Mental Health

Do you want to improve the lives of older people? Do you want to make new friendships? Do you want to make a difference? If the answer is yes, then volunteering at Abbeyfield Care home could be for you! Abbeyfield Care Home in Winnersh is a specialist Dementia Care home opened in 2016. They currently have 39 residents, with a capacity for 60. They are looking for befrienders to spend time with residents on a one to one basis, chatting with them and sharing interests. Volunteers are very much part of team and are welcome to come to events and have input in making Abbeyfield an even happier place for residents.

Young people with Dementia (YPWD)
is a charity formed in 2012 to support people across Berkshire who are of working age (65 yrs and younger) and have a diagnosis of Dementia, through the provision of workshops and one to one support. This offers age appropriate activities for the person with the diagnosis but also gives respite and support to carers. A variety of workshops take place throughout each week, and vary from sports activities such as badminton and table tennis, to singing in a choir, or trying out gardening, furniture restoration or cooking – plus many more. They are looking for a YPWD workshop support volunteer helping out with activities – this might mean helping to set up, working alongside someone attending the workshop to encourage and support them to participate, and helping to clear away after the workshop. Other duties might involve making drinks, washing up etc.

Reading Your Way is a mental health charity that provides a range of services for adults who have a diagnosed mental health need living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire, and are ready to move forward in their recovery.  They support people on their journey towards mental wellbeing, helping them with aspects of life such as socialising, building confidence, getting work experience by volunteering, form filling and playing an active role in their community.  They offer social activities, 1:1 support and peer support.  They are looking to recruit volunteers as Peer Supporters. This could involve 1-2-1 support sessions, facilitating social meet ups, helping with interviewing, co-facilitating peer support groups etc. Volunteer must have personal experience of mental health and be willing to share their experiences and help support others.

For Wokingham area residents, SEAP provide free and independent mental health advocacy, health complaints advocacy and will soon be providing advocacy under the care act and community advocacy. The charity is looking for Mental Health Support Advocates. The role involves shadowing advocates until confident to introduce the service to mental health service users and take referrals, supporting the advocates by entering information about work with clients on the database, finding information for clients and distributing leafelts and posters, visiting local mental health support groups to talk about the service. This opportunity is based largely in Prospect Park Hospital in Reading, and at times in the community in Wokingham area. Volunteers must have good communication skills, be patient, reliable and be able to commit for 2 half days per week (weekdays, daytimes.)

SEAP is also looking for Publicity Champions who can talk to groups at events and promote the work that SEAP does, distributing leaflets and posters and generally making the people of Wokingham aware of the advocacy services available to them. Must be able 1 to 2 half days per week. Good people skills and good communication skills are a must.

Berkshire Demcare is a specialist Day Centre based in Crowthorne for people with memory problems. They are looking to recruit an Activity Volunteer to help at the centre. This will include playing games and possibly going out on trips. Full training will be provided.







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