At Age UK Norwich we are dedicated to making later life the best it can be. We work hard to improve the quality of life for older people in Norwich and we pride ourselves on promoting a positive view of older age giving opportunities for people to live healthy and active lives. We couldn't do this without our volunteers. Volunteers are crucial to the work we do and without their generosity in donating their time and expertise, we would not be able to help the number of people we do.
Volunteering is good for you. It makes you feel good. And if you feel good, you pass on your positive energy to those you are helping. Volunteering with us gives you the chance to:
- learn new skills and enhance your CV
- share your knowledge
- stay active and involved
- have fun
- socialise and make new friends
- be part of a great team
- meet people who are older and wiser!
- above all, make a difference to people’s lives and your community
Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone can be a volunteer. Most of our roles are for those 18 and over and we have a wide range of volunteering roles which suit different people and different skills. All volunteers are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and we do ask for two references before you can start volunteering for us.
How much time do I need to give?
No matter what your time commitment, interest or skills, we will have a role which would benefit from your support. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, stay active and make friends!
We frequently advertise new volunteer opportunities so please check out this page on a regular basis. If you would like to discuss volunteering with Age UK Norwich, please get in touch with Nicolette Neile, Volunteer Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 397784
Available volunteer roles
Health@Home Support Volunteer
Could you help people stay fit and active, and help encourage and motivate them? We're looking for people to support our trained instructors in delivering exercise sessions to older people in their homes.
Walking Football Volunteer
Can you help our new walking football club? We're looking for volunteers who can help motivate and encourage our players, and support us in growing the team.
Can you be the spark to re-ignite an older person’s’ later life? We need volunteers to support older people to help with positive changes to make the most out of later life.
Marion Centre Garden Maintenance Volunteer
Are you a keen gardener? Could you help us get our Day Care Centre garden in tip top condition for our visitors to enjoy?
Can you offer someone a friendly voice to help them feel connected and less lonely? We need volunteers to call an older person and have a natter and a chin-wag, letting them know someone is there.
What our volunteers say
“I wanted to do something to help other people, to meet like-minded people, and work in the community. I help to run some of the community groups and can be found at their coffee and chats at M&S and Jarrold, helping people play table tennis, kurling and boccia at Riverside Leisure Centre, or knocking down some pins at the Come Bowling group at The Bowling House, and I’ve also helped with the dog walking group on Waterloo Park. I keep myself busy and I love every minute of it!”
Roy, Community Volunteer
“My sister was widowed last year and that brought home to me how lonely people can get, even if they have family to support them. Age UK Norwich matched me with a delightful lady who has now become a real friend. We meet for about an hour each week and we always have lots to talk about. Although she is essentially housebound and not in the best of health, she has a very positive outlook on life and she very kindly says that contact with me really cheers her up.”
Vanessa, Befriender Volunteer
“After I retired, I was looking for some meaningful volunteer work, something that would give me purpose in life, and at the same time, to help those who are in need. When I was accepted to volunteer for Age UK Norwich, I was delighted! I hold two roles: as a receptionist at the front desk and as a Welfare Outcome Assistant in the office. I really enjoy my interactions with my colleagues and the clients. I’ve learned a lot about the wide range of work the charity does and to appreciate different people’s needs in different circumstances.”
Regina, Information & Advice Volunteer
What else you can do to support us
Fundraising for Age UK Norwich is a great way to have fun and make new friends and help make a difference to the lives of older people in Norwich.
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.