BC to read recruit, train and support volunteers who work on a 1:1 basis with primary school children who are struggling with reading. Volunteers will visit a local primary school on a weekly basis and works with children individually seeing the same children on each visit, talking and reading and playing games with them. The volunteers are supported by a field worker who is available to provide ideas and act as a link between the charity and the school. Their next training course is being held on 25th January 2019.
The Citizens Advice Bureau gives free, confidential advice on every subject from debt, benefits, housing and employment, to law, immigration and discrimination. It is independent and gives advice in an unbiased way. Wokingham Citizen’s Advice Bureau is currently in need of Volunteer Reception/Administrators on Thursday AM/Thursday PM/Friday AM. The Reception/ Admin role involves being the first point of contact for enquiries and booking appointments when necessary. Volunteer must a professional and helpful manner and be IT literate.
ASSIST run two groups, both for teenagers who have autism, one group is for boys the other for girls. The aim of the groups is encourage independence and teach life skills in a relaxed and supportive way. The groups run in a way that suits the young people attending, and provides them with the opportunity to problem solve, either in the group or individually and to learn the social skills that some people with autism find difficult. They meet once a month, at Woodley Airfield Centre. The boys group meet on a Saturday from 11.15am-2.15pm and the girls group on a Sunday from 11am-3pm. There is an opportunity to undertake autism training and you will need a DBS.
Lavell’s Wetland Trust took over from Friends Of Lavell’s Lake July 2018 and they continue to grow our area of influence on conservation activities from the Northern Lake of Dinton Pastures right up to Lea Farm Lake, found North of Lavell’s Lake along the Loddon. They always need volunteers for the monthly, fourth Sunday traditional morning work party, starting 10:00 till 14:00, but we welcome anyone for a lesser amount of time is available.
As well as conservation tasks, they also need help from volunteers with posting frequent social media posts on our Facebook group, using Twitter to promote events, wildlife sightings, latest news, work parties and just about anything worth shouting from the rooftops about.
They would also really like help engaging with schools and local groups, to tell them what can be found, encouraging them to get out in to the countryside, getting involved, etc. If you come from a management background and can help us steer the ship to help us grow our audience, grow our membership and the public’s overall awareness, please get in touch.
Please contact us at The Wokingham Volunteer Centre for more information. Call: 0118 977 0749, email email@example.com. uk or visit www.volunteercentrewokingham. org.uk
figures as the author Agatha Christie, campaigner Vera Brittain, Wimbledon champion Lottie Dod and suffragist Sophia Duleep Singh.
However, the vast majority of First World War volunteers were ordinary women, and men, who cared for the wounded and sick, drove ambulances and acted as clerks, cooks and storekeepers.
They gave dedicated, compassionate and skilled humanitarian service at a time of national crisis and the role of women during the war, in particular, led to significant social change with women, driven by their war experiences, seeking greater opportunities in the workplace and securing the same voting rights as men in 1928.
Given the sheer number of people who volunteered as VADs during the First World War, it seems likely that many of your readers will have ancestors who gave service during the conflict.
And, today, thanks to the popularity of genealogical websites and TV programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? many are keen to trace their family trees and better understand the lives and war-time roles of their ancestors.
Traditionally, much of that focus has been on the men who served, and in hundreds of thousands of cases, lost their lives on the front line.
Now, however, your readers can use our new online VAD database to find out if their ancestors, especially women relatives, performed a civilian role during the war.
Searchable by name, location and occupation, the database includes service records and, in some cases, photographs.
Anyone can access the website at www.vad.redcross.org.uk and potentially discover new and illuminating facets to their family history.
Dr Alasdair Brooks, British Red Cross Heritage Manager, British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London, EC2Y 9AL.