North London Cares

North London Cares brings older and younger people together – to share time, laughter, new experiences and friendship – so that everyone can feel part of our changing city, rather than left behind by it.

We do this because London is a place of extremes. While our capital is one of the most dynamic places in the world, full of cultural and economic opportunities and a hotbed of innovation and change, it can also be anonymous, lonely and isolating. 

For our older neighbours in particular, many of whom have spent a lifetime in their home neighbourhoods in Camden and Islington, the rush and pace of the city can often now feel too much. Getting around can be frightening, and trends including globalisation, gentrification, migration, digitisation and the housing bubble are transforming our communities faster than ever. 

The multiplying effect of those pressures is that many older people have deep roots – from Kilburn to Kentish Town – but few connections. Meanwhile, young professionals – often graduates from across the country and around the world – can have hundreds of connections in the social media age, but no roots in their communities.

The separation of those parallel worlds wastes human potential, entrenches loneliness and isolation, perpetuates social division and is ultimately corrosive for our society.

North London Cares seeks to address this modern blight of disconnection in our capital by harnessing the people and places around us for the benefit of all. 

Part of The Cares Family, our objectives are to:

  • Reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people and young professionals alike
  • Improve the connection, confidence, skills, resilience and power of all participants so neighbours can feel part of our changing city rather than left behind by it
  • Bring people together to reduce the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.

As lockdown restrictions have eased, we have resumed our face-to-face programmes, but now we offer blended programmes. Our programmes now include a mixture of online and face-to-face programme options, which we’ve taken every precaution to ensure are COVID-safe. You can read more about our four core programmes here

We run free social clubs across Camden and Islington connecting older and younger people together.

Each month we run over free 20 clubs, some online and some in-person, with new ones each month. We would also love to welcome new people. (Usually booking needed as sometimes numbers are limited.)

You can view our current social clubs here and our upcoming social clubs here.

Who to contact

0207 118 3838 0207 118 3838
North London Cares
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Camden Collective
5-7, Buck Street

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Referral Details

Email contact form on the Website

Other notes

Referrals for voluntary befrienders for older people in Islington to be matched with young volunteers (usually in their 20s or 30s). We also run a number of social clubs and activities for older people in Islington.

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