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We help and support many older and isolated citizens of Sunderland and the surrounding areas.

Age UK Sunderland needs volunteers to help us provide much needed support to older people right across the city.

You can choose to help with any of the following projects, we are always in need of more volunteers.

  • ActivAge activities
  • Community Support Clubs
  • Advocacy
  • Living Well Link volunteers supporting local people in communities
  • Volunteers supporting people through and beyond cancer
  • Social Focus
  • Face to Face Befriending
  • Telephone Befriending
  • Friends and Neighbours Sunderland (FaNs) project working with residential homes visiting local residents

We have over 250 volunteers helping with all our projects and they get as much out of it as the people they help so come along and join us.

Why volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.

Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone over the age of 16 can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills.

How much time do I need to give?
It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.

If you have an hour or so to spare each week and would like to do something for the older generation, please download and complete the volunteers referral form below and return it us.

To keep up to date with our activities please download the Age UK Newsletter below.

Age UK Newsletter August 2022

Volunteer Co-Ordinator
Age UK Sunderland
Bradbury Centre
Stockton Road

Phone: 0191 514 1131


We would like to celebrate our valued volunteers!

It is volunteers’ week (1st – 7th June) and usually around this time every year we invite all our fantastic volunteers to a very special celebration event, held for the last few years at the Grand Hotel in Seaburn.

Sadly, due to COVID-19 our annual Volunteer Celebration and Long Service Awards event has been cancelled, so no live music or magic tricks this year!

However, we still recognise all the hard work our volunteers have been doing over the last twelve months and the difference that everyone makes to the lives of older residents in our local community.

Many of our volunteers have remained dedicated during the current crisis making weekly welfare calls to older people across the city, whilst others are helping with shopping for those who are self-isolating.

We will come together again in the future when it is safe for everyone to do so, in the meantime we continue to celebrate our great volunteer team for their work over the last year and many years previously.

We know everyone is raring to go again in your usual roles when we get back to some normality and the work you are doing now during the crisis is making a huge difference to the lives of many.

Keep up the good work and we are looking forward to seeing you all again!

Stay safe