What was the first North London Cares event you attended?
My first social with North London Cares was Spanish 101 round the corner from Warren Street. It was during the heatwave period in July, so it was nice to be in an air-conditioned room and sharing cool drinks with the neighbours. I was sat with Catherine and Maria, both were very friendly and welcoming. Safe to say I learnt more about them than I did any Spanish language!
What has been your best experience with North London Cares so far?
The seated-cheerleading class! Definitely the most fun with lots of laughter. Everyone was super keen to get stuck into it, we got to form mini squads and once they brought the pom poms out, we were looking like the real deal. We even got to have a cheer off! Don't let the fact that it's seated make you think it's not a workout, because my upper body was feeling it by the end!
What advice would you give to a neighbour coming to a club for the first time?
Have fun, it's a social you're supposed to. If you’re feeling nervous, have a cuppa, there'll definitely be someone who'll join you for one! The people are the friendliest and most welcoming group you could ever meet. Listen to their stories, ask questions and share your own stories. Volunteering and attending the social clubs is the most fun, I guarantee your first won't be your last!
Where do you like to go in Camden or Islington to feel happy?
I like to try catch live shows a couple of times a month, whether it's for sports, music or comedy. The O2 in Kentish Town, is great for small up and coming artist and bands. I recently discovered The Bill Murray pub in Angel which is great for a good laugh, then just around the corner from there is the Plaquemine Lock, which is great for cajun food and live music.
Posted by Andy Naylor on Tuesday 5th November 2019
Andy is a Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs) at North London Cares