Many changes are happening globally. Leisure, as a social and cultural element, does not remain unconnected with such developments and, in turn, contributes from a personal, social and economic point of view to the shaping of certain habits, lifestyles, different ways of understanding rest and recreational development of new activities. This article deals with the use of leisure, leisure and voluntary work, from the elderly, highlighting the importance of their participation through various tasks. This means a significant investment of time, knowledge and emotional support, which is not always recognised or valued by the rest of society. We conclude by highlighting how educational action through leisure programmes has changed its design and is defined by parameters that refer to autonomy, development, relationship, participation and creativity, including among older people.