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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: 


Supporting the back-room functions in our offices and services helping with all kinds of administrative or reception tasks including computer-based activity, scanning/filing, photocopying and mail outs. There are several roles available within many of our departments based at Head Office in Claydon.



Helping to alleviate loneliness and social isolation through a weekly telephone call or face to face visit between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm. 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. This service is across Suffolk.


Chilton Day Centre, Sudbury

Helping older people 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.


Community Links

Enable us to support more of the people who need our help by sharing information about our services by giving talks at local groups and distributing materials. Community Links also provide feedback on the wants and needs of older people within their communities.


Events Volunteer

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 and simply chatting to guests at our monthly Pop Up Chinwag and other events across Suffolk.

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


Fundraising Volunteer

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 

Supporting our service in the Claydon office by answering the phone, keying in data or undertaking administration tasks.  There are also opportunities to train as a frontline triage volunteer or to give benefits advice.


Retail Volunteer

There are varied roles within retail volunteering which can include till work, money handling, stock replenishment and window dressing.  We also have roles in our home store café’s and van delivery driver vacancies at one of our charity shops and home stores in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Felixstowe.

(Page updated 2nd August 2019)

Trustee Vacancy

We are looking to strengthen our Board with new Trustees who have proven and significant achievements on their work areas.  In particular, we are seeking to increase our expertise in Finance, Fundraising and the Care Industry however we would also be interested in applications from individuals who have previously held Trustee/Board positions or feel they have relevant experience to offer. 

As the population of older people in Suffolk grows, our services are needed more than ever so you will have an opportunity to make a difference when it is needed most.  As a Trustee you will oversee the performance of the charity during challenging times and use your knowledge and expertise to help drive forward our strategy to ensure the charity is able to meet the growing needs and challenges facing our ageing population.

Please do not hesitate to call Cathy Paxon directly if you wish to speak to an existing Trustee or if you have a question about the selection procedure on 01473 298681.

Download the information pack

Contact the Volunteer Team for more information

Call us on 01473 298684