People volunteer for a variety of reasons:
- help your community
- make new friends
- learn new skills
- make a difference to something you care about
- improve your career prospects
- add variety to your day
- have fun
- build self confidence
- add experience to your CV
Do I need any experience?
No. Voluntary groups welcome people from all backgrounds, and are often willing to train you.
How can I help?
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire have vacancies for an enormous range of activities:
- architecture and building work
- advice work
- business and management
- campaigning and lobbying
- community work
- computers and technology
- finance work
- hostel work
- legal work
- marketing, PR and media
- practical work and DIY
- retail and charity shops
- teaching and training
- under 16 volunteering
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire has a computer database matching system which can match your interests with groups in need of help.
How much time must I give?
That is entirely up to you. You choose what your commitment will be.
Will I lose benefit?
Participation in unpaid voluntary work whilst in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance will not affect your right to benefit, provided that you receive only out-of-pocket expenses and remain available for, and are actively seeking, work.
Even though your benefits will not be affected you must tell Volunteer Centre West Berkshire:
- your Job Centre
- your Social Security Office
- your Local Council if you are receiving Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit
How do I become a volunteer?
Volunteer Centre West Berkshire has a computer database matching system that can match your interests with groups in need of help. We have vacancies for all types of activity with groups in a wide range of sectors, from animals to youth work.
Why not make an appointment to come in for an informal and confidential one-to-one chat to discuss the range of ways that you could become involved? This will enable you to find out all you need to know about the organisations in your area needing help.
To make an appointment, just call on 01635 49004, or complete the online application form, or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org
And if I don't like what I'm doing?
If you are not happy with your placement or do not like a particular aspect of the tasks you have agreed to undertake, please contact us so that we can discuss the issue with you and help to make other arrangements if needed. This may mean looking for voluntary work with another organisation.
Above information available on the Volunteer Centre West Berkshire's website