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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 very sorry that we are unable to take new applications for volunteering.
 
We currently have volunteers helping us as Volunteer Shoppers, Volunteer Telephone Befrienders and Volunteer Befrienders. We don't need new applications at present but we are likely to need more volunteers in these roles in the next few months, so please check our website again soon.
 
Some of our other volunteer roles are currently on hold during the pandemic, so we hope to be able to reinstate these roles as soon as we safely can.
 

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.

  View resources

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us.

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.

Please note

We are not currently recruiting for the roles below. Please see the blue box above for more information.

Volunteering Opportunities (not currently recruiting - please see above)

  • 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.