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Volunteering Roles

Published on 01 August 2018 09:37 AM

Volunteer for Age UK Sunderland and change the lives of older people

 Would you like to volunteer to help the older people of Sunderland?

We are looking for all types of volunteers across many different areas to help enhance and enrich the lives of the older people in our community.

Why not come and join our fantastic volunteer team.  It is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and support the work Age UK Sunderland do across the city.

Starting from only an hour a week to whatever time you can spare, we have volunteering roles in the following areas:

Living Well and Beyond Cancer

Age UK Sunderland are recruiting volunteers to support our Living Well and Beyond Cancer Programme across Sunderland to support people to live well with a cancer diagnosis.

 As a volunteer you can help those with a cancer diagnosis to:

  • Improved Lifestyle Choices & Social Support
  • Attaining help with dealing with the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis
  • Financial advice
  • Access to activities to improve Physical Health
  • Advocacy services to give people with a diagnosis a voice
  • Support in the completion of Health Needs Assessments

As a Volunteer you will need good listening skills and a sensitive and caring approach. You could support patients in hospital, community settings or in the home by offering tailored support to encourage them to address and where possible self-manage their recovery. 

Keeping in Touch Service

Age UK Sunderland’s Keeping in Touch Service offers a vital lifeline to anyone aged 50+ who is lonely or isolated and lives within the City of Sunderland.

Friendly Faces: Our friendly faces home visiting service has volunteers who make regular social visits, offering company and a friendly chat to older people who live alone, are housebound or have days when they see no-one

Telephone Service: Some older people feel that they wouldn't like to have a visitor coming into their home, but a regular call can build up a friendship without intrusion. Through the Co-Ordinator and a team of volunteers, our Keeping in Touch telephone service offers regular phone calls to help alleviate loneliness and provides a regular point of contact for the older person, giving them a friendly call to look forward to.

If you can spare an hour or two each week, your help could make all the difference.

You could:

  • Bring happiness to older people
  • Make friends
  • Be part of a friendly team of volunteers and make a difference to older people`s lives

Friends and Neighbours Sunderland (FaNS)

We are recruiting volunteers to visit selected care homes throughout the City to offer friendship and advocacy support to residents. We have a choice of Volunteer roles including:

Keeping in Touch Volunteers: To work alongside care home staff to engage residents in activities, have a chat and help new care home residents settle in.

Advocacy Volunteers: You will act as a link for residents and their families to ensure an open line of communication is available between people who live in a care home, their families and staff.

Care homes in Sunderland are keen to provide the very best for their residents. The FaNs initiative will complement the work taking place within care homes. Care home staff and volunteers will identify an activity which will suit the needs and interests of the individual.

The FaNS project will also involve local businesses and the wider community so that stronger links can be built between them and the residents, helping them to feel more included in their local area. The FaNS project needs volunteers with compassion, kindness and patience. Age is not important nor are qualifications, all you need is a desire to improve the happiness and wellbeing of older people with an hour or two a week to spare.

Community Support Clubs

Our volunteers deliver over 30 community support clubs that run during the day from Monday to Friday in the Sunderland, Penshaw, Houghton, Hetton, Washington and Easington Lane areas that are used by around 300 people.

Most of our clubs run from 9am until 2pm and offer a freshly cooked two course meal.  They also provide opportunities for older people to take part in a variety of activities

 If you are interested in lending a hand please get in touch.

We have volunteering roles in other areas such as ActivAge, Advocacy, Digital Inclusion and Social Focus.

More details of these projects can be found by clicking below.


Please contact us if you would like more information on any of our volunteering opportunities on 0191 514 1131.