AGE sees volunteering as a key means through which older people contribute to society’s wellbeing and many older people volunteer or benefit from the services of volunteers. AGE actively seeks to raise awareness of the value and importance of senior volunteering and to empower its members to facilitate and improve the quality of volunteering activity.
AGE believe that volunteering is an essential part of active ageing. As such, it needs and deserves targeted support and an enabling policy environment. Volunteering is a vital part of active ageing and AGE was campaigning for 2012 to be designated as the European Year on Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity. AGE believe that such a year will provide a natural complement to the 2011 European Year of Volunteering in raising awareness about volunteering activities and the pertinent and valuable contribution of the EU’s senior volunteers.
AGE was actively involved in the European Commission’s seminar on the ‘Volunteering of older persons and the role of public authorities’ on 11 March 2009 and took that occasion to launch a leaflet on ‘Promoting Volunteering for Europe’s Seniors’ and its position paper on ‘Promoting active ageing and intergenerational solidarity through senior volunteering’.