Volunteer to help elderly in Wales this New Year

If you’re struggling to think of a New Year’s Resolution for 2019, then we have a great idea for you – volunteering! 

There are so many organisations out there that need the help of kindhearted and generous people, so we’ve put together a list of opportunities you could take up.

Age Cymru

All volunteer roles at Age Cymru help the charity to improve lives and work towards an age-friendly Wales.

If you volunteer for Age Cymru you will:

  • enjoy being part of a thriving‚ friendly organisation
  • have the satisfaction of knowing your contribution counts
  • be paid travelling expenses
  • receive relevant support and training
  • gain valuable experience.

The charity has volunteer vacancies in a number of areas including administration and office work, IT, website and social media, events, fundraising, communications and engagement, information and advice, advocacy, health promotion, physical activity, arts and creativity, armed forces veterans, campaigns and research, so there will be a role to suit you!

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. By volunteering you can help make a difference to the lives of older people who are isolated from friends and family.

The charity says 92% of its volunteers feel that they are giving something back. Eighty-nine-percent feel happier as a result of volunteering and 77% have made friends with the older people they’ve helped.

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.

No matter how much time you are able to lend to volunteering, there will be a role at Alzheimer’s Society to suit you. These include volunteering with one of the charity’s services and providing support for people affected by dementia, side-by-side volunteering, fundraising, raising awareness or you can even volunteer in one of its offices.

Volunteering is a good way to stay healthy as getting out and about is a great form of exercise, no matter what age you are, and the sense of fulfilment is good for the mind too.

A study by the Royal Voluntary Service found that volunteering in later life helped decrease depression and social isolation, something we’re big on tackling within the elderly here. It was also found to boost quality of life and life satisfaction.

It can also help people come to terms with their own illness, if they have one, and take their mind off any other problems they might have.

Cymru Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK works to raise awareness, improve care and provide help, support and information for people with diabetes and their families across Wales. It has many volunteer roles available including:

Events volunteers:

  • support the charity at events throughout the year
  • represent the charity at events in your local area
  • speak to members of the public about diabetes and the charity’s work
  • signpost people to local diabetes services

Diabetes Voices:

  • campaign for better diabetes services in Wales
  • take action on issues that affect you
  • receive advice on effective campaigning and campaign materials
  • represent the views of patients at a local level
  • receive regular updates on our work across Wales.

Family events volunteers:

  • attend a Diabetes UK Family Event
  • support activities for children and young people to learn and share experiences about their diabetes
  • ensure a safe, friendly and fun environment for activities
  • receive training and undertake relevant checks.

If these opportunities aren’t for you, then check out the links below for more. Or, you could simply pop into a charity shop in your area and see how you can help.

Volunteering can help boost your job prospects if you’re currently looking for employment.

It’s a great way of polishing up your CV, improving your skills and self-confidence, meeting new and interesting people and helping the community.