We hope North London Cares can have a big impact on the development of volunteering and the delivery of some services in London. Please stay tuned for updates about where our vision has appeared in media and specialist publications.
"They have helped her get out of the house during evenings when she became lonely and they have provided her with a trusted network of volunteers who she now calls friends. North London Cares was very happy to deliver her a Christmas hamper, donated by the local newspaper the Islington Tribune, to demonstrate that the community cared for her at a difficult time."
As The Campaign to End Loneliness released figures about the extent of loneliness amongst older people in the UK, and Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt gave a speech on the challenges associated with isolation, we arranged for Lil to speak to ITV News about her experience.
"A survey of more than 450 older people (often in high rise social housing) in the London borough of Islington found that although many suffered from poor health and long-term illnesses which could be exacerbated by hot weather, most did not treat potential problems from heatwaves as seriously as those from cold weather."
“This is a big step for North London Cares as it’s our first long-term investment,” said Alex Smith, founder of NLC. “We were one of only seven groups in the country to secure the funding so it’s also a big endorsement of our work.”
"SARAH Gaughan, 27, has just started her new position as volunteer programme coordinator at North London Cares, a community network that matches young professionals with isolated people who live in Islington and Camden. Sarah will be running current projects as well as creating new initiatives."
"The young can learn a thing or two from the elderly, as TV producer Lauren Fleet, 37, found out when she took her new friend Pat Hawes out to celebrate her 90th birthday. Lauren volunteers for North London Cares, which pairs professional people with neighbours who need a bit of support..."
"The Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund is making another £1 million gift to London. The money will tackle poverty in almost every borough by boosting the work of 66 grassroots groups who help the city’s poorest people..".
"As our populations continue to age, and especially as our budgets continue to diminish, we need to develop new strategies for how we finance our loved ones through comfortable, healthy and happy longer lives."
"On the Harvist Estate in Holloway the North London Cares street party on Tuesday also defied the rain to see face painting, an Arsenal in the Community penalty shootout competition and bouncy castles – as well as lots of food and drink."
"“Islington is all about diversity and it was great to celebrate that richness by bringing together a school, a football club, a business, a leisure centre, a martial arts group, a church and a cultural group; working class, middle class, old, young, black, white.”
"Those small, personal interactions can have a really positive effect in people's lives, providing the connection, comfort, companionship and care many of our more isolated neighbours need."
"That’s what North London Cares is all about – recruiting people through existing social networks to harness the power of civic participation, and creating flexible, accessible, social, fun and rewarding volunteering opportunities for people."
"North London Cares connects the most social with the most isolated, helping address the social dislocation felt by both parties."
"Regardless of how much stick the Big Society has gotten over time, there is a vibrant, buzzing, healthy social/community action ecosystem in Britain today...Organisations like North London Cares in London, a community network matching volunteers with volunteering opportunities close to their homes and workplaces."
"North London Cares aims to tackle isolation in areas of deprivation by harnessing the time and energy of local people who want to contribute to their communities, but often find it difficult to access volunteering opportunities due to the high level of commitment required."