Volunteering: Are You eAGEr to engAGE?

It’s time for some exciting news!
Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland (Syston) are looking for new volunteers. Lockdown restrictions are easing and we are back in action, ready for that social (distanced) interaction. With front and back of house vacancies, morning and afternoon shifts, we are excited to welcome applications from you! Applications can be found in store and are open to anyone aged 14+. Life gets busy so, even if you can only spare a couple of hours a week, apply, apply, apply!
But, why volunteer?
Volunteering helps worthwhile causes and gives back to the community, but there are benefits to be had for you, as a volunteer too.
1. Volunteering connects you with others:
Volunteering allows you to make a real impact on your community. Even helping with the smallest tasks can make a significant difference. If you think working in store is a small feat in the grand scheme of things, think again. Working in store makes a substantial difference! Whether working front of house with customers, or working back of house, sorting through donations, you will play an integral role. The money raised in store wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers who keep the store going. No matter how ‘small’, your work makes a BIG difference.
Dedicating your time as a volunteer is also a great way to make new friends, expand your network and elevate your social skills. You will find people who share in common interests, and people who share in completely different interests, who you can learn from and grow! Some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy, maybe even anxious, to meet new people. Volunteering is a great way to practice and develop social skills. Once you have momentum, it becomes much easier to build meaningful relations.
2. Volunteering is good for the body and mind:
Volunteering can help you stay physically healthy. Moving around store is an active role! Helping and working with others can have a significant effect on your overall psychological well-being too. Volunteering increases self-confidence. In doing good for others, volunteering provides a sense of accomplishment and identity. The better you feel about what you are doing, the more likely you are to have a positive outlook on life and your future goals. Importantly, volunteering makes you happy. (If you don’t believe me, just ask the scientists!) Researchers have found that being helpful to others provides pleasure. We’re hard-wired to give, so the more we do so, the happier we feel.
3. Volunteering can advance you career:
Volunteering is great work experience, and it’s never too late to start. It gives you the opportunity to develop and exercise important transferable skills used in the workplace. Think teamwork, communication, problem solving, leadership, planning, organisation.
4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfilment:
Volunteering is a fun way to get to know yourself better, and to explore your interests. It’s also a relaxing and energising escape, away from the hum-drum of ‘ordinary’ life.
Well, what do Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland actually do?
Though we have a national name, Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland is a local charity. This means, when you get involved or donate, the benefits are received by those in the local community, in Leicestershire & Rutland.
Our aim is to provide relevant and effective services for elderly persons living in Leicestershire & Rutland. There are approximately 1,017,697 people living in Leicester. 160,502 people are aged 65+. 47,325 people over the age of 65 live alone. That is 1 in 3 persons over the age of 65 living alone. Hence, we are committed to the welfare of our elderly community, acknowledging their value as individuals, providing opportunities for them to develop new skills and knowledge, providing opportunities to build and continue friendships and to have their views listened to, accepted and worked on.
Our volunteers help to mobilise our efforts and make a difference.
So, now you’ve got to know us, we’re excited to get to know you!
Come into store for an application form and get applying!
Will you be our next volunteer, our next change maker?
Thank you for your continued support. Keep in touch. Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/leics or, follow us on social media @ageukleics.
by Nea Tank