LinkAges
LinkAges helps people engage with older people in the Oxford community and the issues facing an ageing population.
A variety of times during the week, an hour a week.
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Welcome to LinkAges!
LinkAges is a group which supports people to volunteer to fight loneliness in Oxford's older community.
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. Research has shown that loneliness is as bad for our health as smoking.
Intergenerational contact is extremely effective in helping isolated people feel in touch with their local communities and society as a whole. LinkAges believe you play a vital role in preventing loneliness and the vulnerability it can cause.
Welcome Sessions
Come along to a welcome session to learn more about LinkAges and get involved!
The next sessions are:
1st May, 5pm, Oxford Hub
Health Walk Leader
Walking for Health is part of England’s largest network of health walk schemes, helping all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle. Our walks are led by friendly, knowledgeable people, specially trained for the job.
Along with fellow walkers, our walk leaders provide all the advice and encouragement a new walker needs to build fitness at a pace that’s right for them. In just a short time, a small amount of regular exercise can significantly improve a person’s health, well-being and confidence.
Sign up now to take part in a one day Health Walk leader training course in May!
Once trained you can then either support Oxford City Council's walking schedule by leading their current walks, or work with them to set up new walks around the city.
Current walks run weekly from Summertown, Hinksey Park, Donnington, Jericho, Bury Knowle Park and University Parks.
Dementia Daybreak
Come along to Dementia Daybreak 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!
Daybreak - Jericho
St Margaret’s Institute, 30 Polstead Road, Oxford OX2 6TN
Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-11.30 or 13.45 onwards.
Daybreak - Blackbird Leys
The Clockhouse, Long Ground, Blackbird Leys, OX4 7FX
Monday to Friday, 1-3pm.
Once you have signed up as a volunteer, you will be able to put your name down on our rota for the sessions you would like to attend.
IT classes
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.
East Oxford Community Centre, every other Wednesday. 24th April to the 5th June, 2-4pm.
Care Home Volunteering
Get involved as an activity assistant at Isis House! The care homes are looking for volunteers to go along and help out with their daily activities. Activities include bingo, arts and crafts, cooking, nail painting, puzzles and more!
This opportunity is flexible and days/times are arranged directly with the home.
Isis House - Cornwallis Rd, Oxford OX4 3NH
Note: as this opportunity involved working with vulnerable adults, the care homes require a longer application procedure. Volunteers wanting to help at the homes will need to complete an application form, undergo a DBS check and participate in an interview and training session.
This opportunity is not currently accepting applications.
Get Involved!
How can I get involved?
There are a number of LinkAges projects that you 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.
If you have not volunteered with LinkAges before, you will be asked to select a date when you are free to attend an induction session. Please select the date which you would like to attend!
Support with your application
Oxford Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to everyone. 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 people we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch at hello@oxfordhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
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