LinkAges helps people engage with older people in the Oxford community and the issues facing an ageing population.
You can join over summer!
Around Oxford City
Welcome to LinkAges!
LinkAges is a student-led group which supports students to volunteer to fight loneliness in Oxford's older community. Helping out is great fun! You can join groups who:
Perform music in a Dementia day centre
Help out with socialising and games in local care homes
Mentor older people in tech skills at IT Help classes
To sign-up to be a volunteer, click the 'Apply' tab at the top of the page.
LinkAges used to only run during term times - but we're now welcoming students who will be here over summer and want to get ivolved too!
Why do we run LinkAges?
Nationwide, around 10% of old people feel lonely often or always; over half of all people aged over 75 live alone; and over half of all old people say the television is their main form of company. Loneliness has a severe impacts mental health and cognitive decline, as well as physical health.
Intergenerational contact is extremely effective in helping isolated people feel in touch with their local communities and society as a whole. LinkAges believe students play a vital role in preventing loneliness and the vulnerability it can cause.
Read below for a summary of projects you can join, and ask any questions to email@example.com
How can I get involved?
There are a number of LinkAges projects that students can get involved in. We ask that you attend a minimum of 3 sessions per term for your chosen activity, as our community partners and the older people you will be volunteering with will benefit most from consistent and reliable visits. To apply to be a volunteer, click the 'Apply' tab at the top of the page.
Volunteering at Isis House
LinkAges volunteers can help run activity sessions at Isis House, a lovely residential and nursing home in East Oxford. Volunteers provide encouragement for the residents and give them a chance to be active and sociable. Activities include board games, arts and crafts, karaoke and more!
Weekdays, various times - get in touch for a full list of sessions you can go to! Isis Care Home, 124 Cornwallis Rd, Oxford, OX4 3NH.
Volunteering at Townsend House
Be part of a team of volunteers to organise activities at this care home near Headington. Activities will include board games, arts and crafts and karaoke. There will be an opportunity to organise these activities for the residents as well.
Come along to Dementia Daybreak day centre in North Oxford to join in with the guests' activities, which may include word puzzles, crafts or reminiscence. They're really keen on finding any musical or artistic people to help with running activities too!
Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-11.30 or 13.45 onwards. Stay for as long or little as you'd like! St Margaret’s Institute, 30 Polstead Road, Oxford, OX2 6TN.
Computers, tablets and smart phones are great ways for older people to stay connected with friends, families and their communities, but many people lack basic IT skills. Come along to help teach these skills in regular classes run by the Oxford 50+ Network.
Classes are not running this term, but will resume in Michaelmas 2018.
Group Befriending at Archway Foundation
Come and help out with a group befriending session on Wednesday coffee mornings or on Monday activity evenings. Chat to people who come to visit and help out with setting up and clearing away the venue. In order to provide a level of consistent care to the vulnerable people attending these sessions, you must attend sessions as a minimum on a fortnightly basis during term time.
Wednesdays from 9.30-12.15, Mondays from 18.45-20.45. Central Oxford.
LinkAges Music Sessions
Play music or sing? Want to perform in front of a supportive and friendly audience? Need to practice before a big gig? If you responded yes to any of these questions, try Music Sessions.
We play an informal hour set of music at our care-homes and the Daybreak centre. It will be a fun, befriending session where everyone will clap, sing and dance along.
Make sessions interactive by having a sing-along! Play as little or as much as you like! Play classical tunes or sing jazzy numbers! It's a great opportunity to provide musical entertainment and interact with the elderly community in Oxford.
Various days/times at Isis House care home (address above). Tuesday afternoons at Daybreak (address above).
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities, and can reimburse expenses such as bus tickets. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.