Age UK Hull
Age UK Hull provides a range of support, information, advice, and advocacy, so that older people can access the services they need, where and when they need them, to live enjoyable and gratifying later lives.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.
Here at Age UK Hull, we will help anyone interested in volunteering to explore what it is they would like to get out of their volunteering, what they feel they could offer, and for those who join us we provide a range of training and support, including volunteer social and celebration events.
Volunteers are a key resource to Age UK Hull; without them we could not provide the services we do, with our main volunteering opportunities explained below:
We are looking for friendly and caring people to visit or telephone older people who may be experiencing feelings of isolation or loneliness. Loneliness amongst older people is becoming a greater issue. The befriending service provides regular, friendly home visits or phone calls which help to reduce isolation and rebuilds confidence. The visits and calls allow the older person to enjoy general conversation on subjects that interest them. This contact makes a real difference for someone who may not have much company from day to day.
Befriending volunteers receive training, on-going support, and we take time to match volunteers with the people they call or visit, so that shared interests and passions can help all involved to build effective relationships.
Our programme of community-based day activities provide a range of interactive and physical activities, varying from meet and greet social groups, to craft activities and walking football.
What is most important about our day activities is often not the activity itself, but the opportunity for people to spend time socially with others in their community, helping them develop their confidence and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
As a volunteer, you would be helping facilitate the day activities and can join in with them if you wish. If you have a skill or interest you’d be happy to share, which could interest the older people who come to our activities, then that would be wonderful too.
Age UK Hull offers a free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. We work closely with partner organisations and support services to identify the most appropriate access to support. As a volunteer, you could support our skilled, knowledgeable and caring team to provide information and advice, which enables older people to live independent and fulfilling later lives.