Have you ever thought about doing something completely different? Perhaps you’d like to give back to your community, learn a new skill, improve your CV, or simply make some new friends?
If so, volunteering with Abbeyfield could make a real difference to your life — and to the lives of older people.
Our current volunteering opportunities are listed on do-it.org, but if you can’t find a role near to you, please contact your local Abbeyfield house, by using the main search function, and ask how you may be able to help.There are plenty of volunteering opportunities to choose from and we welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds!
What’s expected of me?
What skills and experience do I need?
Many roles just require your time, energy and enthusiasm! Our volunteer role descriptions list desired skills or experience, but we know everyone is unique, so we’re always interested to hear about any other skills that you could bring to our homes.
What support and training will I be given?
You will receive a full induction, including any training and support that is necessary to help you feel confident in your volunteering role. Every volunteer is assigned a supervisor to provide ongoing help and support.
Can I claim expenses?
You should never be out of pocket when you volunteer with us. We reimburse volunteers for out of pocket expenses, for example, relevant travel costs.
Will I be interviewed?
You will be invited for an informal interview when you apply for a volunteer role. This informal interview is a two-way process, so don’t be concerned: it’s as much to find out if you are right for the role as we are right for you.
Do I need to supply references or undergo a DBS check?
Our first and foremost priority is safeguarding our residents. Most of our roles will ask you to supply two references and certain roles that work directly with vulnerable older people may require a DBS check. We will, of course, talk this through with you during the informal interview.
Will you provide me with a reference?
When you have given more than 12 hours of time to us, we will happily give you a reference to confirm your volunteering.
I still have questions about volunteering?
If you have any questions about volunteering for Abbeyfield please contact the team:
Contact the Volunteering team
Meet our volunteers
"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 and for the individual that you’re paired with.” - Shoyaine, Abbeyfield Volunteer