We are always on the look out for volunteer drivers. If you think this is something you'd be interested in, get in touch with us.
Age UK Solihull need volunteers to help at collection days, assisting at events and more. If you'd like to find out more information about this, get in touch.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community. Whether you have retired or want to try something new, want to give back to the community or have just begun your career and want the experience of working with older people, volunteering could be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Whether you have retired or want to try something new, want to give back to the community or have just begun your career and want the experience of working with older people, volunteering could be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
How much time will it take?
The timing of the work is a matter to be negotiated between you and your client for your mutual convenience. Some services allow you to dip in and out, others require a regular commitment. We hope there will be something to suit everyone's availability.
Will I be properly supported?
You will be joining a large and growing team of volunteers delivering services directly to older people throughout the borough. In return for your valuable time and commitment, you can expect good quality support from staff, training opportunities and a chance to meet other volunteers and give feedback to staff.
How do I apply?
When you start, you will be supported through an induction programme, where all volunteers receive information on best practice in confidentiality and communication. You will also have a chance to go through travel expenses claims, ID badges etc.
Depending on which service you join, you may have a further induction period during which training is more intensive, or regular updates as often as necessary, and you may go on visits with an established volunteer.
You will also receive a Volunteers Handbook which contains the rules and guidelines you need to ensure the clients you help receive the maximum care and benefit from your efforts. It is vital that everyone involved with Age UK Solihull acts in a professional manner and understands the requirement for firm policies about such things as confidentiality and safety, and the procedures to follow that ensure smooth-running services, with the minimum of complications. I'd like to find out more.
If you would like more information and a chat about the services that particularly interest you, please telephone us for more information. For our Volunteer Application Form, please download below:
You will then have a chance to meet the Service Co-ordinator for the service that interests you for an informal interview to make sure both sides are happy to go forward.
Rebecca - Volunteer Befriender
1) Why did you volunteer with Age UK Solihull?
"I began volunteering because I wanted to make a difference to someone's daily life whilst expanding my skills for my future career prospects."
2) What positive experiences have you gained from volunteering for this charity?
"The positive experiences I have gained through volunteering with this charity are endless. Through befriending for over a year, I have gained a relationship with someone of a different generation from me which continues to be a rewarding experience whilst also interacting with other volunteers and being part of many fun events."
3) What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering for Age UK Solihull?
"No matter how much time you have, your age or your experience - get involved today! Make a difference to someone and gain memories and experience along the way."
Clare Johnson - Fundraising Volunteer
1) Why did you volunteer with Age UK Solihull?
"I volunteered for Age UK Solihull about 5 years ago now because I wanted to find a charity locally to support and I have always enjoyed the company of older people. Age UK Solihull also provides support for people in the Solihull area which means you are able to see the effects of the money that you help raise".
2. What positive experiences have you gained from volunteering with this charity?
Age UK Solihull has helped me to understand some of the challenges facing older people in the area including both loneliness and need for support from others. I have met some very special older people who have benefitted enormously from the work of the charity. I have spent time at a Wednesday club run by the charity that provides tea and activities for those that come along and events like this provide a place for older people to socialise and make friends. Without events like this many of these people would not go out and meet people.
3. What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering for Age UK Solihull?
I would say do it. You will find it extremely rewarding and enjoyable. Whether you are able to just attend a few events or devote time each week to the charity it all counts. All those working for the charity and the volunteers are friendly and welcoming.