The Story So Far

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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 recruiting new volunteers and matching them with older neighbours in need of a little practical help through our Love Your Neighbour scheme. They started social clubs across North London to bring older and younger neighbours together in new, dynamic ways.

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August 2014

Three years after North London Cares launched, South London Cares opened in Southwark and Lambeth, replicating the Cares model for the first time. We began to recruit local young professionals and held our first social club in Stockwell.

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September 2014

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

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December 2014

The network of young professionals volunteering to support their older neighbours began to grow, with over 150 volunteers having signed up to activities including dinner parties, games nights, film nights and arts and crafts evenings.

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Throughout 2015

Our social clubs expand to include baking sessions, gardening, dancing clubs and visits to local businesses.

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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.

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March 2015

Amazing South London Cares volunteers and supporters begin supporting their neighbours in new and inclusive ways, raising money through challenges, events, clothes swaps and more.

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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.

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August 2015

South London Cares celebrates its first birthday! Since we began in August 2014, 190 young professionals have volunteered at social clubs and one-to-one with over 440 older neighbours.

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Living in Camden or Islington? Check out our sister charity North London Cares