Why volunteer at Abbeyfield Winchester?

We appreciate the wonderful contribution our volunteers make to the lives of our residents

We recognise that volunteers are vital to the success of Abbeyfield Winchester. Our volunteers share our aim to help our residents live their lives as independently as possible and we welcome their commitment, skills, time and enthusiasm. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and enjoy spending time with the residents. They get involved in many activities, from serving tea and coffee and having a chat, to running activities or taking residents out for the day.

Volunteers can often lend specialist skills too, such as organising social events, providing entertainment, teaching computer skills or fund raising. We understand that volunteers have pressures and demands, and may find it hard to make the time and the commitment. Our volunteer programme is very flexible, so let us know what you can do, and we can work around you.

Current volunteering vacancies

We have the following volunteer vacancies at Abbeyfield Winchester Society, but if you think you have skills we may benefit from, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Volunteer Activities Coordinator
To create and run activities and organise outings for our residents that have a positive impact on their well-being.

Volunteer Tea and Coffee Server
To run tea and coffee mornings or afternoons for the residents.

Volunteer Gardener
To help maintain the garden for residents to enjoy.


What skills and experience do I need?

Many roles just require your time, energy and enthusiasm. Our volunteer role descriptions list desired skills or experience, but we know everyone is unique, so we are always interested to hear about any other skills that you could bring to our homes.

What support will I be given?

You will receive a full induction, including any training and support that is necessary to help you feel confident in your volunteering role. Every volunteer will also be provided with ongoing help and support.

Will I be interviewed?

You will be invited in for a chat when you apply for a volunteer role. This chat is a two-way process, so don’t be concerned; it’s as much to find out if you are right for the role as we are right for you.

Do I need to supply references or undergo a DBS check?

Our first and foremost priority is safeguarding our residents. Some of our roles may ask you to supply a reference, and certain roles that work directly with vulnerable older people will require a DBS check. We will, of course, talk this through with you.

Will you provide me with a reference?

When you have given more than 12 hours of time to us, we will happily give you a reference to confirm your volunteering. If you have any further questions about volunteering at Abbeyfield Winchester, please email admin@abbeyfieldwinchester.org.uk