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.
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, and more!
Times TBC. Activities include bingo, coffee morning, games, quizes and cooking. Isis Care Home, 124 Cornwallis Rd, Oxford, OX4 3NH.
Volunteering at Townsend House
Be part of a team of volunteers to help provide 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.
Times TBC. Townsend House, Bayswater Rd, Oxford, OX3 9NX.
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 7th November to the 29th November.
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 (address above). Tuesday afternoons at Daybreak (address above).
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!
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.