Opportunity: Various volunteering roles Age UK

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Organisation Name: Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees
enquiries@ageukck.org.uk
Phone: 01422 252 040
Cause/Interest: Health and social care, Older people
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Skill Required: Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication, Practical, Teamwork
Type Of Activity: Advice information and support, Befriending, buddying and mentoring, Events and stewarding, Fundraising, General and helping, Trusteeship and committees
Additional/Specific Suitability: Young People (16-25), Older People, University students, Those looking for work
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Geographical Area(s): Calderdale and Kirklees
Opportunity Type: Virtual/Remote
Requirements And Benefits: Age UK Calderdale have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills and the amount of time you give depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.
Receptionist / Shopmobility and Retail Volunteer
Reception is staffed during normal office hours (Monday - Friday, 10am til 4pm) by volunteers and staff, and Saturday 10am til 3pm for Shopmobility. A typical shift involves welcoming visitors, responding to telephone and email enquiries, taking messages for staff, use of the till and other tasks that may be requested from time to time. Selling mobility products makes a valuable contribution to our income. As a volunteer you may be asked to prepare and price stock, cover the till point, assist customers, help with window displays. We will train you to carry out assessments for using scooters and if you wish to help with basic maintenance of scooters.
Volunteer Befriender
Each befriender is matched to one or two older people who are isolated and lonely. You will visit them in their own home either for a conversation, often over a cup of tea or support them to go out and socialise, with you accompanying them for re-assurance. You need to be a confident conversationalist and a good listener. You can be flexible in the times you volunteer and make a real difference to an older person. If you have just half an hour a week to spare, this could be the volunteering opportunity for you. Trained and vetted volunteers offer conversation and companionship over the telephone to lonely older people who otherwise may not speak to anyone else that week. Times are flexible to suit and the calls are not chargeable to the volunteer. See befriending page for more information.
Information and Advice Volunteer
You will help clients with information about services and benefits - signposting them to relevant organisations and helping to complete forms, such as Attendance Allowance. You may be asked to visit the client in their own home or to volunteer from our Halifax, Huddersfield or Batley offices. You need to be able to listen, ask appropriate questions and to enter data on screen. You will be given relevant welfare benefits training and be supported by a member of the I&A staff.


This is not an exhaustive list and if you would like to discuss what you can offer Age UK, please contact the Volunteer Manager.
Skill Required: Interpersonal skills, Listening and communication, Practical, Teamwork
Skills To Gain: Interpersonal skills
Times For The Opportunity: Any
Volunteer Commitment: Long term (Commitment of at least 6 months expected)
What Could Someone Gain From This Role?: Why volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.

Who can volunteer?
Almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills.

How much time do I need to give?
It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.