It’s hard to believe another year has passed and we are again about to celebrate National Volunteer Week.  The 1st to the 7th June each year gives us a chance to take stock and formally thank all our volunteers for their support and for the difference they make to the lives of older people across Suffolk. 
You might be interested to know that during 2016/17 our volunteers gave a total of over 56,000 hours of their time to support Age UK Suffolk – clearly a huge contribution.
Each and every hour is appreciated whether it be given through our information and advice service, day service, ‘Forget Me Not Groups’, befriending, administration or fundraising. The list goes on ......there are numerous ways in which our volunteers support the work of Age UK Suffolk.
With the closure of some of our day services and transfer of two of our ‘Forget Me Not’ groups we have lost some volunteers over the last year. It’s very satisfying however to see that many of them continue to volunteer at these services under new ownership – testimony to their commitment and concern for older people. Other volunteers have made the decision to keep a foot in ‘both camps’ continuing to volunteer with us and other groups. A ‘win-win’ for all. It is likely that volunteering with Age UK Suffolk will continue to change and adapt as the organisation and the needs of older people change – that just makes it all the more interesting.

Volunteers' week gives us the opportunity to formally thank all of our volunteers for their support, and for the difference they make to the lives of older people across Suffolk. 

During 2016/17 our volunteers gave a total of over 56,000 hours of their time to support Suffolk Age UK – clearly a huge contribution!

Each and every hour is appreciated whether it be given through our information and advice service, day service, ‘Forget Me Not Groups’, befriending, administration or fundraising. The list goes on ......there are numerous ways in which our volunteers support the work of Suffolk Age UK.

Here are three of our volunteers, sharing their own experiences about volunteering.

Volunteers' Week - Meet MaggieMaggie volunteers at our Claydon reception.

"On taking early retirement I felt that I did not want to give up on office work which I had done since leaving school.  So I volunteered to do office work for Suffolk Age UK at Claydon. I only do 3 hours a week but it does not matter how little help you can give this is much appreciated.

Since I have been doing this, the thing I most enjoy is being able to talk to the public, and know that they will get good advice and help with their concerns from this charitable organisation."


Volunteers' Week - meet KieranKieran volunteers at our furniture shop in Ipswich

"I volunteer in order to help raise money for the elderly of Suffolk.

I get to work with some great people and thoroughly enjoy what I do." 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers' Week - Meet GrahamGraham now volunteers as a telephone befriender, he has also volunteered as an advisor working with our dementia and enquiries teams.

"I get to meet and help nice people, I get satisfaction from making a real difference. I enjoy having a chat, just listening and offering companionship."

Graham says that "befriending hasn't necessarily changed my life but it has added to and enriched it".

 

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Suffolk Age UK