08:12AM, Sunday 22 September 2013
Volunteers are urgently wanted to fill a range of roles in community initiatives including some 'unusual' projects such as charcoal burning.
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.
* 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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