What is volunteering?


If you feel that you can give some time to help others — as little or as much as you like — then we would be pleased to hear from you.

Previous experience is not essential but experience in certain fields, such as healthcare, social care and administration, is welcome.

If you have a particular skill which you feel may benefit older people, such as IT, arts and crafts, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Volunteers are recruited on the basis of sensitivity towards the needs of older people.

Age UK Redbridge offers support to volunteers and encourages them to attend training sessions which are an opportunity to learn more about attitudes to ageing, to improve your understanding of older peoples needs and to develop your listening skills.

Out of pocket expenses are paid monthly, or by arrangement. Without the commitment and dedication of our existing volunteers many of our services would not exist.

What will I get from volunteering?
  • Formal induction to the organisation
  • Opportunity to attend relevant training
  • Support and guidance
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Annual volunteer social event/summer outing
  • A rewarding experience
  • The opportunity to become part of a team which helps older people in Redbridge
What kind of services will I be providing?

We have volunteering opoprtunities in these areas:

  • Forget-Me-Not Befriending
  • Advice, Information and Advocacy
  • Activity Centre
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach work
  • IT training
  • Craft groups facilitation
  • Retail (Romford)

We can also offer opportunities in the office, such as:

  • Reception (Main Office and Hainault Health Centre)
  • General office/admin duties

If you can spare a couple of hours a week and would like to make a real difference to the lives of older people then volunteering at Age UK Redbridge could be perfect for you. We are always looking for volunteers. If you have ideas for ways in which you can volunteer or skills you would like to teach others please talk to us about these.

More information

For further information we provide 2 hour introductory sessions alternate months. Ring us to find when the next one is. After this, if you are still interested, we will give you an application pack.

Some of our volunteers undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) check and need to supply two references.

The recruitment process takes around three months. Please be aware we cannot always return calls immediately as the Volunteer Co-ordinator is part-time.



Have you ever thought about volunteering your time, but not put anything into action? 

Would you like to make a difference to an older person living in the Redbridge area?

Do you have a couple of hours to spare each week?

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to these questions, then please read on…..

Age UK Redbridge is currently looking for volunteers to help out on our Forget-me-Not Befriending Service (1 to 1).  The role involves visiting an older people at home for around 1 hour each week for a cuppa and a chat.

You would be able to visit at any time convenient to you and the service-user, apart from late at night.  Therefore the role would be suitable for those working or studying full-time.