In Focus: Richmond Hill Elderly Action

The latest blog from Laura McFarlane-Shopes, Volunteer Centre Outreach and Information Coordinator, highlights the work of this wonderful charity just a mile from the city centre that is looking to take on new volunteers in a wide variety of roles.

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About Richmond Hill Elderly Action

Richmond Hill Elderly Action is an independent charity working with and for people of retirement age living in Richmond Hill, East End Park, Cross Green, Saxton Gardens and parts of Osmondthorpe in Leeds 9.

It provides a brilliant range of services to older people in the area – from home visits and benefits advice to ‘Raise the Roof’ choir, ‘knit and natter’ and Zumba Gold! Phew, a busy week.

New volunteering opportunities

They have just started advertising five new roles and are looking for wonderful volunteers to start as soon as possible. Here are some little tasters of the different opportunities:

Administration Assistant Role includes: Answering incoming calls, making outgoing calls, dealing with email correspondence, monitoring website enquiries, updating social media (Twitter/ Facebook), post duties, filing, maintaining database, general office duties.

Volunteer Minibus Driver They are looking for a MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) driver aged over 25 to drive their minibus every Tuesday afternoon for 3 hours to take a group of older people to Armley Swimming Pool (Armley Leisure Centre) and on an ad hoc basis for other trips out.

Volunteer Befriender for Older People Activities include: Visiting clients in their homes; Reading books/newspapers/crosswords; Helping clients pursue interests and hobbies; Help with correspondence; short walks with individuals; Accompanying customers on trips to shop; Help with day-to-day activities.

Volunteer Gardener Role includes: Visiting older clients and helping with gardening tasks such as mowing lawns, trimming hedges, planting, pruning and general garden maintenance.

Volunteer Handyman Role includes: changing light bulbs, decorating, DIY, assembly of furniture, fixing, mending and general household maintenance.

What do people say about Richmond Hill Elderly Action?

I really didn't know where to start (in dealing with the estate) but thankfully I could turn to you. You have helped so much and explained everything clearly, making a difficult time a lot easier to manage.

Mr. L on the support he received following a bereavement.


Thank you so much! I can't believe I've got it! I really couldn't have done it myself though so thank you.

Mrs. R on help she received to claim attendance allowance.


Thank you for all your help and kindness during my placement with you. It has been a big help in my studies.

Student Placement


I couldn't have done it without you, thank you so much for your help.

Mrs. H on the one to one support she received to find a new home. 


Get in touch

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch by clicking on the opportunities above, or contact the Volunteer Centre:

Telephone: 0113 395 0405


Online: Twitter, Facebook, Website

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