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Activities Study Volunteer

People who volunteer will be supported to take up a new activity, which might include learning a new language, participating in social groups, handicraft or woodcraft classes, bingo clubs, exercise groups or computer classes. All costs associated with the activities are covered by the study. There will be some assessments of thinking skills before and after the period of participating in the new activity, which usually cover 2‐3 months.

About The Ageing Lab

The Ageing Lab is within the Department of Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. Our work focusses on how interventions that encourage older people to become more active or learn new things might improve their health and wellbeing, and specifically reduce or delay age-related mental decline.

Experience Required

No previous experience is needed – volunteers need to be 65 or over and living in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Training Details

There is no training required.

Flexibility & Commitment

Short Term Volunteering (3 months or less);School Holidays;Term Time

Each assessment at the university takes about 3 hours, and the activities classes usually last about 2 hours per week.

Location/Travel Details

The assessments all happen at Heriot‐Watt University, Edinburgh (EH14 4AS). Transport costs to and from the university can be reimbursed. People will be allocated to activities close to where they live, so these will occur in various locations across Edinburgh and the Lothians.


We can reimburse any transport costs for the two visits to the university, and also cover costs associated with the activity classes (for example subscriptions, equipment, etc.).

Accessibility Details

  • Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet
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