We value our volunteers because they help us to do so much more for our residents, and we have a range of volunteering opportunities on offer to make the most of your existing skills, knowledge and experience. Take a look at the short videos below to see how our volunteers are already making a difference. We hope they’ll inspire you to join us.
If you’re thinking of volunteering with Abbeyfield, you can search volunteer opportunities in your area by entering your postcode at do-it.org or contact your local house, using the Abbeyfield house search function.
Do something you love
“I help with general volunteering, and I help with the singing. I regard this as coming to see friends. I’ve known a lot of the residents for quite a long time, and the staff too. It’s really like coming to see friends and mixing in with them and helping with whatever’s needed. It’s great, and you meet some really interesting people.”
Learn new skills
“Having the chance to help an elderly person to understand how to use an iPad or how to surf the web, has taught me patience and the ability to connect. I would definitely say to other young people to volunteer, it’s a brilliant experience. It’s worthwhile for you andfor the individual that you’re paired with.”
A small amount of time makes a big difference
“I help run the Abbeyfield shop for the residents. Some of them are unable to get out so it’s a good service, but also it’s a social thing as well. I really enjoy it and I’ve got to know the staff and residents. It’s fun to come in here every fortnight and see how everyone is.”
Use your skills and business acumen
With no experience in the care sector I was surprised to be asked to volunteer as an Abbeyfield Trustee, but it was quickly obvious that many different skills are needed to help with the provision of first class care.
Helping run a house for those in later life really does feel as if you are 'making a difference'. Each visit is rewarding and it's not just 'business', you'll always find a smile and a story or two from our happy residents.
Abbeyfield Society Trustee, Stephen
Have fun as a team
"Ouch, our muscles still hurt! What a great way to get a healthy workout and have fun. Our usual team days involve meeting rooms or short lived activities, but volunteering at Abbeyfield was different. As a team we planted flowers and cleared a garden path. It was fantastic to know, while cementing our own working relationships we were also creating something that would have a lasting impact for local older people."
BT Volunteer, Dan