The skill, time and energy of our volunteers make a real difference to what we do, enhancing the quality and support we offer older people. It is the invaluable help of our dedicated volunteers that makes it possible for us to provide and maintain the variety and quality of our services.

What volunteering opportunities are there at Age UK Barnet?

We are currently looking for volunteers to fulfill the following roles:

Service Description When do you need me? Role description
Later Life Planning Service Volunteers help with signposting, form filling, admin and telephone work both in office based locations and in people’s homes.  For those with commitment and aptitude, training for advice work is also possible.

Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly

Advisor role description pdf document

Attendance Allowance form filler role description pdf document

Benefit outcomes collector role description pdf document

Administrator role description pdf document

Personal Independence Payment form filler role description pdf document

Digital Inclusion Digital inclusion volunteers support older adults learning to use and access digital technology either in their own homes or in communal settings across the borough.

Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly

Digital Inclusion role description pdf document
Cookery classes and dietary support The Eat Well Live Well project needs speakers, cooks and helpers to run cookery classes and healthy eating promotional sessions. Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly but only for the length of courses which are between 3 – 10 weeks
Eat Well community support role description pdf document
Home from Hospital Volunteers provide short-term help to older people on discharge from hospital assisting them to regain their independence and confidence.

Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly

Home from Hospital role description pdf document
Fitness and exercise classes Leaders and helpers are needed for our wide variety of physical activities such as fall prevention, Tai Chi classes.

Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly but flexible

Exercise assistant role description pdf document
Administration/office assistance at Age UK Barnet
Admin volunteers help with office based jobs. Filing, telephone, databases, photocopying, envelope stuffing etc.

Weekday mornings and afternoons

Weekly

Admin volunteer role description pdf document
Social groups and lunch clubs Activity volunteers help organise or support staff setting up and running lunch clubs and activities eg games, exercise, discussion groups, art and craft activities.

Weekday mornings and afternoons between 10am – 3.30pm Based at our centre in East Finchley

Ann Owens Centre, N2 8LT-Tuesday & Thursday
Weekly

Sat, 1pm - 4pm, Ann Owens Centre, N2 8LT

Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm, at Wilmot Close,
Tarling Road, East Finchley, N2 8LB
Weekly

Activity centre volunteer role description

Bridge club coordinator volunteer role description pdf document

Fundraising Fundraising volunteers raise small amounts of money, instigate community fundraising initiatives or help others with events.

Weekdays and Weekends.

This can be as and when you are available, and does not require a weekly commitment.

Fundraising volunteer role description pdf document

If you are interested in any of these roles or have any further questions about volunteering with Age UK Barnet, please email Samantha Schneider, Volunteer Manager or call 020 8432 1422 (Monday – Wednesdays)

Who can be a volunteer?

Providing you are able and willing to follow Age UK Barnet's procedures and policies, we can find you a task that matches your interests and abilities and we have the means to support you in that role, you can be a volunteer. If you are of school age you will need the permission and support of your guardian.

How do I become a volunteer?

You will need to download, complete and return the relevant sections of the volunteer application form. Do ensure that you give us the details of two referees who are not family members and one should be a person of professional standing. If your circumstances mean that you are unable to provide current references ring us to discuss this. If you are unable to dowload the form please email to request a form. If you let us know your specific areas of interest we can also email other relevant information.

Once the form is returned to us and your references successfully obtained, you will be contacted to arrange a face to face interview with our volunteer coordinator. At this interview we will complete the application form and go through the volunteer induction procedures, handbook, relevant policies and task descriptions. You will then sign the application form. Your training needs will be agreed and a place offered on a training module if one is available. At this point, you may also be introduced to those who you will be working with. If there is insufficient time a second interview can be arranged. Once your general induction has been completed you will need to sign a Volunteer Agreement.

Those volunteers who will be working on a one to one basis with vulnerable adults such as befrienders will need to see the fact sheet on that service. At the time of the interview they will also need to bring along a list of documents mentioned on this sheet so we can complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check application form.

Will I need to take time off work to attend an interview, training or supervision session?

Generally we should be able to work around your availability.

How long will it take between interview and my starting work?

This will depend on the individual role(s) you take up. Most roles have their own job descriptions and training package. Some will involve on-the-job training, allowing you to start immediately. Other positions will require more training or there may be a waiting period before placement. While you are waiting you may wish to try your hand at something else.

What happens if my circumstances change or I don’t enjoy the work I do?

There is a month’s trial period for all volunteers. Your mentor and volunteer supervisor are there to discuss any problems and issues with you. If the problems cannot be resolved you may wish to try another role and you are free to finish volunteering at any point, but please keep us informed at all points.

Will it cost me anything to volunteer?

Age UK Barnet will pay the cost of your Discloure and Barring Service check and training.  We will also reimburse you for any agreed out of pocket expenses, such as travel costs.

What happens if I cannot fulfill one of my duties on any given occasion?

You will need to let your supervisor and colleagues know as soon as possible. In some cases we have volunteers who will cover for others.

Volunteer resources

Policies and Guidelines

Click on the links below to download any document.

Online Training

Social Care in Excellence gives access to free online training resources including Safeguarding Adults, Dementia Awareness, Mental Health of Older People.

To access the training register with SCIE. Click on ‘All resources’ then ‘e-Learning courses’. The courses are all listed individually and have a quiz at the end.

Please notify the Volunteer Manager of any courses you complete with proof, so that your records can be updated.

If you have any further questions about volunteering with Age UK Barnet, please email Samantha Schneider, Volunteer Manager or call 020 8432 1422 (Monday – Wednesdays)

Further information