The Story So Far


May 2010

Our founder Alex met isolated older neighbour Fred in Islington and took him for his first haircut in 3 months, inspiring the idea for North London Cares. Watch the video >>


August 2011

North London Cares was launched in August 2011 amid rioting by mobilising young people to assist with the cleanup. Within hours 5,000 people had visited our website and Mayor of London Boris Johnson tweeted to thank us for our role in the post-riots narrative.

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September 2011

North London Cares began recruiting new volunteers and matching them with older neighbours in need of a little practical help through our nascent Love Your Neighbour project.

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December 2011

North London Cares began delivering our first Winter Wellbeing project, mobilising young professionals to help older neighbours stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the most isolating time of year. The project has since become a core part of our work. Watch the video >>

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March 2012

We delivered a major community resilience research project in partnership with Islington Council and DEFRA, mapping older people's social connections and readiness for changing weather. Read the report

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April 2012

We hosted our very first Social Club – a film night in Holloway at which older and younger neighbours watched "The King's Speech" together. Watch the video >>

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June 2012

North London Cares hosted a major street party for old and younger neighbours to join together to mark the Golden Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics. Watch the video >>

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January 2014

North London Cares begins our "Saturday Socials" with the inaugural over-60s North London Ping Pong Tournament. Watch the video >>


February 2014

We publish our "Hidden Heroes" series of 6 short films celebrating the lives and personalities of some of the older neighbours in our network. Find out more and watch the films here


August 2014

Our sister charity South London Cares opens in Southwark and Lambeth, replicating the Cares model for the first time.

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October 2014

North London Cares published our first major impact evaluation, funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The report stretches to 130-pages of data and stories about the value of our model. Read the report here >>

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