Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the work of Autism Berkshire in a variety of roles, helping us to offer the widest possible range of services and support to people living with autism of all ages.

They also help us to strengthen our links in the community by acting as our representatives and raising awareness of the charity and its aims.

Hear what some of our volunteers say about working for us and helping other people

Whatever your skills or how much time you have to spare, we can find something you can do to help, whether that is helping with administration or other office work, assisting at our clubs for children and adults, organising and running fundraising events, writing and designing publicity material or taking photographs at events to create picture galleries for our website and for promotional use.

We are particularly keen to hear from people who would be able to help at our youth groups, our social groups for autistic adults and helping on our stall at events we attend over the summer to raise funds, and for our Helpline service.

Click here to download our Volunteer Handbook, which explains what is involved in volunteering for us and how we support our volunteers.

Click here for our volunteer application form, which should be completed and sent to us at contact@autismberkshire.org.uk or posted to our office.

If you would like more information about volunteering opportunities with Autism Berkshire, call 01189 594 594 (option 3) or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk

Volunteering Skills course

We offer free Volunteering Skills courses to people who live in the Reading Borough Council area.

The six weekly sessions cover topics including understanding autism and support available locally; Autism Berkshire and our volunteer initiative; listening skills; and teamwork

It is anticipated that those who take part in the course will go on to volunteer with Autism Berkshire on a regular basis, with a variety of roles available. Candidates, who must be aged 18 or above, will be supported to choose the right role for them within the charity.

We are looking for people able to work on their on initiative, once trained, so the course may not be suitable for those who would need ongoing support themselves to be effective volunteers. We will interview candidates to make sure the course will be suitable for them.

Forthcoming courses:

  • On Mondays, between 1pm to 2.45pm, from February 22 to March 29 inclusive.

Please note that the course will only be run if a minimum number of people register to take part.

If you live in Reading and are interested in registering for a free place on this course, please complete and submit our online contact form or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please put Volunteering Skills Course in the subject line. If you have any questions, call 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a voicemail message including a daytime telephone number, so we can contact you.

Karen Hanna is one of our team of volunteers. She helps at our Bear With Me social group for autistic adults in Maidenhead.

She says: “I have really enjoyed volunteering for Autism Berkshire.  I volunteered at the Windsor Youth Group and I found the experience to be immensely rewarding and a lot of fun.

“The Autism Berkshire staff who ran and were involved in the group were friendly, supportive and very knowledgeable about autism and it was a pleasure to work alongside them. I am now looking forward to volunteering for one of Autism Berkshire’s adult social groups.

“I have an adult sibling with autism and, when my siblings and I were growing up, there were no organisations at the time (in the area we lived in) to which my parents could go to for advice, information and support.

“Since living in Berkshire and becoming members of Autism Berkshire, my mother and I have really appreciated being able to attend the free seminars on autism which the charity runs.

“My mother and I were very grateful for all of the information we received and the feeling of empowerment which we felt as the result of gaining more knowledge thanks to the seminars.”