As well as being the month that ushers in the shorter days and golden colours on the trees, October is also Black History Month. Our programme of Social Clubs and activities are, therefore, reflecting on and celebrating the contributions of the Black and Asian community in south London and beyond.
Our top priority remains to keep everybody safe, so all of our Face-to-Face Social Clubs will continue to run with restricted numbers in line with government guidance. This means you might not obtain a place at every club you wish to attend. You can read about the actions we are taking in our face-to-face safety guidelines.
All of our activities are free to join. However, younger neighbours must first complete an induction, and older neighbours need to book in advance. 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.
There are two 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.
👫 Tuesday 5th October, 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.
👫 Wednesday 6th October, 11-12:30pm: Brunch Club – Peckham
Join your neighbours for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and some great chat in this welcoming corner of Peckham. This club will have a lottery booking system.
👫 Thursday 7th October, 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.
💻 Friday 8th October, 12-1pm: Virtual Vegan Cooking Demonstration
Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of your ingredients to make a perfect yet simple dish? Get ready to learn from the experts as we watch a professional chef demonstrate the cookery of two vegan dishes. We’ll be learning about the produce and the cooking techniques with the opportunity for some Q&A throughout the session. Come and be inspired to get back into the kitchen and try something new.
👫 Monday 11th October, 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 chat.
👫 Tuesday 12th October, 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 13th October, 2-4pm: Migration Museum Tour
Peruse the Migration Museum’s 'Heart of the Nation: Migration and the Making of the NHS' exhibition, an immersive experience featuring hundreds of stories told in unusual and unexpected ways, followed by a facilitated discussion with the curators. This club will have a lottery booking system.
👫 Thursday 14th October, 6-7:30pm: Congolese Dance Workshop – Stockwell
Celebrate African dance culture with a Congolese dance workshop. Learn all about the origins of the ‘Ndombolo’, a fun dance style that incorporates fancy footwork with full body movements set to high energy drum rhythms. People of all abilities and backgrounds are welcome, absolutely no experience necessary!
👫 Wednesday 20th October, 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.
💻 Friday 22nd October, 12-1pm: Virtual Black History Month Gallery Tour
Join us for our very first virtual Trip across the seas to an exciting New York Art Gallery to see artist Jordan Casteel’s exhibition ‘Within Reach’. The exhibition features 40 colour-saturated oversized portraits that capture daily life through the lens of the black community.
👫 Sunday 24th October, 2-5pm: Film Club – Bermondsey
In this month's Film Club we’ll be watching the award-winning ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ starring Viola Davies and the late Chadwick Boseman. Based on a play of the same name, this film follows the rising temperatures and tensions during an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago, as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary ‘mother of the blues’, Ma Rainey.
👫 Tuesday 26th October, 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 ‘Black Artists’.
👫 Thursday 28th October, 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.
💻 Thursday 28th October, 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. Once a month, 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.
October's #AllTogether Activity Pack is full of creative pursuits to complete at home including Black History Month themed poem writing, an Ocktoberfest Quiz, a celebration of World Singing Day 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 Matt Scaysbrook on Tuesday 28th September 2021
Matt manages our growing volunteer network and leads on reaching older south Londoners - introducing them to South London Cares and our programmes.