Many older and vulnerable residents are spending a lot of time alone in isolation due to the pandemic. That’s why we’re highlighting a variety of volunteering opportunities with Age UK Westminster. Please contact Ellie- firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the opportunities below and application forms.
1. Befriending phone calls
Age UK Westminster have seen an increase in demand for their phone check in service. There are over 450 older people in the borough who would benefit from a regular check in. The programme is fully established and is run in-house by the volunteer team at Age UK who have years of experience in this area and are able to provide full support.
2. Digital Champion
The project will be looking to match older local residents who wish to gain IT skills with Digital Champions/buddies who will train them on how to use their digital devices more effectively. A Digital Champion/Buddy will support the older person they are matched with on a weekly basis for between 6-8 weeks. Support would be provided by volunteers face-to-face (depending on the covid restrictions), on the telephone or via Zoom.
3. Sorting or delivering food parcels
On Thursdays, in the morning there is a drop in session to sort food deliveries at a church near Marble Arch. Then in the afternoon, the food is taken to the hub in Pimlico and you can be part of the team delivering food parcels to residents either by foot, bike or car. This is a drop in session and you can volunteer for the amount of time you have available.
4. Helping with food shopping
This is a great opportunity if you live in Westminster and feel comfortable going to the supermarkets at the moment. You can be part of the Age UK Westminster Whatsapp group that calls on volunteers when there is a shopping request from a local resident. People can choose to take opportunities if they are close by and you have time available to do so. You do not need to be DBS checked as the shopping is dropped at the residents front door.