Lived Experience Advisory Panel volunteer
We want the UK to become the best country in the world in which to grow older. We campaign to ensure people can enjoy a financially secure, healthy, active and connected older age. It is crucial therefore that we are listening to the experiences of older people themselves to ensure that we are pursuing the right policy change. As a Lived Experience Advisory Panel volunteer, you will be part of a group that will share your views and lived experiences as an older person to help develop our Policy and Campaigning work and to make a positive change for people in later life. We want to highlight the needs of older people, by creating an involvement process that it is accessible, engaging and gives people the opportunity to be a part of the Policy and Influencing departments work.
Some of the activities that you might be asked to take part in could include:
• Testing research methods e.g. Reviewing survey questions and interview/focus group guides before they are used
• Reviewing public facing content e.g. Webpages, leaflets
• Ensuring that we are campaigning on the issues that matter the most to people in later life
• Reviewing policy and influencing communication, for example emails and surveys.
• Co-producing campaigning guides
Benefits to you:
• Meeting new people who are also keen to support our policy and Influencing work
• Developing new skills and experience
• Being part of something
• The chance to understand more about how we conduct policy and influencing work at Independent Age
• The chance to learn about the different issues we cover, as well as the different types of activities we do.
• The opportunity to influence and inform our work. We will do everything we can to help you get the most out of your volunteering and to make sure that your time as an Independent Age volunteer is enjoyable. Please let us know if there is something in particular that you would like to get out of your volunteering and we will do all that we can to support this.
About Independent Age
Independent Age is a national charity founded over 150 years ago with a clear mission to ensure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose.
We provide free impartial information and advice on the issues that matter most as we grow older, and work within communities to connect people, places and services to reduce isolation and loneliness. We also act as a catalyst for positive policy change by challenging the underlying causes of discrimination and inequality.
What skills do I need?
Key Skills required
• No previous experience in policy work is required apart from an interest in helping us in our work
• Good communication skills
• Ability to handle personal data sensitively and confidentially
• Happy to work as part of a team either in person or remotely
• Some basic IT skills would be useful such as willingness to communicate via email
• Training and development opportunities will be provided by Independent Age
• All volunteers are required to complete essential training to ensure that they are confident and supported in their role.
• We want all volunteers to feel happy and confident in their role and so if there is any additional training that would be useful to you in your role then please let us know.
- Age restrictions
18 plus. As this is a lived experience role we are keen to hear from people over the age of 65 for this role.
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
Over Microsoft Teams
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.
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