Age Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC010100

We work to improve the later lives of everyone on the ageing journey. We celebrate ageing and challenge ageist prejudice throughout society. Our mission is to make Scotland a better place for older people. From a dedicated helpline for older people, to support and funds for older people's groups, to campaigns on the issues that older people tell us matter to them, we're working on many fronts to make Scotland a better place for older people.

Current opportunities

The Comradeship Circles service aims to reduce loneliness by offering older members of the ex-service community the opportunity to enjoy regular group camaraderie by telephone. A Comradeship Circle will host typically six people on the same day and time each week to chat about a range of topics and interests over the phone. A volunteer facilitator or Supervisor will be every call to encourage discussion and ensure the conversation flows. We are looking for technical support volunteers who will ensure the smooth running of the Comradeship Circle by connecting veterans to the call, monitoring connection throughout the hour, and updating the contact management database. This role is home based and requires access to a laptop, headphones and the internet. Internet capable device with strong WiFi connection. Use of personal laptop with functioning microphone and speakers/headphones. Access to a quiet space within own home or similar. Weekly communication with supervisor to support delivery of circles and how we can support you in your role. To attend Age Scotland induction training, including Older Veterans’ Awareness.

Age Scotland’s vision is a Scotland which is the best place in the world to grow older. They believe life is for living, and everyone should have the opportunity to live happily and well, for as long as they can. Having a conversation can have such a positive impact. That’s why they offer a Friendship Service which listens, provides friendship, and offers support. Talk can be about all sorts, from current interests, hobbies, personal and professional goals, top tier biscuits, time travel – the list is endless! The role of a Friendship Caller Volunteer is to provide friendship, companionship and a listening ear to people who are 50 and over and would benefit from a weekly chat. They are looking for volunteers who can volunteer 2-3 hours of their time on the same day each week.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Age Scotland. Our Fundraising Volunteers are the friendly local face of Age Scotland. They help raise awareness of our key mission to inspire, involve & empower older people in Scotland, so that people in Scotland enjoy better later lives. Our Event Collection Volunteers represent Age Scotland through collections at local events and talking to the public about the work of Age Scotland. They ensure collections have clearly labelled cans or buckets that are numbered, sealed, and have your fundraising office contact details on them. When required you will follow the process of emptying and banking collection income which will be provided by the fundraising team! What we offer our volunteers: • The chance to meet new people, make friends & have fun. • Initial & on-going training and support from the Events and Community Fundraiser and our Age Scotland Volunteer Co-ordinator. • The opportunity to be active in your local community and to learn and develop new skills. • Volunteers are entitled to claim travel expenses paid at the current mileage rate for car users, or public transport costs in line with Age Scotland’s expense policy. Volunteer requirements: • No experience is necessary, just a passion and drive to help create communities where everyone can love later life. • Individuals who are 18+ who are positive, approachable and have great communication skills. • This role is flexible, and you can give as much or as little time as you are able to. Thanks for taking the time to consider this role and we hope that you are interested in joining our Fundraising team. If you would like to find out more information about this role please contact our Volunteering Development and Training Officer on 0131 378 7262 /

In Scotland, over 218,000 older people say they feel lonely all or most of the time- Age Scotland's Friendship Services aim to combat this! Here at Age Scotland, we aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation on a practical level through our Community Connecting Service – and we need your help! Community Connectors support older adults across Scotland link in with community organisations that offer friendship, social activities, health and fitness groups, events. Your role will involve contacting the person over the phone to find out their interests, researching the relevant opportunities and keeping in touch with them for a few weeks with regular calls of friendship and encouragement. If you'd like to learn more about the Community Connector role, we'd love to hear from you!