How you can join Age UK’s West Sussex, Brighton and Hove’s ‘volunteer army’ and do your part for the elderly

New recruits are being sought for a ‘Volunteer Army’ to help elderly people who have suffered months of isolation and intense vulnerability during the pandemic.

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove (WSBH) is a local, independent charity working with people over 50, empowering and supporting them to make the most of life. Their main focus is to ensure older people remain healthy, stay independent and continue to be informed and connected within communities.

They have recently become even ‘bigger and better’ after merging both Age UK Brighton & Hove and the Age UK Horsham District, and say this is the perfect time to start volunteering and help the elderly gain support that is greatly needed.

Volunteering is a vital and significant part of society, which has been severely affected by the pandemic. Not only is volunteering personally rewarding, it can also provide opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment opportunities.

Age UK is seeking new recruits for its Volunteer Army

Across West Sussex and Brighton, Age UK have many roles available including kitchen or cafe assistants, community navigators, fitness instructors, and working in dementia support. There is also a large demand for individuals to carry out phone befriending and be community volunteers, which cover home visits, picking up shopping or prescriptions or simply providing companionship.

The roles are incredibly diverse, ensuring there is a job for everyone, with Age UK guaranteeing jobs are matched to people based on their interests, skills and experience.

Helen Rice, Chief Executive at Age UK WSBH said: “We have an incredible ‘army’ of volunteers right now, but we want to add to it. The last year has been incredibly tough on older people, with many significantly more frail and isolated following months at home. Post-pandemic, we have big ambitions to be there for more people than ever before, but we do need help from the public. If you can spare at least a couple of hours a week, we’d love to hear from you and I’m sure you’d get a buzz from helping out. The roles are varied, but each one makes a tangible difference to some of the most vulnerable older people in our area.”

To find out more, contact the Volunteer Manager, Richard Harris by email on [email protected] or call 07841 662564.

For more information about Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, please call the charity’s head office in Littlehampton on 01903 731800; email [email protected] or visit the website