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Being of Service in Your 60s 

By Wendy Ann Hulbert September 27, 2023 Lifestyle

As discussed in my previous blogs, there are so many perks to reaching the wonderful milestone of 60. One of them is I finally have the time and the means to follow through in earnest on one of the most pressing items that has remained flickering on my back burner: volunteering.

I’ve dabbled in the past with various outlets, including the Make A Wish Foundation, manning the gift shop in a local hospital, showing up to assist with serving meals for the homeless, and all are rewarding in their own sweet way.

However, after returning to my home country of England just over three months ago, I have found myself passionate about (to the point of bordering on obsession) finding any way to volunteer with the elderly.

There are lonely people in all age groups, all walks of life, but my heart is captured by the plight of the older generations who become prisoners in their own surroundings. Ill health, families who turn a blind eye to their elderly parents, those who have become widowed, are losing friends to old age and literally don’t have a soul to interact with day to day, week to week, month to month.

It breaks my heart. I am blessed that I now have the time, the good health, the financial freedom, the wherewithal to be of service, and I’ve been busy beavering away to make that happen.

What You Get in Return

There are so many benefits, where does one begin? On a personal level, I find that my own wellbeing is inevitably enhanced; always grateful for my good health, I feel a sense of “paying it forward “ to those among us who are not so blessed with good physical fortitude.

A sense of purpose is vital to good mental health (increasingly hard to maintain in this tumultuous world we live in), and an overall benefit to the community as a whole should not be underestimated. It sounds like an overused cliche, but the reward is most certainly in the giving: ultimately the true benefits should be for reasons known only to you. We don’t need to put a label on why we volunteer, we just need to do it.

My personal joy is radiating from coming on board with the following organizations:

It takes a little while, some perseverance, and a lot of dedication to get to the point of actually getting out there with some of these organizations, especially with the requirement for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check (which is much needed to protect the vulnerable in our society), but as it happens, I am like a proverbial dog with a bone, so that doesn’t faze me!

Closer to Home

So, for those of you who have been following my journey since I arrived back in the UK, I am pleased to report a new development. I have a new friend. He is an amazing artist living here in Cornwall, and in keeping with the theme of my blog, he is also being of service in his 60s.

He selflessly painted over 60 portraits of NHS staff during the Covid lockdown and gifted them to each and every one as a thank you for their dedication to serving others: that tells you something about him. You can check out his prolific artwork on his website!

In the meantime, I highly encourage you to go out and find what resonates with your particular volunteer passion. There are so many fabulous causes, all waiting for somebody like you to come along and reach out with helping hands.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What do you feel passionate about? How do you find ways to be of service in your life? Why should we devote our time to helping others?

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Evelyn Sotes

i do volunteer work to my nephew who has a one year old baby and both my nephew and his wife are working. I go to there house help clean , fix laundry and others. Two elderly are living with them , relatives of his wife.

Wendy hulbert

Hi Evelyn. Any way of helping out has to be a good thing: well done you :)


Lovely article. I can also recommend working for Samaritans. It’s a great organisation & very supportive of its volunteers.

Wendy hulbert

Thank you Shelley. Yes the Samaritans is on my radar :)

Sue Nelson

Volunteering can be both rewarding and frustrating. I’ve tried a few things but most have been disorganized, badly managed and not a great use of my time. My advice is to screen carefully to make sure the organizations know how to utilize volunteers effectively.

Wendy hulbert

Hello Sue: I totally agree. A waste of time putting energy in the wrong place :)

Debi Sample

Hello, My name is Debi and I was a special education teach a long long time ago . I am 68 yrs old and recently started volunteering 2 days a e 5 hrs a day at a school for Neurodivergent children and I love it!! It feels so good to help out!!

Wendy hulbert

Hello Debi, as I said, the reward is in the giving back indeed :)


In my sixties, I am still working and babysitting grandchildren. However, I often think about and look forward to having time to do some meaningful volunteer work when the time is right. Thank you for this lovely article and bless you for your work with the elderly!

Wendy hulbert

Thank you so much for your comment on my blog: you will find the right time to jump in to your own volunteering passion I am sure :)

The Author

Wendy is a world traveler, having worked for many years on cruise ships, and lived in multiple countries during her adult life. In recent years Wendy pursues her passion for writing and sharing her gypsy soul experiences in various forms. Follow her on Instagram: wendygypsysoulcelebrant and read her Substack column at

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