Skip to accessibility page
Close window
Display options

Set the appearance of this website so you can read it more easily

Text size

Background/foreground


 
 

Volunteering

Some of our Volunteering Opportunites


Join our friendly team of Volunteers and help us to make life better for the Older people of Somerset and North Somerset.

Please browse our volunteering roles below to find something that suits you.

Volunteers play a crucial part in the work of Age UK Somerset. 

The majority of our services are provided by Volunteers who are just like you, and the Charity is governed by a team of Volunteer Trustees.

Click here to download our Volunteering leaflet

We always need Volunteers to help in the following roles:

(Please click on the links for full info)

 

'Ageing Well' Gentle Exercise Session Volunteers

Partners in Care Volunteers

Befriending Volunteers

Living Better Volunteers

Information and Advice Support Volunteers

Office Support Volunteers

Event Champions

Poster Putter Uppers

Fundraising Volunteers

Better Buddies Volunteers



Ageing Well Volunteers - Gentle Exercise Leaders

Three ladies standing in the parkWould you like to help older people in your community to live healthier, happier lives? Most people, whatever their age or condition, benefit from physical activity and this is where our Ageing Well Volunteers come in!  Volunteers lead regular chair-based activity sessions, which usually take place in retirement accommodation.  These are very social and fun events.  Prospective Ageing Well Volunteers should enjoy physical activity, be able to spare a couple of hours each week and have a great sense of humour as having fun in your classes will be of the utmost importance!  No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  Because of our Volunteers almost 400 older people in Somerset are getting fitter while having fun every week!  

Living Better Volunteers

In this worthwhile role in North Somerset, Living Better Volunteers provide support to older people with long term health conditions to help them maintain their health and wellbeing.

In this exciting project Volunteers interact with individuals to help them develop specific parts of their personal care and support plan and work with them to make it happen.  No experience is necessary and full training will be provided.



Befriending Volunteers

Jean and Susan

Click here to watch our short film showing the difference our Volunteer Befrienders make.

Our Befriending Volunteers improve the quality of lonely and isolated older peoples' lives by providing them with a regular visitor.  Befriending is a good way to Volunteer if you can make a regular commitment to spend time with and listen to an older person. We find that our Volunteers get as much enjoyment from the visits as the clients!

 

Because of our Volunteers, many older people who live alone in Somerset and North Somerset have a friendly visitor to cheer them up each week!  This is a very popular service and we have a waiting list for Volunteers.  We could really use your help.   Learn more about Befriending

Can you help in North Somerset?



Partners in Care Volunteers

In this new project with the British Red Cross and the NHS at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.  The Partners in Care service offers support to patients in hospital with have very little support in place or have no family or friends, and who may have some worries about leaving the hospital or concerns about how they are going to cope once home.

Volunteers may:

  • help people settle in at home
  • arrange for visits or telephone calls following discharge
  • arrange for a benefit check
  • signpost to other information and advice services
  • provide help with attending ongoing medical appointments
  • provide details about local social events and activities

More information on Partners in Care

 

Information and Advice Support VolunteersHelping with problems

After receiving training our Information and Advice Support Volunteers visit older people in their own homes on an as-neccessary basis.  They help clients by providing support and practical help to: apply for the benefits they may be entitled to; tackle a problem; or to speak or their behalf on matters including community care and consumer issues.  The service is offered free to all older people in Somerset and North Somerset. Time-wise, this role is very flexible and full training is given to our Volunteers and refreshed with regular information sessions.  In 2015 our Volunteers helped older people in Somerset and North Somerset to claim more than £2.25m in benefits.  



Office Support Volunteers

Do you have a good telephone manner and some experience of using a computer?  Can you spare an afternoon a month, or more? 

 

We are looking for help with some admin tasks eg, phone calls & data entry, to help our office to run more smoothly.  Full training will be given and you will be supported at all times by a member of staff.

 

Event Champions

Would you like to help us spread the word?  We are looking for friendly, approachable, outgoing Volunteers who, after training, will act as Champions for us on our info stands at events eg, flower shows, talking to people, giving information and handing out leaflets. Could you help?



Poster Putter-uppers

We need help to promote our services. We are looking for Volunteers who would be happy to receive a poster from us from time to time (less than once a month), and then distribute it around their local patch.  You’ll know best where it could go. 
This would only take a small amount of your time but would be of great help to us, and it may make a difference to the older people near where you live.  If you’ve got a willingness to help, even if  you’ve not got much free time, we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteer Fundraisers

Each year Age UK Somerset raises money through local community fundraising activities in Somerset and North Somerset. Volunteers are needed to help with these events which usually include a morning or afternoon helping out, maybe collecting money inside or outside a prearranged retail establishment or at an event. Full support is given and the money raised is used locally to help fund our services to older people.  Alternatively if you have any ideas for fundraising or would be happy to hold an event, please contact us.


Better Buddies Volunteers

Better Buddies Volunteers
The Building Better Buddies project aims to train older men as volunteers to encourage and support other older men to live more active and fulfilling lives. This is achieved using the concept of the ‘health and wellbeing buddy’ – somebody who can support, organise and promote activities to others. 
The programme offers a unique volunteer training package which will give you the skills, confidence, support and information to develop your buddy role. 

For more information please contact our Ageing Well Manager on 01823 345613 or email ageingwell@ageuksomerset.org.uk.



If you have any questions about Volunteering or the recruitment process please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Age UK Somerset is committed to attracting, welcoming, supporting and developing Volunteers in their work with and for older people, and achieving high standards throughout the Charity, making its work more effective, exciting and dynamic.

We very much hope you will decide to join us as a Volunteer with Age UK Somerset and find challenges, new skills and a sense of achievement.  We are really keen to recruit new Volunteers!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR WORK.


If you'd like to receive our application pack please fill in the form below.

Request information










 

Our volunteers are greatly appreciated by us, but more importantly, the more people like you who become Volunteers, the closer we can get to reaching our aim of making later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for all older people across Somerset.