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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis we have made the difficult decision to suspend all of our face-to-face programmes for the foreseeable. You can read more about how we’ve approached re-inventing our programmes to fit these disconnecting times here.
Although we’re not currently able to continue with our normal activities (our face-to-face Social Clubs and Love Your Neighbour programmes) we have developed the below pilot, emergency response programmes to ensure that people over 65 in Camden and Islington can still feel part of their community during these challenging times:
Social Clubs at Home
Our Social Clubs at Home are free online group activities hosted via Zoom - a video conferencing platform that’s free to use. All that’s required to get involved with these clubs is a smartphone or laptop and a connection to the internet. Much like our usual in-person Social Clubs, our online version allows our community of older and younger neighbours to continue to enjoy taking part in activities like Desert Island Discs evenings, dancing, recipe swaps, quizzes and yoga together. And if you don’t know how to use Zoom then it’s absolutely no problem: where possible, we’re also providing neighbours with one-to-one support with how to download and navigate the Zoom app, in order to be able to access our online group activities.
Friendship over the phone
As of 29th July 2020, we have had to close referrals for our Phone a Friend programme due to demand. For alternative befriending services please visit: CamdenCareChoices, Reengage, FCV Dorcas Islington, and St Luke’s Islington. Alternatively you can call our Outreach team on 0207 118 3838 (option 3) who may be able to offer advice.
Postal Activity Packs
Older neighbours can also sign up to receive our free monthly Postal Activity Pack, which includes an activity for every day of the month to do at home. Each daily suggestion is different and could range from writing a letter to an inanimate object, to 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. These #AloneTogether resources are also available for anyone to download for free from our website here. We’re encouraging as many people as possible to take part and are sharing examples from our #AloneTogether community on our social media channels every day.
Although we’re unable to directly offer practical support ourselves, we are able to signpost older neighbours to our local and national partners to support them to access the right help, which may be access to food packages, prescription collections and more.