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Befriending volunteer

Thare lots of opportunities to volunteer for Age UK Suffolk.
Saxon House, Bury St Edmunds – Assistance with data inputting required.
Advisor Service
East (Babergh, Ipswich, Mid Suffolk or Suffolk Coastal districts)
Supporting our information and Adviser team in the local community
Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Beccles, and Lowestoft – visiting befrienders
Across Suffolk – telephone befrienders
Benefits Advice - Countywide
Charity Shops
Felixstowe, Bury St. Edmunds, Stowmarket (afternoons), Sudbury and Lowestoft Retail Assistant,
Ipswich Furniture Shop Assistant – Saturday am/pm
Ipswich Stock Donations Assistant based at the Furniture Shop
Day Service
Bury St Edmunds – Oasis Centre
Kessingland (Marram Green) Activity Assistant, Kitchen Assistant and day service volunteers
Ipswich (Foxhall) – Kitchen Assistant
Dementia Service
Aldeburgh, Beccles, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Ipswich, Kelsale, Leiston, Martlesham and Southwold. To support
our ‘Forget Me Not’ groups and events.
Food ‘n’ Friends
Across Suffolk but particularly Woodbridge - A chance to help reduce loneliness and enabling older people to
spend time together. Providing a meal/refreshments for up to 6 older people in your own home.
Fundraising, Events and Marketing
Across Suffolk - Fundraising and events volunteers
Local Links
Across Suffolk -In own Community
Volunteer Navigators
Lowestoft (Kirkley) – 1 vacancy - supporting people with long term health conditions.
Please contact our Volunteer Team for more information. Call 01473 298684

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer for Age UK Suffolk: 



Availability of the opportunity: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm (if you work full-time why not make a call in your lunch break!)
Duration: See below
Location: See below

With 1 in 10 people in Suffolk over the age of 60 saying that they are lonely, befriending is a lovely way to make a difference to older people living in Suffolk. Helping to alleviate loneliness and social isolation through a weekly telephone call or face to face visit. We try as far as possible to match interests of our volunteers with those of the older person they befriend.

Visiting Befrienders - Usually a weekly visit to the clients home for approximately 1 hour, on the same day/time. Current areas covered are Kesgrave, Rushmere St Andrew, Felixstowe, Shotley Peninsula and Ipswich.

Telephone Befrienders - Usually a weekly call for approximately 20 - 30 minutes, on the same day/time from a location where reasonable privacy is available. This service is across Suffolk. DBS check required (paid for by Age UK Suffolk).


The Chilton Club, Sudbury - Volunteer Assistant

Availability of the opportunity: Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Duration: Ideally minimum half a day
Location: Chilton Club, Martins Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2FT

Helping older people living with dementia to get the most from their day service experience - talking with day service clients, running or supporting an activity and assisting with refreshments or serving meals. DBS check required (paid for by Age UK Suffolk).


The Chilton Club, Sudbury - Volunteer Assistant - Saturday Club

Availability of the opportunity: Every other Saturday, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Chilton Club, Martins Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2FT

We have an excellent opportunity to volunteer at our Chilton Club in Sudbury. We would love to hear from you if you have a cheerful, friendly disposition and feel you can help with organising activities and fun for our members. It would be an advantage if you could also help prepare a light snack (a food hygiene certificate is required, however if you do not have one then we would be prepared to organise this for you). DBS check required (paid for by Age UK Suffolk).

Dementia can be difficult to come to terms with whether you are affected or have a family member or friend with dementia and the key to living well with dementia is having access to the right information at the right time. The Chilton Club offers a safe, stimulating and fun environment for those with memory problems.


Community Links

Availability of the opportunity: Any day to suit you 
Duration: Flexible hours to suit you
Location: Home-based

As a Community Links Volunteer you will help us to reach more of the people who need us by sharing information about Age UK Suffolk’s services within your local community, this could include giving talks at local clubs, groups or events. You will also help us to understand the issues facing older people and feedback this information. This is an interesting, varied and rewarding role.

• Knowledge of the community that you are living/volunteering in.
• Ability to communicate verbally with people of all ages.
• Ability to present information verbally in a clear and understandable way.
• Clear record keeping.
• Awareness of the older members of the community and the facilities and opportunities available to them.

All volunteers must be 18 years or older. A completed application form with two referees will be required. All successful applicants will be trained as Dementia Friends, attend a Volunteer Induction and have the opportunity for presentation skills training. Mileage expenses paid. DBS check required (paid for by Age UK Suffolk). 


Events Volunteer

Availability of the opportunity: Various - see our Events Diary
Duration: Various
Location: Suffolk

This is an ideal opportunity if you are unable to volunteer with us on a regular basis.

As an events volunteer you can help staff members run events in support of Age UK Suffolk. This could include helping to prepare and dismantle the venue, serving refreshments, running a tombola.

Please see our Events Diary  for a list of our upcoming fundraising events, contact us for more info!  


Events Volunteer - Chinwags

Availability of the opportunity: Once a month - see our Events Diary for details
2 hours each month or whenever you are available
Location: Kesgrave, Needham Market, Woodbridge (NEW for 2020 **Beccles & Southwold** - Starting between January and March 2020, day/time to be confirmed)

Chinwags are monthly social befriending events held across the county to engage with older people at a community level. They bring people aged 65 plus together to make new friends, enjoy a conversation and entertainment along with a cuppa and cake and, if they wish, access opportunities and services to support them in later life. You may be serving refreshments, running a tombola or just simply chatting to guests.


Fundraising Volunteer

Availability of the opportunity: Any time

Holding a coffee morning, taking part in a sponsored event, delivering our collection tins to a venue or starting a local fundraising group. There are lots of different opportunities available. 


Information & Advice Service - Blue Badge Volunteer

Availability of the opportunity: Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Duration: Flexible
Location: Head Office, Age UK Suffolk, 14 Hillview Business Park, Old Ipswich Road, Claydon, Ipswich, IP6 0AJ.

 You will assist and support clients in their application process for Blue Badges via either internet or hard copy forms.


(Page last updated: 11th December 2019)


Apply to become a volunteer

Contact the Volunteer Team for more information

Call us on 01473 298684