We are big supporters of volunteers at Good Oaks. As part of our employment package, we offer our carers paid volunteer days. Our staff have two extra paid days’ off a year which they can use to volunteer in their local community.
In this blog, we’d like to share some of the ways in which you can volunteer and help make a difference to elderly people in your local community.
One of the biggest issues that elderly people face is loneliness. They might be living alone, have mobility issues that make getting out and about difficult, or live far away from family.
You can help elderly people in your local area in small but very significant ways. You could pop by to introduce yourself to an elderly neighbour, or offer to pick up some shopping when you’re next off to the supermarket. Small things can go a long way.
If you’d like to volunteer more formally, there are a number of charities supporting elderly people throughout the UK. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites to give you some inspiration.
Age UK exists to make life better for elderly people. The charity provides advice, funds campaigns and research. Its volunteers help elderly people to lead an active life and to make and maintain friends and connections.
The charity’s aim is to help people feel well, so that they can enjoy life for as long as possible.
Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation.
You can either volunteer to host a gathering at your home, or you can volunteer as a Driver and transport an elderly person to a gathering. Each month sees a different host, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. In this way, Drivers get to know the elderly guests well and long-term friendships form. You can volunteer for Contact the Elderly here.
There are over 800 Contact the Elderly groups in the UK, you can find the nearest one to you here. You can even apply to set up your own group here, if there isn’t one in your local area already.
Campaign to End Loneliness
You could also join the UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness. This organisation shares research, evidence and knowledge with thousands of other organisations and the public to make a difference to older people’s lives.
The ‘Why don’t we talk anymore’ campaign encourages people to start conversations with people in their local area, encouraging them to connect and build relationships in their local community.
Just saying hello to an elderly person, asking them how they are, or commenting on the weather can make a big difference to someone’s day.