In Camden we have a richness of expertise, knowledge and experience working with older people.
We are using a ‘test and learn’ approach. This gives us the flexibility to try out a range of approaches, sharing when things have gone well and when things haven’t gone as intended, so that others can learn from our experiences. We are contributing to an evidence-base to influence future service development. We are keen to share what we are learning so that we can all tackle loneliness and social isolation together.
popping up in pubs: introducing older men to tech
Older men are often underrepresented within Ageing Better in Camden groups. That's why we started doing outreach in pubs and betting shops, and eventually hosted an iPad session in a local pub.
Read about what we learnt.
Starting conversATIONS WITH OLDER PEOPLE IN THE STREET
Our Outreach Team have been trialing methods of speaking with older people in the street and offering them local activities.
Find out what they learnt and their advice for starting fruitful conversations with older people.
bangladeshi womens' swimming sessions
The Bangladeshi Community Action project have an member advisory group that comes up with all their activities. The women wanted to go swimming and it has since become a very popular regular activity! Find out what they learnt.
street photography at the mary ward centre
At the Mary Ward Centre we have a 32-student strong digital photography class for older residents. This is run in partnership with North London Cares, a local charity introducing young professionals to their older neighbours. The classes are adapted according to the wishes of participants. They wanted to leave the classroom and go out into the streets to learn about street photography. So we did. Find out what we learnt.
integrating technology into activities
At North London Cares we introduce young professionals to their older neighbours through a variety of free social clubs. We wanted to introduce technology into our activities programme as an opportunity to engage interest and give a small insight into the benefits of technology, without it feeling like a lesson. It has been a big success. This is what we learnt.
community campaigning: fighting for benches in camden
Benches are a place to take a break, a moment of contemplation or for a catch up. We share our insight on years of community campaigning, working with the council and local residents to get more benches in the places where older residents need them most. Find out what we have learnt over the years.