There are lots of ways to get involved to make a difference for older people. You can take action by yourself from having a cup of tea with a neighbour to writing to a friend or organising a Greet Your Street get together (in line with current Covid 19 guidelines in your area).
Your life experiences, work skills, talents and abilities can help local older people enjoy later life. It can also help change your life by doing something really rewarding.
If you would like to make a real difference to older people in your area through Age UK Gloucestershire, get in touch TODAY to tell us what you’d like to do:
Call Angela Jellyman on 07592 038871 or email email@example.com to change your life today.
Here are just some of the ways you could get involved:
Share your Skills
Can you help us? Age UK Gloucestershire has a mission – to make Gloucestershire the Best County in which to grow older – and we’re looking for volunteers to help make this happen.
We’re looking for organised and confident people with knowledge of their local community, who enjoy talking to older people. You’ll help us create better connected communities and attend and support social groups.
Due to the end of existing terms, we’re looking for a number of new trustees to join our Board. We’re looking for people who can share their wide range of skills and experiences and want to be involved in helping us make the biggest difference possible to the older people of Gloucestershire.
Ongoing Volunteering Vacancies
We’re always looking for enthusiastic people who are passionate about improving the lives of older people in Gloucestershire. We have a number of volunteering roles available and if you have a particular skillset you’d like to share with the organisation, we’d love to hear from you.
Share your time
Join our Community Task Force
This team of terrific people support us when they can. Just let us know you’re interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07592 038871. We will then be in touch regularly to let you know about the tasks you could help with. You can get involved as much or as little as you like - perfect to fit around busy lives.
Tasks might include:
Share Your Voice
We are keen to hear older people’s views, experiences and ideas to help shape our work. If you would like to share your thoughts you could:
- Be part of the ‘editorial team’ for Grapevine to help us get the content right
- Give us feedback through focus groups or conversations with staff
- Take part in ‘Raise Your Voice’
Raise Your Voice Question of the Month
Help to strengthen the voice of older people to inform and influence key decisions about later life in our county, by taking part in our monthly ‘Question of the Month’. Every month, we’re asking a specific question about a topic that effects the lives of local older people and then gathering their responses. You can either help us by providing us with your own thoughts and response to the question, or by having conversations with older people in your neighbourhood and feeding us back their answers. We will provide you with a framework of the burning questions that need answers, and support you to talk and listen to older people in your area.
Need more information? Here are our FAQ’s about volunteering with Age UK Gloucestershire.
Change a Life. Change Yours. Do it today!
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering is great! It makes a real difference to your community and also to your own life. There are our top reasons for volunteering:
- Helping other people is the BEST way to feel positive about life
- Learn a new skill
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Share your skills and talents
- Gain experience/boost your CV
- Surprise yourself!
- Improve your mental (and physical) health
- Push yourself outside your comfort zone
- Give back to your local community
- Be a part of our fantastic community, and support a cause you care about
Can I volunteer?
Yes! Everyone has something to offer – you just need to be over the age of 18
How much time do I need?
It depends on what you’d like to do, and how much time you have. Some people give a couple of hours occasionally, some give several hours every week. Some of our roles require a regular time commitment and some are flexible and ad hoc. We can match your skills and availability with the opportunities we have available.
How do I get started?
Take a look at the roles listed on our website for examples of the roles we currently have available. Even if you can’t see something matching your skills you can call our Volunteering Manager Angela Jellyman on 07592 038871 or email email@example.com to discuss how you can get involved.