Age UK Merton relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?
Volunteering is a fantastic way of meeting new people, developing new skills, making the most of your abilities and doing something worthwhile within your community.
Age UK Merton delivers a wide range of services and activities, and volunteers are at the heart of this. If you have any spare time, like spending time with older people and want to support a great cause then we would love to hear from you. We have a range of roles on offer from befriending to tablet training. With the exception of the Befriending role, our volunteer roles operate between Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm.
Nail cutting is one of those things we often take for granted, but for many older people it becomes increasingly difficult to manage, leading to painful feet and contributing to problems with mobility, falls and eventually isolation. We are looking for volunteers with a passion for helping older people in their local community! Do you have great practical and social skills to undertake this role in a way which makes people feel at ease? We are looking for a commitment of one half day weekly (or even monthly) at Age UK Merton or a local community venue. You will receive full training and be supported throughout your role.
Front of House/Reception
Do you have great communication skills and a friendly smile? Act as the first point of contact for anyone visiting the office. Duties include meeting and greeting visitors, answering the telephone, making appointments, updating our client database and signposting. This role requires a high standard of computer work in particular database inputting and good IT skills are required as well as the ability to quickly learn new IT systems and operations.
Do you want to make a real difference to an isolated and lonely older person in the community? Why not become a Befriender and visit one of our clients in their home every week. By providing 1 to 1 support to clients, you help to alleviate loneliness and isolation. Just chatting over a cup of tea can brighten their day! If possible, you can also go on outings together or maybe take them on short walks thereby helping to keep them active. This role may include referring any issues back to the relevant staff member at AGE UK Merton.
The Befriending Service operates between 9am and 7.30pm Monday - Thursday and from 9am to 5pm on Fridays.
Out & About
Do you have some experience leading walks or activities and enjoy chatting to older people? Then why not lead or support activities as part of our Out & About programme. This could involve leading or supporting groups on walks or coach outings, theatre trips and shopping trips.
Are you an experienced fundraiser, or keen to develop you fundraising skills further? This role involves joining a small group of volunteers to organise events and activities which raise much needed funds for Age UK Merton! Attend monthly meetings, think creatively to identify fundraising opportunities and organise local fundraising events.
Fundraising Collection Volunteer
This role involves raising the profile of Age UK Merton in the local area and helping to raise much needed funds.
Activity Leaders & Assistants
Are you creative and a good communicator? Assist with specific group activities. This could range from sewing, art & crafts and knitting to playing games, assisting with exercise classes or reading and discussing newspapers. This is a sociable role where you get to know our clients so good all-round skills are a must.
Lunchtime Leaders & Assistants
Are you practical and a good communicator? Assist with serving lunch, tidying the kitchen, loading the dishwasher, chatting, serving refreshments, joining in with games and helping people to access the garden. This is a sociable role where you get to know our clients so good all-round skills are a must.
Ad hoc Promotion & Events
Are you a great communicator and enjoy speaking to the public? Attend fairs and events, speaking to the public about what Age UK Merton has to offer, whilst assisting with printing, collating and organising promotional material for events.
Do you have a passion for gardening? Help to keep our centre garden looking beautiful by carrying out gardening tasks such as planting, watering the garden, tidying, pruning and weeding.
Information & Advice – Assistant
Do you have great communication skills and enjoy working with people? See clients with problems across a wide range of enquiry areas, including benefits and debt, employment, housing, community care, personal matters and consumer problems. This is an exciting and varied role as you will be helping to shape the development of Age UK Merton’s I&A service.
Are you organised and have great attention to detail? Assist our departments with a variety of administrative tasks; Information & Advice, Operations (activities & events), CEO Office, At Home, Health Programmes, Befriending or Volunteering.
Are you great with I.T and have good presentation skills? We are looking for tech savvy volunteers who have great presentation skills and are willing to assist clients with using technology such as tablets, phones and laptops.
Chris, activites volunteer
‘I’m very proud to be a volunteer here. Giving back to the community and having fun at the same time is very rewarding!’