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Befriending volunteer

As a volunteer you could make a difference for older people in Blackburn with Darwen. We recruit on a vacancy basis and also offer student work experience and placement opportunities

Current volunteer vacancies

Thank you for your interest in volunteering, we are currently recruiting for the following roles

  • Remote IT Tutors, do you have the IT and people skills needed to help older people get online and to attend online social groups
  • Shop Volunteers for our charity shop in Darwen - volunteers are needed to help with customer service and process goods for sale

What do I do to become a volunteer?

It is very important to us that our volunteers enjoy their volunteering role and get back as much as they put in. In order to prepare you for your volunteering role we have a recruitment and training process in place.As many volunteering roles involve contact with vulnerable older people, 2 references and DBS checks are required, where applicable, as a legal requirement and necessary under our safeguarding practices. This can take up to 8 weeks to complete.
There is no upper age limit to volunteer but you do need to be aged 16 or over to apply. Some roles also require a minimum time commitment. 

What you will get out of volunteering

  • It's a great way to make a real difference to someone's life
  • You'll be giving something  back to your community
  • You get to be part of Age UK Blackburn with Darwen's volunteer team
  • Reimbursement for out of pocket travel expenses
  • Volunteers tell us they find their roles really rewarding
  • It looks good to potential employers

What is expected of me?

  • Attend informal interviews with the Service line manager
  • Complete an application form and provide us with 2 references – these cannot be relatives
  • Undertake DBS and driving license checks where appropriate for the role
  • Undertake mandatory online training - support is given as needed
  • Respect our organisational values and operating principles

Apply to volunteer

If a role above appeals to you, please click the Apply button to begin the application process to volunteer with us