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Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin | Love later life
01743 233 123
Befriending volunteers spend 1-2 hours a week visiting a lonely older person at home. Befrienders provide a good listening ear and company for someone who spends many hours alone and may be struggling with mobility or other problems. It is a rewarding time for volunteers and the people they visit. Volunteers are needed all over the county but particularly in the Bridgnorth, Cleobury, Oswestry, Albrighton and Whixall areas.
Volunteers are given out of pocket expenses, a thorough introduction to the role and ongoing support from a dedicated Age UK staff member.
Current volunteering vacancies (110kB .pdf file)
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Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is a local charity providing a wide range of services for people over 60 across the whole of Shropshire, some 25% of the population.
The services we provide could not run without our dedicated team of about 750 volunteers. They are the life blood of our charity, aged from 16 to 90 and give as little as a few hours a month, generally Monday to Friday daytime.
By volunteering to help Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin you will be helping older people but you will also have fun, feel appreciated, make new friends, widen your knowledge and have a rewarding experience. We provide support and training and pay appropriate expenses.
We received this message from the family of one of our volunteers, "Thank you so much, my mum is over the moon and looking forward to doing voluntary work. She's like her old self and very eager to get involved. Thank you so much for the valuable time you gave her... you have made an old lady feel valued. Your prompt help has saved heartache for not just my mum, but the entire family."
Over 40 social clubs for isolated older people meet one day a week and provide refreshments, a hot meal, a range of activities and companionship. They are run by a team of volunteers who come in for at least a couple of hours. Roles include general helper, organiser, co-ordinator and transport escort.
Volunteers visit isolated older people in their homes for up to two hours per week, to give their support by carrying out a social visit. A team of volunteers each spend a few hours at least once a month ringing older people and together offer a friendly weekly chat.
Short-term support to older people is provided by volunteers from the Home from Hospital service in south Shropshire and the North-East Shropshire Interdisciplinary Team. They provide practical help and companionship for two to three hours a week.
Volunteers visit older people in their own homes and assist them in the completion of benefits claim forms. You need to commit at least two hours a week and be willing to travel around your area but you do not need experience of the benefits system.
Volunteers support older people on a one-to-one basis by making telephone calls, writing letters or attending meetings. You will need to be available for a few hours a week and be willing to travel around your area to visit people at home. Other volunteers working in pairs act as a ‘good relative’ by visiting older patients in psychiatric hospitals. You will need to commit three to four hours every three weeks and be available for four to five Saturday afternoons a year.
Older people over 50 years give up a few hours each week to work as a one to one mentor with primary school children in the Telford area. No previous experience is required as full training is given.
Our tutors teach basic IT skills to absolute beginners over the age of 55 in classes of no more than six people. They work as part of a rota, responsible for a four week course of two hours a week, at a number of locations. You need to have basic IT skills and be a good communicator.
Volunteers arrange insurance face to face or over the telephone at one of our offices. Insurance experience is not required as extensive training will be given but you need to be competent using a computer and be able to commit to one day a week.
Volunteers carry out reception duties in our Shrewsbury office or assist with basic administrative tasks for a few hours a week in one of our offices. Experience of using a computer is desirable. Treasurers support our day centres for which you need an ability to work with figures and have about an hour a week available.
A team of minibus drivers takes older people from their homes to our day centres. You need to be available for three hours on one day a week.
No previous experience is required as full training will be given. Other volunteers use their own car for up to two hours a week to take an older person to a day centre, or to collect lunches.
Volunteers act as a contact point for older people in their community. It will only take an average of one hour a month of your time.
Volunteers carry out a variety of work such as assisting in the organisation of fundraising events, sending out material to supporters and street collecting; times are flexible.
We ask all volunteers to complete an application form and to provide two referees. Those volunteers who have contact with vulnerable older people will need to apply for a criminal records bureau disclosure and we will complete the paperwork for you.
For more information on volunteering, details of what is currently available in your area or to obtain an application form, talk to one of our Volunteer Recruitment Officers. Our contact details are below.
You can also apply online:
Volunteering application form
3 Mardol Gardens, Shrewsbury SY1 1PR
Meeting Point House, Southwater Square, Telford Town Centre, Telford TF3 4HS
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