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 Camden and are based in St Pancras and Somers Town, a neighbourhood in the heart of Camden.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org of find us on Twitter @we_ageingbetter
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 email@example.com