Join Our Volunteers

Are your passionate about the power of technology? Would you like to help us bridge the digital divide? Do you have a few hours available each month?

A great way to support AbilityNet is to join our network of 300+ volunteers across the UK. Many older people and disabled people experience difficulties with their technology, and can’t find the support they need.  Our amazing volunteers provide one-to-one technology support remotely and through home visits. Get involved today - apply to become a volunteer. You can find out more in the video below.

Technology can help people to gain or regain their independence by allowing them to shop or bank online. It can battle isolation, as people can use the Internet and online services to connect to their family and friends. Technology can also provide something fun and relaxing to do though online games, TV, radio and other entertainment services.

If you are looking for information about how our network of volunteers could help you, a family member or a friend please visit our About Our Tech Volunteer Support page

How you can help

You don’t need to be a tech guru to help. Typical help requests for a volunteer include:

  • Helping someone set up an email account
  • Showing someone how to use online video calling via WhatsApp or Zoom
  • Setting up a new device and connecting it to the internet
  • Giving advice on anti-virus protection and internet safety
  • Changing basic device settings to make it easier to use
“I get lots of support from AbilityNet staff, and from the excellent website. I always feel valued when I'm working and never feel judged when I'm not.”
AbilityNet Tech Volunteer

A rewarding experience

Volunteering for AbilityNet is a positive, rewarding experience. Twice a year we survey our volunteers so that we can understand how they are feeling and where we can improve our volunteer scheme. The latest survey recorded an overall engagement score of 8.7 out of 10; comfortably above the benchmark. What’s more Volunteers scored us 9.0 for meaningful work and autonomy, and 8.7 for our strategy and mission.

As a volunteer with AbilityNet you’ll get:

  • The chance to change the lives of disabled and older people
  • Free training and support, live and online to self-study
  • A local Coordinator and/or central team to support you
  • The chance to network with other Tech Volunteers
  • Choice over the time you spend volunteering and when you volunteer. You can fit your volunteering around existing home and work commitments 
  • A reference for any paid work applications and a way to showcase your contribution on your CV
“Welcoming, supportive environment. Excellent training. Totally rewarding!”
AbilityNet Tech Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Interested?

Apply online

Every volunteer receives a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and has any travel expenses reimbursed.

As well as Tech Volunteers, we're also looking for people to fill Coordinator roles. The Coordinator role requires around half a day per week.  You would head up a local group of volunteers supporting the team, recruiting new volunteers and spreading the word about AbilityNet in the local community.

For more information on the Tech Volunteer and Coordinator roles, download the role descriptions below.

Any questions? Please get in touch.
Call us on 0800 048 7642 (freephone and minicom)
Send an email to volunteers@abilitynet.org.uk
Apply to become a volunteer


 

Default content