1:1 Buddy Volunteer

Our 1:1 Buddy volunteers are able to offer friendship and support and form a positive one to one relationship with adults who live alone or who have difficulty in leaving their homes to socialise.

Main Tasks

Building a caring and sensitive relationship with the people we work with

Spending time with people we work with and engaging in activities that are mutually agreed upon

Being understanding rather than judgmental about a person’s situation or circumstances

Establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries

Respecting difference cultural values in a non-discriminatory manner

Informing Age UK Bradford District staff of any concerns about the people you volunteer for.



Ability to maintain and respect confidentiality

Ability to share skills, interests or activities

Understanding, patient and empathetic


Effective communication skills

Outgoing, personable and a good conversationalist

Ability to listen and ask appropriate questions

Willingness to follow Age UK Bradford District values, policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Data Protection & Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities.

Polite and courteous at all times

Desire to support older people in the community

A basic understanding of older people and an appreciation of issues facing older people


  • Accessibility
    Depends on venue
  • Age restrictions
    18 Minimum age
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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