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Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 12:37 | No Comments »
Rez meets the publicOn the  19th May Rez and John manned a stall as part of an outdoor event at Camley Street Nature Park. The event was part of the Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by St Mungo. The day itself was an interesting mix of stalls, music, workshops, complimentary therapy and a delicious bar-b-q.

Rez and John, thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people, connecting with old friends and talking to the various attendees about the Camden Connector Project.

A great day was had by all, and you too can take part in such experiences for even just two hours a week. If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.

 


Friday, November 11, 2016, 12:59 | No Comments »
Edna helps Hanna across the streets of London

For Hannah to get to her local Community Centre, take part in her knitting group and meet up with her friends, can be an arduous task. The short walk for you and I, is a minefield for Hannah, as she has to navigate uneven pavement slabs, busy roads and traffic lights that give only a few seconds of safety before cars and motor bikes whizz by.

However, with the help of Camden Connector Edna, Hannah is able to safely get to her club. With a supporting arm and a cheerful conversation, Central London becomes less of an obstacle and Hannah is grateful for the support that Edna provides.

Edna has met Hannah a couple of time and enjoys supporting the 90 year young lady, and the walk to and from the Centre is peppered with short stories, jokes and observations of London life, something Edna particular enjoys as she is a student from China and loves learning about her new adopted home.

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people like Hannah to continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.


Friday, November 11, 2016, 10:38 | No Comments »
Anna and Joan met up for a lovely chat

On the 26th May 2016, Volunteer Connector, Anna, met 83 year old Camden resident, Joan, for the first time. Joan has found herself recently isolated after her partner, Ray, of fifty years, died last winter. Caring for Ray was a full-time role, especially the last few months, and a result, Joan lost contact with many of her friends in the local area.

Joan was a librarian at a local university, a job that she had done all her working life, and a position that she loved and took pride in. Reading was always Joan's and Ray's first love, and a good book was never too far from hand.

Anna is now at the same University that Joan worked in, and visits the same library every day as part of her studies. When Anna found out that Joan worked there she was thrilled. As Anna loves the quiet atmosphere and the history that the library has. On their first meeting, Joan shared her knowledge and history of the building, which Anna found fascinating.

All too soon, Anna had to go. Anna was in the middle of exams, but is looking forward to catching up with Joan finding out more about her extraordinary life.

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people like Joan to continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12:30 | No Comments »
Paul and Harry talk historyThis is Paul Riley, Camden Community Connectors newest volunteer meeting up with Camden resident Harry Forde. Harry is ninety four year old gentleman, who until recently, was very independent, and despite some aches and pains, continued to be mobile and like to get out regularly. However, a fall earlier this year, knocked Harry's confidence and getting out to his favourite places, including the local archive library has proven difficult.

This is where Paul comes in! Paul, like Harry, is a keen historian, and has a tremendous interest in all things past. With their shared loved of local history, Paul is hoping to help Harry continue his writing and research.

As well as having shared interests with Harry, Paul is also a very experienced carer. Not long ago, Paul was supporting his mother and a loved one through illness and this part of his life has made him appreciate how lucky he is and now he wants to continue use those skills gained by helping others.

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people like Harry to continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our volunteer button.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 12:19 | 5 Comments »
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This was Lily first comment as she finished her lunch at the Marchmont Centre today. Her second comment was "It was grand to see my old friends Maria and Otis, it has been such a long time since we last had a laugh".

Since her bingo club closed down last year, Lily has found it a struggle to motivate herself to leave her house. Her family are loving and caring, but no longer live local, so Lily spends a lot of her time on her own, with only a volunteer who visits weekly to break the routine.

Lily is quite happy, as she has memories, photos and her television to keep her occupied, but does admit it would be nice to have a chatter now and then.....especially over a cup of tea!

Today was Lily's first time to the Marchmont Centre in nearly a year and afterwards admitted that it was nice to get out..."it made a nice change".

The only obstacle stopping Lily getting to the Marchmont is that she needs someone to walk her to the Centre, Lily only lives ten minutes away, and back again.

With the support of the Camden Community Connectors project, today was Lily's first time to the Marchmont Centre in nearly a year and afterwards admitted that it was nice to get out..."it made a nice change".

If you can spend just two hours once a week, your volunteer support, will make the difference between Lily spending the week on her own, or having a chat with her old friends.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our volunteer button


Monday, November 7, 2016, 12:13 | No Comments »
Pei Li
"I have been working as a Volunteer Connector since March 2016; my last day is actually 21st of September 2016 as I am going away at the end of September . I will be available when I return only for ocaasional 'ambassadorial' volunteering. I wanted to join Camden Community Connectors as I wanted to engage with my community. I also wanted to understand more about the services and sources of support for isolated older people.

