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Steve Cooper Posted 2 years ago
Do you volunteer?

Do any forum members currently volunteer or are considering doing so? what would you think are the main reasons for volunteering, especially for the over 50’s?

To start the ball rolling, I volunteer for a couple of charities, one is a very local one where all I do is combine my hobby of photography with attending their events in order to provide them with up to date pictures they can use in their marketing etc, very sporadic but fun. The other charity is ability.net where I can provide assistance to older people and people with disabilities of any age. They may have a problem with a computer virus, need some help installing broadband or be worried about updates or error messages.

All of the volunteers are disclosure checked and can visit clients in their own home or can help by phone or over the internet. We all mainly have relevant IT skills and are able to help with most major computer systems, laptops, tablet devices and smartphones as well as advising and assisting with adaptive tech for users with disabilities to use their IT.

The main reason I volunteer is to get me out of the house with a meaningful outcome (sometimes 🙂 ) meeting new people, and being honest, networking with a possibility of getting a paid position with a charity.

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    • Michael Bennett 28th October 2021 at 7:51 pm

      Right now the care sector is crying out for help. Most use volunteers. Many care homes are not for profit and so what you’re doing is for a worthy cause and of huge value to the care home residents and staff alike. There are care homes across the country but I personally worked for an organisation (osjct.co.uk) which has homes in Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. If anyone did want to get more information, I’d be happy to pass on details.

      As for me, I’ve helped [email protected] which provides for the homeless. It was so rewarding just doing something with such an energised bunch of volunteers, let alone the rest-bite from the streets you were providing for the guests.

    • Brighton Belle 28th October 2021 at 8:22 pm

      I’ve volunteered for our local food bank I’ve got to go for a taster day

    • Suziku 31st October 2021 at 8:29 am

      I’m part of a local monthly, litter picking team, do ad hoc driving collecting supermarket food donations for a local charity, and at home, I transcribe scans of 19th century baptism and census records into Excel to be uploaded to the Web for easy searching. All give me flexibility around my own life.

    • Steve32 31st October 2021 at 12:17 pm

      I’ve done a lot of volunteering since i retired at 55 five years ago, although its dried up a lot since covid. currently volunteer once or twice a week as NHS volunteer at vaccination centre

    • Brighton Belle 31st October 2021 at 1:25 pm

      I’ve worked all my life +just retired last Tuesday offered up my services to our local foodbank going for taster day in couple weeks due to other commitments at present

    • monicawood1 8th November 2021 at 9:47 am

      i volunteer for childrens society ln the local charity shop with some nice people

    • Deleted User 13th November 2021 at 8:51 am

      I volunteer for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Such a worthy cause. Keep those Air Ambulances flying. Charity shop in Truro. Xx

    • Clairey 13th November 2021 at 12:07 pm

      I volunteer on my day off with a charity that supports those for whom English is their second language. As an ex ESOL tutor, it’s good to keep my skills up to date and they are such lovely people that they give me far more than I feel I give them.

    • MariaL 14th November 2021 at 7:24 pm

      I volunteer on a telephone helpline, offering support and advice to parents, of babies that cry excessively. I enjoy being part of the organisation and I speak to some lovely parents.

    • Mandy R 30th November 2021 at 6:36 pm

      I have volunteered and/or worked in voluntary organisations and charities all my life. It changed a bit with covid, and I started working in a ‘normal’ cafe. I missed the voluntary sector ethos, so am just starting training to join a national helpline, but also thinking of setting up a social group locally, as so many groups have fallen by the wayside in the last year or so.. volunteering has led to paid employment for me, has given me so many different opportunities, kept my brain busy and helped me contribute to my community.. go for it, even if it’s just a few hours a month!

    • Nelle96 1st December 2021 at 10:12 am

      I volunteer for a scheme run in our village called the Good Neighbour Scheme. We have a bank of volunteers with a register of who is able to provide what help, and a hotline that we take it in turns to manage. Anyone in the village can call if they need help. Today I’m taking an elderly lady for a doctor’s appointment. The scheme also arranges friendship visits to anyone who is feeling lonely, runs a monthly cafe in our village hall and an occasional lunch in the local pub. Help can range from setting up a new mobile phone, running errands, changing a light bulb, light gardening – anything that the volunteers have the skills to do.

