Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?
The following opportunities will give you an idea of the kind of help required. Availability will vary depending on need. Further details will be discussed on application.
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
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.
Care Navigation Volunteers
Our Care Navigation service helps people with long term conditions remain independent by providing one to one support in many different ways. It may mean taking someone out to a social group or to take part in an activity so they can build up confidence to tackle it on their own. It may mean pointing them in the right direction for advice or perhaps being a befriender for a specific length of time.
Current volunteer vacancies
This one to one role is perfect if you are working or looking to occupy an hour or so each week. Some of our very isolated service users have very few visitors and are not always able to hear or speak for long on the phone. This role requires a regular weekly commitment to visit someone at their home for a friendly chat and a cuppa, at a time to suit you both.
As the first person visitors to our offices come into contact with, this is a very important role. A friendly and welcoming face is what's needed here with a calm approach and a willingness to assist with a wide nature of enquiries. Experience of dealing with telephone enquiries and efficient recording of data would be helpful.
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..
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.
Next Welcome Session
If you are interested in volunteering for us, come along to one of our Welcome to Volunteering sessions to find out what roles we have to suit you. Next sessions is on 25th September from 10am-12pm. Please book your place by emailing us