Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?
Volunteering roles with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
Receptionist / Shopmobility and Retail Volunteer
Reception is staffed during normal office hours (Monday - Friday, 10am til 4pm) by volunteers and staff, and Saturday 10am til 3pm for Shopmobility. A typical shift involves welcoming visitors, responding to telephone and email enquiries, taking messages for staff, use of the till and other tasks that may be requested from time to time.
Selling mobility products makes a valuable contribution to our income. As a volunteer you may be asked to prepare and price stock, cover the till point, assist customers, help with window displays. We will train you to carry out assessments for using scooters and if you wish to help with basic maintenance of scooters.
Day Centre Volunteer
As a Day Centre Volunteer you will be involved in a wide range of work which is of assistance to clients and the staff team. Volunteers help make clients feel comfortable and at ease by serving refreshments; helping with lunch; listening and chatting with them; and supporting them in activities and group participation.
Duties can also include making refreshments for clients and visitors; washing up; cleaning the kitchen area; and helping out with laundry when required
Hospital Volunteer at the Libby and Bertie Lounge
The “Libby and Bertie” Lounge is an area at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where patients can wait while the final preparations are made for their safe discharge. Volunteers are needed for shifts between 9.30 and 5.30, Monday - Friday.
Volunteers meet and greet visitors to the lounge, ensuring they are comfortable and at ease. They can offer information about services available after discharge and help reduce any fears they may have about going home. They also offer vital additional help to patients, such as assistance at mealtimes
Enthusiastic and active individuals are always needed to help our Fundraising Team promote Age UK C&K, organise fundraising events in the community and take part in one-off activities such as bucket collections. You can get involved in attending fairs; running stalls; arranging fundraising events; and acting as an ambassador for the charity. Hours are flexible and can be adapted to suit.
Each befriender is matched to one or two older people who are isolated and lonely. You will visit them in their own home either for a conversation, often over a cup of tea or support them to go out and socialise, with you accompanying them for re-assurance. You need to be a confident conversationalist and a good listener. You can be flexible in the times you volunteer and make a real difference to an older person.
If you have just half an hour a week to spare, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you. Trained and vetted volunteers offer conversation and companionship over the telephone to lonley older people who otherwise may not speak to anyone else that week. Times are flexible to suit and the calls are not chargeable to the volunteer. See our befriending page for more information.
Information and Advice Volunteer
You will help clients with information about services and benefits - signposting them to relevant organisations and helping to complete forms, such as Attendance Allowance. You may be asked to visit the client in their own home or to volunteer from our Halifax, Huddersfield or Batley offices. You need to be able to listen, ask appropriate questions and to enter data on screen. You will be given relevant welfare benefits training and be supported by a member of the I&A staff.
IT and Digital Volunteer
Either in a group setting or one-to-one, offering support, training and guidance to older people in the use of technology - mobile phones, tablets, skype, laptops. Many older people are missing out on technology and lack the confidence to try and use it. As more and more services and benefits are online only this is an important volunteering role.
Volunteers support the Business support Team in a range of duties such as, answering telephone calls, filing, photocopying, sorting leaflets, mailshots, using email and computer skills. Opportunities in Halifax and Huddersfield.
Become a Trustee
We are seeking new members for our board of trustees. With a proven track record, you will be a strategic thinker, with the time and skills to commit to this important role.
We welcome applications from anyone with the empathy and inspiration to give their time to Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees and we are particularly keen to hear from candidates with the skills or experience in one or more of the following:
- Care service provision/commissioning
- Bid writing
- Finance and Accountancy
- Use of technology to improve services
- Strategy and Innovation
- HR – Employment Law
Trustee positions are unremunerated – reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed. Time commitment is approximately 40-50 hours per annum.
- Do you have a passion and commitment to improving the quality of life of older people in your local community?
- Do you believe that listening to what older people want and need is a good way to improve services?
- Are you able to work as part of a team?
- Do you want to share and develop skills?
Then, we’d like to hear from you!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 252040 for an application pack.
Kirklees Dementia Hub Volunteer
This is not an exhaustive list. If you would would like to discuss what you can offer us please contact our Volunteer Manager. We look forward to hearing from you!
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.
Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills.
How much time do I need to give?
It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.
As users of the Disability Confident scheme, we guarantee to consider all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for vacancies.
For more information contact Lisa Dorward on 01422 252 040
Apply to volunteer
Find out more about our volunteering opportunities by calling us on 01422 252 040 or emailing us at email@example.com or download our volunteering application pack.
What our volunteers say...
Hiu Ming Baylis
Hiu Ming Baylis is a befriending volunteer. She has been volunteering for us for over 9 years and is now visiting a lovely older lady called Barbara.
"I know Barbara looks forward to my visits. No-one knows where they are going to end up in life’ she says ‘and I enjoy helping out and making a difference."
Isobel Schofield volunteers providing information and advice to older people at our shop in Huddersfield. Her career in the Library provided excellent experience for this role as she is good with people and has great research skills.
“It’s an extremely satisfying role” says Isobel “Being able to help people and reassure them.”