LinkAges Connect brings together young and old in Oxford City, creating friendships across generations.
A bit about LinkAges Connect
We match individual volunteers with an older person in Oxford so that they can form long-term friendships and undertake fun activities together. By doing this, volunteers can help older people in the city to be active and do things that they may be less able to do without company.
In collaboration with Age UK, volunteers will receive training, then be introduced to their match and receive ongoing support and trouble shooting from the team at the Hub. When you first meet your match, you will create a list of things that you want to do together, whether that be going for afternoon tea, lunch clubs, IT classes or going to the theatre together.
We are not a traditional befriending service. We think that just like any good friendship, both young and old can benefit from it.
We are looking for volunteers who are keen to make friends with an older person in Oxford City. Pairs will meet once a week at a time that suits you and do a range of activities together.
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to commit 2-3 hours a week for a minimum of a year, with the opportunity to continue.
Please note: this volunteering opportunity is not open to university students. You need to be able to commit for at least a year to an older person in the community of Oxford.
You can refer people over 65 in Oxford City to our LinkAges Connect programme. The programmes aims to introduce younger and older people in Oxford City to spend time together one-on-one and get out and about in the community. We match up people based on proximity, and try our hardest to bring people together based on mutual interests to create genuine, long lasting friendships. Pairs could go for afternoon tea, go to the theatre or attend a local activity such as a lunch club or IT class.
This programme is designed to support pairs to get out and about, and be active in the local community. It is not, therefore, a traditional 'home visit' befriending service, and sadly, is not suitable for house bound people. Please bear this in mind when considering the suitability of the person you intend to refer to the programme.
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.