Volunteer with us!
Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees provides a wide range of services for the benefit of older people.
Volunteers are at the heart of many of the activities, and are critical to our ability to reach out to engage with older people and communities.
Reception is staffed during normal office hours (Mon-Fri 10am - 4pm) by volunteers and staff, and Saturday 10am -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.
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.
There are two options for volunteer drivers – driving clients to appointments and for shopping trips and driving an Age UK C&K minibus to transport clients to and from the day centres or on organised outings . All drivers must have a clean driving licence and, if using their own vehicle, valid motor insurance and MOT. Where appropriate, travelling expenses are reimbursed, if requested.
Working within our day centres and in our space in Huddersfield town centre, volunteers help to deliver a broad range of arts, crafts, games and discussions. Volunteers need to be able to work on their own initiative, have good organisational skills and should be able to support clients on a one-to-one basis, as required.
Enthusiastic and hardy volunteers work to help keep the grounds and gardens around two of our day centres looking attractive and tidy and there are opportunities to support clients on enjoy gardening.
Hospital Volunteer at the Libby & Bertie Lounge
The “Libby & 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 9.30-5.30 Mon-Fri.
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.
Shopmobility and Retail Volunteer
Selling mobility products makes a valuable contribution to our income. We currently have 2 locations In Halifax and Huddersfield. 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.
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.
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.
Telephone Befriending Volunteer
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.
What's in it for me?
All our volunteers receive training and support in their role, and the opportunities to develop into new areas of interest and activity. In common with our staff, volunteers who might work on their own with vulnerable people undergo a DBS check.
Find out more
If you're interested in volunteering you should contact our Head Office on 01422 252 040. We have a formal volunteer recruitment process to ensure our quality and safety standards, including application form, meeting and possibly a DBS check, dependent on the role.
You can download a Volunteer Application Pack by clicking on the link below. Please complete the application form and DBS form and return to the address on the form:
What our volunteers say..
Some volunteers from LLoyds bank helped out on a shopping trip to the Trafford Centre:
"It was a very good day out. I know the ladies and gent on my bus thoroughly enjoyed their day out and had a well deserved nap on the way home. They had a lovely lunch (fish and chips I think was the main order of the day) and the opportunity to visit some shops that they would not have had, and purchase some lovely Christmas gifts. There was lots of fun and laughter too.
I enjoyed the opportunity of being able to give the support required, from pushing wheelchairs, getting lunch and help them find the gifts they were looking for. The lady I was helping for most of the day was so happy with her gifts. One of the ladies from Age UK advised that she hadn't been out of her house for more than 2 years until she joined the centre earlier this year, and that made it feel so much more worth while - that the simple things that we take for granted, had given so much pleasure."
"I had such a fantastic day out at the Trafford Centre with Age UK. Everyone enjoyed the day so much and I felt so proud to be a part of it. All of the ladies and gents were lovely and were very excited to do a bit of Christmas shopping.
We all had a lovely lunch of fish and chips which led to a very funny moment as I found a set of false teeth on the floor which one of the ladies hadn’t even realised she had lost.
It was such a humbling experience and really made me realise how hard the carers work and how much of a difference they make to a families life by taking some of the strain. I would not hesitate to volunteer with Age UK again and would highly recommend the experience. Both the Age UK staff and the clients were so welcoming and friendly and really made the day an amazing experience."