Volunteering

We have a fantastic team of 60 dedicated and talented volunteers – ranging from 19-70. We'd love you to join the team

How important are volunteers to Launchpad?

We simply couldn’t run our services without the support of our amazing volunteers. They work across all areas of the organisation and in all sorts of roles – and last year volunteers gave 4022 hours, which is equivalent to more than 536 working days.  Their work makes a huge difference to the way we work and the people we support.

What is a typical volunteer role at Launchpad and how much time do people give?

There isn’t a typical role! Our volunteers work in both client-facing or back office roles – they provide counselling, support homeless people at our drop-in service, run activities at Launchpad 135, cheer on runners at our events, give community talks about the charity, and help with office-based administration.

Our regular volunteers work with us for a few hours or even days a week, and other volunteers support us on a more ad-hoc basis at fundraising events such as Big Sleep Out and the Pancake Race.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your community and it is incredibly rewarding – but it isn’t just about doing good. Giving your time to charity can help you develop new skills, boost your confidence, give you a chance to meet new people and open up new career opportunities. It can also make you really feel like part of something – especially at Launchpad where we consider our volunteers as one of the team.

Launchpad volunteers in action

Our volunteer vacancies

Office Admin Support Volunteer

 Volunteer Description

To provide administration and office support to the Office Management Team – the office management function is responsible for the running of the office and managing all IT.

Specific Tasks

  • General office admin, filing, photocopying, scanning , shredding
  • Maintain various databases
  • Maintain supplies- stationery ordering
  • Manage incoming and outgoing post
  • Production of documents
  • Responding to queries
  • Manage visitors (fobs)
  • Minute taking

Skills required for the role:

  • Flexibility / adaptability
  • Good team working, written and communication skills
  • Microsoft Office experience (Eg. Excel, Word, Publisher and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Friendly personality
  • Efficient worker
  • Good listening and observation skills
  • Confident telephone manner

Support Given

  • Volunteer Induction Plan
  • Supervision with a linked member of staff
  • Local Travel Expenses reimbursed
  • Volunteer Peer Group Meetings several times a year
  • Opportunity to attend training courses specific to the role

Time Commitment

One day per week: Minimum of 4 hours volunteering per day, time zone 9:30 – 15:00

Additional Information

Desired:  to have an awareness of Health & Safety within the workplace.

DBS check  – We will need to complete a DBS on you, as you will be handling personal data in this role.

You will be asked to read and adhere to Launchpad policies that are in place to ensure the safety of you, our staff and our clients.

Launchpad 135 Cookery Volunteer

Launchpad 135 Centre offers Cookery sessions to our members. We’re looking for a 135 Cookery Volunteer to help support this service.

 Activity Description

To lead/work with Launchpad 135 staff and other volunteers to support members in the three-week Home Skills activity.

 Volunteering Tasks

  • Supporting members to make recipe choices
  • Stocktake for the recipes chosen
  • Support members in cooking their chosen recipes
  • Cleaning of kitchen equipment
  • Following the cookery activity lesson plans
  • Contributing to developing the cookery activity

Skills Required for the Role

  • Cookery experience
  • Good listening skills and willingness to follow instructions
  • Good team worker
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and work professionally

Training / Support Offered

  • Manual Handling Training
  • Food Hygiene Training
  • Customer Service Training
  • Catch-Up Meetings Launchpad 135 staff or 135 Team Leader
  • Local Travel Expenses reimbursed
  • Lunch Expenses reimbursed

Time Commitment:

Support with members cookery activities for 2+ hours per week, for a minimum of three weeks.

Ad hoc events (pre-organised)

Additional Information:

This is a non-driving role. 

Fundraising events volunteer

We always need volunteers for Launchpad’s fundraising events – whether it’s the Big Sleep Out and Carols by Candlelight or the Pangbourne Dragon Boat Race and Reading Half Marathon. You could be doing anything, from manning a stall and telling people about Launchpad, to cheering on runners and bucket collecting – and we can guarantee it will be lots of fun! It’s also flexible – we put a call out to all fundraising events volunteers on our list and you sign up to help when it suits you!

Charity Ambassador

We are looking for volunteer ambassadors to join our Fundraising team to give inspiring talks to help businesses, community groups and schools understand more about homelessness, what Launchpad does to support local people in housing crisis, and how they can get involved with the charity and fundraise.

If you are friendly, a good listener, have the ability to stay calm and be professional at all times – and you’re interested in one of our volunteer vacancies – we’d love to hear from you!

Charity ambassador Amy said: “It’s a great opportunity to educate people about what Launchpad does to prevent homelessness and how homelessness is much more than just rough sleeping.”

How to apply

If you’re interested in any of the volunteering roles, simply call the volunteering team on 0118 929 1135 or email volunteers@launchpadreading.org.uk to express your interest in a particular role and start the application process.

NB: All Launchpad volunteers get a personal induction, regular check-ins, training, travel expenses and lunch allowance.

Hear from our volunteers

A picture of volunteer Amy
Meet Amy

Amy was born and bred in Reading, and says that the flexibility of being a charity ambassador and fundraising events volunteer for Launchpad fits in really well around her full time job.

Meet Paul

Paul volunteers at Launchpad’s drop-in service one day a week, where absolutely anyone in housing crisis can come for information and support.

Meet Daniel

Daniel is one of four volunteer trained counsellors at Launchpad, who offer clients a safe place to talk, free of charge. He has been volunteering with Launchpad since 2017.

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