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New Volunteer Opportunities!

31 January 2014

If you are interested in helping with any activities…… We are looking for active people to help us make sure Norwich is a great place to live-whatever your age! Whether it’s Arts and Crafts, gardening or supporting a small luncheon club within a school environment.

Age UK Norwich Shop

Retail volunteer opportunities

We are looking for enthusiastic Volunteers in our modern new and exciting charity shop in the centre of Norwich.

We are an independent charity, part of the Age Concern Federation, working to improve the quality of life for all older people in and around the city of Norwich regardless of gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

We can offer a positive vibrant,sociable and welcoming environment to work in while you learn new retail skills or develop existing ones. We welcome any positive, reliable and trustworthy volunteers to please come and join our happy and friendly team.

Hours and shifts are flexible and you can do half or full days, it is preferable if you are able to commit to regular times each week.


Volunteers are required in the following areas:

* Till operation and customer service
* Stock processing
* Visual Merchandising


You will be able to gain the following:

* Opportunity to gain experience working within a team
* Opportunity to work for an excellent charity
* Experience working with the public in a face to face role


If you think that you would like a rewarding and varied role within Age Uk then please get in contact with the shop manager and staff team by responding to this advert, popping into the Age Uk shop at 62 London Street (opposite Rymans), or calling 01603 667132 to arrange a 1 - 2 hour taster session, and collect an application form.



Life story work

A friendly, confident and patient person is needed to record life story work. Needed to record life story work with residents living in residential care at Philadelphia House and Somerley House. One hour flexible sessions throughout the week. Contact Claire on 07786900685 or


Out and About

We have just launched our new Lottery-funded Out and About volunteering scheme. Isolation is one of the biggest problems for many people in later life as reduced income, mobility problems, frailty or just loss of confidence can make getting out seem daunting.


If you would like to help someone get more out of life by helping in practical ways - whether it is transport, support, encouragement or just being there - please do get in touch.


We'll match with someone who 'fits' and we are always there for support and back-up.



Out and About volunteer vacancies


Lady living in Hellesdon would like a female companion for trips out, ideally to the Riverside area of Norwich.
Car driver essential. Client suffers from anxiety when going out so would need to be a confident person.
A chance to really help someone to improve their life!

Lady living in Hellsdon area would like someone to take her shopping. 
Car driver esential.  Client would like to go to Asda once weekly. 

Lady in Sprowston/Catton area would like someone to take her shopping. 
Car driver essential. Client would like to go to Tesco or Morrisons once weekly.


Lady in Bowthorpe would like a companion for health walks and trips out. 
Varied interests including history and astronomy.

Lady living in Dereham Road area would like someone to take her shopping. 
Car driver essentail. Client uses a wheelchair for trips out.
She is registered blind although retains some sight.
Would suit a patient, confident person.

Lady living in Costessey would like some shot-term support to regain her confidence following a stay in hospital. 
Someone to accompany client  on walks to local shops.

Lady living in Mousehold Street area would like a companion for trips out on a Sunday. 
Car driver essential. Client finds that she is often lonely on a Sunday and would like trips out to country or coast.

Gentleman in Lakenham area would like someone to take him out in his his wheelchair in the local area. 
Would probably be better suited to a male volunteer.
Would need to be reasonably fit and able to push a wheelchair.

Gentleman living in Thorpe area would like a companion for trips out in the local area.
Gentleman has restricted mobility so car driver preferable.
Interests include speedway and fishing.

Lady in Silver Road area would like someone to accompany her on walks to the local shops.
Would probably be best suited to a female volunteer. 
Client has lost confidence in going out alone following a number of falls.
Would like someone just to be with her to provide moral support and possibly an arm to lean on.


 For more information on these opportunities contact Sally on 01603 496333 or email

Befrienders Always Needed

Befriending is fun – Why not join in?
Befrienders are still needed in several areas of the city. The visit is for an hour once a week.

At the moments our clients are seeking...



A lady living near Wensum Park, on Drayton Road, Norwich, would love to have a befirending visitor who speaks Cantonese.

If you are interested please contact Sheena on 01603 496333 or email



We need volunteers to visit in the following areas:

COSTESSEY – preferably men to visit near Richmond Road, Crown Road or Hill Road.
Also male or female visitors for BARLEY COURT and BOWTHORPE...
MILECROSS – near Suckling Avenue
SPROWSTON – near Church Lane
HELLESDON – near Hurcules Road
Plus various city centre locations
If you have been thinking about being a volunteer, now is a good time to contact SHEENA on 01603 496330 or email We look forward to hearing from you.


There are more referrals coming in all the time. There could be one that is perfect for you.
For more information about Befriending please contact Sheena on 01603 496333 or email



A volunteer is needed to help assist and lead an art group for beginners and improvers. Meets Wednesday fortnightly 10.00am – 12.00 at Ashby Sheltered Housing Scheme (just off Queens Rd)


Volunteer required to help assist with social activities at Alnwick Court Social group (Bowthorpe) meets Monday fortnightly 2.00pm – 4.00pm. To help lead activities - quiz and raffle


The Brook Hotel, Bowthorpe lunch and social event seeks a volunteer to help assist and support a new social get together 12.00 – 4.00pm starts 10TH Feb.


A minibus assistant is needed to help support minibus driver and other general duties.


Volunteers are needed to assist with Intergenerational gardening projects and social group activities including crafts, games and reading projects based at Somerley residential home (unthank Rd) and Philadelphia House (Penn Grove Rd).

Contact Claire on 07786900685 for more information about these opportunities