About Us

Vintage Volunteers is a VAST project funded by the Big Lottery helping people aged 60+ find volunteering opportunities.

As a team, we are passionate about volunteering and believe it can improve health and wellbeing whilst making a huge difference to local communities.

The transition from work to retirement can be challenging for some. We want to help people improve their health and wellbeing, by encouraging positive volunteering experiences that use their skills and expertise in the local community.

We understand that many older people have additional responsibilities, such as looking after grandchildren or caring for elderly parents. We’re committed to developing opportunities that can be performed on a regular basis or every now and again.

The project was launched in May 2017, but our experienced and enthusiastic team have a history of working with and recruiting volunteers. We have a track record of supporting voluntary sector organisations that rely upon the dedication and passion of volunteers.

If you’d like to find out more about our team, head to the Meet the Team page, or contact us and book an appointment at The Dudson Centre in Hanley.

The Vintage Volunteers Team

Kelly Smith – Vintage Volunteers Project Officer

Kelly joined VAST as a volunteer before being employed to support the Engagement Team. Over the past four years, she has successfully supported Staffordshire’s voluntary sector with recruitment and opportunity management, as well as establishing key working partnerships to enable growth within the voluntary sector. Kelly has also managed the Stoke Volunteer Centre and a team of volunteers to broker and support appropriate voluntary opportunities across Stoke on Trent. In the past year, Kelly has also worked for Staffordshire University; supporting the Creative Communities Unit and their management programme. Outside work, Kelly enjoys being creative with recipes and continuously improving her health and wellbeing. This has helped her lose eight stone and develop the confidence to inspire others to volunteer and improve their lives.

Jo Coulson – Vintage Volunteers Project Officer

Jo comes from a background of project work for various local and national charities.

Her own healthcare experiences following a cancer diagnosis led to her to become involved in patient advocacy and she spent several years with Macmillan Cancer Support, working to improve patient experience for local people affected by cancer. She developed a specific interest in social inequalities, particularly those affecting the LGBT+ community and people with disabilities.

Outside of work, Jo enjoys punk gigs, reading and learning languages.

Gareth Baddeley – Vintage Volunteers Project Assistant

Gareth has worked as a volunteer for VAST for several years. Gareth is a big believer in volunteering and the work that the volunteer community do throughout the county, he has used his knowledge to assist in recruiting volunteers for charities across Staffordshire by matching them appropriately. Gareth has gained many skills through volunteering and it has also given him the opportunity to try many things and give back to his local community. Gareth uses his skills to assist those that are nervous and unsure when first looking for that perfect volunteer role.