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While there is a strong self-help ethos within the members who are expected to help in some way in the day to day running of the charity, volunteers are the life and soul of Third Age Project, operating at every level in informal and formal capacities, playing a significant and essential role in the running of the charity and in the delivery of its services and facilities. In 2018, there were 69 recorded regular volunteers over the year (56 TAP members and 10 others) that carried out 5,000 hours of volunteering in roles such as bingo calling, befriending, interpreters, escorts and sessional organisers.
In addition, we had over 37 volunteers from corporate bodies such as British Land, Regent’s Place, Dentsu Aegis and Santander that organised several one-off events such as a Carnival Dance, a Christmas Dinner & cabaret, Grandparents Day, carrying out over 300 hours of volunteering.
If you would like to volunteer with us, please get in touch!
Mr & Mrs L (81 and 77 years old) are a Chinese couple who joined as new members last year and wanted to put something back in to the community and from 13th September 2017 took on the running of our 60+ Health Club café. It is proved highly popular and creates a wonderfully inclusive social space for members to meet and make new friends. “Running the café has given us a sense of pride in contributing to our community.”
Mrs F is a 77 year-old great grandmother of mixed ethnicity who has become one of our new volunteer Welcome Hosts and provides support to new participants at the club, making them feel welcome. Mrs F says “The project has changed my life, given me a sense of purposes. I feel very much part of a community and helping others brings its own rewards.”
J (78), L (81) and B (65) helped set up the Men’s Shed last year to improve our services and level of engagement with older men– generally agreed to be particularly hard to reach. J and B were elected by the other older men as their representatives at the monthly Volunteer Forum sessions. The Men’s Shed provides a sociable space in which older men can play pool, table tennis or just read a newspaper.
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