LinkAges tackles elderly isolation by connecting you to opportunities with local older people in the community
Weekdays during term-time
Various partners across Winchester
Bringing people together every day of the week
LinkAges takes the loneliness out of old age by connecting students with opportunities to engage with their local community and make a positive difference to an older person's week. We believe that by promoting intergenerational activities, volunteers have the power to tackle social isolation.
Previous experience working with older people is not necessary, but a sense of humour will get you far!
What do we do?
LinkAges run in partnership with care homes, community centres and the local council in the Winchester area. During term time, student volunteers get involved in weekly activities; this ranges from having a cuppa with our lovely groups in town, helping with some great activities at our care homes, getting involved in sport, teaching someone how to use their PC and much more.
We have opportunities across the City, be it Stanmore, Weeke or the City Centre itself!
We are currently working with Sunrise Care Home, the Sheltered Housing team at Godson House and Hyde Gate, Matilda Place, Weeke Community Centre, River Park Leisure, Sporting Memories Network, Sheltered Housing Wifi Scheme and potentially more in the new year.
How does it work?
Apply on our website
Attend an information session - you will be inducted and told what placements we offer (dates available for this can be chosen on your application)
In your own time, you complete your DBS and tell us where you want to go
Dependent on where you choose to volunteer, you may have to complete a second training session to cover more detailed information on your placement
You start volunteering!
Lydia our Projects Officer will check in with you after your first session
What is on offer?
Monday: 10am - 12pm Winchester LIDO Sporting Memories - play some light sports, discuss sporting trivia and have a cuppa 2-4pm Matilda Place Sheltered Housing for those living with Dementia - volunteers help run an activity with support staff and help serve tea and cake
Tuesday: 10am - 11am Hyde Gate Tea & Coffee Mornings - come along for a cuppa and a chat
Friday: 2pm - 4pm Weeke Community Centre Matinee Club and Songs of Praise - every other week come along to the centre to help serve tea and coffee, and enjoy some entertainment!
Sunrise: A care home in Weeke that has activities on all day, everyday. Meet with Louise who will induct you and find an opportunity that matches your interests. We have had volunteers attend knitting, scrabble, flower arranging and more.
River Park Leisure: Be matched with an elderly resident in Winchester who wants to get more active but needs the company to do so. River Park receive requests from residents to go to the gym, attend fitness classes, go swimming but want a friend to join them. Full training and induction provided.
Wifi Scheme: The council have recently launched wifi in all of the sheltered housing schemes in Winchester. They need students to pop into different locations over Winchester to show residents how to use their devices. This can be things like setting up an email, doing online shopping, using Skype and so on.
COMING SOON Befriending a neighbour: The GP service in Weeke come into contact with elderly residents across Winchester on a daily basis, and many of them are missing company. Work with us to be matched to a resident in Winchester who has been identified as socially isolated. Time commitments will vary on the personal relationship, along with activity. For example it may be having a cup of tea, watching TV, playing cards or so on.
Volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Winchester Hub is super social; we organise our volunteers into teams so this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people; and why not sign up with a friend?
Volunteering with LinkAges is flexible around you!
Winchester Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions, volunteering projects and other activities on a case-by-case basis.
We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including special educational needs, please do get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.