role is to help at the workshops run by Arthritis Care on how people living with Arthritis can better manage the symptoms. You can choose which role(s) you would like to be involved with. If any of these roles appeal to you, please get in touch! Full training (half-day) will be provided. Travel expenses are reimbursed. There are also opportunities to attend regular local volunteer social events.

Crohn's and Colitis UK is the UK's leading charity in the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Their mission is to work with all those affected by these conditions to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, and ultimately find a cure. Crohn’s and Colitis UK have teams of volunteers based around the country raising awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis - two of the main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (or IBD). Join a team of like-minded people where you’ll have the opportunity to get as hands-on as you like - whether this is a general or more specific role and on a regular or ad hoc basis. You'll be part of a team of event organisers, fundraisers, campaigners and awareness raisers! Get involved in one or more of their activities - events, education and information sessions, social activities, editing newsletters, managing social media pages, fundraising, campaigning - and help us to raise awareness of IBD and Crohn’s and Colitis UK. You can make a difference doing what you enjoy by bringing your expertise and interests to the team. The role is very flexible and volunteers can get involved at any time which could include evenings and weekends. Their is already a team active in Berkshire and arrange activities local to Wokingham.

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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