Volunteering with Age UK Camden is a great way to engage with and contribute to the local community.
The activities we offer are directly involved in service delivery, helping to make a real difference to people’s lives. We aim to offer a positive experience for everyone involved so volunteers can see the benefit of their input.
These corporate volunteer led workshops help older people get the most out of their laptops, mobiles and other devices. The workshops last about two hours, with up to three planned into a day, allowing a rota of staff to be involved. The workshops usually take place on a Monday or Thursday.
"Carat has been involved in the ‘Digital drop-in’ sessions for Age UK Camden for the past few years. We find it extremely rewarding. It’s easy to forget that senior people in society haven’t grown up with the internet and all the latest devices and technology, so tasks that we take for granted can be a bit daunting for them. So it feels really satisfying to be able to show someone how to have a Skype call with their grandson in Australia, or create a Facebook account to stay in touch with old friends." Holly, volunteer, Carat
Activity at one of our day centres
We’ve had talent shows, quizzes, tea dances and game tournaments. Teams – usually around 8-12 people – discuss their ideas with the centre manager and then plan and deliver the activity.
Outings for day centre members
Some of the people we support enjoy going out but are less confident or able do things on their own. Organising an outing to a place of interest with volunteers acting as buddies is a great way of interacting and providing support.
Teams – usually around 8-12 people – discuss their ideas with the centre managers and then plan and deliver the activity.
Film and afternoon tea
If you have a space that is accessible for older people, you could organise and host a film and afternoon tea event.
Help out at an event
We often need an extra pair of hands at fundraising events, which can be anything from selling raffle tickets to chatting to some of our members or shaking a collection tin. Email Suzy Barber for more information.
Working with us
- agree timing (we generally need to plan activities and events three months in advance)
- provide you with a staff contact who will liaise with you to plan and deliver the activity
- agree any media coverage or use of images etc.
For more information please email Geraldine McCarthy, Volunteer Manager.
Organisations we have worked with
- Marriott Harrison
- Guardian News and Media
- British Land
- Lloyds Banking Group
- Fairview New Homes
- Simkins LLP
- Mount Anvil