Practical/DIY


Norwood
is the largest Jewish charity in the UK and supports vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities. Norwood is their Berkshire home, based between Wokingham and Crowthorne and is home to approximately 140 adults with learning disabilities.  The home is fortunate enough to take on regular teams of employees from corporates and other local companies and they are looking for volunteer help to support these groups of volunteers. They need two volunteer painter/decroators who have professional experience in either area, to help assist with their corporate volunteering days. These will usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays on an adhoc basis, so the volunteer will be required as and when needed but probably 3 to 4 times per month on average.


Wokingham United Charities
run the Westende almshouses which are flats in central Wokingham. The 27 flats are home to local, mainly elderly people, who have been in either financial or social need. They are looking for a volunteer to help manage their building work. They have reliable contractors for plumbing, heating, electrical and building work, but they need briefing, and their work checked on completion. There is a resident warden who is available for regular supervision of contractors, but the person taking this role will inevitably have to be available sometimes during working hours. They are a small and friendly team that meet about six times a year, attend occasional coffee mornings with the residents and report to trustees on all significant items. We do quite a lot by email. The role would suit someone that has experience of project management and/or building work.


Remap makes bespoke aids and adaptations for the disabled that are not commercially available to help them in their personal care, hobbies, mobility, sport etc. Remap has been operating nationally since 1965 and consists of about 80 Panels (branches) and 4000 volunteers.  The Berkshire Panel covers Berkshire. When assigned a job, the volunteer will visit the client (with medical professional if appropriate) to agree what is required, design and make it, and then hand it over to the client. Depending on complexity, several visits may be required. Jobs are assigned as they are received from clients to which ever volunteer is available, has the right skills and lives in the neighbourhood (to minimise travel). Hours are determined by the volunteer around their own and the client's availability, and so can be arranged around a full-time job.







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