Abbeyfield's residents as volunteers

Volunteering is good for the individual and the communities they live in. It gives people a sense of purpose and a feeling of giving something back. But, research shows us that there is a significant decline in the number of people who volunteer after the age of 75. Why?

abbeyfield residents enjoying the garden

Our ‘Residents as Volunteer’s project aims to understand and then begin to overcome some of the reasons why as we age we begin to stop volunteering in the traditional sense. At Abbeyfield, we strongly believe that age should not be a barrier to volunteering and any instance of ‘making time’ for others counts, from laying the table to teaching children to read.

As the project develops we will share our findings in two main ways:

• A good practice guide, aimed at practioners to support more people in later, later life to volunteer

• A report (undertaken by the Institute for Volunteering Research) measuring the impact of volunteering on the well-being and quality of life of our residents as they volunteer

Watch this space for more information…