Getting involved with Age Exchange has long been a popular choice for students, parents and retired people alike.

We are a diverse organisation that achieves a lot in a variety of fields, not just the visible activities like the café or the library, but also arts projects and specialist work with older people. Opportunities include:

Community Hub Roles (Duke of Edinburgh placements welcome)

  • Cafe - food preparation, serving and sales
  • Library - basic librarianship (training provided)
  • Box Office - welcoming visitors, signposting and some basic administration

Group work and Projects

  • Helping to facilitate Caring Together groups at our centre
  • Helping to facilitate with individual projects including oral history projects, theatrical productions and events

Interested? Please complete the form below and we shall be in touch. Thank you

Work Experience

Work experience placements are welcome from GCSE candidates, undergraduates, masters and PhD students. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme

We accept many DofE candidates throughout the year in our coffee shop. You may also wish to complete part of your placement in the library.


Volunteers earn a level 2 European Food Hygiene certificate, though food preparation is not a constant prerequisite. Enjoy arranging, cleaning and beautifying our vintage-themed coffee shop space, processing transactions, or handling stock. 


We train all our library volunteers to use OpenGalaxy, the UK’s leading technical system for public libraries, meaning volunteers will issue books and media as part of the Lewisham libraries consortium team, with the change to become Library Supervisors.

Group and project work

Supporting one of our community groups, helping to facilitate Friends’ of Age Exchange events, or lending your skills to external projects as they are advertised on the site.