Work with Elderly People

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​Are you passionate about supporting elderly people?


Volunteering to work with the elderly requires patience, compassion, and a genuine desire to build relationships with older people. Volunteers work alongside trained professionals to ensure that residents are well cared for – both physically and emotionally. Volunteers will not be responsible for administering medicine or treatment; rather, they will participate in activities such as preparing meals, serving tea, and organising leisure activities / outings for the residents and staff.


Typically, a volunteer will live and work at a residential care home; within it, they may have their own flat or one that is shared with other volunteers. Meals will often be eaten with the residents; however, many homes will have sufficient facilities for a volunteer to prepare their own food. Residential care homes can be found in cities, towns and villages.

Possible activities:

  • Help prepare and serve meals for the residents; help with serving tea and coffee during the day.
  • Organise leisure activities (exercise, crafts,  games etc) for residents, both on and off site
  • Accompany residents to church or on days-out
  • Assist in keeping common areas and residents’ rooms tidy
  • Spend time listening and talking with residents, as well as sharing your experiences with them