Age UK Somerset relies on Volunteers to help us provide our vital services in the local community.
Our amazing team of volunteers help us to support older people in Somerset and North Somerset. We have a variety of satisfying roles so we hope you can find something to suit you. Why not become part of the team and make a difference by volunteering with us?
Charity Trustee Vacancies
Due to forthcoming retirements from our Board, we wish to invite applications from enthusiastic and motivated people who share our commitment to our charitable aims and core values and would like to become our new Trustees.
We urgently need a Volunteer to assist at our new Memory Connections group in Bridgwater and at our new groups starting in Burnham on sea and Clevedon.
Please can you help?
Please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01823 35627 if you are able to help.
Our Volunteering opportunities
Walk and Talk - Active Befriending
We have just started a new Active Befriending service.
This service combines company with activity and aims to help clients to rebuild their confidence after lockdown.
This role will involve meeting clients outside their homes and accompanying them for a short walk and a chat to encourage gentle physical activity.
If this sounds up your street please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing email@example.com or
Ageing Well - our fun physical activity sessions
Become an Ageing Well Volunteer and you’ll be bringing a group of older people together for regular, fun, sociable activity sessions.
You will be trained as a ‘Flexercise’ leader and don’t worry, you do not have to be super fit and no previous experience is necessary! Flexercise is a gentle chair based activity session incorporating fun and activities with equipment and much laughter!
Volunteers needed to teach Tai Chi QiGong
Do you want to feel good inside and out?
If you have an interest in Tai Chi, can spend an hour a week to volunteer with us, and have a passion for improving the health of older people then please contact us to find out more.
Call: 01823 345626
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next course is running on 6th and 20th June 2022.
Friendly Phone Calls
This role involves supporting an older person who is isolated, or experiencing low levels of anxiety or depression, by calling them once a week.
The aim of this service is to reduce loneliness and improve the wellbeing of clients through regular contact.
We are working as part of the Open Mental Health Alliance, to support the clients they refer to us.
Could you help?
Information and Advice Volunteers
Our Information and Advice (I&A) Volunteers help improve older people’s lives by assisting them in claiming the benefits that they were entitled to. This can make a huge difference in reducing financial anxiety. Volunteers help clients over the phone or by visiting them at home to help fill out forms. Our I&A volunteers tell us that contributing to a successful claim can be very satisfying and they also report how much they enjoy meeting new people and how they like the feeling of being useful and keeping their brains active!
Full training is given. This opportunity is very flexible and suits someone who is good with paperwork and well organised.
This ‘free-to-client’ service covers the whole of Somerset and North Somerset. Understandably demand is high so we are always looking for volunteers to help!
Contact email@example.com if you are interested in this role, or
'Memory Connections' Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
This service is for clients with a recent, mild to moderate diagnosis of dementia. It involves weekly activity sessions which have been shown to slow the progression of the disease.
We are looking for Volunteers are needed to support the fun activity sessions.
If you would like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01823 345627 or
Volunteers' Week 2022
Every year we use Volunteers' Week as an opportunity to say "Thank You" to our wonderful Volunteers. We invite all of our Volunteers to outings and events across Somerset and North Somerset.
Please could you take our quick survey about Volunteers & Volunteering?
As it is Volunteers' Week in June, this month's SOOM (Somerset Older Opinions Matter) Survey is all about Volunteers and Volunteering. Have you Volunteered? Have you had help from a Volunteer? The survey is anonymous, it will only take 2 minutes to complete and we'd really appreciate you sharing your opinions! THANK YOU.
Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain experience, give something back and support the work we do in the community. Many Volunteers find their roles very rewarding.
Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone over 18 can volunteer with us. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills.
What can I do?
We need Volunteers in a variety of roles across the whole of Somerset and North Somerset. We hope you can find an opportunity to suit you.
Will I enjoy it?
Whether you have retired and want to try something new, want to give something back to the community, want to meet new people, or have just begun your career and want experience of working with older people, volunteering could be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience for you. The Volunteers who responded to our Annual Volunteers Questionnaire say they really enjoy it!
How much time will it take?
Some of our volunteering opportunities are flexible; you can choose how much time you would like to give, others require a regular commitment. We hope there will be something to suit everyone's availability.
- Our Information and Advice service changes in response to the needs of local older people. If there is a case in your area, we will contact you and you will be able to choose whether or not to take it.
- Our Active Befriending and Ageing Well roles require a regular committment of an hour or so a week.
Will I be properly supported?
All Age UK Somerset Volunteers receive Induction training. In addition further specific role training is carried out on a regular basis where appropriate. Continuous help, advice and support are happily given by the staff at Age UK Somerset and there will be plentiful opportunities to meet and talk to your fellow Volunteers.
What's the procedure for becoming a Volunteer?
- we ask you to complete an application form in which we ask for references.
- Once these have been returned we will contact you to complete a DBS form if necessary.
- After this has come back clear you will be invited to attend an Induction Event, where all volunteers receive relevant information and have the opportunity to raise questions eg, about travel expenses claims, ID badges etc.
- Depending on which service you join, you may have more intensive training, 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 all the information that you might need and our rules and guidelines.
It is vital that everyone involved with Age UK Somerset 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.
How can I find out more?
If you would like more information please fill in the form below or contact Age UK Somerset on 01823 345627 or email email@example.com.
How to apply
If you have already decided to apply please contact us to ask for the Application form to fill in. We will send our application pack to you in the post or by email, whichever you prefer. We always apply for references, and some posts require a DBS Certificate (formerly CRB).
You will have a chance to talk to the manager of the service you would like to Volunteer with before you make your application.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or 01823 345627
Telephone: 01823 345627 (please leave a message if there is no answer and we will call you back)
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