Our volunteers provide a lifeline for older people who are lonely. For instance, you could help them to cope during a period of poor health or offer support if they have little contact with friends and family after moving away.
People look forward to receiving telephone calls from Independent Age friendship volunteers. It is a mood booster and helps people feel more connected and less lonely. If you are a good listener and enjoy a chat, this is a great volunteering opportunity.
If you have 20-30 minutes to spare once a week for a chat over the phone, this role could be for you. We'll give you the necessary support for the role including training over the phone. And we'll aim to match you with someone with similar interests.
Could you spare an hour a fortnight? Do you like a chat over a cup of tea? Then you might want to think about becoming a Volunteer Visitor.
The Volunteer Visitor role gives individuals the opportunity to make a real difference to the life of a lonely older person. Volunteer Visitors meet regularly with an older person, usually in their home, sharing ‘time, tea and talk’. You'll build a relationship so that the older person feels less lonely and more socially connected.
Visiting can be a great source of satisfaction, enjoyment and fun for the volunteer as well as the person being visited. Giving time to listen to an older person can empower them, improve their physical and mental wellbeing and help build self-esteem. Some older people have life experiences and histories that can fascinate and enthrall!
All people we help have differing needs. As a Volunteer Visitor you'll be matched with an older person living in your local area and you can fit visiting around your other commitments and responsibilities.
Our Assessing Volunteers visit the homes of older people to assess how we can help them. At a time when more and more older people are approaching us for support, Assessing Volunteers play a vital part in the application process, and enable us to reach out and help more isolated older people.
Risk assessments are initially carried out over the phone. The Assessing Volunteer will then visit the older person to discuss any issues and identify the best way we can support them, or highlight when we are unable to help.
Our Organising Volunteers develop and support a small number of volunteers who regularly visit or call an older person in their local area. The role has three elements;
• being the key contact for Independent Age in your community and promoting Independent Age services
• meeting and assessing older people who apply for our services
• supporting and supervising local volunteers and checking all is well with both them and the older people they visit.
Ideally, you will already have some experience of befriending an older person, but if you feel that you have the organisational and leadership skills needed for the role we’d love to hear from you!