South London Cares' Social Clubs are all about people of different ages, interests and ideas getting together to swap stories and have a laugh. No two events are the same, but whichever activity you choose, you’re guaranteed to meet someone brilliant who you’d be unlikely to meet in any other situation.
For some older neighbours it could be their first conversation with a younger person (or anyone) for a while, so they may require a little coaxing – particularly if it’s their first club too. That’s where your confidence and energy can really help to break the ice and bring the fun.
We understand that it might seem slightly daunting to come along to your first social club, and tricky to know where to start when introducing yourself to your older neighbours. So, we’ve put together a handy list of go-to topics for getting the conversation (and friendship) flowing.
1. South London Cares: Is this their first time here, or are they a regular? How did they find out about SLC? What’s their favourite social club and why? Which event should you try next?
2. The area: Do they live locally? How long have they lived there? How has the area changed? What’s their favourite place to hang out in south London?
3. Work: What type of job did they have? What did they most enjoy about it? Were they based in London or elsewhere? If they'd had an alternative career, what would they have liked to do?
4. Hobbies: What do they enjoy doing when they're not at social clubs? What’s the best thing they’ve watched on TV recently, or the best book they've read? What type of music do they enjoy listening to? Are they interested in travel?
5. Don't be afraid to be inventive: What's their dream dinner party guest list? If they were to win the lottery, what would they do? If they could visit any era of history, where would they choose? What's been the best invention in the last 100 years?
And of course, don't forget to tell your neighbours all about yourself too: conversations work best when they're two-way! You'll soon discover things in common you couldn't have predicted, from painting to Peru.
Posted by Charlie Jamieson on Thursday 2nd November 2017
Charlie designs and delivers exciting Social Clubs across Southwark and Lambeth for younger and older south Londoners to enjoy together. Before joining the team, Charlie worked for Macmillan Cancer Support.