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GREAT CROFT DAY CENTRE: BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS

Great Croft day centre has a dramatically lovely garden again – this time fully accessible from patio to top lawn – thanks to the green fingers of Ann Treneman and a team of dedicated volunteers. Whatever the season American-born Ann Treneman’s planting at Great Croft day centre aims to offer ...

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RAHIMA RAHMAN: A TRUSTED VOICE

Rahima Rahman from Age UK Camden’s information and advice team has the sort of calm authority that makes you instantly feel you can trust her. “I love meeting people, and that’s what makes my job very special,” says Rahima Rahman who takes pride in never being late for an appointment. ...

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INFO AND ADVICE: WORRYING WINDFALL

When Thomas O’Neill was left money by his family in Ireland he was unsure what paperwork needed doing, so he did nothing. Thomas, now 69 (and a half) found dealing with the unexpected gift hugely stressful.  “I’ve had nothing all my life and now I had, it was a big ...

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INFO AND ADVICE: ADAPTING TO CHANGE

When Peter Matthews was made redundant, he turned to Age UK Camden. Tackling health, wealth and home decluttering issues, we were only too happy to advise. There are some dates that are hard to forget. For Peter Matthews, the year when everything turned upside down was 2016 when he was ...

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ROB & AMANDA WHITE: SPORTING LEGENDS

Siblings Amanda and Rob White love to talk sport. “I’m kicking off now,” says Amanda White, 55, after making sure that everyone around the table has a good view of the 50 black and white cards designed to trigger childhood memories of street kickabouts, school sports and even winter skating ...

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OPENING DOORS LONDON: TACKLING LONELINESS

Camden’s older LGBT* team offers brilliant chat and befriending. When was the last time you had a really good conversation? One that includes Dad’s Army episodes, opera jokes, bursts of French, debate about normative heterosexual behavior in relation to the zodiac sign, Aries, and the difficulties of getting a hippy (or ...

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SASSAKA AMENA: LIFTING LATER LIFE

What does Age UK Camden do? Find out from Services Manager Sassaka Amena. “We’re not an emergency service, we’re here to support you – led by what users need and non-judgmental,” says Sassaka Amena firmly, rebutting the idea that Age UK Camden only exists for people having a major health ...

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MEL WRIGHT: STREET WISE

The dream is benches on every street corner… but first we’re going for a walk.   KOVE – the acronym for Kilburn Older Voices Exchange – has a way of making things happen in Camden. Three days a week KOVE Coordinator, Mel Wright, 69, helps older people in Kilburn and ...

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CLAIR CHAPWELL: BOLDER VOICES CHOIR

The Bolder Voices choir, run by Clair Chapwell, are expert at getting their voices heard where it matters.   “Older people can melt into the woodwork, but singing can give them a voice. It’s such a good way to bring issues to the attention of the world,” says Clair Chapwell, ...

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PETER AUGER: JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Hitting the right note together. How a shared interest in jazz has made life more interesting for both Freddy and his volunteer befriender Peter.   Since November 2015 academic Peter Auger, 30, spends one lunch time a week chatting with Somers Town resident, Freddy. The pair were matched because they ...

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