North London Cares is a community network of young professionals and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in the rapidly changing city.
They do this because London is a place of extremes. While the capital is one of the most dynamic places in the world, full of cultural and economic opportunities and a hotbed of innovation and change, it can also be anonymous, lonely and isolating.
For the older neighbours in particular, many of whom have spent a lifetime in their home neighbourhoods in Camden and Islington, the rush and pace of the city can often now feel too much. Getting around can be frightening, and trends including globalisation, gentrification, migration, digitisation and the housing bubble are transforming the communities faster than ever.
The multiplying effect of those pressures is that many older people have deep roots – from Kilburn to Kentish Town – but few connections. Meanwhile, young professionals – often graduates from across the country and around the world – can have hundreds of connections in the social media age, but no roots in their communities.
The separation of those parallel worlds wastes human potential, entrenches loneliness and isolation, perpetuates social division and is ultimately corrosive for the society.
North London Cares seeks to address this modern blight of disconnection in the capital by harnessing the people and places around us for the benefit of all.
The objectives are to:
Reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people and young professionals alike
Improve the connection, confidence, skills, resilience and power of all participants so neighbours can feel part of the changing city rather than left behind by it
Bring people together to reduce the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.
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