Craft Club, a Virtual Carnival Dance Workshop, and a Face-to-Face Afternoon Tea Party to celebrate South London Cares’ 7th Birthday, we’ve got lots in store for you this August!
With summer in full swing, we’ve been enjoying this sunny weather and the opportunity to run clubs outside. And the easing of restrictions mean we are now running face-to-face clubs indoors. However, in order to keep everybody safe and comfortable, there will be limited places and COVID-19 safety measures at every club.
We’re continuing with our virtual clubs and have favourites of Crossword, Gardening, Coffee and Catch Up as well as The Cares Family Disco!
All of our activities are free to join. However, younger neighbours must first complete an induction, and older neighbours need to book in advance, so please call us on 0207 118 0404 if you would like to attend. If you can’t get through to a member of staff, please leave a voice message, and we will get back to you.
Clubs now more accessible than ever, with four different ways to join in the fun:
1. Attend a face-to-face club (marked 👫 in the list below). Please call 0207 118 0404 to book a place or arrange an induction.
2. Take part using a computer, tablet or a smartphone with an internet connection (marked 📹 in the list below). If you’ve got access to the internet at home, you just need to download Zoom to join, which we can support with if you get in touch.
3. Take part by dialling in using a phone (marked 📞 in the list below). If you’ve got a landline or mobile phone, you can join some of our clubs by just calling in.
4. We can phone you directly from any of our phone accessible clubs. So, if you are worried about following the instructions, let us know, and we’ll arrange to call you just before the club starts.
👫 Tuesday 3rd August, 6-7:30pm: Pub Club – Kennington
Come along for a refreshing drink, catch up with old pals and make some new ones at our monthly Pub Club. Swap stories and jokes over a tipple, and raise a glass to new friendships.
👫 Thursday 5th August, 11am-12:30pm: South London Botanical Garden Trip – Tulse Hill
Head to the South London Botanical Institute for a tour including their historic library, herbarium and garden. Afterwards, you'll get involved with some plant-related activities — drawing, looking at books and looking at food plants under microscopes.
👫 Thursday 5th August, 11:45am-1pm: Ballroom & Latin Dancing – Streatham
Get grooving and finesse your Ballroom and Latin steps with Vera the Diva. Expect some light exercise, plenty of fun and some new moves to show your pals. People of all abilities are welcome: absolutely no experience necessary!
👫 Saturday 7th August, 12-2:30pm: South London Cares’ Afternoon Tea Party – East Dulwich
South London Cares is turning seven this August! Help us celebrate our community of older and younger neighbours at our very special themed Afternoon Tea Party. Get ready to tip your hat or come dressed to the nines. Enjoy a social distanced dance with your favourite tunes, a raffle and a prize for best dressed. Do not bring any food or drink, as it will all be provided.
👫 Monday 9th August, 2:30pm-4pm: Chair Yoga – Blackfriars
Join us for some light exercise and calming breathing at a yoga club that is perfect for beginners. Expect some gentle stretching as well as plenty of time for a warming cup of tea and a chat.
👫 Tuesday 10th August, 6-7:30pm: Desert Island Discs – Walworth
Like the radio show of its namesake, come with a song in mind and why it’s meaningful to you, or just listen and enjoy the tunes! No need to bring any records/CDs with you, just the name of the song and artist. This month’s theme is ‘Summer Hits’.
👫 Thursday 12th August, 6-7:30pm: Pressed Flower Cards Craft – Stockwell
Come and get your craft on with the beautiful flowers of the English summer season. At our first face-to-face Craft Club this year, we'll be learning how to create pressed flower cards. All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary!
👫 Tuesday 24th August, 6-7:30pm: Quiz – Walworth
Put your knowledge to the test and find a good use for all those facts at our monthly Quiz Club. Team up with your neighbours and laugh your way to victory at this evening of fun and games.
👫 Wednesday 25th August, 2-4pm: Technology Workshop – Vauxhall
Want to improve your confidence with your phone, tablet or laptop? Come along for a cuppa and bring your gadgets and technology-related questions with you!
👫 Thursday 26th August, 6-7:30pm: Creative Writing – Clapham
Explore poetry, short story writing and find your voice at our Creative Writing club. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary!
📞📹 Wednesday 11th August, 2:30-3:30pm: Virtual Crossword Club
Join your neighbours and release your inner 'puzzle-person', engage your mind and have a pop at a crossword. No need to be a crossword connoisseur: everyone is welcome.
📹 Friday 13th August, 12-1pm: Virtual Gardeners Club
Greenfingers unite! Join your fellow plant loving neighbours for a session about all things gardening. Whether you have plants on the windowsill or a fully fledged garden, get ready to show off what you’ve been growing and learn some tips and tricks along the way.
📞📹 Tuesday 17th August, 5:30-7pm: Virtual Quiz Club
Embrace the healing properties of mindless trivia and join your neighbours for our Virtual Quiz Club.
📞 Thursday 19th August, 2:30-3:30pm: Virtual Coffee & Catch Up
Grab a cuppa, and dial in for an hour of chatting and sharing stories with your younger neighbours. This month we will be discussing our favourite hobbies and how we became interested in them.
📹 Thursday 19th August, 6:30-7:30pm: The Cares Family Disco
Get on your party outfit and those dancing shoes and join your neighbours from across the UK at The Cares Family disco! We’ll be joining forces with our sister charities in North London, East London, Manchester and Liverpool for a massive party and a good old boogie together.
📹 Friday 27th August, 12:00-1:00pm: Carnival Dance Workshop
Bring some shake and stir into your week with this month's Virtual Carnival Dancing Workshop. The outflow of joy will be unstoppable as you learn the steps of this Brazilian-Samba fusion to the heart thumping rhythms of the music. All abilities are welcome, so whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, get ready to let the flamboyance and colour of carnival light up your living room!
We’ve got some creative fun from poetry and a word search in August's #AllTogether Activity Pack which celebrates Notting Hill Carnival, International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade, National Allotment Week and more.
Join in the fun by downloading the pack here. Please do share with your friends, family, neighbours, tenants, patients, clients, grandparents and anyone else you think might enjoy a little bit of fun in 2021!
We’d love to include your ideas and completed tasks in our monthly pack, so please continue sending them to [email protected].
Should you have any questions about the clubs or would like to find out more about any of our programmes, then please call us on 0207 118 0404. If you would like to attend or face-to-face activities then please read our guidelines.
If you would like to refer an older neighbour to our programmes, then please complete our online referral form.
And, if you are a younger neighbour and would like to get involved in our programmes, please complete this online form.
We hope to see you soon!
Posted by Fiona Bevans on Thursday 29th July 2021
Fiona runs the 3G project, designing and delivering social clubs to connect three generations across Haringey and Waltham forest. Previously Fiona worked in film and arts education in London and Vancouver.