The difference we make

Did you know that loneliness has been shown to be as bad for people's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and twice as dangerous for older people as as obesity?

Isolation and loneliness are growing challenges in our communities – particularly in our capital where trends like globalisation, gentrification, migration, digitalisation the London housing bubble are rapidly changing previously familiar neighbourhoods, perpetuating anonymity and anxiety.

North London Cares tackles the isolation of the modern city at the root.

Our dynamic community network brings together older neighbours and young professionals, who may not normally interact, to spend time, to build authentic relationships and to share experiences which help all participants stay valued, vibrant and visible in this rapidly changing world.

In 2014 we published a 3-year Impact Evaluation report to demonstrate the value of these networks.

Based on several months' independent research, and funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the new evidence shows that the time people offer to be part of North London Cares is helping us meet our three key objectives:

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  • Reducing loneliness and isolation amongst older people (and younger people alike);
  • Improving the wellbeing, confidence and resilience of participants so they can navigate a rapidly changing world;
  • Bringing people together across social and generational divides.

"NLC has changed the way I look at things. The fact that young people want to give up their time for you – it gives you something to get up for in the mornings." Albert, 89

The evaluation shows that of the older neighbours who regularly participate in North London Cares' activities 67% live alone. 51% are over the age of 80. And yet as a result of their interactions through North London Cares:

And the younger volunteers who participate with NLC benefit too:

  • 98% said they've been able to contribute in a way they otherwise would not;
  • 98% said they have a greater connection to the community;
  • 97% felt that they were more able to appreciate older people.

"North London Cares has changed how we look at life. You've got twenty and twenty-five year olds here, giving up their free time. It would never have happened in our day and it's transformed our view of the younger generation. I suddenly feel able to engage with them." Fred, 85

These quotes and stats are just a snapshot of our evaluation. You can download the full North London Cares Impact Report here.

Meanwhile, you can also meet some of the amazing older and younger neighbours who are part of the North London Cares network by clicking on the links below...

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Living in Southwark or Lambeth? Check out our sister charity South London Cares