Volunteering for Reading Mencap

Would you like to make a difference to people with learning disabilities and autism in your community? Then why not join our volunteering scheme for a few hours each week or month. We need volunteers for our clubs and activities for children and adults and for general help in our office. We also have an exciting range of fundraising events, including

  • Our unique 'Are you Listening' music festival (AYL) in April at a 8 venues in Reading
  • The Reading Half Marathon in March
  • Our football tournament in the autumn
  • Quiz and music nights through the winter

We will give you:

  • Training in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and disability
  • Support to see how you are getting on or if you want a change of activity
  • Recognition with a certificate when you are trained and experienced

All Mencap volunteers will be DBS/CRB checked.

Telephone: 0118 9662518 or mail 9.30 to 1.30 Mon to Fri.

Click here for a Volunteers Application Form.

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Youth Club Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for our fun and lively Youth Club that takes place every Saturday during term-time, 2.00 pm-5.00 pm.

The Club is for children with a learning disability, aged 11-17. Activities include, sports, games, karaoke, trips out, cooking and lots more!

We are looking for enthusiastic, supportive and proactive volunteers to help assist our Club Leaders to provide a fun, safe and comfortable environment for our children.

Please contact for more information or call 0118 966 2518.

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michael zahnVolunteering for Reading Mencap by Michael (28), student

Why do you volunteer?

I began volunteering as part of my Master-studies Sustainability and Management at Royal Holloway University of London. Within the programme I conduct a project in which students work with non-profit organisations in order to actively engage with an issue of sustainability in practice as well as better understand operation, logistical and strategic challenges.

What are your tasks?

I currently hold two roles. As Friday Club Assistant I engage with young people with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) and Autism aged 11 to 16 twice a month and help to ensure that they have a good time at Reading Mencap. I get involved in different activities such as games, arts and crafts, help to set up the premises and prepare refreshments. As Information Office Assistant I provide general assistance and administration support to the Reading Mencap Information Officer. This includes the production of newsletters, posters and flyers, updating the website as well as marketing activities on Facebook and Twitter and much more.

What are your personal benefits of volunteering?

Working with people with LDD and Autism has enriched my personal profile and enhanced my capabilities. I have gained confidence and empathy and enjoy to be an active part of the community I live in. Volunteering offers an ideal opportunity to shape the society in a way I believe it should be like. Also, developing qualities in the interaction with different types of people will certainly contribute to my career perspectives as potential employers increasingly expect distinctive social skills. I have decided to carry on volunteering at Reading Mencap after completing the project work as I very much enjoy the work with the team and the youngsters.

Want to be a part of the volunteer team? For more information about volunteering with Reading Mencap please contact tel. 01189 662 518 or .