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Age UK Solihull relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator on 0121 704 7843 or email volunteering@ageuksolihull.org.uk

Volunteer Application Form

Current volunteer recruitment - please read

We're now recruiting new volunteers to be Telephone Befrienders. We're in touch with isolated older people who would love to talk to a volunteer once or twice a week.
 
Our volunteers tell us that this is a rewarding role where they feel that they are making a difference, and the older people really appreciate their support. To find out more, please click above for our application form which can be returned to us by email to volunteering@ageuksolihull.org.uk.
 
Unfortunately, we're not recruiting volunteers to any other roles at present. We hope to resume our services as soon as it is safe to do so, so please check our website for updates.
 

If you would like to make or donate cloth face masks, we would be grateful for more. Please park in the loading bay of The Core on Homer Road, call our office on 0121 704 7840 and a member of staff will arrange to meet you at the door of our office in the Lower Ground Floor, The Core. Alternatively, please ring the bell at our office. 

Isolation and Inspiration

Volunteers find their roles rewarding and are given support from us to deal with any concerns.

Some of our volunteers shared their stories for Volunteers' Week 2020.

Read about what volunteering for Age UK Solihull means to them and the fantastic difference they make, both during the coronavirus crisis and throughout the past year.

Volunteers tell their stories

Why volunteer?

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:

Volunteer Application Form

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.

Volunteering Opportunities (currently only recruiting Telephone Befrienders)

  • Befriending

    Visiting an older person isolated in their home for a friendly chat, once a week, for an hour or so (preferably in the daytime).

  • Telephone Befriending

    A friendly chat, once a week, on the telephone.

  • Social Clubs

    Help run one of our clubs located in Olton, Marston Green and Knowle.

  • Fundraising

    Help at an event, street collection or distribute our collecting cans to local shops.

  • Gentle Exercise Classes

    Assist in our gentle exercise, chair-based classes, called Postural Stability Instruction (PSI).

  • Winter Warmth Advice

    Visit older people in their homes to give advice on keeping warm.

  • Help with Attendance Allowance forms

    Visit older people in their homes and complete a claim form on their behalf to apply for Attendance Allowance.

  • Driver

    Volunteer drivers are allocated one or two older people who they collect from their homes and take to our gentle exercise classes or one of our social clubs.