There are many ways to volunteer
All applicants must be over the age of 18 years. We appreciate all offers of volunteering and will work with you to find an opportunity that suits both you and the older people we support. All our volunteers need to undergo a DBS check as we take our safeguarding responsibility towards both the older person and the volunteer seriously.
Volunteer Handyperson or Gardener
If you are handy with a screwdriver and able to fix dripping taps or tune a digital TV, we need a person like you. Our volunteer handypersons help older people live independently by carrying out small DIY jobs around the home. We allocate jobs according to a volunteer’s strengths so you would not be expected to do anything you did not feel safe or confident doing. As long as you have access to a vehicle and enjoy this kind of work, we'd love to hear from you.
We also need volunteer gardeners to help older people keep their gardens tidy. If you like cutting grass and trimming shrubs, this can be an enormously rewarding way of volunteering. Many older people love their garden and have spent years watching it grow and flourish. It can be very disheartening to watch it become overgrown and untidy when poor health or disability prevents you from looking after it. Please get in touch if you think you can help.
Help raise funds in our Northampton, Kettering and Rothwell shops
We need enthusiastic people to join our small, friendly teams at three of our charity shops. If you enjoy being busy, this is the job for you. Gain useful experience for your CV by learning all aspects of retail: accepting donations with a smile, greeting customers and providing excellent customer-service, as well as operating the till, keeping the shop tidy and sorting donated items. Or if you'd just like to put your spare time to good use and enjoy getting things done, why not join us. Please contact Jo Gunnett on 01604 611200 to find out more.
Telephone befrienders needed
We run a telephone befriending service and some services which provide regular support to older people in their homes also depend on volunteers. Telephone Befrienders can make a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable older people in our community. If you can dedicate time each week to phone an isolated person to provide a listening ear and have a chat and maybe a laugh this would suit you.
Calls are made from our Four Seasons day centre in School Lane, Kettering. Volunteers sit in our office using our telephone line and feel part of a team. If you are a friendly, chatty person who has empathy with people this would suit you.
Collaborative Care, Kettering and surrounding areas
This service aims to prevent hospital re-admissions. Many clients who are helped by this service suffer from anxiety and can lack confidence, so regular social support from the volunteer is vital. Help is given where the client may be struggling to cope with daily life, so encouragement with housework and personal care may also be needed.
For the above positions we would be especially keen to hear from people who are able to visit during 'office hours' as this is the time when older people are requesting support.
Day centres in Daventry, Kettering and Northampton
Do you like meeting new people? Can you provide a warm welcome and help older people get the best out of their time with us? We are looking for friendly, caring volunteers who can contribute to the efficient running of our day centres.
- enable clients to take part in fun activities such as throwing and catching bean bags, doing jigsaw puzzles or playing bingo
- help serve refreshments and pass round a plate of biscuits
- gently coax people to chat or you can listen to their stories
- no personal care or manual handling manoeuvres
Many of our clients are living with dementia so we would expect you to treat them with consideration and have empathy for people who may have difficulty communicating. We also want you to enjoy your time with us and to find the experience rewarding. By helping an older person enjoy a few hours of supportive, non-judgmental company you can set them up to feel better all week. Volunteers are needed 10am to 3pm on Friday in Daventry, Monday in Kettering and Monday to Friday in Northampton.
Fundraise for us
Age UK Northamptonshire would be unable to provide such a wide range of support services without generous donations from the public. Our fundraising team is always looking for keen, enthusiastic volunteers who would enjoy putting the fun into fundraising and help bring in vital funds. Whether you can help at the occasional event or organise an event of your own, we would love to hear from you! This is an ideal opportunity if you want to get involved but find it difficult to commit on a regular basis.
And don't forget, if volunteering on a regular basis is not right for you just now, you can still be a positive force in your community by keeping an eye on older neighbours and offering to help.