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What opportunities are there?

There are opportunities for everyone and you should be able to find something to match your interests, for example; sport, art, finance, mental health, research, teaching, campaigning or legal aid and justice, to name but a few. Some agencies have opportunities in a variety of sectors whereas others are more specific. In either case volunteers can be accommodated and you need to choose which project will allow you to make a difference.

The voluntary field is also known as the third sector and working for a not for profit organisation can be a very rewarding career choice. Charity work offers a chance to be employed in a vibrant, growing sector with a steady increase of jobs available each year. When looking for opportunities you could investigate locally, nationally or look further and consider volunteering abroad. When considering the long term there are graduate positions available and paid roles as charities are keen to recruit strong, passionate candidates.

Volunteering opportunities advertised to The Careers Centre in the last two weeks

The listings below show the latest (maximum) 50 jobs placed with The Careers Centre. Click on a job title link to go to the full listing in My Jobs Online where you can view further details and apply for the job. Once you've logged in to My Jobs Online, you'll also be able to view all vacancies (i.e. not just the most recently placed ones).

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Helpline Volunteer - Trust House Reading
Details: Trust House Reading provides a confidential helpline service to victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 18 or above. Helpline volunteers are a key part of this service, and we value their contribution. Helpline volunteers aim to support victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse by [...] View full details »
Student Ambassador - TEACH - Time to Empower Africa's Children
Details: TEACH Student Ambassadors are our eyes, ears and voices within universities. Your role is threefold. You will be responsible for maximising awareness of TEACH within your university, responsible for organising one international ‘Charity Challenge’ event, and ensuring TEACH have a continued [...] View full details »
Fundraising, Marketing, Campaigning and Communications Internshi - Cancer Research UK
Details: This September, Cancer Research UK are offering 42 internships to high-calibre individuals looking to gain work experience in the fields of fundraising, marketing, events, communications, health information, policy/campaigning, HR and IT. In the past, Cancer Research UK interns have done [...] View full details »
Volunteer Researcher - SEAP (Support Empower Advocate Promote)
Details: Voluntary opportunity to research whether those from certain minority ethnic groups and specific age groups  are making complaints about NHS services and accessing the support of advocacy services in similar numbers to the general population. The research would involve both a review of [...] View full details »
Me2 Club Volunteer - Me2 Club
Details: Me2 Club enables children and young people, aged 5-19, with additional needs and disabilities to take part in after school, mainstream leisure activities like Scouts, sports, art, drama, kayaking and lots more!   Me2 Club does this by recruiting and training volunteers who are matched with [...] View full details »
Magento or similar e-commerce website tools trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: ­­Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, Wordpress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
MS Office Trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, Wordpress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Java Programmer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a non-profit company that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. Lifetime Learning is governed by a Board of Trustees that aims to raise both funds and awareness via donations from companies and organisations as well as individuals. We strive for the fulfilment [...] View full details »
Joomla and/or Wordpress Trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, Wordpress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Fundraising Assistant position - Lifetime Learning
Details:   Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. Lifetime Learning is governed by a Board of Trustees that aims to raise both funds and awareness via donations from companies and organisations as well as individuals. We strive for the fulfilment of [...] View full details »
Event Planner - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. Lifetime Learning is governed by a Board of Trustees that aims to raise both funds and awareness via donations from companies and organisations as well as individuals. We strive for the fulfilment of [...] View full details »
Digital Designer Internship - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people in London, Tower Hamlets. We strive for the fulfilment of education in London Borough of Tower Hamlets by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities in London Borough of Tower [...] View full details »
B2B Sales Officer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Accountant - Lifetime Learning
Details: Job ref: LTLTR01 Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. Lifetime Learning is governed by a Board of Trustees that aims to raise both funds and awareness via donations from companies and organisations as well as individuals. We strive for the [...] View full details »
Admin Internship - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. Lifetime Learning is governed by a Board of Trustees that aims to raise both funds and awareness via donations from companies and organisations as well as individuals. We strive for the fulfilment of [...] View full details »
Team Member or Team leader - Lattitude Global Volunteering
Details: Lattitude Global Volunteering Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that specialises in overseas volunteering placements. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 17 countries around the world, where they’ve had [...] View full details »
Operation Wallacea Publicity Agent (Postgraduate position) - Operation Wallacea
Details: Duties:    To put up posters advertising the Operation Wallacea presentation around all relevant departments in the University approximately 2 weeks in advance of the presentation. Operation Wallacea will provide the posters.To check weekly before the presentation that posters are still [...] View full details »
Circle Member/Mentor - Circles South East
Details: A sex offender moves into your community. What do you do? Research shows us that our approach is hugely effective in reducing the likelihood of a person re offending. Our goal is 'No More Victims'. Our project has been running for 11 years and evaluation surveys have shown significant [...] View full details »
Volunteer Youth Worker - Adviza
Details: Job Purpose To support the youth work team in the running of activities in open access youth centres. Main duties and responsibilities To assist in the running of the youth clubs.To communicate with the Club Leader and Youth Worker about the activities in the youth club.To supervise [...] View full details »

Older vacancies and full event details can be found at https://reading.targetconnect.net

Places to look for national voluntary work

  • www.csv.org.uk is one of the largest volunteering providers, whose vision is to enrich lives and tackle real need. They place over 150 000 volunteers each year in top quality community projects
  • www.volunteering.org.uk a network of organisations across England
  • http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/ charity jobs across England, including paid and graduate work
  • http://vinspired.com/ connects 16 – 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities across England
  • www.do-it.org.uk/ a search engine of roles covering voluntary sectors

Local volunteering work around Reading

International volunteer programmes

You could volunteer abroad or combine it with travelling, the possibilities are endless once you research the roles out there. There are opportunities to teach, undertake conservation work, construction, cultural exchanges or work with animals. Sometimes organisations tailor their voluntary work to people taking a year out whilst others offer involvement for people who do not have that amount of time or who just want to work for a season. Terms and conditions vary as some organisations will charge including travel expenses and others will ask for a joining fee. Be thorough when exploring the possibilities.

You could also visit the The Careers Centre resource area or speak to your Placement and Development Officer to find out more.

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