Volunteering

We’re a volunteer organisation and everything we do is with the help and support of volunteers.

“We owe a huge debt of thanks to our team of volunteers who regularly give their time and energy to support older people across the city. We would not be able to support the many people we do without them. Thank you.”

Our group activities and 1-2-1- services help those 50+ to stay active and socially engaged, improving their wellbeing and reducing isolation.

If you can you spare a few hours a month to help share, teach or support someone, then these are the volunteer roles that we’re currently recruiting for:


Activity Lead

Share your interest or skill with a group of local people over 50. Our volunteer Activity Leads run a range of activities from exercise, music, games, social, and we’re always looking to introduce more try something new. If there is something you’re passionate about that you’d like to share, then we can help set up an activity or group for you.

We can provide training and support, safeguarding and insurances, a venue to use – and we’ll promote it to our members and the wider public. You may not want to host your own group, and may prefer to help another volunteer run theirs. We have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.


Tech Tutor

Helping someone to learn how to use technology to get better access to health and social care services, connect to family and friends, and follow hobbies and interests – and have some fun. Our volunteers Tech Tutors support people on a one-to-one basis, remotely or face-to-face – providing a weekly support session to help people learn. It could be someone that has never used technology before, or someone that has, but lacks confidence.

They may have their own equipment (phone, tablet, laptop), or one that we have loaned them from our Silver Circles – Free Tablet Loan & Support Service.

You can also take on a more engaging role, by connecting to play online games socially, like Chess, Scrabble or one of your choosing. Encouraging them to connect and play with other, supporting them to have fun.


Healthlink Volunteer (Currently paused due to Covid-19)

Healthlink volunteers accompany people to health appointments such as GP, hospital and dentists. They may not want to burden their family, or family no longer live locally, or they don’t have any. It’s so much easier with company and support, so our volunteers give that support.

It’s not a transport service, we don’t take people there, our volunteers accompany them to the appointment, wait during your, and then return with them. They can wait outside during a visit or join them to take some basic notes. It’s a vital service for many older people and can be a very rewarding experience to both the volunteer and member.


How to apply

You can complete our Volunteer Application Form online, or download a copy here:

Please send your completed application to lifelines@volunteeringmatters.org.uk
or by post to Volunteering Matters – Lifelines, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG