Volunteer with us

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

We provide safety inductions for volunteers including clear social distancing guidelines; risk assessments are in place to protect people and activities; We constantly monitor the government guidelines and adhere to them all.

Age Exchange’s volunteers remain the backbone of the organisation and an invaluable resource of the charity. It now has a team of 140 Age Exchange recruited, trained and managed volunteers who range in age from 14 to 94.

By providing volunteering opportunities, the charity is encompassing the idea of “Active Ageing” enabling younger and older volunteers to work together. Volunteering has also been a stepping stone to employment for some of our volunteers in the last year and part of mental health recovery for some others. In summer 2019 the charity also started to accept work placements for those aged 14-19.

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 

  • Café volunteers are all ages, from their teens to their 80's. Do you have 3 hours a week to spare? Perhaps you're looking for experience in customer service or catering? Enjoy arranging, cleaning and beautifying our vintage-themed café, processing transactions, or handling stock.
  • Our library is a small and intimate space where volunteers have the opportunity to become Library Supervisors
  • Information Desk - welcoming visitors, signposting and some basic administration

Duke of Edinburgh placements welcome but please wait until the Summer - café and library roles are available

Group work and Projects

  • Supporting people with dementia to participate in our Caring Together groups and creative activities and supporting staff to run Intergenerational workshops with schools
  • Running activity classes for older people
  • Supporting core office tasks
  • Running a supporter group ‘Friends of Age Exchange’ who help to raise funds for the charity
  • Helping to facilitate with individual projects including oral history projects, theatrical productions and events