The Camden Intergenerational Network - latest meeting updates

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting on Friday 13th September 2019 – we had a good turn out with 21 people attending.

1.     Report on local issues from John Miles, CIN Chair

2.     Presentations

  • Network member Jim Mulligan will be appearing in a production called ‘The Seven Ages of Patience’ with 100 other community members of mixed ages in late September. There is a possibility of a few community tickets becoming available for the network. Please email us if you are interested If we are successful, they will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

  • North London Cares presented about their upcoming Winter Wellbeing Project, to help people over 65 in Camden and Islington stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the coldest months of the year. Find out more about last year’s project or contact Juliet for more information or to sign up as a volunteer (Juliet.mcnelly@northlondoncares.org.uk)

  • UCL student volunteering shared some of their successful intergenerational projects. They are always looking for partner organisations that would be willing to host their student-led projects or who would like to work in partnership with UCL students to set up a new community volunteering project that is run by UCL students.  If you are interested in working with student volunteers, please contact Cynthia Allen (cynthia.allen@ucl.ac.uk)

3.     Other information shared by network members:

  • An invitation to ‘Your data, our challenge: how do we work together to ensure we all get the best healthcare?’ run by the National Institute for Health Research biomedical research centre at UCLH. For more information and to get a free ticket, please sign up on eventbrite

  • Belsize Library are hosting a Climate Assembly from 6.30pm on 25th September 2019. The event will include music, discussion and debate involving all generations and some live readings from Greta Thunberg’s book ‘No one is too small to make a difference’

  • The Community Access Scheme at London Zoo is opening at the end of September for Camden and Westminster residents, details below:

The Community Access Scheme has been created to help connect people who would benefit from spending time with wildlife but face significant barriers. We have an allocation of heavily subsidised tickets (over 75% off) available for families on a low income, people with additional needs and/or disabilities and older people who live within Camden and Westminster.

The discounted prices:

Low Income Families - £3 per person
People with Additional Needs and/or disabilities - £6.50 per person
Older People - £6.50 per person

Tickets are available for charities, organisations and community groups who work with people from the groups mentioned above. If you are an individual who would like discounted tickets, please do encourage any eligible organisations or groups you are part of to apply.

In return for the discounted tickets, we ask that all visitors through the scheme complete a post-visit survey to improve the experience here at ZSL London Zoo.

For more information, contact Emma Whitbread: Emma.Whitbread@zsl.org

  • Network member Oliver Yu Chan has started a petition about improving awareness of intergenerational issues, please consider signing: http://chng.it/cbMjFZMcPp

  • Members were interested in funding opportunities for smaller organisations – there is currently one open with Bluebird Healthcare (mentioned in the meeting – it closes on Friday 21st September 2019. Please email us for the application form. Ageing Better in Camden often share funding opportunities in our newsletter (please sign up! ) and on Twitter (@abc_camden)

  • Our resident thespian, Jim Mulligan, has also been involved in ‘The Bed’ – an arts project with older men about the life cycle. They created a CD of spoken word and music which he is kindly going to share with the network for free – please let us know if you would like a copy: ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk

4.     The future of the network

The network had a short discussion about the future of the group, because Ageing Better in Camden (who coordinate the network) only have funding until June 2021 and we will be winding down our involvement in the network by December 2020.

It was agreed that member would like the network to continue, but with the understanding that the form might have to change and there might need to be more input from members.

The group considered three questions:

1.     Do you think the network should continue – in what form?

2.     How could you support the future of the network?

3.     Are there any organisations you think we should approach as new hosts for the network? The Council? VAC? A youth organisation?

Suggestions from the group:

  • St Pancras Community Association will offer space for the meetings

  • C4 would be a good organisation to approach - Action: Corinna Gray to follow up with Graham Cobb from St Pancras Community Association

  • Run the network in a revolving style – a different host/organiser each time (some issues were raised about this style not having worked in the past with other groups and the need for a central organiser, even if the location rotated)

  • Contact local councillors to get the network’s future on the agenda – Action: John Miles and Corinna Gray to follow up

All comments / ideas / offers welcome – please contact Corinna Gray and/or Lydia Shellien-Walker at ageingbetterincamden@ageukcamden.org.uk