WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP

We believe that churches, Christian organisations and individuals can make a significant impact in addressing issues of isolation and loneliness, and that older people have a significant part to play in the life of local communities.
Whether you are an individual eager to become involved on a local level, or a Church/ Christian organisation wishing to find out more about the contribution you can play collectively, we would like to hear from you. Please click on one of the boxes below which will explain further opportunities for you.

How you can get involved as an

INDIVIDUAL

There are a number of ways you as an individual can be part of Linking Lives projects. To find out more, please have a look down the page and let us know how you would like to help. All contributions of time, energy, prayer or finances are much appreciated.

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How to get involved as

CHURCH/CHRISTIAN GROUP

We provide full support, advice and training to churches and Christian charities thinking about setting up a befriending scheme. This includes access to key operational documents, and guidance at every stage of the journey towards setting up and when running a project.

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WAYS TO ENGAGE

AS INDIVIDUALS

There are various ways that you can contribute towards this work and these are summarised in the boxes below. All contributions of time, energy, prayer or finances are much appreciated. Please click on each box to find out more information:

1. PRAY

Do you pray? If so, please sign up to receive our regular prayer letter and join us in prayer for our valuable work

2. VOLUNTEER

If your church is not planning to run a Linking Lives project, there may be another scheme operating nearby. More info

3. FUNDRAISE

You can support our work by running fundraising events in your local community or with friends and family.

4. DONATE

You can make a donation to us as a charity. This can be done by cheque, standing order or in a number of other ways.

We aim to reach thousands of lonely people in UK

Whether you are an individual or part of a small group or church/ organisation, there are many ways in which you can support isolated older people through the work of Linking Lives UK.

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SETTING UP LINKING LIVES PROJECT FOR

CHURCHES AND CHRISTIAN ORGANISATIONS

We estimate that it can take approx. 6 months to set up a Linking Lives scheme. This includes the initial training followed by research and planning and compilation of key documents and volunteer training. Where churches/ agencies already have strong links in the community, this can be reduced to 3-4 months. These are the key steps to be followed:

Linking Lives UK (LLUK) Publicity Brochure supplied with Expression of Interest Form.

If you are interested in setting up a Linking Lives project in  your community, you will complete and return the Expression of Interest form and follow the flowchart on this page. You will be provided with a Setting Up Guide which will enable you to take steps towards establishing a clear need for a project, and guidance in approaching local agencies such as your local authority and voluntary organisations.

You will then be entered into the LLUK progress tracking system. If accepted, you will be sent a comprehensive Setting Up Toolkit including guidelines for Steering Groups, recruiting a coordinator, and securing public liability insurance.

Using your Setting Up Toolkit, you will begin to connect and engage with local agencies. LLUK will advise on the use of local statistics and reports to help interim members to achieve a clear understanding of your service area.

This one-day course is for steering group members, church leaders & coordinators. A standing order to LLUK will be set up to spread the cost of annual membership, LLUK training, ongoing support and final assessment leading to full Accreditation status.

This provides you with necessary skills and knowledge in how to set up a project, as well as guidance on the day to day management following a launch. We continue to maintain regular telephone contact with you following the training event, and work with you to ensure that key actions are taken at the appropriate times.

LLUK will guide members through a series of set objectives, with monthly progress contact between LLUK and project coordinators. These include creating safeguarding policies (if necessary), fund raising and developing operational processes.

Our fees for this service are currently made up of £150 for a 6 hour initial training course, £400 registration fee and £150 year one membership fee. Projects commit to at least three years of membership at £150 per year.

Interim members will be provided with access to LLUK templates and stationary ready to be personalised to their local projects. LLUK will also provide advice on local publicity material. When your project has made the necessary preparations, we will provide you with the key operational templates, as well as a bespoke Linking Lives logo for your area.

Benefits of using our model

There are many benefits of using our model of operation including:

* Initial setting up guidance, documentation, branding and training for coordinators and volunteers

* Access to key documentation, policies and procedures

* Access to ongoing support and advice from our experienced team

* Discounted befriending project PEL insurance policy

* Potential seed grant to help with setting up costs

* Members access to the Linking Lives Website and Members resources

* Regular newsletters and national updates & events

* Assistance with maintaining and developing quality standards

* Credibility and recognition developed with key organisations

Accreditation and Volunteer training. When necessary steps have been completed, the final assessment takes place and the LLUK Agreement is signed. A 2 1/2 hour Volunteer Induction training course is delivered by LLUK trainers.

A final assessment is carried out and a launch date set. We also provide a comprehensive Operations Manual and certificate.

We are committed to enabling local projects to maintain and build on good practice and this is achieved through a review after six months of the launch followed by regular annual reviews. We also hold an annual conference for coordinators of our local projects which provides the opportunity to share ideas, outcomes and challenges and receive information about national developments.

As we continue to raise the profile of Linking Lives on a national level, local schemes will also benefit with greater awareness leading to additional local support through volunteering and financial donations.

1,800,000

LONELY PEOPLE IN UK

500,000

SPEND CHRISTMAS ALONE

3,900,000

TV - THEIR ONLY COMPANION

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PROJECT COMPLETED

A FEW OF OUR

CASE STUDIES

In the following case studies we have had the key role of supporting and advising churches and other agencies during the process of setting up their project, as well as providing ongoing guidance as necessary. This includes initial training for local steering group members and/or coordinators; as Setting Up Guide; Template Documents; Bespoke Logos; and Volunteer Induction Training.

31August
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Partnership Development Worker Vacancy

Partnership Development Worker Vacancy We are currently advertising a brand new role of Partnership Development Worker with Linking Lives UK. The role will be on the basis of 8 hours...

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22July
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Golden Years Conference – Lewisham

18July
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Colourful Radio Interview

04April
A FEW OF OUR

LINKING LIVES UPCOMING EVENTS

If you are interested in coming along to one of our events, please find out more below

24February
24 February @ 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

Annual Linking Lives Conference – 24/02/18

Join us for next year's Linking Lives conference which will be free to representatives from our existing partner projects. Others...

28October
28 October @ 10:00 am - 10:00 am

Jubilee Plus Conference – 28/10/17

Join us for this event run by Jubilee Plus. The event promises to 'envision, equip and encourage you to increase...