I have been working with Sarah (Area Coordinator for Kentish Town) for the past 7 months. Sarah has supported me in regularly visiting an older person who has been registered blind for the past 23 years and who had become more isolated over the past few years due to pain and mobility issues. However, he didn't want to connect with activities and other people unless they were intellectually stimulating or helped him to exercise. Just before he was referred to the service, he had a procedure to improve his mobility but needed to recuperate from this and rebuild his confidence in getting out and about. I was placed with him by Sarah to help him to identify activities of interest, to research joining these activities and to help him plan the next steps; escorting him if necessary. Some activities of interest we identified were happening at venues that he used to go to confidently alone. My role was therefore to re-familiarise him with these activities (planning what events were of interest, how to get to the venue, accessibility once there, support provided for disabled customers etc), with a view to him being able to do these things alone long term.

This older person has gained confidence in going out in general through my work with him. He feels confident in accessing the activities independently and is in touch with the activities of cultural venues that he hasn't attended in years (the Southbank Centre amongst others). It has raised his aspirations of what he is actually able to do especially after the double issue of immobility and blindness. He plans to enroll in the University of the Third Age at the end of this month. This will provide him with regular social and intellectual stimulation as he will be with his peers who are interested in the same subjects: Chinese and philosophy sessions. He already attends various council consultative meetings and is happy to be an ambassador volunteer and help us to promote Camden Community Connectors in any way that he can....

I have enjoyed getting a different perspective on life from the older person I was placed with. He and I also had lots in common (both interested in Taoism ) and I used this common ground to build our relationship and to help him evaluate his options. It was good to have the regular commitment of meeting each week. I know that without a regular visit to progress our research and actions, we may not have reached our goals. Younger generations rely on their mobiles and the internet to plan things at very short notice and working for Camden Community Connectors has helped me to establish how to relate better to different generations. I have learnt a lot about arranging outings with older people with a disability, specifically a visual impairment. I have grown my understanding about support, activities and services for older people and the way that they are inter-related when supporting an older person based on their needs."

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 11:01 | No Comments »
groupatbritishmuseum

During August, Camden Community Connectors were excited to be part of a community partnerships event at the British Museum. Two of our local Area Coordinators, John and Rez, supported 7 older people in attending an afternoon where they were able to handle objects from the museum's collection, share their thoughts about the objects, visit a gallery and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit! Everyone learnt something new and through the objects were able to connect with each other

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:59 | No Comments »
alanandhayley
Alan is an 82 year old gentleman who has led a long and interesting life as a photojournalist for the Daily Mirror. His role took him all over the world as he covered the most important stories that made the news. Today Alan is still active and happily married to Dawn, who has been his wife for the last twenty years. One of Alan's goal is to learn Spanish – a country he fell in love with on his travels. However, severe arthritis in his back limits his mobility and getting down the two flights of stairs, means that most of his time, Alan spends on his own. To combat his isolation, a volunteer connector Hayley visits Alan and supports his desire to reengage with his local area. Hayley is a student at SOAS, who applied to be a volunteer connector a month ago.

When I met Hayley, I knew straight away that she would be a perfect "fit" for Alan.  Hayley speaks four languages, including Spanish and her dream job is to be a journalist herself. My instincts proved right. Within minutes of meeting both Alan and Hayley were talking about the state of reporting in today's paper sometimes in Spanish!

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people like Alan to continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 15:32 | No Comments »
thessaandliz
Last Friday, our newest volunteer connector, Theresa, met with Camden resident Lauren Cooke. Theresa is an 18 year old student studying at SOAS University and has decided to take some time out from her busy schedule and take on a new role.  58-year-old Lauren, admitted to me that she was a little nervous about meeting someone so young.  However, her fears proved unfounded as they spent an enjoyable hour talking themselves and getting to know each other.

Lauren is unable to get out much, as she has mobility problems and has to navigate a flight of stairs. This week has also been extra hard for her as she had to have a brain scan.  So meeting Theresa was a nice distraction from many of her problems.

Camden Community Connectors is a Big Lottery-funded project working with older people to tackle social isolation and loneliness across the borough.

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people like Lauren to continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.




Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 15:29 | No Comments »
Vol_Fair

Another week, another fair! This time I was taking part in a health event at Kingsgate Resource Centre. With me was 69-year-old Peter Doiley, who is Camden Connector's newest volunteer and Ambassador. Peter was introduced to the project just before Christmas last year.

Due to a bereavement Peter had become isolated and lacking in confidence. However, with the support of regular volunteer visits, Peter now finds himself with renewed vigour and confidence and wants to give "back to the community".

Peter's first step was an interesting morning working with me on our Camden Community Connectors stall, meeting and greeting visitors and informing people what was going on in Camden.

Peter really enjoyed the morning and is keen to do more voluntary work for the project.

If you can spend just two hours once a week volunteering with us, you too could help older people continue to access local facilities and carry on with their passions, hobbies and engage with others.

If you would like to volunteer for Camden Community Connectors please click our Volunteer button.


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