Volunteering opportunities with older people – make a difference

older lady being supported by a younger lady

You can make a difference to someone’s life by providing essential practical support:

Lunch Club Support
Yorkshire Children’s centre, Community Connections

Lunch Clubs offer older people a chance to socialise over a meal and enjoy being with others. Could you help to make things run smoothly? We need greeters to give service users a friendly welcome, help making tea/coffee, preparing food, washing up and clearing away.

Where: Batley & Huddersfield  (Wednesdays from 11am to 1.30pm)
Contact: Kelle Myers 01484 519988
More info: Volunteer  – Yorkshire Children’s Centre


Transport Buddy
RVS Kirklees Good Neighbours

Drivers and non-drivers can help out, being there for an older person when they travel and attend appointments. Drivers with their own car can drive an older person to the shops, to a social club or to the hospital.  If you do not have a car, you can still be a buddy by accompanying someone on public transport.

Where: Kirklees
Contact: 01924 446100
More info:  Transport Buddy – Royal Voluntary Service Kirklees Good Neighbours


Health Trainers
Kirklees Council

Help people to care for themselves better, and become happier and healthier by motivating and enabling them to make positive lifestyle choices. You can do this by helping someone to shop in the town centre by accessing Shopmobility scooters; accompanying them to the supermarket to help them make healthier food choices; support an older person to gain the confidence needed to start going out again following a period of illness.

Where: Kirklees
Contact: Janet Edmunds or Catherine Bickerstaff  on 01484 221000
More info: Health Trainers – Kirklees Council


Team Supporter Jubilee Rehabilitation
Locala Community Partnerships

Coping with conditions such as Parkinsons or the effects of a fall can be very traumatic.  Help make patients more comfortable by providing a friendly welcome in the waiting area, providing refreshments and making sure the ambulance team know when they are ready to be taken home.

Where: Liversedge
Contact: Volunteer Services Manager 030 3330 9392 (Calls are charged at standard local rate). Please leave a voice message if we are unable to take your call.
More info: Current Volunteer Vacanices – Locala


two ladies sitting together smiling

You can make a difference by providing friendship:

Befrienders
Better Future for the Blind

Not being able to see well can put an unwelcome limit on your life. Befrienders can help to change that with regular social visits and practical support such as accompanying people with a visual impairment as they go shopping or visit the bank.

Where: Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley
Contact: Volunteering Kirklees 01484 519053
More info: Befrienders – Better Future for the Blind


Telephone befriender
Yorkshire Children Centre

A regular friendly chat on the phone can help people to feel valued and involved. If you enjoy a good natter you could help someone to develop confidence and trust with a weekly phone call. Volunteers are given training before they start.

Where: Huddersfield, Batley
Contact: Kelle Myers  01484 519988
More info: Volunteer  – Yorkshire Children’s Centre


Time for Me Volunteer
Cloverleaf Advocacy Carers Count

This project allows carers to take some much needed time out by asking volunteers to step in. You’d offer support to someone at home, or out and about.  It could involve chatting, going for a walk, attending an activity in the community or just popping in for coffee.

Where: Kirklees
Contact: Becky Loney  0300 012023
More info: Time for Me Volunteer – Carers Count


You can make a difference to the lives of many by supporting organisations to achieve their aims

Volunteer Recruiter
RVS Good Neighbours

RVS relies on volunteers to deliver support to local older people. Can you help us to attract new volunteers and offer them support to really enjoy their role once they’re with us? We’ll train and support you to provide this valuable role.

Where: Batley
Contact: 01924 446100
More info: Volunteer Recruiter – Royal Voluntary Service Good Neighbours


Organising Volunteer
Independent Age Yorkshire & NE Midlands

A perfect role for somebody who is already, or wants to become, active in their local community. Independent Age needs a local coordinator to help organise a befriending service that helps isolated older people.

Where: Kirklees
Contact: Gina Meyer  on 07595 201437 or email Gina.meyer@independentage.org
More info: Organising Volunteer – Independent Age


Volunteer Speaker
RVS Good Neighbours

Are you a good public speaker who can help to raise awareness of our charity? Become a Volunteer Speaker and give presentations about the organisation to increase knowledge of our work and to encourage new volunteers to join us.

Where: Kirklees
Contact: 01924 446100
More info: Volunteer Speaker – Royal Voluntary Service Good Neighbours


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