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Age UK Solihull staff and volunteers helping at our Eddie the Eagle event in May 2018.

Carol and Giulia helping at a collection day at Birmingham International Railway Station

Like most charities, we need to raise much needed funds to help pay for our services. As well as receiving funding from sources such as the local authority, trusts and foundations and gifts in Wills, our fundraising team organise community events and activities throughout the year, with the aim of not only raising money, but also to engage with the local community and raise the profile of the charity.

Volunteering for fundraising doesn’t mean raising money yourself (although if you want to that’s fine!), but helping out at events and with campaigns.

It is ideal if you don’t want to commit to a regular slot each week or have a full-time job, which means you can only help now and again.

Opportunities include:

  • Helping at one-off events – e.g. meeting and greeting guests, selling raffle tickets, making teas/coffees, helping out on a stall
  • ‘Stuffing’ envelopes – for example, our twice-yearly newsletter
  • Finding homes for collecting cans (visiting shops, pubs, clubs etc. to ask if they will take a can and collect when it’s full)
  • Office work – from time to time we have projects that we need help with such as internet research, data inputting or managing spreadsheets.

Apply to become a Fundraising Volunteer

Clare - 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.