"Volunteering is very rewarding. I always end my day happy, knowing I've bought someone the companionship that is so needed."
Age UK Essex volunteer
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.
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.
We are looking for volunteers for our new Smart Life service that supports people over a 3 to 6 month period, who may be suffering from long term conditions and/or social isolation. You will be providing encouragement and support to an individual who has been referred to the service by a health professional.
Please note that we're not recruiting Befrienders at this time while we work through a large number of applications from the Christmas period. But please check back soon as we update this page regularly with the latest opportunities.
The volunteering process
It's incredibly important to us that our volunteers love what they do and get back as much as they 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.
What else you can do to support us
Take part in a fundraiser
Could you help us to raise vital funds? We have lots of exciting activities and ideas which you, your club, group or business could join in with to help support older people in your local community.
Become a microvolunteer
Looking for quick, easy-to-do actions that, small as they might seem, are still incredibly valuable to our charity? Then microvolunteering is for you. Microvolunteering allows you to volunteer for us without making a regular commitment.