Media Volunteer

Independent Age is looking for Media Volunteers aged 65 and over across the UK to help us raise awareness of the experiences of people in later life in the media.

Every day, we hear from older people and their families about the challenges they are facing, from rising costs to difficulties accessing appropriate support and information. Our Media team helps ensure that these stories are heard by as many people as possible, by working with national and local media to secure interviews and coverage.

As a Media Volunteer, you would play a vital role in raising the profile of the experiences of older people across the UK, by speaking to and appearing on the television, radio and in the press. We receive a lot of requests from the media asking to interview or speak with older people about what issues they're facing, so you would be part of a group of volunteers who would help us to do that.

The role involves

  • Speaking to the media and press about the issues that affect older people. 
  • Sharing your personal experiences when relevant and appropriate. 
  • Having photos taken or providing your own images to the media. 
  • Getting involved in filming or photography to be used by Independent Age – for example, video content for our website or social media channels such as Facebook.
  • Taking part in interviews over the phone, by video call or in person according to requests from the media.

What experience do I need?

To be a Media Volunteer you don’t need any previous media experience. Full training for the role will be given by our Volunteering and Media teams. This includes training about the work of Independent Age as well as specific training about how to speak to the media. Our Media team would also be on hand throughout your volunteering to support you as much or as little as you would like. We are looking for volunteers aged 65 and over for this role.

This is a flexible volunteering role with no set time commitment, and you can agree to media opportunities as works best for you. The requests that we get from the media and press can come in at any time, so this role would suit someone looking for a flexible volunteering role. We would always check with you before giving your details to a journalist and you will always have the final say over how your name and story is used.

To find out more about the Media Volunteer role, take a look at the role description.

Benefits to you

  • Fully flexible volunteering role that can fit around other commitments.
  • An opportunity to meet new people.
  • Make a difference.
  • Develop new skills and experiences.
  • A chance to help others and be part of something.

Please note, we are looking for volunteers aged 65 and over for this role.

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What happens after I apply?

  • After you’ve applied to become a Media Volunteer, a member of the Volunteering team will give you a call to have a chat, get to know you better and answer any questions that you might have about the role.
  • You will also be required to undertake induction training before starting the volunteering role.  
  • This role requires two references from people who have known you for at least one year and are not a relative or people you live with. You will be asked to add contact details for these two referees on your application form. If you have any questions about references, please get in touch with us using the contact details below and we’ll be happy to help.

Got questions?

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Media Volunteer, a member of our Volunteering team would be delighted to chat with you. Please get in touch using the details below.

Telephone: 020 7605 4255 Email: volunteering@independentage.org