A BANK of charity volunteers who help older people in the borough live a more active life, is in need of a much-needed boost.
Age UK South Tyneside, which is based in Beach Road, South Shields, is calling for people with spare time on their hands to become one of its many helpers.
It is particularly keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering their services at the charity’s weekly lunch clubs and mini-bus drivers to escort older people to weekly activities, including walking groups and day trips.
Positions are also available for people to become well-being champions, advising older people about the benefits of improving their health and wellbeing, digital inclusion volunteers to encourage over 50s to go online or in fundraising.
Julie Boyack, deputy chief executive of Age UK South Tyneside, said: “Volunteers get just as much out of delivering our services as our older people do.
“There are plenty of reasons why someone may offer their time to volunteer. In addition to giving something back, volunteering can help people to learn something new or develop a new skill, interest or hobby, provide new experiences, give people a sense of achievement and meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.”
In return for offering their time, people signing up to become volunteers will be offered a full support package, including induction, access to training and expenses to ensure individuals are not out of pocket. Last year, the charity helped 39 volunteers to gain practical experience to enhance their CVs and assisted 24 volunteers into employment through its volunteering into employment service.
Jeff Johnson, lunch club volunteer and mini-bus driver said: “I’ve been volunteering with Age UK South Tyneside for five years now. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it – meeting different people, other volunteers and the people we look after at the lunch club , events and when driving the mini bus.
“I’d highly recommend volunteering to anybody.”
Anyone interested in volunteering contact Age UK South Tyneside’s volunteering coordinator on 456 6903, e-mail info@ageuksouthtyneside or visit www.ageuksouthtyneside.org.uk