Overview

Link Age Southwark is seeking a new chairperson of its board of trustees to carry on the fantastic work of their current chairperson who is stepping down in the Autumn. The charity is in good financial shape, with a great team of staff and fellow volunteer trustees who are all completely dedicated to the charity’s cause.

If you possess good leadership skills, have a passion about the issues facing older people in our society and are keen to take on the responsibility of governing a great charity as well as leading it to build more success in the future, this is the opportunity for you.

Link Age Southwark is a successful, award winning, vibrant, local charity providing support to over 600 people over 60 in Southwark through its free volunteer services including: befriending; activity groups; transport and light gardening and DIY. Link Age Southwark also provide specialist support to people of all ages with a diagnosis of mild to moderate dementia, with dedicated groups and befriending on offer. Over 500 volunteers are engaged in providing this support and other activities on behalf of Link Age Southwark.

This is an exciting time for Link Age Southwark as it celebrates 25 years of service to older people in the borough. They have recently been awarded The Queen’s Award for Volunteering Services and they were awarded Charity of the Year in Southwark in 2017.

Over its 25 years history, Link Age Southwark has built a great reputation in the community for the work that they do to alleviate loneliness and isolation in older people and enrich the community by encouraging volunteering.

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About Link Age Southwark

Link Age Southwark is an award-winning local volunteering charity that supports lonely and isolated older people in the community.  Our vision is of friendly, vibrant local communities where older people thrive.  Our mission is to help older people stay connected with their communities, alleviating loneliness, improving health and wellbeing, and making communities stronger through volunteering.

Background

Link Age Southwark continues to face rising demand for our services:  Over 9000 people aged 65 and over live alone in Southwark.  The population of over 90s is set to double over the next decade, and the over 65 age group is predicted to grow by a third by 2015.  Dementia is on the increase, with around 1800 people known to be living with dementia in Southwark.

Over half of older people consider the television their main form of company.  10% of older people always or often feel lonely.  Lonely people are at greater risk of serious physical and mental health problems and more likely to visit their GP, fall, enter in residential or nursing care early, and use A&E.

Southwark is the 12th most deprived of London’s 32 London Boroughs.  Southwark’s older population ranks 6th most deprived out of 326 local authorities nationally.

How we work

Link Age Southwark recruits, trains and manages over 400 volunteers to deliver services to over 600 older people across the London Borough of Southwark.  Our services are free to everyone aged over 60 who lives in Southwark, and the average age of the people we support is 82.  Our volunteers come from across the Borough and beyond.

We receive referrals from GPs, other health professionals, social workers, charities, older people themselves and their friends and family.  Our experienced staff assess older people in their own homes and connect them to services and activities provided by Link Age Southwark and other partners.

Our services include: 

  • A volunteer befriending programme, matching isolated older people with a friendly, trained volunteer who visits them once a week
  • 25 regular activity groups in community settings, ranging from yoga to singing, reminiscence, arts and crafts and many more
  • Volunteer and wheelchair-accessible transport to ensure older people can access activities outside their homes
  • A specialist programme of activities for people living with dementia and their carers
  • Inter-generational work with local schools including computer clubs and social events
  • Practical support with light gardening and odd jobs.