The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - With He­lena Badger

Do you have a cou­ple of hours spare on a Fri­day? Would like to give some­thing back and help the el­derly in Wood­ley?

Age UK Read­ing is a lo­cal char­ity pro­vid­ing ser­vices to older in the greater Read­ing area. Ser­vices in­clude Lively Liv­ing Ac­tiv­ity Club, Lunch and Tea so­cial clubs, Happy Feet toe­nail cut­ting, Be­friend­ing and In­for­ma­tion and Ad­vice.

They are cur­rently in need of help at their Lively Liv­ing Club which takes place on a Fri­day club in Wood­ley. The role will in­clude set­ting up, wel­com­ing clients as they ar­rive, pre­par­ing and serv­ing hot and cold drinks, serv­ing meals and en­sur­ing venue is clean and tidy when the group is fin­ished. Vol­un­teers must be friendly and car­ing, have a flex­i­ble at­ti­tude and en­joy spend­ing time with older peo­ple.

The Bri­tish Red Cross pro­vide help in the com­mu­nity and part of that is their Med­i­cal Loan ser­vice. They pro­vide mo­bil­ity aids for a short term loan such as wheel­chairs walk­ing aids bathing aids so peo­ple can live in­de­pen­dently in their own homes.

They are in need of vol­un­teers to help in their Wok­ing­ham of­fice.

The role will in­volve tak­ing and re­turn­ing tele­phone calls, demon­strat­ing equip­ment, a small amount of pa­per­work and other ad hoc tasks.

They are also in need of vol­un­teer driv­ers to drive their van to de­liver their mo­bil­ity loan equip­ment in the lo­cal area.

Abbey­field Win­nersh is part of the Abbey­field So­ci­ety Char­ity which was set up 60 years ago with its main aim to re­duce iso­la­tion in older peo­ple.

Abbey­field Win­nersh is a spe­cial­ist De­men­tia Res­i­den­tial Home and cur­rently has 35 res­i­dents.

They are look­ing for vol­un­teers in var­i­ous ar­eas such as Ac­tiv­ity Co­or­di­na­tors, Be­frien­ders and help in the shop.

Vol­un­teers must be re­li­able, pa­tient and have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. Ex­pe­ri­ence with de­men­tia is not es­sen­tial as train­ing will be pro­vided.

To find out more about these roles and vol­un­teer­ing, please visit our web­site www.vol­un­teer­centre­wok­ing­ham.org.uk, call us on 0118 977 0749 or email vol­un­teer@wok-vol.org.uk

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