We welcome and value volunteers within Age UK York and have ongoing opportunities within a range of services.  If you have an interest in any of these areas and feel your skills and experiences could be of value to us, please get in contact.


Befriending - Would you like to visit a lonely older person regularly for a chat?

In Safe Hands – Could you give a carer a break by caring for an older person in their home on an occasional or regular basis? (An allowance to the volunteer is sometimes paid.)

Hospital Services - Could you provide overnight support to an older person coming out of hospital or intermediate care? (An allowance to the volunteer is sometimes paid.)

Internet Shopping – Do you have the skills to order internet shopping and have chat with an older person?

Shops – Our shops (Walmgate, Bishopthorpe Road, Acomb, Tang Hall, Burton Stone Lane) rely on enthusiastic and friendly volunteers.

Drivers – We are always looking for drivers to support in a number of areas – for example, take an older person shopping, collect and take to one of our day clubs.

Day Clubs – Would you like to spend time in one of our day clubs, where older people come to do activities and have lunch?  If you have an interest in dementia we have a number of specific clubs.

Keep Your Pet – If you love animals this may be the opportunity for you,  as we provide short term assistance to older or vulnerable pet owners during difficult periods.

Administration – do you have any administration or office skills?

Reception – would you like to meet visitors to our offices in Walmgate and take telephone calls?

Day Trip Volunteers – do you enjoy the company of older people and would you be happy to escort them to different attractions and venues two or three times on a Tuesday from May to September?

Fundraising – we always welcome enthusiastic volunteers to support in this key area.


Immediate Opportunities

We have an immediate need for volunteers in a number of areas.

Volunteer Drivers

We are in urgent need of volunteer  drivers to transport clients to and from our day clubs in York.  Hours are approximately 8.45am to 10.30am and 2pm to 3.30pm.  We require:

  •     Mini bus drivers: MIDAS  trained or  training will be provided.
  •     Car Drivers: using own cars with business insurance.  Expenses covered.
  •     Drivers for wheelchair adapted car.

We are looking for reliable drivers with a friendly manner.  All volunteers are required to  complete an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check) and provide references. 

Escorted Shopping Drivers

Due to expansion of our shopping services, we have vacancies for volunteer drivers to escort people to do their shopping.  This may be to the bank, local supermarket etc.
You will need to be friendly, flexible and have an understanding of older people and their needs.  You must have a full driving licence and access to a car when volunteering.  Full training will be provided.  Mileage at 41p per mile will be paid.  An enhanced DBS will be required.

Internet Shopping Volunteers

Due to the expansion of our shopping services, we are looking for two shopping volunteers and one volunteer to help with general administration.
Shopping volunteers ring service users on a Monday morning, take their orders and enter them onto the supermarket of the service user’s choice.  They also email shopping requirements to personal shoppers.  Shopping volunteers will need to be IT literate and preferably have an understanding of internet shopping. Accuracy is essential for this role, along with a friendly and chatty approach.  An enhanced DBS will be required.  Full training will be provided.

The general administration volunteer will be required on a regular basis for approximately half a day per week, to support the Home Shopping Organiser.  The volunteer will need to ensure the accuracy of records and ensure that all spreadsheets are kept up to date.  You may also be asked to take bookings for our escorted shopping service and look at the availability of drivers.  A good understanding of IT systems is essential, as the shopping is a computer based system.  Some data entry may also be required.  An enhanced DBS will be required.  Full training will be provided.


Would you be interested in volunteering for half a day at our Walmgate Office?  We are looking to train a number of receptionists to cover absences.  Receptionists meet and greet visitors to the Age UK offices, transfer telephone calls, take messages and undertake basic administration tasks.  This is an essential role for Age UK York and full training will be given.   If you would like to be considered for this interesting role, please contact us.

Shop Volunteers

Our shops in Walmgate, Bishopthorpe Road and Burtonstone Lane are looking for shop floor volunteers.  Tasks are varied and include greeting customers, advising and helping with sizes, operating tills (training provided), putting out stock, reducing stock and displays.  If you are welcoming and friendly and can spare anything from a couple of hours to half a day a week, please contact us. 

Day Club Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to work in our day clubs which run every weekday in different venues throughout the city.

The clubs offer local older people an attractive social meeting place, hot lunch, refreshments and interesting activities. If you can spare up to five hours a week to support older people why not join our friendly team?

Day Club Volunteer – British Sign Language Experience

Do you have experience of British Sign Language?
We are looking for a volunteer to support our Acomb Day Club, Mondays between 10am and 2pm.  Any slot within these times would be of benefit.  The role would involve supporting an individual whose main language is BSL, as well as other clients.  

Day Trip Volunteers

Age UK York run minibus outings for elderly people who would normally find it difficult to leave their own home. The outings usually take place every Tuesday from May to September and we would be delighted if you could help out possibly 2/3 times during this period.
We are looking for volunteers who enjoy the company of older people and are happy to escort them to different attractions and venues. You should have a good sense of humour and be reasonably fit and active as you will on some outings be required to push a wheelchair.  Training is given and you will be expected to attend a relevant First Aid course.

Volunteer Household Helper – Feather Duster Cleaning

Would you like to help an older person with ad hoc household tasks?  We are looking for volunteers to work alongside our cleaning service, Feather Duster Cleaning, to support older people with one off house hold tasks, such as decluttering,  sorting through recycling or helping  to sort out wardrobes of clothing.  

Administration Support – Feather Duster Cleaning

We are looking for administration support for our  cleaning service, based out of priory Street. In addition to database input, we would like support to put together and carry out a customer satisfaction survey, by telephone or post, and collate the replies.   Hours to suit.  

Keep Your Pet

Keep Your Pet is a short term support service for domestic pet owners.  Volunteers offer short term support for older and vulnerable pet owners by providing fostering, dog walking, taking the pet to the vet, animal feeding etc.  We have an urgent need for cat and dog fosterers. 

 Download our volunteering leaflet
To find out more about these opportunities or volunteering generally, please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Organiser, on 01904 627995, email volunteering@ageukyork.org.uk . Alternatively, please complete the leaflet above and return to volunteering@ageukyork.org.uk or Age UK York, Norman Collinson House, 70 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Age UK York.