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Due to the COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on this site have posted service updates and will continue doing so. Many phone lines and websites are still available, however some contact details may have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

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Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, build up confidence, achieve goals and make new friendships.

What is a Volunteer?

A volunteer is someone who does unpaid work or activities within the community.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills.

What types of activities could I do as a Volunteer? As a volunteer you could work with children, young people, the elderly, people with disabilities, nature, animals, or IT. You might be on a committee, work in a shop, design a website or co-ordinate an event. You can use or develop your skills in befriending, finance, DIY, gardening, listening, conservation, arts and crafts and much more.

Organisations who may offer Volunteering or Training Opportunities:

Reading Mencap



Prince's Trust

British Red Cross

The Yume Project


Citizens Advice Bureau

ABC to Read  

Reviewed June 2021