Volunteering - Making a difference at Age UK (Gloucestershire)
The Olympics really show-cased national volunteering and indeed without the 70,000 'Games-Makers' it wouldn't have been the roaring success that it was.
At age UK (Glos) we have our own 'Games-Makers' who tirelessly support our many services making a substantial difference to the lives of older people throughout our county on a daily basis. They do this unselfishly and without the high-profile attention of the Olympic volunteers, so a lot of what they do and contribute to their communities goes largely unnoticed by the majority.
We currently have around 150 volunteers supporting our services throughout the county working with us on important issues such as preventing social isolation through our 'Magic Mouse' scheme, teaching older people to use computers so that they can contact relatives, have shopping and supplies delivered, watch TV and listen to music online, or just enhance their leisure activities and make new friends.
We encourage and support independence helping older people to remain in their own homes through offering domestic support (Clean Sweep Plus) and a helping hand after a long stay in hospital (Home frown Hospital).
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Our invaluable Information and Advice service provides a vital role for people who are often anguished and confused over financial and welfare issues in later life; it also supports national campaigns to improve the lives of our ageing population.
Through our trading department people can access reliable, affordable and safe solutions to financial issues and offer competitively priced insurance packages with a brand that people can trust.
Our Day Services across the county offer a place where people can come to enjoy a period of safe interaction and stimulation in a friendly environment. This not only means much needed temporary relief to carers, but also offers individuals a chance to meet others and maintain a state of mental well-being.
We could not do half of all that without our brilliant team of volunteers who give their time freely and generously without want of reward or self-promotion. They come from all walks of life and volunteer for all sorts of reasons, but make such a difference within our communities.
We are holding a volunteering recruitment drive at ASDA store, Bruton Way, Gloucester on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th March (12 - 5pm) in order to attract volunteers for our many services and to develop a team for our charity shop (Barton St) which is due to reopen in April.
If you would like to be part of our team of 'brilliant volunteers' it would be great to see you there or phone 01452 422660 and ask for an application pack.