"By volunteering at Age UK Essex I feel I am making a positive contribution to the local community. It’s great to be working alongside a supportive team doing something worthwhile."
Age UK Essex volunteer
Get in touch
Contact us to find out more about volunteering for Age UK Essex and providing support to older people living in Essex. Call on 01245 207 011 or email us.
Do you love listening and talking? Would you like to support someone learning a new skill? Can you help give a vulnerable person a voice? If so, we want you to join our volunteering team.
There are many reasons why it's great to volunteer. It's an ideal way to give something back to your community and make a difference in people's lives. It can provide an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. It's also a great way to meet others and spend time with people.
We could not function without our dedicated team of volunteers who help us deliver vital services to older people in Essex. Whatever your talents and interests, we’re bound to have a voluntary opportunity where you can you share your knowledge, make new friends and have fun! You’ll also get the chance to learn new skills and gain important experience to add to your CV.
All our volunteers are offered full training and will get ongoing support and advice from our volunteer management team.
So if you have the time, no matter how little, there are many ways in which you can get involved.
The volunteering process
It's incredibly important to us that our volunteers love what they do and that you get back as much as you put in. So in order to prepare you for your volunteering role, we have a simple recruitment and training process in place.
We ask all our volunteers to:
- Complete an enrolment form and provide us with two referees who we can contact for references.
- Attend an informal interview.
- Attend a one day training session where we will tell you more about the organization, and how the service runs.
- Complete an enhanced DBS check; this is a check which shows any current and spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.
This process normally takes about two months to complete but it can vary depending on the role you have volunteered for.
If you can't see a role that fits what you're looking for please get in touch, our volunteer team would love to speak to you. You can give them a ring on 01245 207 011.
Meet some of our amazing volunteers
Jeanne volunteers as a Receptionist Volunteer.
“When I first retired I quickly realised my week needed structure. I started volunteering for Age UK Essex as an Admin Assistant with the Toenail Cutting Service, meeting and greeting clients at the many venues around Essex. I later transferred to the head office in Chelmsford as a receptionist. The staff have been so encouraging I look forward to my time there. I feel volunteering is so worthwhile and rewarding.”
Jo volunteers as a Befriender.
“Volunteering as a telephone befriender is something I feel more people should do if they have a few hours to spare. Listening to someone can be invaluable, whether they are feeling down, are worried about something or have some happy stories to share. I love knowing that I'm helping by just giving up a little bit of my spare time and that the short conversation I have with my client goes a long way in making them feel cared for and less lonely."
Josh volunteers as an IT Assistant.
"Through my college course I arranged to have a weekly work placement at Age UK Essex to gain experience within their IT department. Throughout my time here I have had lots of really varied experience and learned so much that's helped me in my college course as well as general life skills like getting to know how an office works. I would recommend volunteering at Age UK Essex to anybody looking to gain work experience. It's an enjoyable atmosphere and it has given me a lot of insight into working life and helped me to develop skills for the future.”
COVID-19 response volunteers
As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic we are building a network of volunteers who are able to assist us to support local older people. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with delivering emergency shopping and making weekly wellbeing calls.
What kind of volunteering would you like to do?
Would you like to work directly with the people we support? These might be face-to-face roles or supporting older people over the phone. The roles are helping those who are often most vulnerable and in need of our support. You will be a part of our mission to combat loneliness and social isolation.
Would you like to support us in the work we do? These roles might be utilising professional skills you have in administration, IT, fundraising or opportunities to learn new skills. Support volunteers are the backbone to our charity and play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the charity.