South London Cares’ proactive Outreach programme works with our fabulous local partners across Southwark and Lambeth to identify and invite older and younger neighbours to be part of their community and share time with another generation.

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Throughout the year, we work across our patch, meeting older neighbours by visiting chemists, GP surgeries, pubs, libraries, community centres, and local estates and TRAs. We also work with our community partners who refer older neighbours to North London Cares’ programmes, as well as introducing older neighbours already in our network to services and activities available in their area.

During the pandemic, we have had to adapt our outreach to respond to the many challenges older neighbours in our community continue to face. We've deepened our relationships with fantastic community partners like GoodGym to organise shopping, medication collection and more. We’ve also worked with partners to provide neighbours with phones and other devices, providing support so that our neighbours can access and navigate the online world. And, during the most difficult months of lockdown, we provided regular check-in calls to make sure our neighbours knew we were there

How you or your organisation can get involved:

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  • Make a referral for anyone aged 65 or over and living in Southwark and Lambeth;
  • Invite us to local events or meetings to talk about our programmes and answer any questions;
  • Display and share our leaflets and posters, or add South London Cares information to any mail-outs that get sent to your network;
  • Join our community partner mailing list to stay up-to-date with what we’re up to.

We are always looking for new ways to collaborate and learn from local groups and partners. If that sounds like you, please get in touch with Harry to let us know what services and activities you are offering and how we can collaborate.