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Volunteer FAQs

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What will I gain from volunteering?

Different people get different things from volunteering:

Gaining new skills and experience - there are all kinds of opportunities for you to gain new experience, meet new people and share knowledge.

Good fun and great company - people like you can use your skills and energy to brighten up the lives of older people. You can bring so much pleasure to lives of older people.

Rewarding - your time is valuable how much or little time you can offer you can be assured that you are making a positive difference.

Volunteering is not only about caring for frail elderly people.

Just look at the number of ways you can help:

  • visitor
  • befriender
  • fundraiser
  • advice worker
  • administrator
  • campaigner
  • trustee
  • trainer
  • wellbeing

Will I be able to choose what I do?

Together we will do our best to match your interests and skills to Age UK Torbay's priorities.

Will I get support?

Support for volunteers is as important to us as providing quality services. You will receive the support you need to carry out the tasks you undertake.

Will I be able to give enough time? Do I have to commit to the same time every week?

We will tailor your commitment to suit the time you have available. You need give only the time you can spare.

I can't afford to be out of pocket...

Although you won't be paid, we will do our best to meet your necessary expenses, and make sure you are not out of pocket.

Could I offer my professional skills?

Age UK organisations can use skills from accountancy to zip repair and everything in between!

Useful links

Volunteers may find the online resources below helpful:

Age UK website - for national news relating to older people

Volunteering England - a website giving information on working as a volunteer in the UK

Torbay Council website - this contains information about living in the English Riviera


Find out more

For further information contact Age UK Torbay: Tel: 01803 555 181 Email:

Download Volunteer Application Pack

Our pack gives you all the information you need to apply as a volunteer for Age UK Torbay.

Please return completed application forms to 12 Dendy Road, Paignton TQ4 5DB.

Your help will make a real difference to the lives of older people in Torbay.