Volunteer for us Looking for something new and fulfilling, or to gain great work experience to enhance your CV? Then join our dedicated team of staff and volunteers and make a real difference to real lives. Over 260 people support Staywell by giving their time and skills and we could not provide our services without their invaluable help. Volunteering is a great way to maintain skills post retirement or during a career break, as well as providing opportunities to learn new skills while making a positive contribution to the community. It can also be a route into work: many of our volunteers have later joined the staff of Staywell, or have gone on to employment elsewhere. For most of the roles, no experience is necessary as we will give you all the training you need to fulfil your role well. And it’s not all about work, there’s plenty of fun, friendship and team spirit to be enjoyed too. Angela Peter, a volunteer at Staywell for sixteen years said: 'Being with people and working with people is a great joy – I get life out of that!' Anyone can volunteer: any age, any background, currently employed, retired or looking for work. You may be able to commit to three days week or as little as a few hours a month. Whatever your interests or situation, there could be a role for you. If you have skills of any kind to offer our organisation, please get in touch. Latest volunteer opportunities We are currently looking for people to: become a befriender, support an isolated or lonely person by making regular visits and calls help older people with shopping and light household tasks support our team of advisers by guiding clients through benefits application form talk to isolated people on the phone help with activities and lunches at Raleigh House help in the cafe, on reception or in the garden at The Bradbury support our Community Furniture service help distribute our newspaper, Staywell news teach computer and internet skills help as a handyperson and with gardening use skills to help us with marketing and publicity take photographs for our website and publications carry out a range of administrative and support tasks Contact us for further details. All our volunteers are provided with training and ongoing support, and we celebrate their contribution with two free social events a year! We have signed up to London’s Volunteer Management Charter and have successfully completed an externally evaluated health check of good practice in volunteer management. In October 2015, we were one of the first three organisations to be awarded the Kingston Quality Award (KQA), meeting the required principles of Best Practice in Volunteer Management. Our volunteers add huge value to what we do by giving their skills and time for free. We calculate that the monetary value of the work carried out by Staywell volunteers was almost £530,000 for the year ending March 2018 (calculated using the most recent available figures from the Office of National Statistics on mean earnings of part-time workers in Kingston upon Thames and Reigate and Banstead borough). If you would like to discuss what opportunities may be right for you, please contact us.