Volunteer for a meaningful, musical intergenerational project
1 hour per week during term time
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 elderly people say the television is their main form of company. Loneliness has severe impacts on mental health and cognitive decline, as well as physical health. Intergenerational contact is extremely effective in helping isolated people feel in touch with their local communities and society as a whole.
Cambridge Hubs’ LinkAges is an intergenerational volunteering programme, fostering connection and understanding across generations through engaging activities. LinkAges aims to reduce loneliness amongst older people and promote community cohesion between students and the local community.
Last year we delivered the programme virtually due to Covid-19. We do hope to move back to in-person sessions when it is safe to do so.
We're very excited to launch a new programme next year following a successful pilot in 2020-21. The programme will pair a student volunteer with an elderly resident for a 6-week Desert Island Discs project. You will have weekly sessions to talk about music and associated memories. The sessions will be recorded and edited to make a short video for each participant, which can then be shared with family and friends. Through this programme you will be befriend an elderly resident and capture some incredible memories. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your local community and bring interest into someone's life.
You can apply to join the project at the top of this page, it will take you to an online application form. Following that, your application will be reviewed and Cambridge Hub will be in contact to put together a short bio. These bios will be used to match you with a resident. The matching process is really important and ensures that all particpants get the most out of the experience. You may be placed on a waiting list until the right match is found.
Cambridge Hub is committed to making our activities inclusive to all students. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes and project 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 Susana at [email protected] and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
Keep an eye out for applications opening in September 2021!