The gift of time
Volunteering to work in an Age UK shop can be a hugely rewarding experience.
Volunteering offers vital support to worthwhile causes and people in need, but did you know that it can be just as beneficial for those who volunteer?
Volunteering helps reduce stress, combats depression, keeps us mentally stimulated, and provides us with a sense of purpose. And it doesn’t even have to involve a long-term commitment – even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference.
In simple terms, the more we give to others, the happier we feel. And the better we feel about ourselves, the more likely we are to have a positive view of our lives. It also helps us to stay physically healthy, as volunteers tend to walk more, are less likely to develop high blood pressure and have better thinking skills.
There’s nothing to lose! Giving your time can make a huge difference and improve your health and happiness. Read about just two of our inspiring Age UK volunteers and find out how volunteering has enhanced their lives.
Donna has been at the Age UK Charles Street shop in Leicester for two years. She joined Age UK as a volunteer having formerly worked as a school dinner lady. She was looking for retail experience and a chance to learn new skills.
‘My confidence has doubled since volunteering for Age UK,’ says Donna. ‘I was very timid but I have learnt so many new things and met some fantastic people.’ Donna is now able to run the shop, from opening through to cashing up and closing. She has a great relationship with all the volunteers who hugely respect her and her work ethic.
I love what we do and I have made some great friends. I’d encourage anyone to sign up.
Diane has been at the Age UK Walsgrave Road shop in Coventry for nearly 26 years and has become a key member of the team.
Diane says the thing she enjoys most about volunteering in an Age UK shop is helping people. ‘As well as the team who work in the shop, I love the mix of customers and people who come in,’ she says. ‘Often it’s knowing that you have provided company for someone as sometimes you will be the only person that a customer speaks to in the day. It’s a good feeling and it also puts life into perspective.’
Volunteering is so satisfying and rewarding. I’d tell anyone it’s the best thing they could ever do.
What will I get out of volunteering?
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Become part of a community
- Have fun!
- Gain confidence
- Take on a challenge
- Learn new skills
- Make a difference
Volunteer with us
There are plenty of exciting and rewarding volunteering opportunities here at Age UK, from cheering on runners to helping in our shops.