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North London Cares is a volunteer network matching young professionals to imaginative projects to support our older neighbours in need of a little extra time, practical help, social connection or human companionship.

Our objective is to build relationships between people who might not normally interact, to tackle isolation, bridge social divides and bring our communities closer together.

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Words matter

Words matter

Monday 21st July 2014

Over the past week, we've been thinking a lot about the work we do, and how we can best enable you lot - our amazing volunteers - most effectively to support our older neighbours in Camden and Islington. As part of that process, we've had a look at all the documents, proposals, web pages and reports we've created over the past 3 years - and come up with this, a Word Cloud that articulates what we do.

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North London Cares is turning 3!

North London Cares is turning 3!

Monday 14th July 2014

In a few weeks North London Cares will be turning 3 years young! To help us celebrate, on Friday August 8th please join fellow volunteers, neighbours and other supporters for drinks, games and freebies at our home in Camden Town for a special volunteer social...

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The age of austerity has challenges - but the networked age is full of opportunity

The age of austerity has challenges - but the networked age is full of opportunity

Monday 16th June 2014

Recently, North London Cares was invited to contribute to the launch and then a hearing of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing. It's great to have a voice in this type of national forum to speak about our experience on the ground matching young professional volunteers to older neighbours to help combat isolation. Because even in an "age of austerity", there's so much to be positive about - so many opportunities of the networked age that we at NLC try to tap into every day.

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Make your Saturdays more social

Make your Saturdays more social

Thursday 29th May 2014

Since the turn of the year, North London Cares has been hosting a variety of exciting social activities for our older neighbours to hang out with young volunteers, every Saturday, in partnership with Islington creatives Cubitt and All Change (and thanks to Islington Giving). 

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Introducing South London Cares

Introducing South London Cares

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Within a few weeks, NLC's brand new sister network, South London Cares, will begin the work of mobilising young professional volunteers to support their older neighbours below the river in Southwark and Lambeth. 

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Alexandra: Why I volunteer with North London Cares

Alexandra: Why I volunteer with North London Cares

Wednesday 30th April 2014

Alexandra Baxter has volunteered with North London Cares for a year, sharing recipes with older neighbours at cooking workshops, building new relationships at social clubs, helping older neighbours with gardening -- and leading other volunteers to be involved through our NLC Organisers programme. Read her blog on why she gives her time, and what she gets out of it...

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Creative Cooking

Creative Cooking

Wednesday 9th April 2014

Over the past week our volunteers and older neighbours have been getting creative with food and have made some beautiful Easter eggs and colourful tasty pizzas.

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NLC’s Green Fingers

NLC’s Green Fingers

Tuesday 8th April 2014

This weekend Alex, one of our North London Cares Organisers, along with four other volunteers, helped two of their older neighbours to transform their gardens ready for spring.

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Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - The Full Islington Report

Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - The Full Islington Report

Friday 28th March 2014

This winter, for the third year running, North London Cares ran an ambitious project of integrated and pro-active services to help keep our older neighbours in Islington warm, active, connected and healthy during the anxious and isolating cold snap. Read the full report below with detail on why and how we did it - and some evaluation on how we can make an even bigger difference next winter.

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Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - The Full Camden Report

Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - The Full Camden Report

Friday 28th March 2014

For the past 2 winters North London Cares has delivered an innovative, integrated project to help keep our older neighbours warm, active, connected and healthy throughout the anxious and isolating cold snap. This year, we delivered the project in Camden as well as in Islington. Read the full report with all the details and evaluation of what we did in Camden; about why this work is so valuable, who benefits, the outcomes - and how we can do even more next year.

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Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - Infographic

Winter Warmth 2013/2014 - Infographic

Friday 28th March 2014

We're proud of the work we do every winter to help keep our older neighbours warm, active, connected and healthy through the isolating and anxious cold snap. Check out the infographic showing how our teams helped our neigbours across both Camden and Islington this winter - and sign up to be part of it next time.

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