Charitable Groups

ABC Read

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Telephone: 0118 9511336

With a decline in the percentage of Berkshire children achieving the expected level for reading in the recently published Key Stage 2 SATs results, local charity ABC (Assisting Berkshire Children) to read is keen to do all it can to help schools and families in the borough to raise children’s achievement. We are waiting to place volunteers in schools that are requesting our support, particularly in West Berkshire but we need more volunteers to come forward to help with this vital service. “It is all too easy to blame schools for not teaching children to read but teachers work very hard to help their children achieve and there can be many reasons why a child doesn’t learn to read. Our volunteers provide the 1:1 support that schools (and often families too) just cannot match because of all the other demands on their time. It is often just the undivided attention and encouragement from an interested adult that can make all the difference.” ABC to read provides both initial and ongoing training for its volunteers to ensure that they are giving the best possible support to children’s reading in schools. Volunteers would be working within a local school, ideally twice a week for 1 1/2 hours in the afternoons. The role is extremely rewarding, learning new skills and strengthens our community. If you are interested in volunteering to help children gain this essential skill please contact Marcia Rowlinson on abctoread@btconnect.com or 0118 9511336 as soon as possible for more information. If you care about children’s reading but are unable to volunteer, donations towards the charity’s work can be made via http://localgiving.com/charity/abctoread or by texting READ21 £1/£2/£5/£10 to 70070  ... [more details]

Building For The Future

Website: available

Address: Wokingham

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Camp Mohawk

Website: available
Telephone: 0118 9404045

Address: Highfield Lane ... view full address

Camp Mohawk is a multi-functional day centre for special needs children, set in 5 acres of beautiful countryside, just outside Wargrave, Berkshire. Throughout the year the centre provides a range of activities, facilities and natural space to encourage children with a variety of special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure and caring environment. Please visit our web-site for full information ... [more details]

Christopher's Smile

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Address: PO Box 1363 ... view full address

Christopher’s Smile was set up in October 2008 having lost our son, Christopher, in June the same year to an aggressive medulloblastoma brain tumour. Following a 21 month battle with the disease he passed away 9 days before his 6th birthday. We wanted to find something positive in our tragedy and thought long and hard about the direction we should take. We feel strongly that the current cycle with childhood cancer needs to be broken. 'Our vision is for every child diagnosed with childhood cancer to not only survive, but to reach adulthood enjoying a good quality of life.' The survival rates for many children have not improved in decades and often those who survive their disease are left with a legacy of side effects due to treatments. These side effects can include permanent organ damage, permanent sensory damage such as hearing loss, permanent and irreparable damage to the brain. The charity funds the development of new targeted drugs to treat medulloblastoma and other childhood cancers without devastating side effects. We support UK research centres such as The Institute of Cancer Research. These drugs will provide an effective cure for all and save the lives of the 25% of children who currently do not survive their disease. ... [more details]

Dingley

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Telephone: 0118 989 4021

Address: Wokingham

Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres is a registered charity that has been established for over 20 years. We support families with children with additional needs from birth to five years with additional needs/disabilities. We have three Centres, Reading, Wokingham and West Berks. Children can be referred from Health, Education or parents/carers can self refer. A referral form can be found on our website: www.dingley.org.uk We are open open term time and offer sessional care and education. Children can attend as per a mainstream preschool and receive their funded 15 hours of education from the term after they are three years. We are unique in that parents can stay to learn strategies and to play alongside their child. We also offer parents support: From the experienced qualified staff By introducing parents to others parents By inviting outside support agencies to share information, such as Cerebra, parenting for special children, Berks Autistic society for example As a registered charity we rely on grants, donations and fundraising to run.  ... [more details]

Me2Club

Website: available
Telephone: 0118 969 6369

Address: Woodley

The Me2 Club is a local charity which enables children and young people with additional needs living in the Wokingham Borough to access mainstream leisure activities. This is made possible by matching children with a volunteer who supports them at the activity each week. We work with any child who can’t access an activity without support. The Me2 Club children therefore have a whole range of additional needs including a large number with autism, some with Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, learning difficulties and many more. The children attend a wide range of activities in the local community including, Scouts, football, fencing, youth group, drama clubs, ice skating, swimming, Brownies, kayaking.......anything the children would like to be involved in! ... [more details]

St John Ambulance

Website: available
Telephone: 08700 10 49 50

Address: Woodley

Volunteering with Berkshire St John Ambulance If you want to be the difference in your local community, join St John Ambulance. You can become a first aider and gain the skills needed to be the difference between life and death. Or there are many other ways you can help us save lives without ever picking up a first aid kit! We’re always looking for enthusiastic people to help with fundraising, administration, communications and public relations. Our fundraisers organise a huge range of events across the county each year – from fetes and fun days to collection and concerts. We need admin people to take the strain off our frontline volunteers and we’re always on the hunt for youth leaders to help run our Badger and Cadet units. There are behind the scenes practical jobs which need to be done, such as maintenance of our vehicle fleet. Or you could help out at some of the bigger public events we cover, using radio communications to make sure first aiders are deployed to emergencies within minutes of them happening. We need to keep a high public profile so that people know how important our work is and support us either by giving donations or volunteering. Publicity is also the key to spreading our vital message that no one should die unnecessarily because they needed first aid and didn’t get it. For this reason we need people to provide a vital link between our volunteers and the county headquarters to enable our PR officer to publicise our work. Our local groups typically meet once a week for training and social activities and we cover public events every week throughout the year. It’s up to you how much time you wish to give and how many duties you attend. Volunteers who help behind the scenes in support roles may only be able to spare as little as two hours a week or month. We appreciate any time you have to offer. Many of our first aid volunteers go on to progress to other roles such as ambulance attendant, ambulance driver and first aid trainer. You don't need any previous first aid experience, as we will train you in all you need to know. All we ask is that you are willing to learn new skills. Find out more about becoming a St John Ambulance volunteer www.sja.org.uk/sja/counties/berkshire/volunteer-with-us.aspx  ... [more details]

The Ways and Means Trust

Email: available
Telephone: 0118 948 1944

Work experience for adults with a disability. The Ways and Means Trust is a charity formed 42 years ago to work with adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and physical disabilities. We provide support, training and work experience and supported employment. We have a horticultural site, Greenshoots, in Peppard Common just north of Caversham; a commercial cleaning company, Greenboro; and a repackaging warehouse and canteen in Caversham. Trainees can learn new skills, engage in work experience and have support and training to find, gain and maintain employment. Contact us on 0118 948 1944 or email info@waysandmeans.org.uk ... [more details]

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