Are you aged 55 or over? Do you have a learning disability? Do you live in Omagh or Carrickfergus area?

If the answer is yes to all of these questions, Link me could help connect you to your community by taking part in fun activities in your area.

Older people with a learning disability

We want to help you feel connected, happy, confident and healthy by supporting you to take part in fun activities in your community.  

You choose what activities you would like to do and a volunteer will help you go to them, for example:

  • Arts and crafts class
  • Dance class
  • Exercise class
  • Church groups
  • Book club
  • Zumba class
  • Or another activity in your area

Link me aims to improve the wellbeing of older people with a learning disability by providing opportunities to be included in their community through leisure and fun activities, with the support of a trained volunteer. 

We hope that this will reduce the feeling of exclusion often felt by older people with a learning disability.  

The activities are based on the interests of the older people themselves with help and ideas from you, the volunteer.

We hope that the support you give to older people with a learning disability will help them feel confident enough to attend activities on their own.  

Watch out video

Watch the video to find out about Mencap Northern Ireland's Link me project. 

The project aims to help older people with a learning disability, who are at risk of social isolation, lead fuller, connected lives as valued members of their community.

If you join the project, you will be asked to set a goal that you would like to achieve.  

A goal that you might like to set could be:

  • To be more confident
  • To make new friends
  • To get out and about more
  • To feel more healthy
  • To be alone less
  • Or something else

Once you achieve your goal you will have a graduation. This means that we can help you celebrate your achievement. We will also give you some fun things to remind you of your time on the project.

We would love it if you still went along to the activities you tried with Link me, after your graduation. Going to activities by yourself would be a brilliant achievement.  

Join the Link me project

To find out more about joining the Link me project in the Carrickfergus area contact Christine Mulvenna:

To find out more about joining the Link me project in the Omagh area contact Keira Lindsay:

Volunteers

You have the opportunity to become a volunteer team member with Mencap.  

Joining Link me as a volunteer means you could make a real difference to the lives of older people with a learning disability.  

What personal benefits would Link me bring you?

As a Link me volunteer, you would receive in-depth training to make sure you feel ready to carry out your role.  

You will also get the opportunity to achieve an Open College Network (OCN) Level 1 and 2 in Learning Disability Awareness and an Open College Network (OCN) Level 1 and 2 Volunteering in Leisure Settings.

You will gain valuable experience that will add to the skills you already have and build on other skills to enhance your CV.  This could lead to better employment opportunities.

What our volunteers say

“I was a nurse for 25 years and have since retired, but have skills that you don’t just come by. 

"I am at home a lot of the time and wanted to get out and make a difference so I volunteered.”

- Justine, Link me volunteer, Carrickfergus 

“I moved to Omagh recently and wanted to get involved in the community and volunteered for Link Me.

"I have volunteered before and have always found it personally rewarding.”

- Tracey, Link me volunteer, Omagh
Man in home

Contact us about volunteering

If you would like to know more about volunteering with our Link me project, you can contact Shiona Heslip:

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