Volunteer Centre West Berkshire (CIO 1156302) was established back in 1974. At its heart is Newbury though its reach goes as far as Tilehurst in the east and Lambourn in the West of the district.
It’s a charity that people will recognise in a variety of ways. Firstly it helps hundreds of people every year to find the right type of volunteer opportunity for them. By sitting down with someone they talk about their interests skills and passions and matches them to the needs of the community.
With over 440 opportunities on their system there is something for all. Newbury and Thatcham Handybus and The Newbury Community Car Scheme are another of the charities activities and their fleet of red buses assist with around 15,000 passenger journeys every year. The car scheme helps individuals to get to appointments of all kinds.
Another of the charities services is Newbury Shopmobility and from its base in the Northbrook car park loans around 4,000 wheelchairs and scooters to people who need to get around the town to do their shopping.
Befriend West Berkshire is a service which matches elderly socially isolated people with volunteer befrienders making a difference every week to people who may be all alone.
The charity also operates The West Berkshire Village Agent Community Navigator service, these volunteers visit people who may be struggling with a number of problems. The trained volunteers help people to get the services and support they need. At the centre of this charity there are around 300 volunteers and a small team of staff lead by Garry Poulson who has been the Director for 20 years. Garry says that we are available for free information and guidance about finding the right service for you or someone you know or using the time that you may wish to offer.
Why not come and meet some of the transport team on Friday 29th June between 10am and 2pm in Northbrook Street, look out for the BIG RED HANDYBUS.
People are often amazed at the vast range of volunteering opportunities that we have on offer.