I was in Leeds shopping and, as it was a miserable day, I called into the Arch Café and saw a poster advertising the Older People’s Engagement Group at Age UK Leeds. I was looking for an interesting and worthwhile volunteering opportunity, and this seemed ideal. The group was new and the idea was to link members with Age UK Leeds services, to involve older people in their development and delivery. I joined the Supporting Wellbeing team and have attended team meetings, shadowed staff, been on interview panels and gathered client feedback.
Our members are linked up with the Hospital to Home service, Information and Advice and two members, who are befrienders, support the Ageing Well team. Another member, who is a very active champion for improving mental health services for older people, represents the group, and the organisation, at meetings across the city. We also support local and national campaigns such as bus passes and free TV licences for over 75’s.
It is a real privilege and pleasure to be part of this group. Staff and volunteers are so passionate about helping older people, and their enthusiasm and commitment is catching!
We are always looking for new members, whatever time and energy you can offer is welcome. I will always be glad it rained on that shopping outing and, in seeking refuge in Age UK Leeds I found out about the Older People’s Engagement Group!
If you would like to find out more, phone 0113 389 3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in to the Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, LS2 8JA, when it’s safe to do so.
Chair, Older People’s Engagement Group, Age UK Leeds