    • Tim 1st December 2021 at 12:55 pm

      I volunteer with the charity Read Easy UK. Through local groups they provide free, one-to-one coaching for adults who can’t read or struggle with reading. It is incredibly rewarding and it offers a variety of volunteer roles. These include the local group’s management team (a range of positions including team leader, treasurer, fundraiser, networker etc), volunteer coordinator, and reading coach.

      There are groups established across England and new groups being formed all the time – Read Easy is growing fast. If there is no group in your area, you can consider being a ‘pioneer’ to form a new group (I did this and now I act as team leader).

      You can learn more about the work and check out local groups at readeasy.org.uk

    • leo 9th December 2021 at 7:16 am

      I volunteer but unfortunately covid restrictions curtailed my visits to the elderly blind and deaf people I visited. I hope to resume volunteering in the New Year but current level of increase in covid makes this unlikely
      In general being a volunteer is good for your wellbeing providing a sense of purpose ,new friendships and a good reason to get yourself out of the house.Of course there are telephone volunteers as well but I’m not very chatty on the phone I prefer face to face or mask to mask currently!!

    • mohsinrav 15th December 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you for sharing Steve – what a wonderful thing that you do with the IT skills. Would you be interested in helping us at changeahead.org.uk with something similar?

      We support the most vulnerable in our communities… a lot of the volunteering can still be done from home during these Covid times.

    • Choochfull 21st December 2021 at 11:19 pm

      I started volunteering at a local charity tackling loneliness and isolation about 5 years ago for about an hour a week. I started because my nana had passed away and I didn’t know how I was going to get through it. Volunteering helped me through this time massively. Now I work at the charity full time as the service coordinator and I could not be happier. I now look after about 40 volunteers and nearly 300 clients and I can tell you that the work the volunteers do I so vital, but I can also promise you that what people get out of volunteering I just as vital. It’s literally a win win.

    • tutor52 22nd December 2021 at 8:59 am

      Where do I start? I blame my father! He was always helping others.

      I am currently a Covid Vaccination volunteer at 6 local clinics, a volunteer Flood warden, a volunteer AmDram technician with 3 local groups, a volunteer on the local Christmas lights committee and for the last 31 years have been a volunteer with a Charity providing water-based activities for people with varying abilities and disabilities.

      Over the years I have also been lifeboat crew, a Past President of the Lions, local Carnival committee member, School Governor, parkrun Event Director, organised various fund raising quiz nights, Community archive volunteer and I’m sure there are others I have forgotten.

      Why do I do it? Apart from the obvious “glutton for punishment”, I started Covid volunteering during the first lockdown because conversation with the 4 walls was getting a bit monotonous and the telly was even worse and because I enjoy meeting people. Everything I do, I do because I enjoy it and because I meet new people all the time and because I enjoy helping.

      As the saying goes “If you can help somebody as you travel through life, then your living has not been in vain”

      • CAMRALionAngela 15th January 2022 at 11:43 am

        I’m also a Lion Past President, still an ‘active’ Lion, been with the organisation 40+ years, I started as a LEO.
        How times have changed over the years, but feel Lions still have a lot to offer our Community.
        During Covid we’ve helped and supported our local Social Supermarket which acted as a FoodBank, due to restrictions.
        We’ve provided Santa and his Sleigh in the local community for roughly 40 years.
        The last couple of years this has been run as a food collection, due to Covid restrictions, we’ve learned to change and adapt.
        Volunteering yes it can be hard work, but it’s also got to be enjoyable and nothing better than the Smiles we receive when we can help someone out or ourselves when we see how much our local Community is prepared to help others in need.
        Would be great if we could get more people involved, at Christmas we had a number of volunteers ‘Step up’ when we asked for help.

      • Jeanm 28th February 2022 at 9:04 am

        Do you sleep? ha ha …well done you-you sound amazing!

    • Suekei59 5th January 2022 at 8:14 am

      I volunteer in my local Cancer Research shop. It’s wonderful fun, we get some fabulous donations, and there’s often a story from the people who bring things in.

