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Volunteer with us

Age Action relies heavily on volunteers right across the organisation, including our Care and Repair and Getting Started Computer Training programmes, and our shops and offices around Ireland.

Customer Service Assistants

We have volunteering opportunities in our seven charity stores in Camden Street Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Terenure, Monaghan and Ballincollig, Co Cork, Galway and our showooms in Cherry Orchard.

Find out more about Age Action Customer Service Assistant volunteer opportunities here.

Fundraising Volunteers

Fundraising volunteers are needed throughout the year for collections and church-gate collections.

If you are interested in volunteering in our fundraising team please contact Akmal on 01-475 6989 or email volunteering@ageaction.ie.

Computer Tutors

We are seeking volunteer computer training tutors for our Getting Started programme.

For more information about these Computer Tutor volunteer roles, and details about how to apply, please click here.

Just want to volunteer but not sure what might suit you?

No problem - contact Akmal on 01-4756989 or volunteering@ageaction.ie and we'll get back to you! It would be a big help if you could download, fill out and return our Volunteer Application form (link below).

Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.