Community Link

What is Community Link?

Community Link is for anyone who would like to get involved in a new group or club but is worried about taking that first step.

Joining a new group can be daunting – whatever stage of life you’re at – but we know that the benefits are worth it. There’s the chance to make new friends, become more active or just get back into doing something you used to enjoy when you were younger.

Our Community Link service makes joining a new group easier, by accompanying you to your first session.

Who can benefit from Community Link?

There are lots of good reasons to get involved in something new. It can create a network of friends and improve your confidence. It can stimulate your mind, give you more energy and provide some structure to your week.

Our Community Link service is designed for those who are motivated to make a change and get involved in something, but struggle to take that first step because of:

  • a lack of confidence
  • mobility problems
  • mental health difficulties
  • a long term physical health condition.

We work with you to address the practical barriers to taking up a new activity and can offer support through the whole process – from making first contact to attending a session.

How does it work?

Step 1
Choosing a group

This step is about helping you choose the activity you want to get involved with.

We start with a conversation about why you want to join a group – and what you’re looking to get out of it.

Step 2
Overcoming barriers

At this stage we can make the first contact with the group if you wish.

We’ll also try to address any practical barriers you’re facing which make it difficult to join the group you want.

Step 3
Your first session

At this stage, we can accompany you to your first session if needed.

After the session we’ll have a conversation about how the group went, and whether you’re likely to go again.

How much does it cost?

Our Community Link service costs £25 an hour, with the total cost depending on how much support you would like from us.

How do I access the service?

Our Community Link Service is currently available to residents of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

To access the service, simply contact us by phone on 0300 222 5709, e-mail us at hereinfo@guideposts.org.uk, or start a web chat – and let us know what type of group you’re interested in joining.