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.
Visiting an older person isolated in their home for a friendly chat, once a week, for an hour or so (preferably in the daytime).
A friendly chat, once a week, on the telephone.
Help run one of our clubs located in Olton, Marston Green, Temple Balsall and Knowle.
Help at an event, street collection or distribute our collecting cans to local shops.
Assist in our gentle exercise, chair-based classes, called Postural Stability Instruction (PSI).
Visit older people in their homes to give advice on keeping warm.
Visit older people in their homes and complete a claim form on their behalf to apply for Attendance Allowance.
Volunteer drivers are allocated one or two older people who they collect from their homes and take to our gentle exercise classes.
Help out at our office in The Core, Solihull.
Welcome visitors and direct them to advisors at our hub in The Core, Solihull Library.
Welcome visitors and direct them to advisors at our hub in Chelmsley Wood Library.
Help visitors complete online forms and do internet searches at our two Community Advice Hubs.