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If you are interested in helping older people in your local area, click on the links below to find out more!

Volunteers are an integral part of Age UK Lewisham and Southwark.

Southwark Volunteering

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a number of our services have been suspended or are operating with no face-to-face contact. However, we are actively working with partner organisations to build a network of volunteers who may be able to assist local older people with various issues.  To volunteer in Southwark, please follow this link:

Lewisham Volunteering

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a number of our services have been suspended or are operating with no face-to-face contact. However, we are actively working with partner organisations to build a network of volunteers who may be able to assist local older people with various issues. To volunteer in Lewisham, please follow this link:

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

Ageing Well Southwark Administration Volunteer

Ageing Well Southwark services include:

SAIL – a quick and easy way for older people, and those supporting them, to access a wide range of services to support safe and independent living

Happy Feet – is a charged-for toenail service in Lewisham and Southwark that supports people to remain living independently at home

Handyperson Service – Carries out odd jobs to ensure that older people in Southwark can live safely and independently at home

Based in Southwark, our Administration Volunteer role provides important support to the Ageing Well Southwark Team. You will be using communication skills, Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook along with our database. We are flexible with days and hours but these would be set and agreed at the start of the placement.

This is a great opportunity to get telephone and office administration skills and most importantly to get the chance to support older people in Southwark.

If you are interested, please give us a call on 020 7358 4077 or email SAIL@ageuklands.org.uk for more information.


Food2You Volunteer

Food2You is an exciting new grocery delivery service, for over 50s in the borough of Lewisham who can’t do their own shopping. Volunteers are at the heart of the Food2You service, and we rely on them to provide older people with their vital groceries. The core volunteer roles are:

  • Administration – Phoning our customers to get their shopping order for the week ahead. Getting everything organized to ensure the shopping and delivery to runs smoothly
  • Shopping – Collecting customer shops, making sensible choices and substitutions where required. You’ll be part of a team who shops, checks, boxes, labels and puts the items through the till
  • Delivery – In pairs, Delivery Volunteers take customers’ shopping to their homes, unpack and, where required, put away the shopping. You’ll chat to the older person, and take the payment for the delivery
  • Driver – Drivers drive the Food2You van with the two Delivery Volunteers and transport the shopping to our customers. You’ll be responsible for the van and for undertaking some very basic van checks, for which you’ll be fully trained

Please get in touch with Food2You at Food2You@ageuklands.org.uk or 020 7701 7477 to find out more about the roles and apply to be a Food2You volunteer.

Information and Advice Volunteer

Please note: Information and Advice are not currently taking on new volunteers, but please do check back here in the future for more opportunities.

Based in both Lewisham and Southwark our information and advice team provide quality assured advice on welfare benefits, housing options, community care and more. Through our support older people are able to gain increased income, maintain their rights, and remain safe in the community.

Volunteers are essential to our service. The types of roles include:

- Reception / Admin speaking with older people on the phone and helping us out with the database 
- Helping older people completing forms, read correspondence and use the internet!

We usually ask for a couple of hours a week but are flexible.

Please get in touch with david.colbran@ageuklands.org.uk or 020 7358 4077 to find out more about current roles.

Stones End Day Centre Volunteer

Day Centre Volunteer- Supporting staff and older people in our day centre throughout the day. The duties include serving lunch/tea/coffee, helping with activities, facilitating conversation and making friends! 4-5 hours between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Monday to Friday available.

Admin Volunteer- Supporting management staff with office duties, in support of older people. Duties include maintaining members records, communicating with members families via telephone/email, assisting with newsletters. 4 hours per day between 09.00am and 5pm; Monday, Wednesday and Friday available.

Kitchen Volunteer- Supporting catering manager in duties throughout the day. Duties include food preparation, kitchen hygiene maintenance, washing up. 4 hours per day (11-3), Monday to Friday available.

Please get in touch with beatriz.beltran@ageuklands.org.uk or  020 7358 4052 to find out more.

Yalding Healthy Living and Learning Centre Volunteer

The Healthy Living Centre service is an open access centre for older people providing a wide range of services, learning, physical and social opportunities.

Our aim is to maintain and improve physical and mental wellbeing and to promote an active lifestyle. We encourage people who use the service to try new opportunities, discover new things about themselves and make new friends. Anybody over 50 is always welcome to drop in.

Yalding Volunteers 
Days: Monday - Fridays
Hours: 09.30 – 15.30
Location: Yalding Healthy Living Centre, 95 Southwark Park Road, SE16 3TY
Commitment: Minimum 4 hours

Socialising, sharing skills, playing board games, reminiscing
Technology support (helping individuals to use their phones, computers and tablets)
Gardening including mowing, weeding, planting and watering of outside areas

MY Social Volunteer Host 
Our social hosts are there to make sure everyone feels welcome and is having a good time. All we need from you is to be that friendly face! If you care about older people’s happiness and are looking for a flexible commitment then this is the opportunity for you. We’re not a support service and don’t expect you to fulfil that role, but there may be occasions when you feel like a guest might need a referral through to one of the teams at Age UK Lewisham & Southwark to help with their well-being. We provide full training and support. After the event we ask that you provide a bit of feedback about how the event went.

Days: Monday – Sunday 
Hours: 10.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Location: Southwark and other areas occasionally 
Commitment: Minimum 4 hours

Please get in touch with healthy.living@ageuklands.org.uk or 020 7237 0860 to find out more about current roles.

Community Connections Volunteer

Please note: Community Connections are not currently taking on new volunteers, but please do check back here in the future for more opportunities.

Based in Lewisham, our team of Facilitators visit vulnerable adults 18+ at home.

Our goal is to support clients in practical ways to enable and empower them to continue things independently by linking them with social groups and other services.

Some tasks would include:

  • Escorting to local groups
  • Confidence building
  • Help with building skills such as I.T./ use of gadgets
  • Help with form filling
  • Transport training
  • Short term support

We usually ask for a couple of hours a week commitment and relevant training opportunities are available.

Please get in touch with Elaine.egan@ageuklands.org.uk or  020 8314 3244 to find out more.


We have volunteers working in almost all of our services. There is a wide range of volunteering opportunities with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark available, so there is likely to be a role that will match your skills, interests and passions. We would love to welcome you to our team in a role that you will both enjoy and find hugely rewarding, and which will greatly benefit the older people we work with.

One important benefit of volunteering with us is that we provide comprehensive training and give you the opportunity to develop your skills on both a personal and professional level.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the relevant service in which you are interested, using the links above or on their respective page.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.

Who can volunteer?

Almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills. We encourage and particularly welcome applicants over the age of 50.

How much time do I need to give?

It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.

What else you can do to support us

  • Other ways to help

    Could you help us to raise vital funds by taking part in a fundraising event? Would you like to support us when you shop? Do you have mobile phones or printer cartridges to recycle? Click here for other ways to help!

  • Get your colleagues involved

    Could you talk to your colleagues or your employer about how you can support us? We have lots of ideas for how organisations can get involved, including sponsoring an event, making us Charity of the Year, or donating equipment.

Contact us

Contact our volunteering department through the pink button to the right, or via post at: Stones End Centre | 11 Scovell Road | Southwark | London | SE1 1QQ | Phone: 020 7701 9700 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)