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.


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.

Ideas are Brewing! More Community Feasts Confirmed

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Our thanks to the everyone who attended our first two Community Feasts on the 5th and 13th October. Both events where tremendous fun and very well attended.

Lots of great ideas came out of the Community Feasts. We discussed everything from accessible shopping centres to the best time to get a seat on the bus. We also talked about social activities including organising canal trips, trips to the theatre and visiting other Ageing Better projects across the UK, with a view to tackling loneliness and isolation amongst older people.

To ensure we keep the momentum going we have two more Community Feasts confirmed on:

Thursday 27th October: 12noon – 3pm Basil Jellicoe, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1LE At this event we will be discussing setting up a film club and activities to reduce loneliness and isolation during January and February. Hot food will be served.

Monday 14th November 10am – 1pm  St Pancras Community Centre, Plender Street,  NW1 0LG  At this event we will be discussing Christmas activities and ideas to reduce loneliness and isolation during January and February. Hot food will be served.

Anyone over 60 living in St Pancras and Somers Town is welcome to attend these events. Home cooked food will be provided by the amazing Liz from Somers Town Community Centre. Her Bread and Butter Pudding is the best!

Keep up to date with the project by following us on Twitter @we_ageing or calling Sarah on 020 7209 9333 or 07919 598 375

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Collecting Food Memories: October Events

Over the last 3 months the We Are Ageing Better Team have been hard at work talking to older residents in St Pancras and Somers Town about their memories of the area, in particularly their food memories!  Some of the memories we have gathered include:

  • Eating Crepes from the New Horizon Crepe Stand in Charlton Street Market
  • Pork pies in Basil Jellicoe Hall. Veggie breakfast for £6.50 at the Somers Town Coffee House
  • Neck of lamb stew, roast breast of lamb, bacon & onion suet roll. 
  • Pinner Fish and Chip Fridays

Everyone has memories of food they have eaten at a restaurant or with friends at home. To date we have knocked on the doors of 195 people living in Somers Town and St Pancras and have spoked to over 70 residents about the project. Talking about food is great fun and is the inspiration for our first two We Are Ageing Better Events that are taking place this autumn.

These free events will be a great chance to meet neighbours, find out more about the project and of course eat yummy food! Anyone over 60 who lives in Somers Town and St Pancras is welcome to join us.

The two events take place on:

Wednesday 5th October between 10am – 12noon , St Pancras Community Centre, 67 Plender Street, NW1 0LG

Thursday 13th October between 12noon – 3pm, Basil Jellicoe Hall, Drummond Crescent, NW1 1BS

If you would like more information please call Sarah Hoyle on 020 7209 9333 or 07919 598 375 or email sarah@wearegingbetter.org.uk of find us on Twitter @we_ageingbetter 

Introducing We Are Ageing Better

There’s been a lot of excitement in the Community Development team over the past two months whilst we’ve been preparing to launch We Are Ageing Better, and so it’s fantastic to finally be able to share this with the world and get started!

We Are Ageing Better is bringing people together to share their skills and experience 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.

The project is delivered by Origin Housing, and is a part of the wider Ageing Better in Camden programme, itself one of more than ten Ageing Better projects in the UK and delivered by Age UK Camden. The whole programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, working with The Centre for Ageing Better – so we’ve already got some great partners on this, right from the start.

Over the next few months we’ll be out and about meeting as many older people in the ward as possible, and bringing together a core group of volunteers. We’ll then be supporting this group to talk with their neighbours and learn all about the issues of loneliness and isolation, so that together we can pilot projects and interventions that tackle this.

We’ll be talking lots more about our approach to the project on this blog, and hearing from different people involved in the project too. If you’d like to keep up to date, you can sign-up to our mailing list (roughly once a month at the moment), and follow us on Twitter at @we_ageingbetter.

And if you’re interested in talking to us more, we’re always up for a coffee – drop us a tweet or email hello@weareageingbetter.org.uk