Volunteering with Age Concern Central Lancashire

With the energy and commitment of our volunteers, we are able to offer support and friendship to older people across Central Lancashire.  Our volunteers are key in promoting independence and helping older people feel connected. 

As well as reaching out to older people in your community, as a volunteer you may be surprised by how much you get back – laughter, new skills, the chance to meet different people, develop friendships and feel a sense of reward.  Some of our volunteers have gained valuable practical experience to support their studies, others have gained skills to help them change career whilst others have simply kept active and had fun.

You will be provided with training and support and will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers at local and organisational volunteer events which take place throughout the year.   

If you want to know more about volunteering and how you can make a difference, please get in touch.

 

Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:49

Being a Volunteer

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

Shop Volunteer

By working in one of our shops you will be helping to promote the profile of our services and raise vital funds to help support local older people.  As a shop volunteer, you may serve customers, help in the sorting room to sort and prepare stock for sale, create eye-catching displays or collect / distribute donations or purchases as a volunteer driver.  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 have six shops across Preston and South Ribble and 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.  The time commitment you can offer can be discussed but for most roles we ask for minimum of 3.5 hours per week.

 

 

Receptionist

By volunteering as a Receptionist you will act as a welcoming initial contact point for people accessing services at Charnley Fold, some of who will be living with dementia or have memory concerns.  Charnley Fold is a vibrant support centre and individuals may be visiting for clinic appointments, activity groups, meetings or the café. As a volunteer Receptionist you will assist with general enquiries, book appointment arrivals into clinic, signpost to departments within Charnley Fold and answer the telephone.  Support will be provided by our Peer Support Manager.  You will have a polite and friendly approach and enjoy working as part of a team.  Reliability and communication skills are key and an understanding of dementia is desirable, although not essential.  This role is based in Bamber Bridge and volunteers are needed between 9am – 4pm.  The days and hours for you to volunteer can be discussed. 

 

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.

 

 

Fundraising and Events Volunteer

By supporting the work of our fundraising officer you will be helping to raise the profile of our services, develop community links and raise vital funds to help support local older people.  As a fundraising and events volunteer, you will get involved in a variety of initiatives, from supermarket bag packs to helping out at events such fundraising dinners.   We are looking for positive volunteers with good communication and organisational skills who enjoy variety and getting to meet people.  This role is also perfect for those who are concerned about committing to a volunteer role – you may get involved in an activity 5 or 6 times a year, mostly at evenings and weekends.  We are asking for a little time from you for a lot of satisfaction and a big impact!

 

 

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.

 

 

Gardener

By volunteering as a gardener you will be helping to maintain the small grounds at two of our day / activity centres, providing an attractive outside space for older people using the centres to enjoy.  As a volunteer gardener, you will mow grass and undertake weeding and general garden maintenance, using equipment and the safe working systems in place.   You will need to be physically active and motivated, with a friendly and positive attitude.  These roles are based at Fulwood and Lostock Hall in Preston.   The hours are to be agreed in discussion with you.

 

 

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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