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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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Publicity Volunteer

Reading Mencap has a vacancy for a volunteer to help implement our new marketing and publicity strategy and put it into action. We currently have 6 days of a top London consultant’s time to build the new strategy but we also need additional help to do some of the practical tasks such as:

* running surveys and obtaining case studies from people we work with

* building a publicity image and resources library

* administration of a questionnaire for the general public and corporates to understand their perception of Reading Mencap

* coordinating a focus group with volunteers

* a review of current materials used to engage with corporates

* a review of marketing materials for Are You Listening? Music Festival in April 2017

* support with the marketing and communications plan for Reading Mencap’s 55th year anniversary.

We are based in our own building just east of the town centre near the Royal Berks Hospital with full office facilities. We are looking for someone who can volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours a week, but we expect more hours to be available. Hours of work are flexible.

We will require a DBS check and two references but full induction will be given.

Some experience of the charity sector and/or business would be an advantage and publicity or marketing, but more important is a good level of education and to be willing to learn and use initiative.

For more information please contact the Chief Executive Officer, Mandi Smith on 0118 966 2518 /

 
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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 supportive environment for our children.

Please contact for more information or call 0118 966 2518.

 
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Saturday Club Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers for our Saturday Club, that takes place every Saturday during term-time, 9.00 pm-12.00 pm.

The Club is for children with a learning disability, aged 8-11. Activities include arts and crafts, games, baking, singing, soft play and lots more!

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