Helping older people to volunteer

Helping older people to volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • share and develop your skills
  • meet new people
  • be active
  • give back to your local community and area

Volunteering is for everyone and there’s a volunteering opportunity out there to suit you, regardless of your background or your age. We can help you to find a volunteering opportunity that will make the most of your skills, your availability and your ambitions.

We can talk with you, over the telephone or via email, about what kind of volunteering experience you’re looking for and what you want to get out of it. We’ll help you to narrow down your search and find the right opportunity for you.

Listen to Zora McDonald, our volunteer co-ordinator, and Tressa Davies, one of our former older volunteers, talk about how we can help you to volunteer if you’re aged over 50 in this 10 minute radio interview. Or you can read a transcript of the radio interview (PDF).

The organisation’s we work with all welcome and want older volunteers to be part of and to volunteer for their organisation. And there’s no better time to be helping older people to get involved then as part of the international day of older people on 1 October 2016. Read more about the celebrations planned for the day in Brighton & Hove.

 

Get help

If you’re an older person interested in volunteering but would like some help, get in touch with us on volunteercentre@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or call 01273 234826

If you’re a group or organisation who involves volunteers, and you want to do more to involve older volunteers take a look at our good practice guide which includes ideas on how to be more inclusive. Or for some one-to-one support and advice to develop any aspect of your volunteering programme, get in touch with our volunteering development co-ordinator, Sue Shaw, on sue@bhcommunityworks.org.uk or 01273 234860

“There are a huge number of advantages to volunteering for older people. It can help you to brush up your existing skills, develop new skills, meet people, gain confidence, be active, increase your mental health and wellbeing, as well as feel like your contributing to our local communities and areas. It can also help give additional structure to your life, which maybe helpful if you've just retired or are managing a health condition. ”

“There are a huge number of advantages to volunteering for older people. It can help you to brush up your existing skills, develop new skills, meet people, gain confidence, be active, increase your mental health and wellbeing, as well as feel like your contributing to our local communities and areas. It can also help give additional structure to your life, which maybe helpful if you've just retired or are managing a health condition. ”

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