131 Club volunteer with Age UK Tameside
- Help set up activity sessions
- Assist clients to get to an activity room and be comfortably seated
- Make sure clients have all they need to be able to participate in activities
- Co-deliver activities with staff — like chair football, singing, arts and crafts, quizzes and much, much more
- Encourage clients to participate as much as they are able or would like to
- Provide practical support to help the Club run smoothly by:
- Setting tables, serving food, cleaning up after meals, and making snacks and refreshments
- Providing mobility assistance so clients can get around
We have around 90 clients attending our 131 Club (day support) each week; we’re open from Monday to Saturday as it’s such a popular service. Older people attend for lots of reasons, and we’re all about making sure they have a good time, doing activities they enjoy with people they like and having a nice hot meal. One of the biggest issues facing older people is loneliness as two-fifths of all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014). We feel proud to offer our 131 Club — bringing older people together and so much more.
131 Club — Lunch Time volunteer
You will support people attending our 131 Club (day support) by:
- Helping to set up and clear tables
- Serving meals
- Chatting with people and making sure they have everything they need
- Providing mobility assistance for people who need it
Lunch is served from 12.15pm and we would ask volunteers to arrive from 11.45am and leave at around 1.30pm, although there is some flexibility with these times.
Current research has highlighted the benefits of social eating for older people. The study found that a third of older people stated that they felt less hungry when eating meals alone. Good food and company is one of the core features of our 131 Club.