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Age UK- Home from Hospital volunteer

Details of the Charity:

Age UK HHB aims to make life better in Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent. We offer a variety of products, services, activities & events across the respective boroughs.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

The Home from Hospital Service provides practical support and assistance to people aged 60+ in their own homes for up to ten weeks after they have left hospital. The service aims to prevent older people returning to hospital and helps to boost confidence and physical and mental wellbeing.

Outline of activities

  • Encourage someone to do gentle prescribed exercise – for example, walking short distances
  • Dropping in for a chat
  • Collecting prescriptions (but not the administration or supervision of medication)
  • Providing someone with information and advice about other services that they may require 

Skills Required:

No formal experience needed, as all necessary training will be given, but you will need to have:

  • Empathy and an understanding of issues facing older people returning home from hospital
  • Patience and sensitivity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Reliability
  • Good interpersonal skills and be able to talk to a wide variety of people
  • Ability to speak with those hard of hearing
  • A commitment to the role 

A commitment to the role:

  • We appreciate any time commitment. However, a minimum commitment of at least 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months would be ideal.
  • Attend team meetings four times a year
  • Attend an Annual Review Meeting with your Manager
  • Occasional training relevant to this volunteer role.
  • You will not undertake any form of employment (whether paid or unpaid) for any person (including Hillingdon Age UK clients) that you have met as a result of carrying out your duties. Furthermore, you will refrain from contacting any person (including Hillingdon Age UK clients) that you have met as a result of carrying out your duties, nor will you provide such persons with the means of contacting you directly outside of the formal means within the service.

Additional Benefits:


  •  Out of pocket expenses
  • Clearly defined voluntary role within the organisation.
  • Provide induction, information and training to enable you to carry out your role effectively in accordance with AUKH policies and procedures.
  • Support your development within the role
  • Provide you with the policies, procedures and standards of the organisation in relation to volunteers.
  • Provide references where needed after six months volunteering
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony.
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?