Volunteers are essential in helping to deliver our services, and we are urgently seeking people who live locally to the London Borough of Wandsworth for the opportunities below.
Many older people are unable to go out alone often because of loss of confidence or disability; they may use a wheelchair, or need an arm to support them.
Volunteers are needed to help take people out and about locally, maybe to the shops, have a walk in the park or to accompany someone to a doctor’s appointment.
You can do the volunteering as and when it suits you as it is arranged on a weekly basis. Even if you don’t have a car you can still help with taking people out in a wheelchair. This role will suit you if you are patient and able to empathise with older people’s hearing, visual impairments and mobility issues.
(Weekdays or weekends 2-3 hours a fortnight; minimum of 6 months commitment)
Home from Hospital volunteers
We are looking for dedicated volunteers to visit older people when they have returned home from hospital. A volunteer can offer some practical assistance, support or just someone to talk to. This could include
• Carrying out small tasks around the house.
• Helping the older person to do gentle exercises or walk short distances.
• Having a cup of tea and a chat.
• Accompanying the older person to collect their pension.
Volunteers play a huge part in helping an older person to settle back in and regain their confidence at home. A volunteer would be paired with one older person for 4-6 weeks whilst they settle back at home. Age UK Wandsworth would ask that the volunteer would visit once or twice per week during the day.
(Weekdays between 9am – 5pm only – 2-3 hours a week; minimum of 3 months commitment)
Are you practically-minded? Volunteers are needed to help deliver the handyperson service in carrying out small tasks in people’s homes such as:
• Changing lightbulbs
• Taking down and putting up curtains.
• Taping down loose or fraying carpets.
• Other small jobs as may be required.
As the work requires visiting clients throughout the Wandsworth borough, we will require candidates who drive their own vehicle and who are available for 4 hours a day on any weekday between the hours of 9-5pm.
Working under the supervision of a member of staff, you would provide information and advice to older people and their carers by telephone and personal contact at the Age UK Wandsworth office on a range of issues including money and benefits, housing queries, health and disability, how to access care. You could also help with filling in forms, making claims for benefits or phoning previous clients for feedback on the service.
This is a responsible role for a very dedicated volunteer requiring a minimum time commitment of six months. Training and supervision will be given. You should be very organized, have a good phone manner and patience. Full role specification is available upon request.
(Week day between 10am and 4pm only 3 – 6 hours per week minimum 6 months commitment)
Reception and Administration volunteers
If you like working in an office environment, you could work on reception, answering telephones and greeting customers. Our offices are busy every day with people asking for help or needing information and as a volunteer you will be trained to give out information and deal with enquiries.
You will need to be very committed, have excellent time-keeping and note-taking skills. You will also need to be patient and sensitive to the concerns of older people. Opportunities are available Monday - Thursday between 10am and 3pm, 2-3 hours a week; minimum commitment of 6 months is required.
We also regularly need reliable volunteers to assist our project managers in the smooth running of their projects (two or three hours per week between 10am and 4pm). You would need to be computer literate (specifically Microsoft Office). Roles may include both telephone and computer work.
We would love to find volunteers who are available during the day but this role will also suit you if you are working. If you have some time in the daytime, evening or at the weekend to spend with someone who rarely has visitors, your visit can be a real life-line.
An ability to listen is vital for this role, along with patience, empathy, reliability and often a good loud voice for those who are hard of hearing!
(Weekdays, evenings or weekends 1-2 hours a week; minimum of 6 months commitment)
How to apply
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please apply online by clicking here
For more information on becoming an Age UK Wandsworth volunteer, please click here
For further information you can also email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 8877 8940.