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Come and join our team at Thrive Reading by becoming a volunteer!

Our volunteers come to Thrive for many reasons, including a desire to gain further experience or skills, to 'give something back' to the community or to take a step towards employment.

Volunteer sessions are a great way of discovering more about the work of Thrive. Learn what we do in Reading and discover the different volunteering opportunities on offer. After a tour of the gardens, you will meet other volunteers where you can learn first-hand about volunteering at Thrive.

Find out more about taster sessions or to get in touch in with Reading team on 0118 988 4844 or use our contact form.

The following volunteering opportunities take place at Thrive Reading which is in Beech Hill:

We are looking for escorts to support our minibus driver minibus on morning and afternoon journeys from/to Basingstoke Station on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week.

The main responsibility of an escort is to support and assist the minibus driver. They may be asked to:

  • Supervise clients boarding and disembarking the bus
  • Ensure seat belts are worn by all passengers
  • Ensure baggage is secured before journeys commence
  • Become familiar with routes to assist the driver
  • Supervise clients whilst travelling
  • Assist the driver and passengers in the event of an emergency

Escorts will need to arrive at the Thrive Reading by 8:45am to leave promptly at 8:50am, and will return by 9:45am. The bus leaves our centre at 3pm in the afternoon and returns by 4:30pm.

If you're interested, click here to contact us.

We are looking for an admin volunteer to help our busy Resources Team. The role could be ideal for someone looking to gain experience or refresh skills or simply looking to give something back. You will need to be computer literate, with a keen eye for detail, reliable and enthusiastic with good communication skills.

Some of the tasks you may be involved in are:

  • Answering the telephone and responding to queries / taking messages / transferring calls etc.
  • Assisting with implementation and rollout of our new HR software uploading data and documents
  • Ordering stationery, office supplies etc.
  • Undertaking routine health and safety checks e.g.checking fire doors/extinguishers etc
  • Assisting our HR, Finance and Resources Teams with routine admin tasks e.g. scanning documents

Click here for a full volunteer role description. Get in touch with the Reading team on 0118 988 0690 or use our contact form.

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic volunteer to support our fundraising team by taking on some of the administrative responsibilities.

In this role you will need to:

  • Answer the phone, respond to queries/pass on messages
  • Prepare or amend documents using excel or word
  • Help department with mail-outs
  • Support with merchandise and publication process and distribution
  • Enter data on to database
  • Proof-read documents

Click here for a full volunteer role description. Please do get in touch if you're interested!

Chris L with vol looking at flower Charlie Garner 2019

We're looking for client support volunteers to assist the client gardeners and horticultural therapists at our garden in Beech Hill near Reading.

Working directly with our clients, volunteers support our horticultural therapists in delivering a high level of service to client gardeners with a disability or ill health. Our client gardeners come to our gardening programmes with a range of disabilities and health conditions and the programmes they follow vary from general gardening to working towards horticultural qualifications.

Volunteers will need to be able to commit to one day a week for a minimum of 6 months, 9.45am – 3.15pm.

Read the volunteer role job description here.

Does this sound like you?

Get in touch in with the Reading team on 0118 988 4844 or use our contact form for more info!

Corporate volunteering

Leave the world of work for a rewarding and fun day in our gardens!

Thrive has been running its popular corporate volunteering days for years and the feedback reflects how enjoyable they are!

It is so rewarding and fulfilling to help play a part in making a positive difference to the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health.

Find out more about corporate volunteering or to get in touch with the Reading team on 0118 988 4844 or use our contact form.

Find out more about our work in Beech Hill, Reading

Our Reading centre
Reading clients