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: 25th February, 4pm, Oxford Hub 5th March, 5pm, Oxford Hub
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.