If you can spare a few hours a week and would like to be part of our organisation then we have a variety of different volunteering opportunities that have become available.
All roles are subject to references and a DBS check.
For more information regarding any of these volunteering positions please contact the Sevenoaks office by email or phone on 01732 454108.
We are looking for volunteers over-18
You should be interested in older people and maybe in disability and social care issues
You must be good at listening as well as talking to other people
We require references and a criminal record check (DBS); we can organise this for you
All roles are indoors
Pop-in cafe volunteer
We are looking for someone to help Sue (our Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator) serve tea and coffee at pop-in cafes.
Sue travels to different areas of Sevenoaks District such as Chiddingstone Causeway, Chiddingstone village, Cowden, Dunton Green, Fordcombe, Leigh and Penshurst. She delivers seated exercise sessions to help with strength and balance in a social setting. You’d be assisting by making tea and coffee at the beginning of the session and helping wash up/tidy up afterwards
The areas where we need help (at the time of writing) are Chiddingstone Causeway, Cowden, Dunton Green and Penshurst. You need to be able to drive or get there by public transport; travel expenses can be reimbursed
You are welcome to volunteer to help at one location or more than one location if you wish.
Please contact the Sevenoaks office by email or phone on 01732 454108.
Stepping out volunteer organizer
AgeUK, Sevenoaks is seeking a volunteer to fill the important post of:-
Organiser of Stepping Out, a well supported afternoon exercise and social group which meets at The Hollybush Day Centre, Hollybush Court, Sevenoaks every Friday 2.30 to 4.30 pm and which has been providing supervised exercises, tailored to the needs of the older members of the community and led by qualified instructors, for over twenty years. The hour of exercises is followed by refreshments and a quiz, occasionally a talk or other special feature. The meeting lasts in total for two hours.
The Organiser is responsible for organising and managing the weekly meeting. In particular:
- organise and facilitate sessions including quizzes, activities etc
- maintaining and updating the weekly spreadsheet
- preparing and co-ordinating the transport logistics
- liaising with four volunteer drivers
- liaising with the Day Centre Manager
- be a point of contact for new members and prospective members
- being present on Friday afternoon to manage the meeting
- to supervise the tidying of the Day Centre to ensure everything is left secure after the meeting.
This appointment would suit a retired business professional seeking an interesting and rewarding voluntary part time occupation. This could be a job share role.
Applications in writing, phone or email to:
Gillian Shepherd-Coates, Chief Officer, Age UK Sevenoaks & Tonbridge, The Old Meeting House, St John's Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LR
Tel: 01732 454108
Stepping out volunteer
Stepping Out is a social group for older people. It has a gentle exercise session followed by a short talk or quiz. It meets every Friday 2.30-4.30pm at the Age UK Hollybush Day Centre, Hollybush Close off Hollybush Lane, Sevenoaks.
We are looking for someone to help find and book speakers and to help by setting up the laptop and projector each week. You need to be able to set up a laptop and projector or be willing to learn. We can show you how.
Edenbridge Day Centre Volunteer required
We are looking for fundraising volunteers to lend a hand at fundraising events or help out in the office with admin support for fundraising. We are looking for anyone interested in fundraising who is maybe looking for a more flexible commitment.
Driving and access to a car desirable but not essential. Fundraising skills are not essential. Willingness to help out at occasional events (which could be very flexible) or helping to organise things at the office end is much more important.
Day Centre assistants
Helping out in one of our day centres for older people in Edenbridge or Tonbridge. You can help out one or more days a week. Tonbridge is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Edenbridge is open Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You need to be willing to help organise activities, serve lunch, make tea/coffee and help wash up. You don't have to do all of these things; the most important thing is to be sociable and willing to chat with the older people attending the day centre.
You must be able to get to one of our day centres. If you need support yourself, it must be minimal.
Postural Stability class volunteer
We are looking for someone to help out at our Postural Stability class in Tonbridge. Postural Stability is an exercise class for older people to help prevent falls.
We are looking for someone to help put chairs out and assist Sue (the tutor) in the class, keeping an eye on everyone. Sometimes there are quite a lot of people in the class. Also making teas and coffee if our other volunteer is not around. It’s on Monday morning 9.45am – 12.15pm.
