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We value your time, skills and experience to help older people across Leicester Shire & Rutland.

We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from more than 800 volunteers. The time they contribute allows us to provide a range of quality services for over 3,000 older people which we otherwise would not be able to deliver.

  • The Next Step

    We try to match your interests and availability with a suitable opportunity. Register your interest here.

  • Current Volunteering Opportunities

    Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?

Meet our volunteers - Get to know some of the volunteers that give up their time to support us. Read their stories

  • Read Simon's story

    Simon has been a huge help assisting the Volunteering department with a variety of admin related tasks and brings with him a wealth of experience and transferable skills. Once an employee of the charity, Simon turned to volunteering when he was made redundant and couldn’t imagine leaving or doing anything else with his spare time. Simon is a valued team member, and truly enjoys contributing towards the charitable cause.

  • Read Chloe's story

    Meet our committed and caring volunteer Chloe who started volunteering to give something back to the local community. Chloe spends her time befriending two lovely ladies via the telephone and face to face and has helped tackle isolation and loneliness.

  • Read Sarah-Jane's story

    Dedicated mum of two Sarah-Jane, enjoys volunteering at our Musgrove day centre in Leicester, assisting older people who attend with a range of activities. Sarah-Jane has benefitted and thrived by being empathic, a great listener, and has realised just how rewarding volunteering can be.

Why volunteer?

  • To make friends and get you out and about again after a change in your life.
  • To use your life experience, work skills, talents and abilities to help others
  • To help you change your life, work or outlook on life
  • To give you work experience – or the confidence - to help you find paid employment
  • To help you learn new skills.

Our Volunteer Strategy ensures that the needs of the charity and the personal development of the volunteers themselves are taken into account. Our volunteers receive an induction programme, training as required and ongoing supervision meetings with their Manager.

Who can volunteer?

Our volunteer roles are undertaken by people from all walks of life, of all ages and with a variety of skills and experience.

Volunteers are key to the running of our 23 charity shops, our day care centres, resource centres, restaurants, coffee bars and befriending services.

Volunteer support is also vital to help with our admin, fundraising, marketing and finance functions – and we also have a Board of Trustees who work as volunteers to govern our organisation.

How much time do I need to give?

You can volunteer regularly for just a few hours a week up to a few days a week or you can join our volunteer register to help with seasonal tasks such as supermarket bag packs and collections, Christmas dinners and summer fetes.