Will You Join Us?

We believe in the importance of making time for older people, and our volunteers play a vital role in doing just that. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities so that you can find the one that is right for you.

Volunteer with dog

Perhaps you can give an hour or two a week chatting to a resident. Or maybe you'd enjoy an afternoon playing board or card games. If you love pottering in the garden, why not encourage our green fingered residents to do the same? Are you an organiser? Then come and help us out with activities and social events. If you're an IT fan you could help get residents connected with family worldwide using email and Skype. Or perhaps you enjoy music, reading, film, or art and crafts. Then why not share your interest with our residents? Or could you help spread the word about Abbeyfield's great work by promoting us in the local community or helping us fundraise? Whatever you choose to do, and however much time you have to give, you'll be making an incredible difference to enhaving the lives of older people.

Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, meet new people, give something back to your community and have fun in the process. If you are working towards your Duke of Edinburgh award, why not consider doing your volunteer hours with us? We are also partners in the Millennium Volunteers programme, managed by Volunteer Now, which is open to anyone aged 14-25 who currently volunteers or would like to start and wants to have their commitment, skills and experience recognised. Plus, volunteering experience looks great on your CV, UCAS or job applications!

If you want to find a way to use skills developed throughout your career, or use retirement to make a difference in your local community, we'd love to hear from you. You get a chance to develop networks and relationships, and enjoy that feel-good factor that comes with using your time to support a great cause. And as a bonus, it's been well-documented that volunteering in later life brings with it some health benefits! You'll also be helping us by providing the support that we need to continue making a significant contribution to society.

We recognise that being a volunteer requires an investment of time and energy. As an Abbeyfield & Wesley volunteer we will fully induct you into your role and provide you with appropriate training, so that you feel ready and raring to go on your first day. We provide insurance against physical injury and public liability, and cover all agreed volunteering expenses. We will agree a settling-in period, where we can give you extra support as you get started. The great thing about being an Abbeyfield & Wesley volunteer is that you will really get to see the difference that you make to residents' lives. And as you continue volunteering, we will offer you further support and training opportunities to help you to develop in your role.

What Next?

We have a straightforward process for all volunteer applications. Please note that we ask everyone to provide two referees and to complete an enhanced Access NI check.

  • Fill in our application form and complete the online Access NI requirement.
  • We will follow up your references.
  • Our volunteer manager will contact you to arrange an informal interview.
  • Once we have received satisfactory references and Access NI clearance, we will arrange for your induction and you will be ready to start!