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 opened spontaneously 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 had tweeted to thank us for our role in the post-riots narrative.

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September 2011

North London Cares began recruiting young professionals and matching them with older neighbours through our nascent Love Your Neighbour project.

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December 2011

North London Cares began our first ever Winter Wellbeing project, mobilising young professionals to help older neighbours stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the most isolating time of year. We've now run six Winter Wellbeing projects – and it's 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. 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 in Highbury so that older and younger neighbours could share in the 2012 community spirit. Watch the video >>

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January 2014

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


February 2014

We published our "Hidden Heroes" series of six 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 opened 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 stretched to 130-pages of data and stories about the value of our model. Read the report here >>

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Throughout 2015

Amazing North London Cares volunteers and supporters began supporting their neighbours in new by raising money through our community fundraising programme. Learn more and get involved here >>

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September 2015

North London Cares featured in BBC1's Inside Out documentary, with our social clubs and Love Your Neighbour programmes highlighted. Watch the documentary here >>

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Throughout 2016

Combined with sister charity South London Cares, our networks grew to 4,000 younger people and 4,000 older people hanging out and helping one another by the end of 2016.


With the support of Nesta and the Big Lottery we are developing our infrastructure and exploring whether the 'Cares' model could be adopted in other rapidly changing cities. Read more about our plans >>

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