North London Cares is a community network of younger and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another, to tackle loneliness and isolation in Camden and Islington, providing a variety of free social activities.
Social Clubs are free group activities that take place several times a week in person, over the phone and online using Zoom. They offer older (>65) and younger neighbours to share time, laughter and new experiences that help everyone to feel a part of our rapidly changing city, rather than left behind by it. Clubs take place on weekdays, evenings and weekends and include discos, script reading sessions, yoga, hula hooping, meditation, conversation and creative activities.
#AllTogether Activity Packs
Free monthly #AllTogether Activity Packs (by post/email), include an activity for every week of the month to do at home. Each suggestion is different and could range from writing a letter to an inanimate object, deciding what you’d do if you were Prime Minister for the day, to cutting out words from a newspaper to turn into an abstract poem.
Love Your Neighbour
Love Your Neighbour is a friendship-matching programme. It introduces younger and older neighbours living across Camden and Islington matching them together to spend time one-to-one together, either over the phone, in-person or a mix of both. Friends generally catch up together once a week, to enjoy company and conversation. People are matched based on proximity and mutual interests to create genuine, long-lasting friendships. Volunteers cannot help with practical tasks such as cooking, cleaning or attending doctor's appointments.
Support with technology skills
This volunteer outreach programme aims to support older neighbours to bridge some of the barriers to connection they may be facing, such as by facilitating one-to-one technology support. Where possible, this is over the phone support to help older neighbours to access our online activities through Zoom, as well as build their skills in other areas, such as in how to navigate the internet/set up an email account. Please note: the team isn't able to provide any tech equipment, tech advice or support with getting connected to the internet.
Camden or Islington residents
- living with severe unmanaged mental health conditions or a dementia diagnosis
How to refer