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.


Researching loneliness and isolation in Margate

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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.

Follow us on Twitter at @we_ageingbetter to keep up to date with the trip.

A sneak peak into our Spring schedule

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.

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The We Are Ageing Better Film Club presents….

Due to popular demand here is a list of the films the We Are Ageing Better Film Club will be showing over the next few months;

High Society – Friday 20th January at 2pm

My Fair Lady – Friday 3rd February at 2pm

Jailhouse Rock – Friday 17th February  at 2pm

Singing in the Rain – Friday 3rd March at 2pm

Oliver – Friday 17th March at 2pm

Hello Dolly – Friday 7th April at 2pm

All films all be screened at Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1BS. There is no charge to attend these screenings. Everyone is welcome! 

January Update: Dates for your diary

January is a great month, in addition to the stacks of events, meet-ups and activities in listed in the We Are Ageing Better Calendar 2017 here are a few must-attend events for your diaries.

Monday 9th January from 11am, Camden Boccia League, St Pancras Community Centre, Plender Street, NW1 OLB

2-february-version-oneBoccia has really taken off in Camden over the last 6 months. The sport is a chair based activity, a bit like bowls, involving two teams who complete to throw their ball (either red or blue) closest to the white ball. There are currently six teams in the league, with scope for many more. If you are interested why not pop down to Basil Jellicoe Hall on a Tuesday morning from 10.30am- 12noon or attend any of the Boccia League events.

Thursday 12th January 1pm- 3pm, We Are Ageing Better Planning Meeting, Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE

We Are Ageing Better is a project run by our members, local people aged over 60 who live in St Pancras and Somers Town. Anyone can sign up to be a member, which is free and open to all. At each meeting we make at least three decisions about how to move the project forward. In January we need to think about forthcoming trips out and plans for the year ahead.

Friday 20th January at 2pm, We Are Ageing Better Film Club presents Some Like it Hot, Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE

some-like-it-hotWe love films and so do our members! At a meeting November several people suggested setting up a film club. Following on from our first screening of Mama Mia on 6th January we present Some Like it Hot another cinema classic.

Monday 23rd January 10am – 12noon, We Are Ageing Better Planning Meeting, St Pancras Community Centre, Plender Street NW1 OLB

Our fortnightly planning meetings take place in Somers Town at the south of the ward and at St Pancras Community Centre in the middle of our ward. We are very grateful to our friends at SPCA for hosting us on the third Monday of every month.

For more details contact Sarah Hoyle, We Are Ageing Better Project Coordinator on  07919 598 375 or email: sarah@wearegeingbetter.org.uk Find us on the web: www.weareageingbetter.org.uk

Start 2017 at the movies with the We Are Ageing Better Film Club

Whether you like romanic comedies, Hollywood classics or just a great sing along, come and join us on the first and third Friday of every month for the We Are Ageing Better Film Club. 

The idea of the film club was suggested by the local older people who attended one of the five community feasts we hosted in St Pancras and Somer Town in 2016.

Lots of ideas came out of our community feasts including the introduction of short trips round London which will take place on the third Thursday of every month.

For more information check out the We Are Ageing Better Calendar for 2017; download calendar here . In addition to what is listed in the calendar there will be more events and activities taking place throughout 2017, all suggested and co-authored by the local older people involved in our project. The films that have been chosen for the January screenings are:

iu Name of film: Mama Mia

Date and time: Friday 6th January at 2pm

Location: Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE


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Date and time: Friday 20th January at 2pm

Location: Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE

These screenings are free and open to anyone aged 60 or above.

The We Are Ageing Better Project is open to anyone aged 60 or above living in St Pancras and Somers Town. The project is designed to reduce loneliness and isolation through events and ideas co-produced by local older people. If you’d like to know more about the project, or would like to suggest a film for our February screenings contact Sarah Hoyle, Project Coordinator for We Are Ageing Better on 0300 323 0325 or 07919 598 375 and via email sarah@weareageingbetter.org.uk

Christmas Eve with We Are Ageing Better

coe85bjq33c-jez-timmsThis Christmas the team from We Are Ageing Better are teaming up with St Pancras Community Association and The Parish of Old St Pancras to host a special Christmas Eve lunch for local older people. Along with Christmas dinner and all the trimmings, we have organised a plethora of fun festive activities .

The lunch runs on Saturday 24th December, and we’ll start at 11am, and finish by 2pm.
Join us at St Pancras Community Centre,  67 Plender Street, NW1 0LB.

To book a place call Sarah Hoyle (We Are Ageing Better Project Coordinator) on 7919 598 375.

Introducing our Cream Tea In A Box

For lots of us the Christmas season comes with a tradition of visiting family, friends and neighbours. My memories of Christmas growing up are full of people just ‘popping around’ to say hello and drop off a card or something horrendously unhealthy to eat – but as lovely as it sounds sometimes unexpected guests can be a bit of a pain; especially if they’re not bringing what they then expect to eat and drink!

Whilst that reflection probably says more about my personality (or more accurately my antisocial tendencies when I’m tired), when I saw an ad earlier in December advertising cheap booze so you could be “prepared for every unexpected guest”, it did get me thinking about how we might be able to high-jack that tradition – and turn it into something useful.

