Being a Volunteer

 We have a variety of volunteer roles available throughout Central Lancashire, mainly around the Preston and South Ribble areas. 



The Board of Trustees are currently looking to recruit a number of Trustees to join the Board and provide positive leadership and direction.  As a Trustee you will be part of a team responsible for the strategic and financial management of the charity, ensuring our core purpose is carried out.  You will help promote the interests of older people and the aims of the charity through involvement at special meetings and events as well as attendance at Board and sub-committee meetings.   

To ensure the broad mix of skills we need on the Board, we are particularly interested in expressions of interest from individuals who have skills and expertise in the following areas: communications and media, marketing and engagement, fundraising, organisational development or retail.

To receive an information pack please click here or contact Jacqui Manley on 01772 552865 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This Information Pack will provide an insight into the organisation and the role and responsibilities of becoming a Trustee.  The Chief Executive extends an open invitation to contact her to discuss Trusteeship.  This can be done by contacting Linda Chivers on 01772 552850 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Shop Volunteers needed at Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge

We have lots of volunteering opportunities in our two community shops at Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge.  As a shop volunteer you will be making a positive impact in your local community and helping to raise vital funds to help support local older people.  You may serve customers, help in the sorting room to sort and prepare stock for sale or create eye-catching displays.  Some people enjoy the opportunity to get involved in a variety of tasks, others will concentrate on one area, such as working on the shop floor or behind the scenes in the sorting room.   We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers with a friendly manner to get involved.  An eye for fashion and the ability to use IT is an advantage but not essential.  Volunteering a few hours a week can make a real difference.  Join our wonderful team today and play your part - meet new people, learn new skills and have fun!


Community Links Bowling Group Volunteer

The Community Links Bowling Group volunteer will support and assist service users attending a bowling group at Plungington Bowling Centre, some of whom may be living with dementia or have memory concerns.  Activities involved in this role, include supporting the service users throughout the bowling activity and working closely with other volunteers and the Community Links staff, to enable the group to engage in therapeutic activities.  You will be reliable, have good communication skills and enjoy working as a team member and from own initiative, and also have an interest in supporting and engaging service users some of whom are living with dementia/memory concerns.  Time commitment for this role can be discussed with the Community Links team.



Men’s Activity Group Volunteer

By volunteering as a Men’s Activity Group Volunteer you will be enabling those with dementia or memory concerns to engage in social and therapeutic activities which take place at the Farmers Arms in Whitestake, Preston. You will work closely with other volunteers and staff to set up and clear away resources, engage with attendees relating to group topics and support people with memory concerns to access taxi services.  You will be reliable and have a friendly approach with good communication skills.  An interest in supporting and engaging with the people attending is vital.  The group meets every Wednesday 9.30am – 12.00pm


Kitchen / Café Assistant

By volunteering as a Kitchen / Café Assistant you will be part of a team ensuring visitors to Charnley Fold, some of who will be living with dementia or have memory concerns, have a pleasant and relaxing experience.  Charnley Fold is a vibrant assessment and support centre and individuals may be visiting for clinic appointments, activity groups, meetings or the café.  Alongside a staff member you will serve customers, undertake general kitchen duties and assist with the preparation of food and light snacks.  You will have good communication skills and a relaxed and friendly approach to serving customers.  You will display a good standard of hygiene and training will be provided.  An awareness of supporting people with dementia or memory concerns is desirable, but not essential.  Support is needed 9am – 2pm Monday, Thursday and some Fridays, but hours can be discussed.



Hospital to Home Volunteer

Hospital to Home Volunteers offer information and support to older people being discharged following a hospital stay, enabling them to successfully settle at home and regain independence.  Working mainly out of the Royal Preston or Chorley and District General Hospitals, you will be working alongside Age Concern Central Lancashire staff in liaising with hospital staff and supporting the older person to get home.  This entails activities such as packing a bag, supporting transport home, tidying out the fridge and buying basic provisions, making a cup of tea and offering reassurance and support.  We are looking for reliable and empathetic individuals with good listening and people skills.  Having your own transport is desirable as at times you may meet the Age Concern staff member and individual at home rather than the hospital, but this is not essential.  This role involves a minimum time commitment of 4 hours per week.



Access to Benefits Form Fillers

Access to Benefits Form Fillers help older people apply for benefits they may be entitled to, to support their independence and wellbeing.  As an Access to Benefits Form Filler you will be advised of the benefit application form to complete and will visit the older person at home to complete the form in discussion with them, guiding the individual on the criteria to consider and ensuring the data inputted is relevant to the question asked.  Your role does not involve providing benefits advice but an understanding of the benefits that apply to older people would be useful.  We are looking for volunteers with good literacy, listening and communication skills.  You will need your own car to visit people at home.  Volunteers for this role offer their time flexibly around their and the older person’s availability, with a time commitment of two hours per week on average.



Kitchen Assistant Volunteer

By volunteering as a Kitchen Assistant you will be part of our Team based at a day centre in Fulwood, providing support for older people living with dementia.  The centre provides opportunities for social interaction and participation in a range of therapeutic activities to help support wellbeing and maintain skills, whilst providing respite for carers.  As a Kitchen Assistant you will assist staff and service users to prepare tea / coffee and basic snacks like toast, fostering a warm and welcoming environment.   You will need an open and friendly manner and be supportive to and have empathy for adults with memory concerns.  This role involves a minimum time commitment of 1.5 hours per week.



Volunteer Driver

By volunteering as a Driver you will either be supporting individuals with memory concerns to access essential support services or assisting our retail operations to raise vital funds by collecting donations, transferring stock between shops or delivering items sold to customers.  As volunteer Driver for one of our day centres you will drive our minibus or vehicle to pick up and take home services users, supported by an experienced escort.  Both roles require a full driving licence and a volunteer who is reliable with good communication skills and empathy for older people.  To volunteer at our day centre in Fulwood you will also need category D1 on your licence and MIDAS is desirable. To volunteer with one of our shops (Preston / Leyland areas) you will need to be physically able to handle donations and stock.  This role involves a minimum time commitment of 2 hours per week.


Would you like to know more about any of these volunteering roles? If so please either register your expression of interest or call the Volunteer Coordinator on 01772 552850 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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