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.
Around Oxford City
Welcome to LinkAges!
LinkAges is a group which supports people to volunteer to fight loneliness in Oxford's older community. You can join groups who:
Perform music in a Dementia day centre and care homes
Help out with socialising and games in local care homes
Mentor older people in tech skills at IT Help classes
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.
Come along to a welcome session to learn more about LinkAges and get involved!
The next sessions are: 9th January 4pm, Oxford Hub 14th January 5pm, Oxford Hub 17th January, 5.15pm, Oxford Hub 22nd January, 4pm, Oxford Hub 30th January 12pm, Oxford Brookes, CLC G.11
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.
Dance to Health
Dance to Health is a new, pioneering nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people, combining physiotherapy with the creativity, expression and energy of dance!
We're looking for Dance Support Volunteers to assist with weekly dance classes. You'll have some experience in dance, sport, exercise, yoga etc., and are keen to help facilitate these classes so that people get the most out of them!
You'll recieve training in Postural Stability Instruction from Dance to Health and work alongside a trained dance artist to help deliver to class.
Headington - Wood Farm School - Monday 10am-12.30pm. Barton - Barton Neighbourhood Centre - Monday 1-3pm.
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, weekly between 30th January to the 27th February, 2-4pm.
Lime Walk Methodist Church, third Tuesday of the month, 2-4pm.
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?
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.
Saturday mornings at Isis House care home. Tuesday afternoons at Daybreak.
Care Home Volunteering
Get involved as an activity assistant at Isis House or Townsend 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 Townsend House - Bayswater Rd, Oxford OX3 9NX
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.
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.
To apply to be a volunteer, click the 'Apply' tab at the top of the page.
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! Our next welcome sessions will be in January so you can start volunteering in the new year.
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 email@example.com and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.