Policy and research Volunteer

Hourglass - safer aging, stopping abuse

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Do you have research skills? 

Hourglass is looking for volunteers to carry out internet and media research on UK government policies and strategies to inform the planning, shape and delivery of Hourglass services. Volunteers will research developments in topics such as adult safeguarding and domestic abuse, and statutory private and third sector advancements and initiatives.

Key Tasks:

  •  Monitor social media and ‘google alerts’ to identify news items and updates. 
  • Collate news items and policy developments.
  • Monitor and collate information and updates on Parliamentary and Assembly initiatives from all four UK nations. 
  • Identify key research reports and summarise as required. 
  • Produce summaries/reports as required by managers.
  • Highlight news items for inclusion in Hourglass newsletter.


  • An understanding of and interest in the needs of older people and safer ageing. 
  • An interest in or experience of social policy, health and social care, the criminal justice system.
  • Able to speedily summarise information.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Able to provide complex information in clear, understandable language - Plain English.
  • Able to produce good quality work and meet deadlines.
  • Able to work independently. 
  • Reliable · Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Operate within personal and organisational boundaries. 
  • Empathy and an ability to deal with sometimes emotionally difficult subjects.


  • Make a difference - create communities in which we can all age safely.
  • Improve your knowledge of the issues facing older people. 
  • Become part of a friendly team of staff and volunteers.
  • Access to a range of training courses and events. 
  • Develop confidence, interpersonal and social skills.

Practical Considerations

  • Location - home-based or located in Hourglass office (as government Covid restrictions allow). Hourglass offices are open Monday- Friday 9-5pm.
  • Able to commit to the role for 6 months, (flexible option).
  • DBS/PVG/Access NI criminal records check, (if required)
  • One month probation period.

Training and Support:

  • Induction Training.
  • Access to Hourglass Volunteer Training and Support Programme and other Learning and Development opportunities. 
  • Weekly check-in with manager. 
  • On-going support, monitoring and reviews. 
  • Opportunity to be part of Volunteer Team Meetings as appropriate.

When do I need to be available?

Details Time Commitment: Minimum of 2 hours per week. Ideally able to commit to the role for 6 months, (flexible option).
Morning Afternoon Evening

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    Authorised travel and refreshments reimbursed
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
    Must be 18 yrs+
  • Support on Offer
  • Training