Volunteering for Reading Mencap

Would you like to make a difference to people with learning disabilities and autism in your community? Then why not join our volunteering scheme for a few hours each week or month. We need volunteers for our clubs and activities for children and adults and for general help in our office. We also have an exciting range of fundraising events, including

  • Our unique 'Are you Listening' music festival (AYL) in April at a 8 venues in Reading
  • The Reading Half Marathon in March
  • Our football tournament in the autumn
  • Quiz and music nights through the winter

We will give you:

  • Training in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and disability
  • Support to see how you are getting on or if you want a change of activity
  • Recognition with a certificate when you are trained and experienced

All Mencap volunteers will be DBS/CRB checked.

Telephone: 0118 9662518 or mail 9.30 to 1.30 Mon to Fri.

Click here for a Volunteers Application Form.

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hidden treasureVolunteer needed to help us sort through our donations 

Do you enjoy rummaging through bric-a-brac? Are you good at spotting hidden gems?

At Reading Mencap we are lucky to be given pre-loved treasure and we need a hand keeping on top of it.

We are extremely fortunate to receive many donations – toys, clothes, bric-a-brac, books, CDS and jewellery – and we are looking for a volunteer who can support our fundraising by helping to sort through it and keep our storage area tidy.

This role would suit someone who has a good eye for spotting items we can resell or recycle and who is methodical and well-organised.

Ideally, we would like someone to come in once or twice a week for a couple of hours to suit – you can even bring your children along! The role is based at 21 Alexandra Road, Reading RG1 2PE.

For further information and to apply, please email Marie-Claire Dillon at

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Volunteers needed to encourage our members to throw some shapes! dsc00636

Can you help encourage our members to throw some shapes at our popular monthly disco?

We are looking for reliable, friendly, supportive, fun and lively volunteers for our monthly disco for adults with a learning disability!

You will be supporting and encouraging our disco goers to have a great time, socialise and get on the dance floor!

Our disco is a popular activity and vital part of our members social schedule - you will be a valuable part in helping make this happen. The disco takes place on the last Thursday of the month from 7.30pm.

For further information and to apply, please contact Abbi Chambers, Social Inclusion and Respite Manager at

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Support and grow our eBay operation to raise vital funds! 

Fundraising volunteer needed.

We are looking for someone to support and grow the Reading Mencap eBay operation by photographing and/or listing mainly clothes.

If you are familiar with eBay and love clothes this would be a very enjoyable piece of regular volunteering.

Volunteer needs to be able to:

  • pick up clothes
  • take home to style, photograph & list on eBay
  • return the clothes to us once listed

Completely flexible days/hours to fit in with your own lifestyle.

Minimum age 16. Volunteers will be interviewed. Travel expenses will be paid.

For more information, please email Shelley Hawkins, or call 0118 9662518.