    • Marshall 10th January 2022 at 4:57 pm

      I volunteer to help people with English. We call it the Language Cafe ( although we meet in a pub now) It`s been going for 10 years now and it`s been great to meet people from many countries. Unfortunately it`s been very quiet recently due to Covid and Brexit, but hopefully it will pick up soon. We have our sessions in Ely, Cambs, so if anyone wants to come along or knows someone who needs help, everyone will be very welcome

    • Deleted User 10th January 2022 at 5:19 pm

      My first day of volunteering starts tomorrow at a charity called EACH it’s the East Anglian Children’s hospice , just feel I want to try and help children and families that are not as fortunate as me , not sure what to expect as I’ve never done anything like this before 🤞😊

      • Jeanm 28th February 2022 at 9:07 am

        I volunteer in a hospice near me….it is very rewarding and not at all like people imagine. I love it and really missed it during the lockdowns. I also am a macmillan reviewer, which is great for people who wish to volunteer their time but wonder where they can fit it in, because reviewing online is excellent in this regard. I find volunteering opens many doors and one can make friends and socialise in many ways as a consequence.

    • MikeFromLFE 13th January 2022 at 1:04 pm

      I volunteer for the Canal and River Trust as a lock keeper and towpath ranger. I also do some risk assessing for them as well. It gets me into the open air, and meeting new people, as well as a bit of exercise.
      The biggest problem for me is getting sucked into the politics of the organisation and the local volunteer group – thus raises my stress levels! For 2022 I’ve decided to go back to leaning on lock gates and picking up litter and leave the squabbling to other people!!

    • DeeGee 3rd February 2022 at 10:36 am

      I am a volunteer at a local Glamour Club in Worthing. Just started!!
      Will let you know about it soon

    • CarolD 21st March 2022 at 10:51 am

      I have recently started volunteering with RVS marshalling at covid vaccination centres. I started this because a yer ago I had a stroke and now want to try to pay back some of the care I was given by the NHS at the time. I’ve only done a couple of stints but will continue to do more

    • bel123 23rd March 2022 at 2:50 pm

      I volunteer for Weston Hospice Care a couple of mornings a week. I am in the stock room tagging and steaming clothes. It’s great socially as you get to meet people who bring in donations also have a laugh with the people you volunteer with. Great for your own mental well being.

    • Oxgirlmel 23rd March 2022 at 6:25 pm

      I am a court volunteer, employed by the Citizens Advice Witness Service. I look after victims and witnesses on the day they have to come to the criminal courts to give evidence in trials, giving moral and emotional support. I have been doing this for over a year now

    • Bafarett 29th March 2022 at 2:01 pm

      I work as a volunteer, and I like my job. I will say that you can become a volunteer solely on moral convictions, having the desire to embody your good ideas and principles in reality. Making new acquaintances in volunteer associations, you can be sure that you have met people with similar life attitudes. And distracting from business and working in a charitable foundation https://www.onlytradeschools.com/trade-jobs-for-people-with-disabilities/, you can “reboot” and change the type of activity. I can boast that I have helped some people with disabilities to find a job.

    • Scouse lady 29th March 2022 at 5:10 pm

      Hello having newly retired last September I volunteer as a litter picker …. But I have always wanted to volounteer at CAB and will look into that in the future

    • Shell69 29th March 2022 at 5:55 pm

      When I worked part time briefly I helped out at my children’s primary school and then I volunteered at the CAB. I loved both experiences and feel I got satisfaction and skills from both so we both benefited !

    • Pusser 820 18th April 2022 at 8:57 pm

      I’ve been a volunteer with Scouts for over 25 years, and gone through many changes with it. From the introduction of 6-8 year olds, and now 4-6 year olds, its an organisation that really keeps me on my toes. I specialise in working with the adult leaders for the 10-14 year olds because thats where i think we shape the young people of today.

    • SouthernSoftie 18th April 2022 at 9:21 pm

      I volunteer in a church locally. Its not used for services anymore and is part of the church restoration Society. We run a charity shop and also have local crafters with stalls. Great way of meeting people who are visiting the area. They are always surprised when they walk in and see so much stuff in there. Great way to still use a church and help the local community. We have a food bank in there one day a week.

    • Bazzablue62 8th May 2022 at 8:44 am

      I volunteer for a group called the silverback’s , it is a group of men.
      We meet every monday morning ,We talk about everything from our subject’s and problems to how we can help in our local community.
      We also have a community allotment where we have grown lots of different plant’s and vegetables. We have also with the help of L I P A ,who are Liverpool institute for the performing Art’s , They performed a play about the Greenman.