Volunteering - a little time makes a big difference

Give back, get involvedHelp us help older people live well in later life.

We’re looking for dedicated volunteers in all sorts of areas. Whatever your age‚ skill, background and amount of time you are able to give, we’d love to hear from you. We know that overcoming loneliness and insecurity can make all the difference to an older person’s well-being and quality of life. Volunteering is very much part of the Abbeyfield ethos and an important way of ensuring residents retain links with the local community. We’ll reimburse you with any volunteer-related travel costs and agreed out-of-pocket expenses.

You don’t need any previous experience of working with older people to be an Abbeyfield & Wesley volunteer because we will provide you with support, an induction and any relevant training you might need to help you fit into your role. What we are looking for is people with the right skills and passion and these include:

 

 

 

  • Believing in the value of older people and the contribution they have to make to our society;
  • Having time to listen;
  • Wanting to make a difference in the lives of older people;
  • Sharing your interests with others;
  • Being a reliable communicator;
  • Willingness to learn, complete training and accept feedback; and
  • Ability to work as part of a team with our staff and other volunteers

Be a Volunteer House Friend

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There are lots of different ways to volunteer as a House Friend, reflecting the diversity of our homes and our residents’ wishes. House Friends may accompany residents on a walk, or take them out for shopping or appointments, or to enjoy leisure activities. Some simply come in to have a chat with residents, while others help to organise and take part in various activities – board games, quizzes, film nights, visiting with pets, playing music or assisting with outings.

There are also opportunities for House Friends who are IT savvy to help our residents with digital know-how, be it learning how to use Google, Skype friends and family, send an email or navigate round webpages of interest. We are also looking for volunteers willing to compile Life Stories with some of our residents.

If any of this sounds up your street and you have good interpersonal skills, a sense of humour and the ability to listen and chat, then apply here to become a House Friend.

Hands-on Volunteer Opportunities

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Looking for a more task-oriented volunteering role? Then one of our hands-on volunteer opportunities listed below might be just for you. Check them out and then apply here:

IT mentor
Could you be someone who could explain how Google works? Could you even show someone how to connect with friends and relations through Skype? Your digital knowledge can really help to improve other people’s lives and can help you to appreciate the value of older people's experiences.
 
Gardening
If you have green fingers and would relish the chance to nurture and tend one of our House Gardens for our residents to enjoy, we would love to hear from you.
 
Photographer
Could you capture some great shots of Abbeyfield life for our News & Views magazine, website or for marketing material?
 
Life Story Work
Life Story Work involves recording relevant aspects of a person's past and present life, giving them the opportunity to talk about their life experiences and helps to develop an individual biography of that person. Appropriate training provided
 
Fundraising
If you enjoy the challenge of raising funds for a worthwhile cause then get in touch. Whether you fancy doing a sponsored abseil, holding a coffee morning or running a marathon, all the money you raise for Abbeyfield & Wesley will go to specific projects that will further enhance the quality of life for our residents. We also have occasional larger fundraising projects on the go.
 
Trustee
From time to time, vacancies arise on our volunteer Management Board. Get in touch to find out more.
 
Driver
Use your car and your enjoyment of driving to help our residents get to appointments in your local Abbeyfield & Wesley area. For more details, contact us.
 
Other skills or interests
If you have a skill that does not fit into one of our current vacancies then we would still be very interested in talking to you. As a skilled volunteer, we would use your specialised talents whilst tailoring a specific volunteer role to meet your needs.