We Are Ageing Better is bringing people together to share their skills and expertise to create great projects and changes in our community. We’re open to everyone over 60 in St Pancras & Somers Town, a neighbourhood in the heart of Camden. Find out how to get involved.
It’s with a heavy heart that we’ll be saying goodbye to the wonderful Sarah Hoyle in a little over a months time. Sarah has done an incredible job of steering the project through it’s first 18 months, and we’ll all miss her.
But, whilst we prepare for the leaving party, the search is also on for a replacement!
We’re looking for a motivated self-starter to join the team and lead delivery of We Are Ageing Better, an asset-based community development project in the St Pancras & Somers Town ward, in the heart of Camden. You’ll be comfortable working with older people, both helping them to think up and try out new ideas, and supporting them through the challenges of growing old. You’ll also be a strong networker, who understands the power of relationships to drive positive community change.
The job is 32 hours per week, with a (roughly) £25k salary. You’ve got until the 29th October to apply, and if you have any questions, please drop me a line on email@example.com
Welcome to the We Are Ageing Better schedule for Autumn- a series of free, regular activities that are running across the ward of St Pancras and Somers Town between September and December 2017.
Regular events include: Older Peoples Cafe at St Pancras Community Centre on Mondays from 10am- Midday, Boccia at Basil Jellicoe Hall on a Tuesday from 10am, Art Sessions at The Living Centre on a Wednesday (from October) from 10am, Yoga at The Living Centre on a Thursday from 2pm and Film Club on a Friday from 2pm (fortnightly).
In addition to these regular activities we have several one-off activities; from our trip to Clacton on the 21st September, to our new Sandwich and Science event on the 10th October. We also have arranged several free tours of The Crick in November and our Christmas Party on the 14th December; everybody is welcome!
For more information contact Sarah on 020 7209 9333 or call The Living Centre on 0207 380 0453
Last October we asked our local older people what activities and events they’d be interested in taking part in during the summer months. A canal trip was one such idea.
Come any join the team on Tuesday 8th August for a canal trip from Camden to Little Venice and back. The cost of the return ticket is £13.50 payable directly to Jason’s at Camden Town. For more information about the trip check out Jason’s website on http://www.jasons.co.uk/index.html or call Sarah Hoyle on 020 7209 9333
“What an excellent adventure” succinctly sums feedback from one of our group about our trip to Birmingham last week to meet the Ageing Better Birmingham team.
For Pat this was the first We Are Ageing Better activity she had been part of; “What I liked about the trip was experiencing new things, We Are Ageing Better is all about reducing loneliness and isolation, so learning from other is really important.”
The We Are Ageing Better research trip to Birmingham came about following a number of community lunches that where held in St Pancras and Somer Town late last year. Listening to the call for more trips out and opportunities to learn new things, We Are Ageing Better was granted money from The Crick for two research trips; one to Margate in March and the other to Birmingham in June.
The trips provided a great way of learning about events and projects taking place nationwide, that could benefit the residents of St Pancras and Somers Town, the location of the We Are Ageing Better project. “I particularly liked the idea of advertising the Ageing Better Birmingham project on the back of bus tickets” remarked Janet. “This is the sort of things we could do here”
Through out the trip the older people recorded their thoughts and feelings in a number of audio posts which can be heard here . Our thanks to Nick from Podnosh who helped us record the stories.
We Are Ageing Better is one of nine projects that are taking place in the London Borough of Camden under the Ageing Better Camden umbrella.
I have lived in the area for most of my life and I love Camden. Being active in local politics and the community means I have been seen St Pancras and Somers Town develop over the years. I remember going to planning meeting about King Cross, asking for facilities for residents including a local pool and more social housing. We worked together to campaign for better facilities a for local people.The turn of the millennium was a very vibrant time.
I first took part in We are Ageing Better in October when I went to a community feast. The food was great we and lots of people turned up to the meal. I enjoyed talking through ideas and thinking about how the project could be structured in the future. It is importance to offer a variety of different experience to older people both physical and mental. If you don’t use it you will loose it!
Before I retired I worked for University College London running a science lab at the Institute of Child Health. As a scientific officer I ran the transgenic lab which broadly speaking looked at genetics. I worked on projects which supported the research on childhood diseases. I started working in this field in the 1980s at the very early stages of this field of research. I have contributed towards the many scientific papers. I retired in 2012 before my department moved into the Francis Crick in 2014.
I remember walking to and from the Royal College Street when I was working UCL as we had a small lab bath the Royal Veterinary Collage. It was a scary experience walking to and from the lab, it felt quite dangerous. The area is amazing now it is really transformed. In the last 15 years the Kings Cross has really improvd and is much safer now.
Before the Crick was built I helped run a garden on the site. Together my daughters and I grew cabbages and other veggies in the ground. I like being with my children they make me feel young. My aim is to help rather than to be helped. I volunteer with the local homeless crisis at Christmas, which is very rewarding. Although I am in by 70s I have been blessed by a good and an active mind.
Today marks one of the biggest milestones in the We Are Ageing Better project. We’re taking twenty older participants on a research trip to meet our colleagues at Ageless Thanet, another Ageing Better project.
This might sound like a bit of a jolly, but there’s a real purpose behind the trip. A core part of We Are Ageing Better is helping local older people to find out all about loneliness and isolation, and develop new ideas and changes that can tackle these. Obviously a huge part of this is about researching close to home, with our neighbours and friends in the area – St Pancras & Somers Town is truly a unique area, and projects like the Cream Tea in A Box are a great way of learning all about the immediate neighbourhood.
But it’s also really important we look a bit further afield, to get some inspiration and discover how other people and other areas experience loneliness and isolation, and what they’re doing about it. The participants coming with us today have been trained up as peer researchers, and will be gathering as much insight as they can to bring back and present to everyone else involved in the project.
The Ageless Thanet team have put an incredible programme together for us, with demonstrations of different projects, Q&A sessions and even a workshop at Dreamland.
We can’t wait to see what comes out of the trip, and will be sharing everything we learn right here once we’re back.
There are lots of events and activities taking place as part of the We Are Ageing Better project over the next few months. Everything from Boccia with out partners at Hopscotch and SPCA, through to a storytelling project with the British Library and Health and Wellbeing workshops run by our colleagues from Public Heath Camden. Here is a taster of some of the events we have planned.
Wednesday 8th March 10am – 12noon, The Living Centre We are Ageing Better Writers Club- We are looking for people to contribute towards our regular newsletter. Join us to find out more
Wednesday 29th March 10am -12.15pm, The Living Centre A cuppa and a chat about Health & Wellbeing in St Pancras and Somers Town with Lana and the Team
Wednesday 26th April 4pm- 6pm , The Living Centre We Are Ageing Better Half Year Party! – come and join us to celebrate the first six months of our project
From 20th April there will be regular Boccia sessions at the Living Centre on the third Thursday of every month. Don’t forget the We Are Ageing Better Film Club at the Living Centre on the first and third Friday of each month.