Our volunteers' stories are inspiring! They provide an insight into their motivations and the types of activities they've been doing for Age NI.
Click on their names to read their story.
Fifty year old Mabel Mann from Broughshane is speaks about her personal motivation for volunteering as a way to encourage more people to help out in the Age NI charity shop in Ballymena..
Denise Drain, from Portstewart, shares her experience of volunteering to encourage more volunteers to support the Age NI Store in Coleraine.
'My name is Ann Corbett. I’m 59. I volunteer every Thursday at Anna House day centre in Dunmurry.'
Matthew Mo, 19, from Carrickfergus, is sharing his experience of volunteering to encourage new volunteers to support people to live well with dementia, and their carers.
Niamh Busby, 17, an A Level student from Bangor, is appealing for new volunteers to help out this summer in the Age NI shop on Central Avenue.
'I first became aware of Age NI’s work after my mum volunteered in their Skainos Day Centre – it was clear to see how much she enjoyed and got out of it and so through my school’s voluntary service programme, I decided to give it a try myself.'
'Volunteering with Age NI has given me the chance to give something back and do something truly positive for others.'
'If you're thinking about volunteering for Age NI, you should really go for it! Not only will you meet nice people, you will learn new skills, improve your CV and, most importantly, you’ll be helping people to enjoy a better later life.'
'When you volunteer, you don't just give back, you get back too in so many ways. It's a truly fulfilling experience.'
Nick Craig, Danske Bank Manager in Bangor's Bloomfield branch, volunteered to undertake an epic adventure to Trek the Grand Canyon for Age NI.
Yvonne tells us what motivated her to start volunteering for the charity and what she enjoys most about her role.
'I normally fit my volunteering in during the evening. I visit John once a week and I could not have been matched with a more suitable person.'
'I've made a great friend, a truly lovely lady. She recognises me as soon as I come through her door and she’ll say, 'Hello, it’s my wee friend Janis.' This makes my day.'
'I love volunteering with Poppy, my gentle, playful and affectionate Chihuahua. I bring her on regular visits to an Age NI day centre.'
John was inspired to be a My Life My Way volunteer, having supported his dad for many years to deal with dementia.
Charlotte is in her 80's and has been volunteering at Age NI’s Laurelhill day centre in Lisburn supporting people to live well with dementia for over 22 years.
Joan, 76, is from Belfast and decided to put her past experience as an Occupational Therapist to use through the My Life Way programme.
Ken, 70, had some free time and decided to volunteer his musical skills to enrich the lives of older people in Age NI day centres.
Natasha, 20, volunteers at an Age NI day centre in East Belfast once a week.
'I volunteer at an Age NI day centre in Ballyclare for older people living with dementia.'
Bessbrook septuagenarian Philomena Evans enjoys a busy schedule of voluntary work.
'My volunteering with Age NI has given me informed and greater insight into ageing issues.'
Carita loves later life and volunteers as a Peer Facilitator for Age NI and with her local church.
'I love being so involved with the charity. It’s great to meet new people and make a difference.'
I’m delighted to be part of the Age NI network of volunteers who seek to help more people to love later life.
'My involvement in Age NI’s Consultative Forum makes me realise how I can help a charity like Age NI make a big difference.'