Link Age Southwark

Link Age Southwark

At a glance

Causes

  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Men
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Social care
  • Women

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Link Age Southwark is a vibrant local charity providing friendly volunteer support to over 800 isolated, older people in Southwark.

We combat loneliness and isolation and bring cheer to older people's lives, improving their health and wellbeing. We do this by offering:

  • One-to-one befriending visits
  • Activity groups with volunteer transport
  • Practical support including light gardening and help with odd jobs
  • Intergenerational work with local schools

Link Age Southwark helps older people stay connected with their communities, alleviating loneliness, improving health and wellbeing and making communities stronger through volunteering.

Activities

We are a volunteering charity and we recruit, train and support volunteers to deliver the following services:

- Befriending
Volunteer befrienders regularly visit an older person to offer one-to-one friendship and social contact. That could be a cup of tea, a walk or reading a newspaper together. We also support people with mild to moderate dementia and offer specific training to those befriending volunteers.

- Social group support
We run 24 groups for older people across Southwark. These include a Book Club, Computer sessions, Reminiscence and Gentle Exercise.

- Transport
Getting from A-B can be a challenge for older people. Volunteer drivers help them keep social appointments, attend our activity groups and maintain a social life.

- Gardening & odd job help
Our volunteers help older people with light gardening including cutting the lawn, weeding a flowerbed or trimming hedges. They also help with odd jobs in the home, such as changing a light bulb or hanging curtains.

- Telephone befriending 
A lot of people who are lonely really appreciate a call now and again for a chat and to put the world to rights! Our new telephone befriending service would suit a volunteer who is busy or can't get out of the house themselves.

- Fundraising and events
Bringing in vital funds to keep our work going is essential. Volunteers raise funds by suggesting events, distributing publicity, helping on stalls and making stock to sell.

- Office administration
Volunteers can keep our services running smoothly by helping with office administration, or by providing graphic design and website design assistance.

 

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