Happy 2020! As we all vow to do a whole host of things most of us will not follow through on, we’ve compiled 10 suggestions that we think you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
1. PUT THINGS IN ORDER
The start of a New Year is not only a great time to buy the new Age UK Camden Calendar at www.aucamden.myshopify.com. It is also when thoughts turn to getting things in order and making plans for the future to protect your loved ones. Help on finance and a Will writing service are both offered by Age UK Camden. Call 020 7239 0400 or checkout online for more information. www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/our-services/information-advice/benefits-money/#planning
2. HOST A GAMES NIGHT
Finding an excuse to get a few friends round is made much easier when you tap into their competitive appetite. Grabbing a game from your childhood brings back old memories and makes plenty of new ones. Whether it’s Monopoly or Scrabble, the world’s your oyster. Browse online or pop into Village Games at Camden Market (West Yard) to take your pick.
3. LEARN SOMETHING NEW
What better way to kick start a new year by learning something new. Age UK Camden and their partners run classes in everything from story telling to table tennis. All the Get Togethers are free or require a small donation. Read our listings to learn more.
4. BOOK A HOLIDAY
Putting a date in your diary for a holiday lifts your spirits. It doesn’t need to cost a fortune with some basic planning. Airbnb has a very straightforward website linking you to people’s rooms or whole properties to rent per night. It now covers 150 countries including the UK and last summer a staggering 17 million people booked somewhere to stay during the summer using the service. And this way you get to tailor the trip specifically to your needs.
5. FOSTER A PET
If you’re an animal person, you’ll understand the challenges of looking after a pet. The RSPCA receives more than 100 calls a week from families looking for help. If you’d like to have animals around, without the long-term commitment, consider becoming a PetRetreat fosterer, looking after animals you can accommodate for four to six months. www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/foster
6. CHARITY CHALLENGE
We’re not suggesting you brush off your running shoes and get ready for the London Marathon (unless you really fancy it). There are however, plenty of other ways you can raise money for local and national charities. Year round Age UK Camden encourage people to host their own fundraiser events or collections – from cake sales to kitchen discos. www.ageuk.org.uk/camden/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/
7. SHARE YOUR SKILLS
Everyone deserves a chance to learn something new and you could be just the person to help them. Whether you’re a keen hobbyist or a professional in a particular area, Age UK Camden need more volunteers for a host of roles. From weekly artist and performers, to visiting people in their home, to helping out in the Leather Lane shop. Why not become a Get Together host and share some skills in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
8. MEMORY LANE
Sometimes photos and stories aren’t enough to remind you of your past. If you have happy childhood memories you want to revisit, why not plan a trip to wander the streets of your past. Things change a lot, but there will still be glimpses of your past to explore. Alternatively, use Google maps Street View to wander the streets without leaving your home. www.wikihow.com/use-google-street-view
After the festive season we all think about health related changes. Instead of planning a wellness revolution, why not try setting some smaller more achievable goals, like drinking less. Check out the Drink Aware website for some advice on cutting down. www.drinkaware.co.uk
10. FIND LOVE
There’s no age limit on love, and today with the help of the Internet it’s easier than ever for over 55s to start dating again. Whether you’re looking for a serious relationship or social opportunities, there are plenty of ways to connect with people online in your age group that share your interests.