The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS - With He­lena Bad­ger Please contact us at The Wok­ing­ham Vol­un­teer Cen­tre for more in­for­ma­tion. Call: 0118 977 0749, email vol­un­teer@wok-vol.org.uk or visit www. vol­un­teer­centre­wok­ing­ham.org.uk

Nor­wood is the largest Jewish char­ity in the UK and sup­ports vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

Nor­wood is their Berk­shire home, based be­tween Wok­ing­ham and Crowthorne and is home to ap­prox­i­mately 140 adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

They are look­ing for two vol­un­teer Edi­tors to pro­duce the char­i­ties monthly news­let­ter.

This will in­volve writ­ing ar­ti­cles, tak­ing pho­to­graphs, pro­duc­ing the lay­out and print­ing the fi­nal mag­a­zine.

They need both vol­un­teers to be able to com­mit to a min­i­mum of two days and the role will be based at Ravenswood Vil­lage in Crowthorne.

They are also look­ing for a Vol­un­teer Be­frien­der to sit with and sup­port a res­i­dent at St Se­bas­tian’s Church in Crowthorne on a Sun­day morn­ing be­tween 10am and noon.

Ravenswood will trans­port the per­son and from the church, the be­frien­der will need to ac­com­pany him while in the church.

The Wok­ing­ham Trans­port Scheme pro­vides low cost trans­port for the el­derly to hospi­tal, the doc­tors, phys­io­ther­apy and den­tist ap­point­ments.

They need to re­cruit more drivers who live in Wok­ing­ham, Fin­champ­stead or Win­nersh.

Drivers will be called on an ad hoc ba­sis and they will be re­quired to pro­vide trans­port to and from their de­sired des­ti­na­tion and in many cases help them to at­tend their ap­point­ment.

Ex­penses are re-im­bursed.

It re­ally does make such a dif­fer­ence to the client’s lives.

Sup­ported by a net­work of vol­un­teers, Contact the El­derly or­gan­ises monthly Sun­day af­ter­noon tea par­ties for small groups of older peo­ple aged 75 and over, who live alone, of­fer­ing a reg­u­lar and vi­tal friend­ship link ev­ery month.

They are look­ing for vol­un­teer Hosts and vol­un­teer Drivers.

Hosts pro­vide a warm wel­come, a friendly at­mos­phere and a sim­ple af­ter­noon tea with sand­wiches and a few cakes for the older mem­bers and the vol­un­teers.

They need a down­stairs toi­let, few or no steps and seat­ing for five or more older peo­ple and park­ing needs to be avail­able for drivers.

Hosts will be ask to host once or twice a year and are look­ing for homes in the Wok­ing­ham, Crowthorne and Sand­hurst ar­eas.

The vol­un­teer drivers will use their own car to col­lect one or two older peo­ple just one Sun­day af­ter­noon each month.

They col­lect the same older mem­ber from their home, driv­ing them to the host’s home to spend a cou­ple of hours to­gether over tea be­fore re­turn­ing home.

Drivers are not re­quired to do any lifting, only as­sist­ing with a steady­ing arm.

Reg­u­lar drivers are re­spon­si­ble for the monthly contact with their older guests, re­mind­ing them of the date and check­ing their at­ten­dance.

TIMES PAST With Jim Bell Will re­turn next week

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