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IT Support for the Elderly

We would like to start a a computer drop-in session for local elderly residents on Friday mornings (or other times possible - open to discussion). Provisionally, it would be from 10-12 am and we are likely to have a regular attendance of 4 to 7 very friendly, interesting and active elderly people from 60 to 80+.

Get-Together Hosts

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Do you enjoy hosting events and meeting new people? We are looking for people to host a network of get-togethers for Islington’s older people. We want to make it easy for Islington’s older people to have somewhere to meet up, meet new people and have fun in a place that is close to their home.

IT Drop-in Volunteer

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This is a brilliant opportunity to help people over 60 improve their confidence online and explore all that laptops, tablets and smartphones can offer them. No two weeks are the same at our weekly drop-in computer sessions at the Abbey Community Centre! You could be helping people set up email, talk to their family overseas on Skype, stream TV and films, book appointments, helping them their weekly shop online, use maps, find bus times and much, much more.

Bengali/Sylheti Speaking Befriender

You could make a huge difference to the life of a lonely older person if you have just an hour or so to spare each week.

We are looking for caring, reliable people to visit isolated Bangladeshi Elders living in the Holborn area; providing company, friendship and a link to the wider community.

Could this be you?

Partner Research Volunteer

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As part of our social prescribing strategy, volunteers will help to research organisations that we connect clients to - e.g. social activities, helping with housing issues, transport options. This will involve research on websites, speaking to people on the phone and updating information on forms to accurately reflect the information that we need to let clients make an informed choice as to the support that’s available.

Befriender/Champion

Do you find people fascinating? Do you like hearing people’s stories and having a good chat? We are looking for people to befriend older people in Islington or people who have survived a stroke.

It’s a great opportunity to improve your communication skills and learn more about other people’s histories. If you are interested in a career in social work or caring services this is also a great opportunity to learn more practical skills.

Keep Active Volunteer

As a Keep Active Volunteer we ask you to visit an older person (the average age is 84) once a week for nine weeks to help them with improving mobility indoors with exercises, or outdoors with walks in their community. You benefit from training provided by the NHS Community Independence Team as well as Bishop Creighton House.

Your visits can make a big difference to someone’s life and volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. It is also really good experience if you are looking to work in a healthcare role.

We are looking for people who:

Gentle Exercise Volunteer

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Do you want to facilitate relaxing health and fitness activities in a fun environment? If so, then we are looking for a confident and caring volunteer, who can enrich the physical and mental wellbeing of elderly residents, some of whom have mobility issues.

Befriender

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We’re looking for volunteers to befriend elderly people in the local area.

Befrienders will visit isolated or housebound elderly people living on the Regents Park estate or Crown Estate, or the wider Euston area. To carry out this role, you should be a good talker and listener, provide company and new interest and make friendly phone calls between visits. If visiting a housebound person, befrienders will take the housebound person out in a wheelchair for a walk or a visit to the shops.

Volunteer Facilitator for local elderly Singalong sessions

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Outgoing musical person wanted to inspire and enthuse a local elderly singalong group at a small older people’s charity near Euston.

Computer Assistance for Holocaust Survivors and Refugees

Are you good with Computers and willing to contribute to the welfare of elderly?

AJR - The Association of Jewish Refugees is starting a new programme to help Holocaust Survivors and Refugees, with basic computing.

Many AJR members would like to learn how to use a computers to keep in touch with familiy and friend abroad or generally learn how to use sites such as Google to search for information or read online newspapers. Many are also keen to know how to use their iPads.

Young Adult Carers Volunteer

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Become a champion for Young Adult Carers – these are 18 - 25 years old who are unpaid carers for friends, family members or neighbours. Help deliver support to Young Adult Carers by providing mentoring calls e.g. to those looking to get into employment or training, to check how they are and help to follow-up on their support plan; update case records. Help us to maintain an up to date directory of partner voluntary organisations: call them to check their contact details and the services that they provide.

Become an older people’s Activities Facilitator

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The aim of the activity programmes will be to encourage older people in the community, who may be affected by loneliness, social isolation and changing physical and/or mental health to connect with others and to remain socially active, healthy, independent and thus build a better life for themselves. The activities will take place in a friendly environment at Octavia premises around Westminster and RBKC.

We are looking to recruit volunteer activity facilitators who can develop and deliver each of these activity programmes:

Exercise at Home / Walking Support Volunteers

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Make a difference!

Help someone to keep active in their own home by volunteering to deliver a series of chair based exercises and/or walking support. Help us to help an older person to stay active by improving their strength mobility and confidence.

French Teacher Volunteer

Age UK Kensington and Chelsea actively combats loneliness by connecting isolated people with their community and supporting them to join group activities. Volunteers lead a wide range of these activities, courses and clubs providing older populations with opportunities for people to meet and learn new skills.

As a French teacher, you’ll get to teach service users a new skill in a fun and interactive way!

Community Connector

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Help promote independence and connect older people to their community!

As a Community Connector, you will work with older people to find new activities that they would like to take part in. By doing so, you will help combat isolation and loneliness and bring stimulation, enjoyment and company back into older people’s lives.

This role is key to Age UK Camden’s aim to bring community, empowerment and friendship to older people in Camden.

Lunch Club Socialising Assistant

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Marchmont Community Centre needs volunteers to work with older people mainly in our centre. You will socialise with clients attending lunch club, encourage the formation of friendship networks and assist in lunchtime duties such as setting up, serving and clearing up. Occasional supervision and socialising on outings will also be required.

Volunteer Befriender

Volunteer Befrienders Wanted

You could make a huge difference to the life of a lonely older person if you have just an hour or so to spare each week.

We are looking for caring, reliable people to visit isolated older people living in the Holborn area; providing company, friendship and a link to the wider community.

Could this be you?

To find out more, please contact Kate Blackshaw, the Befriending Scheme Organiser.

Befriender

Do you want to make a difference? FCV Dorcas Befriending Project exits to assist and befriend older or disabled adults living in the Central and South areas of Islington. As an FCV volunteer you can play an essential role in the lives of isolated, elderly individuals. Here are just a few examples of the work you could do:

Guided Choices Volunteer

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Join our Information & Advice team to provide one to one support for clients, helping them to find the best solutions or get the information that they need to overcome difficulties and to explore opportunities e.g. housing, repairs, benefits issues, utilities, help with legal issues, etc. Volunteers won’t need to provide specialist advice or help with filling in benefits forms. Volunteers will write up detailed case notes on our computer system, so excellent IT skills are needed.

Outreach Community Facilitator

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Age UK Camden, Outreach Service are looking for friendly, organised people who are good at planning and have the confidence to facilitate small group activities and social gatherings for older people. These activities will usually be held at Supported Housing or Sheltered accommodation and are aimed at encouraging older people to engage and socialise in the places they live, using common space.

You will be able to commit to a regular slot/ activity.

Love Your Neighbour champs

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We work towards eradicating generational divides, loneliness and isolation within the community. Our Love Your Neighbour champs will spend an hour or so a week with an older neighbour who lives close to their home/work/university. How you decide to utilise your time is entirely up to you both. Whether it’s catching up over a cup of tea, or going down to the local coffee shop, pub or theatre, we trust you just enjoy your new-found friendship. Story telling is a big part of what we do too so the more stories you share the better.

IT Support Volunteer

Make a difference!

Many older people become lonely and socially isolated which has a huge impact on their quality of life. This along with complex health issues means getting out becomes very difficult. Support and companionship from a volunteer can greatly improve their health and emotional well-being!

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