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As a Activity or Shopping Support Volunteer you could help improve the quality of life of people within your community.

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What do Activity / Shopping Support volunteers do?

Activity and Shopping Support volunteers form a supportive relationship with a person to build their confidence and empower them to engage with their local community.

Activity Support

Here you will accompany a client and support them to attend and participate in activities and hobbies such as exercise, creative or learning sessions. This could in online, via a telephone call and/or Zoom, or in-person.

Shopping Support

Here you will provide friendly and supportive assistance for people to complete their weekly shopping. Where activities are delivered digitally, you will support the client to use a device to access online grocery shopping.

What are the benefits?

  • It's a great way to make a real difference to someone's life
  • You'll be giving something back to your community
  • You get to be part of Age UK East London's network of volunteers
  • Volunteers tell us they find the work inspiring and rewarding

What is expected of me?

Activity and Shopping Support volunteers are expected to meet or call/video call their client for between 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

You will also be expected to attend a short training session and complete a DBS check and references.

How do I learn more about the roles and apply?

Please have a read of the task outlines below for details about each role. If you would like to speak to a member of the Age UK East London Volunteering team before submitting your application, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Grace Patient at

Newham Activity Support Volunteer

Newham Shopping Support Volunteer

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