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Age UK Horsham District relies on volunteers. Can you spare some time to help us out?

Be part of something special . . .

Volunteering is a great way to share your life skills and experience. You can make an invaluable contribution to your local community.

We welcome a diverse range of volunteers from all backgrounds, abilities and ages. If you have some spare time and would like to make a difference to older people in the community then Age UK Horsham District would love to hear from you! Many activities that we run would not be possible without the support of volunteers.

As well as the satisfaction of knowing you are giving something back it can provide you with a feel good factor, adding to life’s many achievements, and will really make a difference to those whose lives you enrich.

Please call 01403 260560 or email if you are interested in joining our wonderful volunteers.

Garden View Café Volunteers

The recently relaunched Garden View Café at our Lavinia House, Horsham premises provides a selection of refreshments, snacks and cooked lunches for up to 50 people a day.

Our Café volunteers provide assistance to ensure the catering service is run to its highest level. We have a specific need for someone to sell refreshments, snacks and meals using our till (full training will be given).

Other tasks may include:

  • vegetable preparation
  • washing up
  • making teas and coffees
  • helping to serve lunch
  • keeping the kitchen tidy

We are looking for volunteers able to cover a variety of hours from Tuesday to Friday, between 8.30am and 3.30pm.

Home from Hospital Volunteers

The Home from Hospital service provides practical support and assistance to older people and vulnerable adults in their own homes for up to six weeks after discharge from hospital. The scheme aims to prevent older people and vulnerable adults returning to hospital and helps to boost confidence and physical and mental wellbeing.

Key tasks can include:

  • emotional support in the form of listening, conversation, encouragement and reassurance
  • practical support such as vacuuming, dusting, changing bedding
  • collect prescriptions and basic shopping
  • escorted walks
  • engaging in local activities
  • providing information on other services that may be required

Home Visiting Service Volunteers

The Home Visiting Service offers companionship to older people who live alone and feel lonely. Social contact helps to alleviate isolation in the community.

A Volunteer Visitor:

  • visits an older person in their own home on a regular basis
  • makes a cup of tea/coffee and has a chat
  • provides company to alleviate isolation
  • provides information and refers the person on to other appropriate services, with support of the Visiting Service Co-ordinator
  • accompanies someone on short walk to help build their confidence

We are looking for people who can commit anything between 1 to 5 hours per week, and can undertake this during our office hours (Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm).

Website Volunteers

We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers with experience of maintaining a website to be responsible for updating our own, with content agreed by the Fundraising Team. You could be home based - communicating by email - with occasional visits to Lavinia House.

Key tasks include:

  • posting content to website
  • managing key words and meta tags to optimise search/SEO results
  • contributing to content input on digital newsletter
  • contributing to Google Analytics analysis learning and implications

Volunteering FAQs

Can I choose what I do? Yes, in discussion with you we do our best to match your interests and also to maximise the benefit you will get from volunteering. You might be surprised that you find you follow new avenues. 

Do I need skills or qualifications? If you have a special skill set we would love to maximise that and hear from you, however most of our roles do not require qualifications and will be supported by any training you might need.

Will my expenses be reimbursed? Yes, all reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

How much time will I have to commit to? We value any time that you can offer but the minimum is usually 2 hours per week. The amount of time needed is different for each role, so this may influence what type of volunteering you do, and can be relatively flexible within core office hours Monday – Friday.

Will I get support? Volunteers are one of our most important assets and we believe that providing appropriate training and support is essential in making our volunteers feel valued. We want all volunteers to feel supported to do their work with us effectively and enjoyably to help us deliver quality services.

How to be part of something special? Often the first step is the hardest, why not join our team and discover skills and talents you didn’t know you had.

For the latest volunteer opportunities and an application form please get in touch.

Volunteering Opportunities

Find Your Fit
You don't necessarily have to utilise existing skills, you could try something new! We are governed by a Board of Trustees all of whom are volunteers, and we are always looking to expand our volunteering services through marketing, IT, various crafts, speakers of interest, gardening and administration activities.

Lavinia House Club
Do you have a skill set to offer which may support an activity or class, from patchwork, to arts and crafts, talks of interest, to languages? Our kitchen team are always looking for extra help to assist with serving our home cooked lunches and teas.

You can help to fundraise for Age UK Horsham District in a variety of ways. Perhaps helping with our events or collections, helping the fundraising team with administrative tasks in the office or joining our Fundraising Steering Group to help shape the future of fundraising for the charity. Please download the Fundraising Volunteer Role Description for further details.

Can you help with holiday cover?
This is an excellent opportunity for someone with spare time to make a valuable contribution to a very worthy cause.

Gardening volunteers
We need two or three new volunteers to help to keep our garden at Lavinia House, Horsham, looking beautiful for our social club members to enjoy! We would love to hear from anyone who can give some hours - weekly or fortnightly - to help.

If you are still not sure what you may be able to do, we would be delighted to invite you to visit us so you can find out more.

If you have some time to spare each week and would like to help us make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for many local people, we would like to hear from you. Volunteers will receive support and training in their role.

All volunteers must provide two references and some roles are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

Contact us for more information

Telephone: 01403 260 560