I love my job as Volunteer Coordinator with Age NI! I get the chance to work with many amazing people who never fail to inspire me.
We rely so much on those who generously donate their time to our care services, dementia support projects, our shops and our fundraising activities. Last year, Age NI received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It was much deserved recognition of the kindness, generosity and spirit of our volunteers.
People are motivated to give their time to Age NI for many reasons. They come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and we have many opportunities within the charity to match their individual needs and skills. Last year, Age NI volunteers donated more than 60,000 hours to help us make Northern Ireland a better place to grow older.
Our volunteers are special people, like Carole who provides comfort and care for people living with dementia, Natasha who helps people to cope with feelings of loneliness, and Ken who enriches the lives of older people through music.
People like Carole, Natasha and Ken help out in our day centres and give so much to the charity. They often tell us that they receive much more in return – kindness, friendship, confidence and the knowledge that they are making a real difference.
During Volunteers’ Week, we would like to thank the people who help us every day to improve the lives of older people, and to encourage those who are thinking about volunteering to give us a call. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 hours or 22 hours to spare, we have opportunities to volunteer all over NI that might suit you.
You could help people in your local area to love later life and we’d love to hear from you!
Age NI Volunteer Coordinator