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Volunteering

Are you…

  • over 18 years of age?
  • able to offer a minimum of two hours per week at a regular time?
  • able to commit to a minimum of 12 months?

If yes, then we would welcome your help.

Who are we?

ARC is primarily staffed by volunteers. Each volunteer has been carefully selected and fully trained to help young people and adults who are having difficulties in their lives.

For more information about ARC, please click here.

What we offer our clients

  • A warm, friendly welcome
  • A free, confidential counselling and information service for young people and adults in the Wokingham district
  • A comprehensive one-stop information shop for many different issues
  • Help with finding ways to cope with difficulties
  • Access to various support groups to help with particular problems
  • Peer mentoring project – we recruit, train and support sixth formers from secondary schools in Wokingham to act as pupil support
  • School anti-bullying project – we work with schools to reduce bullying

What would volunteering involve?

ARC is a growing organisation, with over 50 volunteers. It is a registered charity and is supported by Wokingham District Council and other donors. It is an autonomous voluntary organisation with its own Management Committee.

Our premises are next to Wokingham Youth and Community Centre in Wokingham. We also operate from Twyford, Woodley and Lower Earley (evenings only), as well as providing counsellors to most secondary schools and some primary schools in the area.

Most of the work at ARC is done by volunteers who usually commit themselves to a minimum of two years for three hours a week. Most volunteers choose to undertake a Counselling Certificate or Diploma course via a college or university, but there are several other ways of being involved. For example, as well as counsellors, we sometimes recruit volunteer support workers, management team members and office staff.

Clearly, you have your needs in wanting to come and work with us and it is our job to try and satisfy your needs as fully as possible. Further training and other opportunities will also be available to you.

The style of counselling used at ARC is active client-centred – in other words, the worker helps the client to work out what they want and how to get it. They do this in a non-judgmental and supportive way, always accepting what the client decides. We do not have a ‘message’ for clients; we are not anti anything or pro anything else – we are simply there for our clients. This approach is used in all our work with clients whether it is counselling, information work or meeting client needs in other ways.

Where are we situated?

Our main office is situated in a separate annexe next to Wokingham Youth and Community Centre at 35 Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 1EG.

Free parking and disabled access is available.

Further information

For further information please contact Paul Cassidy, our Co-ordinator, at coordinator@arcweb.org.uk. If you prefer to call him, the best times are between 10am and 3pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the administration line (0118 977 2818). If you contact ARC outside the opening times, leave your name and number on our answerphone and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Alternatively, please download, complete and return the following forms.

Download the application form (PDF)

Download the criminal background disclosure (police check) form (PDF)

Please note: when you apply to be a volunteer (after filling out the application and criminal background disclosure forms), you may be asked to attend an informal interview. If successful, you will be invited to attend further training and induction.

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