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Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers

You are especially appreciated during these difficult times and we hope to see you again soon.

#VolunteersWeek 2020

COVID-19 update


Thank you for all the kind offers to help and support older people during the current difficulties.  In order to keep you and the older person you're helping safe you must complete our volunteering application form.  As a responsible organisation we have to comply with normal government legislation and will need some details from you before you can volunteer.

  • We need volunteer befrienders
  • We need volunteers to help in our shops

Please read these notes on how to keep yourself and the older people you are supporting safe.

Safety procedures (127 KB)

Meet new people, learn new skills

Being a volunteer gives you a regular activity to look forward to each week and you will meet new people and gain useful experience that looks good on your CV.   Being a volunteer can help you get a bit of confidence and life-experience by doing something new.  And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something useful.

Give something back

Whatever your age, talents or interests we are sure to find something that you’d enjoy doing and which would help us.  Maybe you feel it is time to give something back to the community where you grew up; maybe you need work experience because you are hoping to go back to work.

Students and young people


If you are a young person not in education, employment or training (neet) becoming a volunteer can help you in many ways. You can use your skills, experience and energy to brighten the lives of older people.

We welcome young people still at school and can arrange  work-placements or voluntary work that can count towards a Duke of Edinburgh award.  Most people volunteer for a minimum of a morning or an afternoon a week, but get in touch and we'll try to arrange hours that suit you.

Our volunteers keep the charity going

Volunteering for a charity is not just about working in a shop.  There are many ways your time and effort can help a local charity so please get in touch.  We rely on around 450 volunteers (April 2020) who put their spare time to good use.  They enable us to provide services and support to thousands of people living in the borough of Milton Keynes every year.  And we hope you will get something out of volunteering too.

Application form (138 KB) to print out, fill in and post to us.

Application form Word doc (68 KB)

Please download and print out the application form that suits you.   You can choose to print out a PDF or the Word document.  The Word version can be filled in electronically by typing in the grey boxes.  But you must save it so that it can be emailed to us or printed and then posted.  Or call us on 01908 550700 and we will send you a form in the post for you to complete and return.