Volunteering, community activism, social engagement or just plain involvement with your community is right here in West Berkshire.
Peel back the layers of community and Local Buzz Readers may be fascinated to know that 44-year-old volunteer recruitment charity, Volunteer Centre West Berkshire, is currently promoting around 440 different ways to become involved with your community in our district.
Garry Poulson has been Director of the charity for twenty years and is well-known in Newbury and West Berkshire for his creative recruitment campaigns and encouraging people from all parts of the district to get involved. Garry has served as Newbury Town Mayor, been President of Round Table, Chairman of The Newbury Society and has lead on many community initiatives. There is probably no better person to turn to if you want to get involved in your community.
Garry told Local Buzz that readers can very easily find out about how to get volunteer by going online using the Volunteer Centre website www.volunteerwestberks.org.uk or by calling the office on 01635 49004 for an appointment. You will be welcomed and given lots of great information about how, where and when you can volunteer. Most importantly, Garry says, “there isn’t any pressure and our trained interviewer Chris Read will go through all kinds of volunteering opportunities based on skills, interests, time available and where they live.
The Volunteer Centre is based down a little alleyway between Temptations Gifts and Pret-a-Manger in Northbrook Street.
Local Buzz asked where is the greatest need? Garry replied “The answer is that there is constant need across many areas of benefit. If you want to assist older people, become a Befriender, help in a day centre or enjoy some admin and have managerial experience, then charities are always looking for trustees and committee members.
If children and young people are more of a priority for you, there are many ways to support them. Become a School Governor or help at a community playgroup or train to become a family support worker. You may be interested in animals or conservation in West Berkshire, there are dozens of ways to help out at times to suit you.”
If you are a Facebook user, have a look at the Volunteer Centres Facebook page where there are regular updates on new opportunities to help out”