Age UK Gloucestershire, British Red Cross and CRUSE are working in partnership to support people in the Gloucester area who are facing a significant ‘life change’ Together we aim to provide practical and emotional support to help individuals adjust to their new situation.
Age UK Gloucester Life Changes supports older people (typically the over 60s) with the challenges and changes that later life can bring to enable them to move forward with confidence in older age.
Could you support someone at a time of Life Change by encouraging individuals to try art, craft, drama, music or writing to help them move forward? You might be helping someone who may have experienced a bereavement, the diagnosis of an illness or perhaps have moved into the area. You could make a huge difference to the life of an individual through your own creative skills and enthusiasm.
For each individual we support the organisations and volunteer work together to provide emotional support, opportunities for new experience or to improve skills and information that will help this person find a way through this difficult period or accept and adapt to change. Volunteers usually work with an individual or group for a few hours a week for a twelve week period.
As a Life Changes Creative volunteer you could be working with individuals or a group of people to encourage them to try art, drama, music, writing or a craft. It’s a great way to share a creative pastime that you are passionate about. However, you don’t have to be a multi-disciplined creative - Age UK Gloucestershire can provide you with support and materials to help your person or the group you are supporting. Giving someone the chance to regain interest in a healthy and positive life will support people on this journey.
So, if you are passionate about improving the lives of older people and helping them get more involved in their community by contributing their own strengths and skills we can help provide some training and support to get you started. Just half a day a week of your time could help change lives.
Volunteers needs to be aged over 18 years but there is no upper limit. All of the locations that the Springboard groups meet tend to be accessible and are almost without exception on good public transport routes.
Why get involved?
If you have good communication skills, patience, empathy and the ability to deal sensitively and confidentially with evolving and challenging situations, this would be an ideal and very rewarding volunteering challenge for you. It is great volunteering position to be able to demonstrate these qualities in a way that can be easily expressed on a CV or talked about at interview.
You’ll also gain more understanding about the challenges and lives of older people – again this could be good experience if you are looking for a paid job in their field. Some of our existing Life Changes volunteers use it as the volunteering section for university courses or awards, or for schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh.
It is also a great opportunity to share a creative pastime, such as crafts, music, drama, dance or writing or artistic skills that you enjoy and are passionate about with others.
Age UK are willing to pay public transport and car expenses of 40p a mile.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from Age UK with more information
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- Event Management
- Event Stewarding
- Project Management
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