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New volunteers urgently needed in Windsor and Maidenhead

New volunteers urgently needed in Windsor and Maidenhead

Justin Burns

New volunteers urgently needed in Windsor and Maidenhead
Community action coordinators Anne Pearce and Eileen Denny

Volunteers are urgently wanted to fill a range of roles in community initiatives including some 'unusual' projects such as charcoal burning.

Windsor & Maidenhead Voluntary Action (WMVA) is seeking people of all ages to lend a hand at services, charities and events.

Eileen Denny, community action coordinator, said there is always a need in the area for volunteers but the drive is required due to more diverse volunteering opportunities coming up.

She said: "The numbers of volunteers is constant, but there is more now and a bigger variety of slightly unusual volunteering roles.

"There are many opportunities for volunteering with lots of newer roles out there - ones which people might not know there is a need for volunteers."

Eileen said due to cutbacks, which saw them lose a front facing shop in St Leonard's Road, Windsor, by moving to Sheet Street it has been more difficult for the WMVA.

She said: "Because of the cuts we are not open as many hours and not having a shop front it is difficult to let people know about the vacancies.”

The WMVA operates as a 'one-stop-shop' for the voluntary sector by helping potential volunteers and community groups or charities.

It also works closely with businesses who have supported charities across East Berkshire and coordinated a day-long revamp of Braywick Heath Nurseries in Braywick Road, Maidenhead, earlier in the summer by staff from software company Intuit.

Vacancies:

* Get Berkshire Active - help with marshalling, handing out water, cheering and officiating at sport and physical activity events.

* Richmond Fellowship - support people with mental health needs by working as a peer mentor or general helper.

* Winton House, Windsor - mentoring older people on how to use Facebook, Skype and other IT at an elderly home.

* SMART - recovery support advocate to help and encourage service users at the drug and alcohol misuse rehabilitation service.

* Mencap, Windsor - assistant co-ordinator.

* SEAP (Mental Health Advocacy) - information and publicity volunteers at events and drop-ins distributing information on NHS complaints advocacy service.

* Thames Hospice, Windsor - eBay volunteers need to help at their furniture mart.

* National Trust at Cliveden House, Taplow - charcoal burning, coppicing volunteers and volunteer rangers to help with general maintenance on the estate.

Visit www.wmva.org for more details.

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