Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is a local charity working with and for older people. We aim to promote independence and well-being in later life, encouraging self-help and peer support. We offer a wide range of services and activities, and provide interesting opportunities for people of all ages to get involved as volunteers. Our services range from Information and Advice (benefit claim or housing) Befriending (one-to-one basis), supporting people with Dementia through our memory café & exercise for the mind groups, Shopping (taking people to their weekly shopping) IT support, Small DIY tasks (changing lightbulbs or assembling a flat pack), Chair based exercise (keeping people fit & mobile) Walking Support (to help people to recover their confidence after suffering a fall). We also provide a range of activities & events, language classes, painting & drawing, creative writing. Many of these post Covid we know run via Zoom.

Opportunities
Exercise at Home / Walking Support Volunteers
Help someone to keep active in their own home by volunteering to deliver a series of chair based exercises and/or walking support.
Befriending
Volunteer befrienders offer social contact to older people in the community . People living alone can become very isolated and begin to lose touch with friends and family for many reasons.
Shopping Trip Volunteer
The aim of the Escorted Shopping Trips is to assist older people who are unable to use public transport due to frailty or difficulties with mobility to do their own shopping and t
Volunteer Digital Champion
We are looking for volunteers to provide personalised support to older people to develop their digital skills and confidence.

See what other students say about this project

"With COVID-19 threatening to erase the bonds between the members of communities, volunteering has helped me to bring people together"
Sam Huddlestone is a Third Year English Language and Literature student who has been volunteering remotely with Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, a local charity working with and for older people. Read on to find out how volunteering helped him to stay connected with the members of his community.
"Volunteering can bring you fresh, memorable, and valuable life experiences"
Alessia is a First Year BSc Natural Sciences student who has been volunteering remotely with Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, a local charity working with and for older people. Read on to find out how volunteering can make your and other people’s days better.
"I wanted to do something productive with the free time I have had because of COVID-19."
Antonio Neves is a first-year medical student and has been volunteering online with Age UK: Kensington and Chelsea. Have a read through his story below to see what it's like volunteering as a medical during COVID-19, and how he is helping his community in such uncertain times. 
"You never know the impact that you can have to someone's day until you step up and help them."
We had the pleasure of chatting with Patricia Gimeno Le Paih, reading MSci Biological Sciences, about her volunteering at the Age UK as a Spanish teacher.