LinkAges Community Hubs

Help to create a meaningful intergenerational community hub

Informaton icon Help to create a meaningful intergenerational community hub

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What is LinkAges?

LinkAges Community Hubs started out as a project between Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Hub that aimed to create a meaningful intergenerational community and tackle social isolation among vulnerable elderly adults. 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 a severe impacts 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.

Following research conducted alongside Cambridge City Council, Cambridge Hub are looking to build a new intergenertational project that involves, elderly residents, students and primary school pupils. We are in the planning stages of setting up a project that tackles both isolation in the elderly and need for people to listen to primary school children read.

How can you get involved?

If you are passionate about integrating into and building community outside of University contexts, and are concerned about the wellbeing of an ageing population, please get involved!

We are looking for a team of students to take on a range of roles to develop the LinkAges project. You will gain experience in leadership and project development and be trained as volunteer coordinators. You will deepen your understanding of intergenerational issues and the challenges faced by vulnerable elderly adults and gain the skills and experience needed to tackle some of these challenges.

Student volunteers will work as a committee, working on the project with the support of Cambridge Hub, taking ownership over the following strategic areas:

Planning Roles - Liaising with Cambridge Hub staff to fix dates and plan general content - Arranging logistics for any events outside the Hub - Ensure compliance with Health and Safety, risk assessments, DBS checks etc

Strategic Roles - Outreach within the local community - Liaison with local organisations working in related fields - Impact measurement and project evaluation

Facilitator Roles ( this would be on a rolling basis, with one or two core students present at each session) - Setting up the session alongside residents - Helping people get to the sessions, e.g. walking with them from their homes

Accessibility

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 Isobel at [email protected] and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.

Travel expenses

All volunteer travel expenses are reimbursed.

How can I apply?

Apply online following the link above as soon as possible!

Strategic Partner

Strategic Partner