LinkAges helps students engage with the elderly community in Oxford and the issues facing an ageing population.
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1-2 hours a week throughout the year
Around Oxford City
What is LinkAges?
LinkAges is a student-led project that encourages and assists students to volunteer and engage with the elderly community in the Oxford city area. There are opportunities to run activity sessions at a local residential home, become a befriender or join our committee.
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 huge bearing on one’s mental health and cognitive decline, as well as their 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.
Volunteering in care homes can play a huge part in making residents feel connected to their community and the outside world and making care homes fun and vibrant places to live and work.
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 so that as many as possible can get involved, giving them a chance to be active and sociable. Activities include board games, arts and crafts, karaoke and more. We also help Isis House run special events for their residents, such as ice-skating at the Oxford Ice Rink and a trip to the Thirsty Meeples board game cafe for Student Volunteering Week. The days of the Isis House sessions can vary each week but they always take place either between 10am and 12pm or 2pm and 4pm and you are welcome to go to as many or as few as you like. You don't need any previous experience or documents, just a lot of enthusiasm!
LinkAges are expanding to another care home! 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.
We are also looking for a coordinator for this role- take a look at the role description here.
The befriending scheme aims to create sustained and sustainable long-term friendships between students and elderly individuals in Oxford. You will be committing to meeting with your partner once a week for a minimum of six months.
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. This year LinkAges are running four IT courses (two in Michaelmas and two in Hilary). The schedule is here. You only need to spare 2 hours every Wednesday for four weeks to make a real difference!