Could you spare some time to make later life more rewarding in Norwich?

Age UK Norwich is dedicated to making later life the best it can be; working to improve the quality of life for older people in Norwich

Could you spare some time to make later life more rewarding in Norwich?
Age UK Norwich is dedicated to making later life the best it can be; working to improve the quality of life for older people in Norwich
Volunteers make a real difference
No matter what your time commitment, interest or skills, we will have a project which would benefit from your support. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, stay active and make friends!

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 Age UK Norwich 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 the community

Riverside Leisure complex

This is a new social group whose aim is to keep people mobile and active through gentle exercise. Sessions will run weekly on a Tuesday (except 2nd Tuesday of the month), 11am to 12.15pm (plus additional set up and clearing away time). The group members will have the chance to participate in Ping Pong, New Age Curling and Bowls. We are seeking a volunteer to help lead the session. You do not need to be an expert in the activities offered but you will need to have the confidence and enthusiasm to engage participants in both the gentle exercise and social aspect of this group. Your aim is to create an inclusive and positive experience for all participants. Full support will be given. 

Shopping Service volunteer

Are you available alternate Tuesdays to meet the shopping clients from their minibus at Tesco, Harford Bridge around 10.30? You would then help them to complete their shopping and enjoy refreshments and a chat before getting back on to their minibus around 12midday.

Promoting Independence Volunteers needed:

Could you give up some time to help someone regain confidence by going for a short walk to their local group? Help a person to get to a medical appointment or have the confidence to join a local activity? Could you support someone to improve their health and well-being?  

Promoting Independence is a service designed to support people to become more self-reliant and maintain/regain their independence where possible.  We take referrals from GPs and other healthcare professionals for clients who are looking for help to improve their overall health and wellbeing.  Our Promoting Independence volunteers offer an initial 12 weeks of support for each patient referred. 

The Promoting Independence Coordinator will complete an initial assessment and match the person with a volunteer depending on the person’s goals. The type of support will vary according to the individual needs and wishes of each person but may include helping the person connect to local services or social groups; to attend activities, an art class for example; or to meet with friends. There may also be more specifically health related goals such as support to do exercise, going for a short walk with them for instance; or assistance to attend medical appointments.   

This is a great opportunity to support people in your local community to regain confidence and improve independence. An availability of 1-2hrs per week (flexible times) needed and a commitment to the project of at least 6 months. No specific health/medical knowledge or experience is required.  Full training and support will be given by Age UK Norwich. Travel expenses covered. 

Keeping Fit and Well 

Could you help support activities delivered to sheltered housing schemes across the city aimed at promoting an increased participation in exercise? The Mobile Me project led by Active Norfolk has provided equipment and encouraged residents to try activities such as table tennis, bowls and new age kurling over a ten week programme. The exercise is gentle and no previous experience is necessary, full support and training will be given. Volunteers would be required to help with the setting up and clearing away of equipment.  If you think you are able to motivate and encourage residents to continue to use the equipment once a week, we would love to hear from you. This is a fun activity, enjoyed by participants and a rewarding role for volunteers. There are housing schemes taking part in various locations and at various times across the city, so if you have two hours spare and would like to find out more, please get in touch.

Carers Support Group

Do you have experience of being a carer? Would you like to help support other carers? Peer support is of massive benefit to a person's sense of well being and can greatly improve their ability to cope in a carer role. We are looking for volunteers to help run and participate in support groups at locations across the city. You will help with setting up/clearing away, organising refreshments, facilitate activities, enabling the group leader to run the session. If interested please get in contact to receive further information

Marion Road General Administrator

Marion Road Centre requires volunteers on Monday morning 10am to 12noon, Thursday 1pm to 3pm and Friday 1pm to 3pm to help in the office at our day care service. You would be responsible for general admin tasks, welcoming visitors and answering the telephone. This is an opportunity to maintain or enhance existing ability or for career development. If you are friendly, confident and with good communication skills please get in touch.

Fundraising

Work with our fundraising team to organise events. The backbone of any charity is their fundraisers as there are always great demands on limited funds to enable them to successfully function.

Do you or your team have an idea for a way of raising fund perhaps within your area? Would you like support in organising your own event or are available to help as a fundraiser? Do you have fundraising experience or would like to gain some?

If you would like more information about other volunteering opportunities please get in touch with Gina Brown, Volunteer Coordinator by email: gina.brown@ageuknorwich.org.uk or email: volunteering@ageuknorwich.org.uk or tel: 01603 397784

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