Volunteering can make a difference to older people, especially those who feel isolated or vulnerable. It can develop a new sense of purpose with health and wellbeing benefits. However, for many, volunteering remains inaccessible.
Research has been undertaken to find out the barriers to volunteering for the over 60s. This was peer research, with training being provided by Staffordshire University to community participants, mostly over 55, to conduct the research.
Vintage Volunteers is a VAST project. VAST is a charity dedicated to developing, advancing and promoting the voluntary and community sector in Staffordshire. Vintage Volunteers match individuals who are over 60 to their dream volunteering opportunity.
We have supported a team of community researchers to conduct research which helps organisations to understand the needs of volunteers over the age of 60.
Following the research, we have made recommendations to organisations on how to better recruit and train people as volunteers and looked at ways to make volunteering easier and more inclusive.
Participants had the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification in community consultation which can support work or career prospects.
You can find out more about the findings of the project in the Improving Volunteering Opportunities for People Over 60 final report.
How can I get involved?
If you’re interested in a volunteering opportunity or an organisation looking for volunteers – contact VAST on 0300 303 8606 or visit the Vintage Volunteers website.
If you’d like to help conduct our research, with full training provided, please contact Nicola Gratton at Staffordshire University.
Tel: 01782 292751