LinkAges is a student-led project that encourages and assists students to volunteer and engage with the older community in the Oxford city area. There are opportunities to run activity sessions at a local residential home, help teach IT classes to over 50s, join our committee, and much more!
There are a number of projects at LinkAges that students can get involved in...
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!
Opportunity: Dementia Daybreak are looking for musicians for their fundraising Christmas concert. If you're interested, please get in touch: email@example.com
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 this term will run on Wednesdays from October 25th - November 22nd, 14.00-16.00. Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Rd, Oxford, OX4 6HW.
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.
Wednesdays from 9.30-12.15, Mondays from 18.45-20.45. St Columba's URC, Alfred St, Oxford, OX1 4EH.
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.
Support with your application
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.