LinkAges helps students engage with older people in the Oxford community and the issues facing an ageing population.
1-2 hours a week throughout the academic year
Around Oxford City
What is LinkAges?
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!
To apply to be a volunteer, click the 'Apply' tab at the top of the page.
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).
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.
LinkAges are looking for a new student committee for 2018!
We're currently recruiting for the following roles:
Dementia Daybreak and Archway Foundation Coordinators (2 positions):
Contacts applicants interested in their activity
Liaises with relevant community partner about volunteers for their activity
Tracks attendance and sends reminder emails to volunteers
Accompanies volunteers to sessions when possible
Linkages Music Sessions Coordinator:
Planning biweekly music events by getting in contact with potential student musicians -
Serving as a point of contact for community partners
Accompanying the musicians to the care homes on one event per week
Flexibility required, music skills would be a lovely bonus!
We especially welcome applications from non-Finalists, though anyone is welcome to apply. No prior experience is required - just enthusiasm and dedication to the cause!
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.