The story so far


May 2010

Our founder Alex met isolated older neighbour Fred in Islington and took him for his first haircut in 3 months, inspiring the idea for our sister charity North London Cares. Watch the video >>

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August 2011

North London Cares, our sister charity, was launched in August 2011. They began matching younger and older neighbours through the Love Your Neighbour scheme, delivered a first ever Winter Wellbeing project (there have now been nine across North London Cares and South London Cares) and they started Social Clubs to bring older and younger neighbours together in new ways.

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August 2014

Three years on, South London Cares opened in Southwark and Lambeth, replicating the Cares model for the first time. We began recruiting local young professionals and held our first social club in Stockwell (an arts and crafts night).


September 2014

A month after starting up, we held a comedy gig in Bermondsey, bringing together thirty older neighbours with ten new volunteers.

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December 2014

The network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out began to grow, with over 150 volunteers sharing dinner parties, games nights, film nights and more in our first few months.


January 2015

South London Cares began delivering our first Winter Wellbeing project, mobilising young professionals to help older neighbours stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the most isolating time of year.


Throughout 2015

South London Cares' social clubs expanded to include baking sessions, gardening, dancing clubs and visits to local businesses. More and more volunteers began signing up...

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March 2015

Amazing South London Cares volunteers began supporting their neighbours in new and exciting ways, raising money through our community fundraising programme including through challenges, events and corporate partnerships.

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May 2015

Our Love Your Neighbour scheme, matching volunteers with older neighbours one-to-one, grew to fifteen matches. Albert and Anya in Kennington, Georgina and Beryl in Dulwich and Fred and Charlotte in Walworth enjoyed new company and companionship.


August 2015

South London Cares celebrated its first birthday! Within a year 190 young professionals have hang out with over 400 older neighbours.

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Throughout 2016

Combined with sister charity North London Cares, our networks grew to 4,000 younger people and 4,000 older people hanging out and helping one another by the end of 2016.


With the support of Nesta and the Big Lottery we are developing our infrastructure and exploring whether the 'Cares' model could be adopted in other rapidly changing cities. Read more about our plans >>

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