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Volunteering for Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering

We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with our response to the coronavirus pandemic, see below for more information .

  • Shopping
  • Medication collection

While we are not immediately able to offer you other volunteering opportunities, we’re constantly developing and expanding our services to meet the evolving needs of older people in the area. This means we may be in need of additional volunteers in the weeks ahead. Please do check back for any new opportunities as they arise, and thank you so much for thinking of us.

In the meantime, we would like to encourage you to start helping older people who may be in need and not connected to our organisation. Please consider taking part in neighbourly volunteering to help us reach these individuals.

To do this, you can view a simple training video on the Age UK website and then access a printable postcard to offer assistance to older neighbours and to provide them some helpful Age UK information.

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Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.

Who can volunteer?

The minimum age for volunteering is 18,and almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills. The most important criteria for being a volunteer is to be able to COMMIT your time, as this helps us to deliver our services efficiently.

How much time do I need to give?

It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.

Current Volunteer Vacancies

  • Befriending Service

    Telephone Befrienders

    We have an urgent need for telephone befrienders. This rewarding role gives you the opportunity to play an important part in alleviating loneliness for some of our most vulnerable service users, whilst working in a friendly and sociable office environment. If you can commit to a couple of hours once a week, or even be available for cover on an ad hoc basis.





  • Volunteer Shoppers apply here

    We have an urgent need for volunteer shoppers to help during the current Covid 19 pandemic. If you have a current DBS check (within last 2 years) and can provide an employment or volunteering reference and would like to help please contact us. You need to be well and not showing any signs of the virus, or live with anyone that does.If you cannot meet this criteria, please do not apply as we are exceptionally busy and can only accept enquiries from people who do meet the criteria in order to protect our vulnerable clients. Thank you


Other volunteer roles

  • Dementia Service Volunteers

    We need Intergenerational Volunteers for our Downshall School project. You will be supporting Health and Social Care staff in providing a range of activities in the school for older people with dementia. This role requires a DBS check and a commitment of 3 hours a week..

  • Di's Diamonds volunteers

    Our Di's Diamonds service offers a range of activities and outings currently in Havering. This is soon to be extended into Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge. Our volunteers help by hosting events such as coffee mornings, days out and lunch or dinner.

  • Home Hazard Checks Assistant

    Working in the community and assisting the Co ordinator of our Falls Prevention Service. A DBS check is required. You need to be able to commit to half a day per week.

  • Activity Centre Volunteers

    We need  fit and healthy volunteers to assist in the kitchen for 3-4 hours a week on an ad hoc basis. We also need volunteers at front of house to carry out a variety of customer facing duties. 


See more about our volunteers