This would suit someone who understands the importance of exercise in staying healthy but you do not need to be a keep fit fanatic! You do not need any qualifications.
Lunch Club helpers
We are looking for helpers for our monthly lunch club in Tonbridge. We don't need any more cooks but do need people to help serve and wash up etc. First Thursday of every month.
There are also lunch clubs in Bessels Green, Cudham, Dunton Green, Fordcombe, Kemsing, Otford, Riverhead, North Tonbridge, Westerham and Woodlands. Some of these lunch clubs are monthly like Tonbridge and others are weekly. They all welcome volunteers. If any of these are more convenient for you, we can put you in touch.
Our lunch clubs provide an opportunity for older people, some of whom may be lonely, to have a hot meal and some company. We are looking for people who understand the importance of socialising and eating well. You do not need any qualifications.
Information & Advice volunteers
From time to time we have vacancies for volunteers who visit older people, many of whom are housebound. Your main role would be to help them and their families complete forms and to give them any other information about services that may help them.
You need to be able to give up one day a week (or more if you wish). The morning will be spent visiting an older person in their own home and helping them (and maybe their family) to fill in forms. Usually these are for health and disability benefits. Sometimes it will be helping them apply for housing benefit, council tax reduction, pension credit or a disabled parking permit or checking that they are getting all the benefits that they are eligible for. The afternoon will be spent back in the office writing it up and completing accompanying paperwork.
This is a challenging role but full training will be provided. We are looking for people who like face-to-face contact (it is not phone or email-based). You must have empathy for people's situations. You must be willing to listen and give people time but not get bogged down. Therefore you must be able to manage your time effectively.
You need to be comfortable with filling in hard-copy forms and you will need to write them up. You need to be able to spell and have good grammar. You need to be thorough but also sympathetic.
Ideally you need to be able to drive and have access to a car as many people live in surrounding villages or countryside. However this may be negotiable. Travel expenses can be re-imbursed (we have a mileage rate). Could be based in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge (at present we have scope in Tonbridge but not Sevenoaks)
Visiting people once a week for a cup of tea and a chat
We are looking for people who can make a regular commitment. It must be all year round, not just term-time or school holidays. It is fine to miss a few weeks due to your own holidays or other commitments but the aim is to provide someone with a friend who is there most of the time.
Many older people prefer to have visits during daylight hours so you must be available during the day. We do not do evening visits.
You will receive training and support from our office will be available at the end of the phone if there are any issues you wish to raise. This means it must be during office hours during the week but otherwise it can be flexible.
Ideally you need to be able to drive and have access to a car as many people live in surrounding villages or countryside. However this may be negotiable. Travel expenses can be re-imbursed (we have a mileage rate). Could be based in Tonbridge or Sevenoaks.
From time to time we have vacancies for volunteer receptionists in our offices. We are looking for people who can do one morning a week or one afternoon a week. Our offices are open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
You would be helping people with their enquiries either coming into our offices or on the phone. Sometimes this may mean answering their enquiries; sometimes it may mean taking messages for our staff.
No specific qualifications are required but you must have a reasonable level of education and a willingness to learn what we do. You must be able to get to the office from where you live. It is desirable that you know how to use a computer.
This is suitable for older people or people seeking work and interested in disability, social care or older people’s issues. You need to be good at talking to people, listening and working with a team. You will be doing reception duties and admin tasks
Could be based in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge. We are currently looking for people in Sevenoaks but you should note that this is a quiet role so not suitable for someone who wants to be busy. Tonbridge is busier but we are not currently looking for any more people
We are looking for charity trustees to serve on our governing body
You need to have personal skills or experience to ensure that Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge is delivering its charitable outcomes. You need to make sure we are solvent, well-run and efficient.
The trustee role can be very rewarding and enjoyable offering an opportunity to serve the community whilst learning new skills
Please contact Gillian Shepherd-Coates on 01732 454108 for further details.
If you cannot see anything suitable, you may wish to consider other organisations that help older people. There are Age UKs or Age Concerns in Swanley, Gravesend, West Malling, Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead; we can give you contact details if you need them
There are also other organisations who welcome volunteers. Your local Volunteer Centre can tell you who else is looking:
Sevenoaks Tel: 01732 454785 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonbridge Tel: 01892 530330 Email: email@example.com