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London is an amazing city, full of opportunity and change, but for some of our older neighbours - particularly those who have lived in London their entire lives and seen it change beyond recognition - those changes can be isolating, and deepen feelings of anonymity and loneliness that are already synonymous with old age. Similarly young Londoners can experience feelings of isolation and…

Our Social Clubs are free activities which take place both face-to-face and remotely, and bring older (65+) and younger people from across Camden and Islington together for fun, laughter, friendship and new experiences.

Our Social Clubs take place in different venues such as pubs, cafes, galleries, community centres and community gardens which change every month. Our clubs are about busting stereotypes that surround older and younger people: From cooking workshops to Hula Hooping and Congolese dance workshops to conversations about space exploration! We are always open to new ideas, new venues and new people, so if you’ve got an idea for a club you can come host your very own with Andy and Hannah, our social club coordinators. Everyone’s got something to share and we all have more to learn from each other. Check out Andy's blog about our older and younger pals attempt to break a Guiness World Record in Kentish Town. 

Alongside our face-to-face clubs we host fortnightly virtual clubs over Zoom and chatty phone clubs. These are great for volunteers and older neighbours alike who aren’t able to come along to our in-person get togethers. We also have our chatty telephone Social Clubs which mean neighbours in our network without digital access can take part too. Anyone can phone in and become part of our phone family – you’ll get to hear Tony and Harvey’s singalongs and plenty of stellar stories all from the comfort of your sofa. 

Time commitment

The great thing about signing up to get involved in our Social Clubs, is that there is no minimum or maximum commitment. After you've been along to our online or in-person induction, you can choose to come to as many or as few clubs as you'd like. We will email you every month with a list of the upcoming clubs available to book onto.
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
We are offering regular Virtual Social Clubs so that anyone who is not able to attend our in-person get togethers can still be involved.

For our in-person events, our main priority is keeping our network of neighbours safe. We'll have masks and sanitiser available at every activity - we advise all neighbours to do what they are comfortable with and we ask everyone to respect this.

See what other students say about this project

"It was a great way for me to build a deeper connection with the city and this was important for me as an international student."
Tiantian Yu is a Postgraduate student studying Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working to keep you safe and supported whilst you volunteer.

You’ll never be out of pocket for volunteering through us – with in-London travel expenses to and from your volunteering guaranteed.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch with us at any time.