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Volunteering

West Berkshire Mencap has plenty of volunteering opportunities for all ages, volunteering is fun and rewarding.

Children’s Services Volunteers
Hannah and Liam enjoying Active Zone

Hannah and Liam enjoying Active Zone

We are always looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to work with the children, you have to be aged 14 years and up, fill in a volunteer application form and subject to 2 references you will be invited in to have a look around, attend a brief training session and meet some of the children.

Playscheme – 9am-5pm the volunteers are required to be a one to one carer for a particular child for the day, to play and have fun with that child as well as accompany them on trips out.

Active Zone – 3.30pm – 6pm (everyday except Thursday) to be a one to one carer for a child with special needs for the session.

Funky Thursdays – every Thursday 6pm – 8pm the volunteers assist the teenagers in the running of their club, setting out equipment, helping with the tuck shop and assisting them on trips out.

Bubble Club – a parent and toddler group, volunteers can help with setting up, making refreshments where needed, helping with the weekly craft activity and playing with the children. For further information call 01635 41464 or email emily.buckmaster@wbmencap.org

“I love volunteering at Mencap because it’s a great way of making new friends and also a great way to make something of your holidays/ half terms. You often go on trips throughout the day, you will have 2 jobs to do on those trips; 1) look after the child and make sure you keep an eye on them at all times and 2) make sure you have fun as well because if you can have fun then it will be easier to get the child to have fun. All the other volunteers are great to talk too and very easy to get along with, everyone at Mencap are very friendly and always there to help if you have any questions or are unsure about what to do. While at Mencap you will get a child to look after on a 1:1 basis and this is just so that all the children are kept safe throughout the day. All the staff are super friendly and will often have a joke around with the volunteers and the children, plus with one another, this is just because it’s such a relaxed and friendly environment to be in, there’s always someone around to help you throughout the day. This is why I love being at Mencap, also it’s so nice to see a smile on the children’s faces and to know that you have done something to help put that smile there or even managed to make them laugh! I’m sure most of, if not all the volunteers will agree with me!!”
Hannah Bushnell

Testimonial

Why I like volunteering at Mencap.

“All the staff are super friendly and will often have a joke around with the volunteers and the children, plus with one another, this is just because it’s such a relaxed and friendly environment to be in, there’s always someone around to help you throughout the day. This is why I love being at Mencap, also it’s so nice to see a smile on the children’s faces and to know that you have done something to help put that smile there or even managed to make them laugh!”

Hannah Bushnell

 Childrens Services Volunteer Application Form

Childrens Services Volunteer Application Form

Adult Services Volunteers
Planting hanging baskets at Growing4All

Planting hanging baskets at Growing4All


All volunteers fill in an application form and a CRB Disclosure application form. All volunteers are given training opportunities like first aid training, Epilepsy training. They are given a link-up volunteer guidelines booklet and an induction when they start so they have an understanding of what Link-Up is. All travelling expenses are paid.

At the moment we have seven fantastic volunteers who give up their time to help in the work shop and job-placements, at Growing 4 All, supporting the service users while they are at Link-Up. One volunteer is a qualified accredited Executive coach who has been helping a staff member to build on confidence and to achieve their true potential.

Each volunteer can give a couple of free hours one day a week or a few days a week it is entirely up to the volunteer as long we are aware when they are attending.

All volunteers fill in an application form and a CRB Disclosure application form. All volunteers are given training opportunities like first aid training, Epilepsy training. They are given a link-up volunteer guidelines booklet and an induction when they start so they have an understanding of what Link-Up is. All travelling expenses are paid.

We have volunteers who help in the work shop which aims to provide a sheltered work skills training provision for adults with learning disabilities. A volunteer can give a one to one support to a particular service user who may need extra help with their work this could be showing them different ways to do a job for example book tasseling, they may need help to twist the tassel or to put it into the packet by giving them this extra support it can build on their confidence and for them to achieve their goals. An extra pair of hands in the work shop is much appreciated especially when we are extremely busy.

As part of our commitment to providing the opportunity to experience work we have a job coach programme that seeks to match up service users with local work opportunities. This enables them to participate in job tester sessions and job placements. Vast majority of placements are supported by job-coach’s and trained volunteers who provide support and guidance to the individual. At the moment we have placements ranging from working shop assistant in Budgens and Tadley pet supplies to working at the Newbury library and being a chambermaid at Donnington Valley Hotel.

Our other project is growing 4 All which is based at Cottismore Garden centre, Kingsclere.

Where they have their own green house and produce some wonderful plants, and gain new skills.

For further information call 01635 41464 or email jane.hall@wbmencap.org

Link Up Volunteer Application Form

Link Up Volunteer Application Form

Contact Details

For more information on our services please contact us on:
Phone: 01635 41464
Email: info@wbmencap.org

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