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`Being a befriender is more than I anticipated. Our weekly chats is something I look forward to as well as the client looking forward to it. My client is lovely and has lots of funny stories to tell`

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


Apply to volunteer

Volunteering roles with Age UK East London

Please note: you must be aged 18+ if you wish to volunteer on a position which involves working at the client's home address.

Age UK East London is Investing in Volunteer accredited. This highlights our commitment to our volunteers and our awareness of the value our volunteers bring to our community. Find out more about Investing in Volunteer by clicking here. 

Why volunteer?

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.

How do I apply?

  • Check opportunities available
  • Complete the application form
  • Within one week you will be invited to an interview where we will find out more about you and you can express your preferences. We will also take your details for the DBS check
  • Once all checks are clean and references received you will be invited to an induction and training between 2 hours and 1 day depending on the role you choose

What can you expect from us?

If you become a volunteer with Age UK East London, we:

  • Provide a role description so you are clear as to what is expected of you
  • Offer training and support to enable you to perform your chosen role
  • Reimburse certain expenses (e.g. travel)

What do we expect from you?

As one of our volunteers, we expect you to:

  • Be available regularly (hours per week varies depending on what you volunteer for) with a commitment of at least 6 months
  • Ensure you understand and abide by any guidelines associated with your role
  • Be reliable, as our clients depend on the services we provide
  • Be trustworthy and keep information about clients confidential
  • Be a good ambassador for Age UK East London.

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? We have regular events such as sponsored walks, but you could also do your own fundraiser like a cake sale.

  • 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.