Without our volunteers, we would not be able to offer the level of services that we do and would be unable to make as much difference to as many people as we do each year.
Volunteering with Age UK Wirral is interesting, rewarding and good fun! By giving just two hours of your time a week you can help make a real difference by improving someone's quality of life.
Do you want the chance to learn new skills? Have you got some that you'd like to share and improve on? Would you like to gain confidence or experience ready for work or would you llike to meet new people and have fun whilst being useful?
There are lots of opportunities to either run or assist with classes at our Meadowcroft Community Hub in Bromborough. Full training will be provided where required:
- Line Dancing
- Art and Craft
- Dress Making/Sewing
- Card Making
- Book Club
- Poetry Club
- Pen Pal Club
There are also opportunities to help at our Coffee Mornings
Administration roles within various services
Administrators are required in various Age UK Wirral buildings. Tasks vary across the different offices but will involve some telephone work. Also, meeting and greeting visitors and clients, and general administration duties such as photocopying, faxing, shredding and dealing with post.
Car Drivers … Can you help?
If you own a car, we are also looking for volunteers (also called Transport Befrienders) to transport older people to and from medical appointments and to and from our services. We cover out of pocket expenditure with help towards fuel of 40p per mile.
Again this role can be tailored around your spare time and the team will normally arrange your working times a week in advance.
We are receiving more and more requests for this service. The job is to carry out shopping trips on behalf of older people on the Wirral. This role can often be fitted in around your own shopping requirements and normally only consists of small amounts of shopping from one shop. Unless you indicate otherwise, the shopping will normally be for someone who lives locally to yourself.
We are looking for Assistants on the care floors of two of our centres - Devonshire House in Birkenhead and Meadowcroft Wellbeing Hub in Bromborough. We would like you to chat, reminisce and play games with our clients.
To welcome customers, assist with sorting, pricing, displaying stock and process sales. We like to encourage people to pop in and see their local manager to discuss the role and hours available, why not pop in and see for yourself? Full training is provided.
We need volunteers to help in many areas, for example to support people who live alone and have recently been in hospital. The service needs more volunteers to help and assist with this project.
- Could you make that difference by making sure that someone is settled back home?
- Could you see they have the shopping they need or help with a bit of light housework?
- Could you help them by simply collecting their prescriptions?
If the answer to any of the above is ‘YES’ then we would like to hear from you.
Volunteers are needed for a range of activities (including bowls and cards), working mainly with ex-Merchant Seamen at Mariners Park, a retirement complex for Merchant Seafarers in New Brighton.
For any of the above roles (other than shops), our Volunteer Support Manager will try to contact you within 24 hours of your first contact, to discuss the role and arrange an informal interview. For the shops role, we normally encourage potential volunteers to visit the particular shop they wish to work in and discuss opportunities in that shop with the shop manager.
What you can expect from us
Being a volunteer for Age UK Wirral gives you an opportunity to be part of caring charity making a big difference to local people, particularly those in later life. Whatever type of volunteering you choose, you can expect to:
- be part of the organisation
- have your contribution valued and recognised
- have the opportunity to meet other workers and volunteers
- have access to relevant information and advice
- have the opportunity to influence the development of Age UK Wirral's work
- you will be informed of the organisation's policies
- you will be insured by Age UK Wirral when undertaking voluntary role
- you will have any travelling expenses reimbursed that you may incur in the course of your voluntary work (these should not affect any state benefits that you might be receiving)
- you will have a written agreement specifying; the nature of the voluntary work you are undertaking, your role and responsibilities and the name of the person to whom you are accountable
- you will know who to complain to and how to register a compliment
- training and support will be provided that is relevant to your role as a volunteer
- you will not be discriminated against either in your recruitment, selection or deployment
- you will be consulted about decisions and changes that will affect your work
As a representative of Age UK Wirral, you should operate within the organisation's aims, objectives and policies
You should commit yourself to working at certain times carrying out tasks in accordance with the agreed job description.
- the organisation will need to know that you are reliable and trustworthy
- there may be information which you are given which must remain confidential
- you and your line manager will need to keep in touch about the work that you do - you should discuss any difficulties, problems or substantial changes in your duties with your contact manager
- you will be expected to attend meetings or training sessions relating to your work
- you will be expected to make yourself familiar with organisation policies
- as much notice as possible should be given in the event of holidays etc. or it you wish to leave
- you will not handle money or the financial affairs of an older person without the agreement and strict guidance of paid staff
- you will work to promote the dignity and independence of older people and respect their wishes and needs
Training will be given as necessary that is specific to the job being undertaken, but the following general areas will be covered:
- Health & Safety
- Fire Safety
- First Aid
If you feel you need some training to do your job better, we will do what we can to provide it.
We hope you will find volunteering with us rewarding and fun - together we can make a positive difference by bringing a little something extra to the lives of older people.
We will ensure that volunteers are not out of pocket. Expenses actually and necessarily incurred will be reimbursed.
Further information and application forms are available from any Age UK Wirral office, shop or day centre or by using the details below, stating that you would like to become a volunteer.
phone: 0151 653 4404 and ask for Sue Sanford