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And that’s where our Cream Tea In A Box came from. For a start, cream tea’s are amazing (and clotted cream is definitely unhealthy enough to be acceptable Christmas food) – more importantly, they’re already a big part of what we do, with the Cream Tea Club really being the precursor for this whole project. A Cream Tea In A Box is quite literally that, tea for two, all packed up in a neat little cardboard box – all you need to add is hot water and a bit of loveliness.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving the boxes out to our members, and asking them to share their tea with another neighbour over sixty.

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Partners Eashmota from the Living Centre and Mark from Keepmoat

Whether our members invite someone around, or pop over to their’s (perhaps even unannounced) one thing is for sure – with good tea, comes good conversation. And we’ll be encouraging our members to use this as an opportunity to talk about what it’s like to grow older in the area, contributing to our discovery and research. And of course all of this helps us try out new ideas to make St Pancras and Somers Town a better place be over sixty.

And finally – thanks to our lovely partners and sponsors who’ve kindly helped us pay for and put together these lovely boxes: The Francis Crick Institute, Keepmoat, and the Origin Housing staff volunteering programme.

If you’d like to take part in the project please contact my colleague Sarah Hoyle via email sarah@weareageingbetter.org.uk or call 0300 323 0325 or 07919 598 37

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Our thanks to the team from The Crick who helped us pack the boxes.

December events for your diary

There are lots of great We Are Ageing Better Events taking place in St Pancras and Somers Town in the weeks running up to Christmas. These events are open to anyone aged 60 or over living locally in the ward. 

Thursday 1st December: We are Ageing Better Feast with Hopscotch 11am-1pm, Diorama Arts, 201 Drummond Street, NW1 3FE. Take part a morning of Boccia followed by some lovely spicy snacks. Free event, open to all.

Wednesday 7th December: Coach trip to Canterbury. Pick up from Origin Housing, 110 Eversholt Street NW1 1BS at 8.30am back around 7pm (depending on traffic). Join us for a trip to the famous Canterbury Christmas markets. Places still available £15 per person.

Tuesday 13th December: We Are Ageing Better Christmas Party with Origin Housing, 1pm-3pm, Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE. Come and join us for Christmas nibbles and carols with the fantastic Somers Town Community Choir. Free event, open to all.

Saturday 24th December: We Are Ageing Better Christmas Dinner with St Pancras Community Association, 11am-2pm, SPCC, 67 Plender Street, NW1 0LB. Join us for a hot Christmas meal with lots of games, friendship and fun! Places are limited so pre-booking essential. £3.50 charge per head.

 

For more details call Sarah Hoyle on 020 7209 9333 or 07919 598 375 or email sarah@weareageingbetter.org.uk

Come and join us for our next Community Feast!

We are very pleased to announced our next Community Feast will take place on the 14th November at St Pancras Community Association. The event will run between 10am-1pm in the cafe area next to the main reception.

As with all our Community Feasts we will be discussing ways to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people in St Pancras and Somers Town. On the agenda at this meeting we will be talking about activities in December, Arts and Crafts in January and February and way to keep active during the winter months. It should be really good fun!

This event is open to anyone who is aged 60 and above living in the St Pancras and Somers Town Ward. A light lunch will be provided.

St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB

We are Ageing Better Partners Update October 2016

We have been out door knocking with the Community Researcher team from Somers Town Community Association

Since we launched our project we have knocked on the doors of over 250 residents living in St Pancras and Somers Town ward. We have been working with residents to identify people who may be at risk of being lonely and isolated.

We have been making friends

Partnerships are a crucial part of this project, so we’re really pleased to have worked with some of these amazing organisations already:

Agar Grove TMO, Age UK Camden, Argent, the British Library, Camden Community Connectors, Camden Council CIP Team (Agar Grove and Central Somers Town), Camden Council’s Housing Team, Hopscotch, The Mary Ward Centre, North London Cares, Camden & Islington’s Public Health Team, Regent High School, Somers Town Community Association, Somers Town Sports Activators, St Mary’s Church, St Pancras Community Centre, Third Age Project, Women in Health and lots more!

We have been hosting Community Feasts

The Community Feasts provide older people living in St Pancras and Somers Town the chance to get together, eat lovely food and contribute their ideas to the We Are Ageing Better project. To date we have run three Community Feast which took place on the 5th, 13th, and 27th October in locations across St Pancras and Somers Town. We have averaged around 20 local older people at each feast, which is a lot of ideas! Some of the most popular ideas so far include:

  • A film club- which they can in time run on their own at Basil Jellicoe Hall
  • A sing along session complete with song sheets
  • Trips out; a continuation of the coach trips currently run by Origin Housing
  • More exercises and sports session
  • Arts and craft sessions

Working together with participants, we’re about to start production of a calendar of local events in 2017. If you have any events that you’d like us to add to the calendar please email Sarah Hoyle on sarah@weareageingbetter.org.uk  before the 20th November.

For regular updates about the project you can follow us on Twitter @we_ageingbetter. To receive our monthly(ish) partners newsletter direct to your inbox, sign up here.