Linkages

LinkAges takes the loneliness out of old age by connecting you to opportunities to befriend local older people.

Informaton icon LinkAges takes the loneliness out of old age by connecting you to opportunities to befriend local older people.

Location icon Local care homes and organisations

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What is LinkAges?

LinkAges aims to tackle social isolation in the local community by sending student volunteers into care homes and events for the elderly to socialise, chat with them and ultimately make a difference to their week.

Placements

Our partners for this programme are Poplars Care Home, Communicare (our tea and cake events off campus), Southampton Day Services. Volunteering with LinkAges can be fairly flexible, although for our two organisation placements you will need to commit on a longer basis.

Volunteering commitment

We expect at least one term of volunteering, which typically involves 1-2 hours a week during a term, with an induction before your placement starts. Many volunteers carry on volunteering into semester two.

Skills and employability

Communication, working with people with complex needs, Dementia Friends training, safeguarding for vulnerable adults, teamwork (if running tea and cake events), empathy, supporting external staff (eg care workers) are all skills you will gain by taking part in Empower. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working with older or elderly people, in customer service or wants to improve their social and language skills.

Training and support

We refer you directly to the organisations who we have worked with and they provide any necessary training and support.

Reasonable adjustments

LinkAges is committed to being an inclusive programme. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Sophie at sophie.ford@southamptonhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.

Volunteering with LinkAges won't cost you

We reimburse all Southampton Hub volunteers' travel expenses, including bus and car travel, throughout the project.

Why not volunteer with a friend?

Volunteering for Southampton Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?

Questions?

Email sophie.ford@southamptonhub.org who will be able to answer any questions and direct you to the LinkAges committee for any further help and support.

You can also check out other various projects over on our What's On page.

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