Project information

Christmas Challenge: Transport for Older People

We want to increase our provision of transport to enable older people across Southwark to attend our activity groups and Christmas Party, alleviating loneliness and isolation.

November 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: Link Age Southwark

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  • Need


    Older people are vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness as their mobility reduces, leaving them unable to leave their homes on their own. Over half of all older people consider television as their main form of company. Many older people tell us that the transport that we provide gives them their only opportunity to socialise with other people outside their homes.


    We will increase our provision of accessible transport so that older people who are too frail to use public transport can still meet up with friends and engage in our social groups, including reminiscence, bridge and singing, and attend our Christmas Party.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide transport for older people to reduce social isolation and loneliness.


    » Providing accessible paid and volunteer transport so that older people can attend our 20 groups and Christmas Party.

    We will provide 1000 transport journeys to and from our groups and social events

  • Impact


    We will decrease social isolation and loneliness among older people in Southwark; increase their wellbeing and improve their quality of life.

    We will measure this through surveys, questionnaires, case studies.

    Success will be defined as 40 people reporting decreased social isolation as a result of the transport we provide.


    Risk 1 - Lack of availability of volunteer drivers. We have dealt with this by setting up a targeted recruitment campaign for volunteer drivers.
    Risk 2 - Lack of available minibus drivers. We have dealt with this by advertising for back-up minibus drivers.
    Risk 3 - Lack of available transport. We have dealt with this by identify three back up transport options if our preferred provider is not available.


    Donors will receive a thank you for their donation with a copy of our impact report, if they haven't had one before. They will receive a bi-annual donor newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Volunteer costs DBS checks, training, petrol expenses
      £2,000 Transport Escort Escort for transfers to and from minibus
      £3,000 Minibus Driver Paying the minibus driver
      £3,000 Minibus Hire Hiring the community minibus
  • Background


    Southwark is the 12th most deprived of London’s 32 Boroughs and the 41st most deprived in England and Wales. It has an ethnically diverse population and high levels of disability, illness and frailty among older residents. Social isolation is a key challenge: 43% of older people live alone in Southwark, higher than the national average of 34%, and only 40% of adult social care users have as much social contact as they would like.


    Our services are for over-60s in Southwark who are experiencing or are at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

    Many of our service users experience multiple disadvantage, including poverty, social exclusion, mobility problems and age or dementia discrimination.

    The median age of our service users is 83; 21% are over 90 years old; 65% are over 80 years old; 30% considered themselves to be disabled when they joined our service; 77% are women; 24% are from BAME bac

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Link Age Southwark is vibrant local charity with an impressive track record of improving older people’s lives and preventing and reducing loneliness and isolation. Since 1993 we have been building connections between people of all ages and backgrounds in the local community. We run over 20 regular activity groups across Southwark and are work with over 300 volunteers. We support over 500 older people each year. We won an award in 2016 for our impact reporting.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Street

    Claire coordinates attendance at the groups, ensures that we know who needs transport to each group each week and lets drivers know.

    Jennie Linnett

    Jennie recruits, inducts and trains volunteer drivers and identifies which volunteers are available for which groups to provide assisted transport.

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