North London Cares’ proactive Outreach programme works with our fabulous local partners across Camden and Islington to identify and invite older and younger neighbours to be part of their community and share time with another generation.
During the winter months, we work with our local council to deliver our annual Winter Wellbeing Project. We speak to hundreds of over 65s in Camden and Islington, welcoming them to North London Cares and making sure they stay warm, active, healthy and connected during a particularly isolating time of the year. You can see how we do this by reading our latest Winter Wellbeing report.
Throughout the rest of the year, Tilly, our Outreach Coordinator, works across our patch She meets older neighbours by visiting chemists, GP surgeries, pubs, libraries, community centres, and local estates and TRAs. And, she works with our community partners who refer older neighbours to North London Cares’ programmes, as well as introducing older neighbours already in our network to services and activities available in their area.
During the pandemic, we have had to adapt our outreach to respond to the many challenges older neighbours in our community continue to face.
We've deepened our relationships with fantastic community partners like GoodGym to organise shopping, medication collection and more. We have also been delivering refurbished laptops to older pals and providing virtual tech support so that our neighbours can access and navigate the online world. And, during the most difficult months of lockdown, we provided regular check-in calls to make sure our neighbours knew we were there.
How you or your organisation can get involved: