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Age UK Derby and Derbyshire relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?

 

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If you have a few hours regularly to spare or a block of time to give, and are looking for an enjoyable voluntary activity where you can meet people, use existing skills or learn new ones, we very much hope you will join our work for the older people of Derbyshire. Find out more by calling 01773 766922

“Do you enjoy spending time with people?” “You could be part of a friendly supportive team”
“Do you enjoy helping others?” “You could help us to help your community”
“Do you enjoy spending time with the elderly?” “You could help us to prevent isolation and loneliness”
“Do you have a few hours a week to help someone who is isolated or lonely?” “You could help people to live more enriching lives”

 

Why volunteer?

  • Volunteering can help make friends and get you out and about again after a change in your life
  • Volunteering can mean your life experience, work skills, talents and abilities help others
  • Volunteering can help you change your life, work or outlook on life
  • Volunteering can help you learn new skills.

And volunteering helps us!

“I enjoy volunteering, it’s nice to be able to help someone, and I get back a lot too”

Our volunteers

Our volunteers are the best advert for what volunteering can do for you. All our volunteers say their regular volunteering keeps them active, gives them social contact and an opportunity to use the skills developed over a lifetime. What is more they must enjoy it - this year 8 more have earned their 10 year service certificates!


There are approximately 250 volunteers working for Age UK Derby & Derbyshire. Over the last 10 years we have awarded over 50 certificates for 10 years service and 7 for 20 years.


Our 250 regular volunteers help us provide our services, raise funds and promote our work. We could not operate any of our services with the support of dedicated, talented and enthusiastic volunteers.

“This role has given me the opportunity to start working again; it allows me to use my existing skills along with having the opportunity to learn some new skills too” 

Checks and training

All of our volunteer roles are subject to an application process including two references. For roles that involve work directly with older people you will be subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service check. We keep our process as simple as possible and we can help you complete your application. Once successful we will introduce you to the project worker who will help to set up and supervise the placement.

Full training is provided for every role. This training can be from a supervisor or manager or formal external training depending upon the role you undertake and your existing skills.

Applying to become a volunteer

Call us on 01773 768 240 to discuss an opportunity and to ask for a Volunteer Pack.

Download the Volunteer application form

or contact us using the details below:

29a Market Place

Heanor

DE75 7EG

Complete our online contact form

Volunteer case-study:

Ingrid, has volunteered with Age UK Derby and Derbyshirefor the past 2 years in the Matlock area, and she says “When I read that loneliness, especially among the elderly, is a greater problem then poverty today, I was keen to help”. Ingrid had recently moved house, so because of distance, had to give up prison volunteering which she had found rewarding and fascinating. “I was looking for something more local, and Age UK’s recruitment for the Befriending Service struck a chord. It seemed a simple activity which would be very helpful. “I have been visiting local people. We go out together sometimes and they enjoy visiting me from time to time. In between the visits I talk on the phone to them. I think it has made quite a big difference to those who I have visited, especially when new problems arise and I am able to offer some help. It certainly seems a very worthwhile service and I would recommend it to anyone who has some time to spare and is interested and likes being around people.”

Our volunteers

Our volunteers are the best advert for what volunteering can do for you. All our volunteers say their regular volunteering keeps them active, gives them social contact and an opportunity to use the skills developed over a lifetime. What is more they must enjoy it - this year 8 more have earned their 10 year service certificates!


There are approximately 250 volunteers working for Age UK Derby & Derbyshire. Over the last 10 years we have awarded over 50 certificates for 10 years service and 7 for 20 years.


Our 250 regular volunteers help us provide our services, raise funds and promote our work. We could not operate any of our services with the support of dedicated, talented and enthusiastic volunteers.

“This role has given me the opportunity to start working again; it allows me to use my existing skills along with having the opportunity to learn some new skills too” 

Board of Trustees

We also have a Board of Trustees who work as volunteers to govern our organisation, giving their life and work skills to help develop Age UK Derby and Derbyshire into the future. Our Programme Boards have volunteer opportunities for advisors on work including service development, organisational development and income generation.

Opportunity to really help frail older people in our community:

Are you concerned about the provisions of care for frail older people, sadly so many now with varying levels of dementia?

Do you have management, PR, media, technology or other skills.  

If so, Darley Dale based First Taste Charity, (www.firsttastecharity.co.uk)  would love to hear from you.


They are seeking new trustees with skills to help drive forward the Charity’s aims of meeting the demands of working creatively in today’s challenging environment.  Please help them make a difference to the quality of life for vulnerable older people, especially those who are often out of sight, forgotten and unseen.   


For further information please contact:

Iris Wagstaffe,

Trustee & Voluntary Secretary

at the First Taste Office,

Tel: 01629 733849

email: firsttaste@btinternet.com

A few of volunteering roles with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire

What else you can do to support us

  • Take part in a fundraiser

    Could you help us to raise vital funds by taking part in a fundraising event? You can join an organised event or set up your own event, and then create your own fundriasing page online

  • Get your colleagues involved

    Could you talk to your colleagues or your employer about how you can support us? We have lots of ideas for how organisations can get involved, including sponsoring an event, making us Charity of the Year, or donating equipment.