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Age UK believes that listening to the needs, wants and aspirations of people in later life will provide realistic and inclusive solutions to a diverse set of issues and opportunities.

The engagement of people in later life in the design, development and delivery of services and in shaping social policy is key to ensuring inclusive and empowering communities and caring services for today and in the future.

Excellence in volunteer management is essential for the development and running of a range of services and activities. Volunteering, particularly in later life, offers a great sense of well-being and ability to contribute to your community.

What Age UK does nationally

  • Produces resources to support and promote good practice in engagement and volunteering activity
  • Encourages engagement and volunteering developments that are responsive to the changing needs and preferences of people in later life and to changes in public policy
  • Delivers a range of projects and programmes aimed at developing and capturing best practice
  • Promotes engagement and volunteering services that address the needs of marginalised groups
  • Participates in key stakeholder groups relating to engagement and volunteering policy and practice
  • Identifies issues of concern in engagement and volunteering provision, drawing on the experience and knowledge of local contacts and exerts influence at national level

Age UK also provides a number of direct services, including :

What Age UKs do locally

  • Develop engagement and volunteering services to provide local solutions that are tailored to the needs of the communities in which they operate
  • provide local opportunities for volunteers to deliver and help shape a range of support, social and interactive services
  • deliver great and innovative volunteer recruitment retention, skills development activity and management
  • work in partnership with national Age UK to develop and pilot new models and methods for engagement and volunteering

Further information


Our Information guides are short and easy to digest, giving a comprehensive overview of the relevant topic. Factsheets are longer with more detail, and are aimed at professionals.

You can download other guides in our series from publications

For more information: Call Age UK 0800 169 8787

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