Category Archives: Stories

Sheltered Housing: older people’s perceptions of choice and independence are key

Silverlinks in Rochdale is delivered by HMR Circle, a well-established organisation for older people.   Circle were approached by RBH (Rochdale Borough Housing) to see if any Silverlinks volunteers could help them with some research into older people’s views of … Continue reading

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Silverlinks Nottingham: Homelessness can affect anyone

Here is a blog from our Silverlinks project in Nottingham. Little did Mary Clark, Nottingham Silverlinks co-ordinator at Age UK Notts., know what a journey she would be embarking on with client Cyril when she first met him at her … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ian

Our Silverlinks volunteers support older people who are facing decisions about their housing and care.  Many of our volunteers have had first hand experience of facing decisions about moving home in later life, having adaptations or supporting a loved one … Continue reading

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Volunteer stories: Silverlinks in Cornwall

Silverlinks in Cornwall is well under way, being delivered by  Ann Hawkey and Emily Ellis from Cornwall Council’s Home Solutions Team.   Today we hear from Ann who tells us the story of one of their volunteers, Gordon, who has first-hand experience of … Continue reading

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“Looking Ahead” – new film about housing decisions in later life

Silverlinks is all about older people sharing their experiences about making housing & care decisions in later life.   We are delighted to share with you this photo film, “Looking Ahead” in which Kath Ford shares her experiences of downsizing. … Continue reading

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Sharing experiences: interview with a Silverlinks volunteer

Mrs B has been a Silverlinks volunteer for some time but due to her increasing problems with mobility and walking and feeling tired, she feels that what she can do as a volunteer is  limited.  However she kindly agreed to … Continue reading

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Silverlinks Volunteer’s Story

This week we have a new Silverlinks volunteer, Pam, at West of England Care & Repair. We asked Pam to introduce herself and tell us a bit about her experiences and how she came to volunteer for Silverlinks: I was … Continue reading

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Meet the Volunteers! Silverlinks Nottingham & Nottinghamshire

Here’s a blog from Mary, the Silverlinks Coordinator at Age UK Notts. Hello again. I want you to meet some of our Silverlinks team volunteers; Sadie, Judith, Gill, and Jennifer. Each has a different experience of downsizing and together they … Continue reading

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Workshops and talks round-up

Since the start of April 2015 Silverlinks has reached 2,564 older people through our Pass it On and Thinking Ahead workshops and information sessions.    These are workshops, talks and talks delivered by our volunteers. Our “cascade” model means that all … Continue reading

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Silverlinks volunteers helping to make cooking easier

West of England Care & Repair (WE C&R) held an open day last week around the theme of making cooking easier for older and disabled people.  The event demonstrated how to make quick, delicious and healthy meals, as well as … Continue reading

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