Our strength is our volunteers and we want to make your experience of volunteering a rewarding one. We simply couldn’t manage to deliver all of our services without the contribution of our wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to make life better for older people in Southampton.
If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch. Our volunteers gain a real sense of achievement knowing that they are helping some older people to retain their independence and remain in their own homes and helping to reduce feelings of isolation, exclusion and loneliness in their communities.
All our roles are within these core times: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00 pm with the exception of Fundraising roles which can include weekend and evening working. All volunteers are given appropriate training and have the support and guidance of managers and colleagues. There is insurance cover in place for our volunteers and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses can be claimed.
We are committed to the safety of our staff and service users, and are aware that many of the people we serve are potentially vulnerable. For some volunteering roles it may be necessary for an application to be made for disclosure of any information held on police records by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Fundraising – As an independent local charity, we need help to raise money to keep our services running. Activities range from helping us to run a collection at a local store or to run a stall at an event, helping us to sell raffle tickets or Christmas cards, arranging a charity coffee morning or activity with your friends, contacting businesses to arrange placement of collection tins and collecting /dropping collection tins at various locations throughout the city.
Kitchen Assistant – Help with general kitchen work, waiting and clearing tables, serving food and refreshments and washing up at our quarterly lunch clubs.
Computer Skills Volunteer – Assist in the running of our Monday computer sessions at Challis Court, giving one-to-one support to clients in basic computer skills.
Exercise Class Volunteer – Welcome, encourage and motivate people attending the class, assist people from their transport to and from the venue, serve tea and coffee and work as part of our team to help older people to enjoy their time in class.
Telephone Volunteer - A friendly voice on the other end of the phone for those in need of a chat is sometimes all that is needed to ease the feeling of loneliness.
Trustee – Use your business skills and experience to help set the overall strategic direction and priorities for Age UK Southampton.
Visiting Vounteer – Many older people can be isolated and lonely especially if they don’t have family or friends nearby. A visit from a friendly volunteer would give them something to look forward to.
Chums - We are keen to hear from volunteers who enjoy talking on the telephone and meeting new people to have regular telephone catch ups with other volunteers or organise a regular social activity or get together (e.g. coffee mornings, games and exercise). This will help us to support our volunteers to socialise and make new friends and help us to learn from and improve our volunteer experience.
How to apply to be a volunteer
We value all our volunteers and welcome enquiries from all sections of the community. Your help is vital to us and the older people of Southampton.
If you would like to apply to be a volunteer for Age UK Southampton please complete a volunteer application form or contact us for further information by telephone 023 8036 8636 or email email@example.com.