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Age UK Brighton & Hove urges older people to consider volunteering to tackle loneliness

Published on 31 May 2019 11:38 AM

This National Volunteer’s Week (1st – 7th June), Age UK Brighton and Hove is urging local older people who are able, to consider volunteering as a way to stay active, feel fulfilled and tackle loneliness.

Age UK Brighton & Hove has over 65 volunteers, who carry out a range of roles for the charity including dementia engagement, community research, fundraising and administration. New volunteers are always welcome and the charity matches people to posts based on their interests, skills and experience.

Not only does volunteering allow people to use their skills to help others, it can also have huge benefits for the individual. Many people say volunteering helps them feel fulfilled, keeps them active and prevents them feeling lonely. Volunteering can also help develop transferrable skills and may lead to other employment opportunities.

Heather Morton, who volunteers in the Age UK Information & Advice team said “Volunteering has genuinely changed my life. After I was ill, I spent a lot of time at home on my own during the day. Once I started volunteering I met new people, felt useful and happy that I was helping others.”

Simon Dowe, Interim Chief Executive at Age UK Brighton & Hove said “Our volunteers are absolutely vital to us, we simply couldn’t do without them. Each one of them directly or indirectly helps support older people across Brighton & Hove. If you think you could offer some of your time and energy to help us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.”

All volunteers at Age UK Brighton & Hove are given training relevant to their role, on-going support and their expenses are paid. Age UK Brighton & Hove is currently looking for new volunteers, particularly to help with admin, on reception and with coffee mornings.

To find out more, email or call Richard Harris on 01273 720 603.