Age UK Coventry aims to promote and enhance the well-being and quality of
life of people aged 50+ in Coventry and to help make later life a more fulfilling
and enjoyable experience.
Volunteers are essential to every aspect of Age UK Coventry’s work.
Volunteers and paid staff work closely alongside each other, enabling us to
deliver much needed services to thousands of local older people. None of our
services could have helped so many older people without their commitment
and several services are operated entirely by volunteers.
Volunteers support us in all of the following services. Full training is provided
and expenses reimbursed.
Advocacy (by professional referral only)
We offer independent and confidential support to enable people to speak up
for themselves or to act on behalf of more vulnerable older people and include
services for older people in hospital.
Appointeeship - Financial (by professional referral only)
Enables Age UK Coventry to manage state benefits on behalf of older people
who do not have the capacity of manage their own money.
Appointeeship - Vulnerable Adults (by professional referral only)
Working closely with colleagues from Learning Disability services, we are able
to ensure that the client’s money is used to benefit them and there is
protection from financial abuse.
Befriending Services - General
The aim of our Volunteering and Befriending Service is to enhance the lives of
people aged 50+ who are isolated or lonely by providing them with volunteer
friends and support. Our befrienders are based City Wide and referrals are
accepted from individuals, family members, social and support workers.
Befriending Services – Older People With Mild Dementia
We are looking for local people to support us in enhancing the quality of older
people in Coventry who have mild dementia. This is a more specialised and
focused service which has the aim of offering friendship to those who may be
isolated, or may have lost some of their confidence to engage in social
Profits from our Charity Shops help to fund our services for people aged 50+
Contact & Connect
Working with Coventry Older Peoples Partnership and a number of local
voluntary and statutory agencies this service ensures that each older person
is in contact with one of a range of agencies which will support them to remain
living longer and more safely in their own home.
Putting older people in contact with reputable trades people for home repairs
Fit as a Fiddle
Fit as a Fiddle is a national programme, delivered by Age UK England and
local Age Concerns. The project focuses on engaging older people in
physical activities that are fun and encourage healthy eating. Trained
volunteers will help as “health mentors”, leading sessions and supporting and
encouraging individuals to join in.
Friendship Group volunteers enable older people to come into contact with
each other, make new friends and participate in a range of activities and
Our community garden offers therapeutic benefits, produce and horticultural
activities that the local community can get involved in. Volunteers support us
by helping with the gardening to showing visitors gardening skills.
Home Library Service
Books, tapes and other library resources are delivered by volunteers to
housebound older readers. The only service of its kind in the country where
referrals assessments and regular deliveries are carried out completely by
Home Visiting Groups
The most valuable gift our volunteers bring to frail, housebound older people
is their time: to sit and listen, time to chat and bring news of the
neighbourhood as well as being a reliable source of information and a link to
all the other services Age UK Coventry has to offer.
Information & Advice
We give free information and advice on any issue affecting the well-being of
people aged 50+ and their carers. Includes a dedicated service for Asian,
Black and Minority Ethnic older people.
This service for older people with learning disabilities and is run throughout
the year. It gives people the chance to socialise and live life to the full and the
group members all contribute to deciding how they will spend their time
Lifelong learning in a sociable and enjoyable environment continues at our
Craft and Computer Workshops held at the Gilbert Richards Centre in
Earlsdon. A regular commitment by our volunteers enables 14 classes to run
every week, covering a variety of arts and crafts including sewing,
watercolours, pottery, spinning, quilting, silk painting and upholstery.