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  • 17 Sep 2015 10:44 AM | Justine McLaughlin

    Sense are running a new blog of Yoga sessions as part of our Sport England funded project. All the details are below. The majority of people that came to the last block of sessions were 50+ and lived in Camden/Islington/Westminster.

    Would you be able to help us promote these to your members who are experiencing sight and hearing loss.

     

    Yoga Sessions

    Sense, the national charity that works with people who experience sight and hearing impairments, is running a friendly Yoga session. Carers and support workers are welcome to come along and join in as well.

     

    Dates:             Wednesdays 30th Sept – 2nd  December

     

    Venue:            Pancras Square Leisure, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

     

    How to book:

    Places are limited – to book a place on the sessions, or for more information, please contact Ian Carpenter. Ian.carpenter@sense.org.uk or 020 7014 9318


  • 12 Aug 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Every week we put a small advert in the Camden New Journal. It's a small box advert and it works really well.... we get a response from it every week. 

    But now we have a wee problem.... 

    This week we had a call from Mike. He wants to join. He wants to try new things, meet new people and save money across the borough. 

    We tried the number several times.... but the number seems to be wrong. 

    So we're on a mission. We want to find Mike!  Here's this week's advert! 



    We've got a great calendar coming up... there's more and more deals for members and we don't want Mike to miss out. Actually... we wouldn't want you to miss out either.... so why don't you have a good look at what we do...

    Hope to see you at one of our events very soon. 




  • 16 Jul 2015 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    You wouldn't have thought that little old OurCamden would have something to say about the Budget..... and maybe we shouldn't..... 

    ... Except there is one bit that interests us... and that's the introduction of the Living Wage. 

    OurCamden has been very proud to be a Living Wage Employer from the very start. Although we are very small, we believe it is an important message to get out. 

    So when it was brought up in the budget, we were delighted. And, although there's a way to go before it gets properly introduced, reducing the need for working people to be paid a fair wage, it's definitely a start. 


    Here's the thoughts of Rhys Moore, Director of the Living Wage Foundation. 

    It's been a big week for the Living Wage movement in the UK.


    On Wednesday the Chancellor announced the creation of a 'National Living Wage' - in effect a higher minimum wage for those over the age of 25. 
    Let's be absolutely clear. We believe this is a welcome and positive development for millions of low paid workers. It represents a significant change in the way the minimum wage is calculated for over 25s. In sectors such as social care, hospitality and retail the change by 2020 could be transformative. 
    Yes there are many questions outstanding after the budget. There are of course real concerns about the impact of changes to tax credits on the lives of working families. You can read our immediate response to the budget here.
    Today we want to thank you, the UK's 1,600 accredited Living Wage employers, for your continued leadership on the challenge of low pay in the UK. You are at the forefront of this debate and have successfully set the agenda for the Government. 
    Having spoken to many of you over the last 48 hours we have been inspired by your sustained commitment to the cause and determination to keep leading the way. From all the team here, thank you.
    We will continue to work with you to build this extraordinary, diverse and powerful movement for change. We are meeting with the Government shortly and will feedback to you on the outcomes of our discussions.
    Our Principal Partner the Resolution Foundation has produced a very helpful briefing here on the budget changes.
     #LivingWage and #WeAreLivingWage

  • 08 May 2015 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    We had our very first Vinyl Night last night, with members bringing some of their treasured records to share with others. It was great fun. Lots of music. Even more chatting! Lovely cups of tea. Fab biscuits! We even had a bit of live music from William! 

    Here's some of the things we learned! 

    1. Music evokes very powerful memories. We had memories of aunts mimicking singers at parties, the excitement of getting your first Black Box, your first Dansette, First Single and even your first colour tele! 

    2. The Who's My Generation is 50 years old this year. Amazing that they are still playing, and even headlining Glastonbury this year. 

    3. Our Members have some amazing stories to tell. So many stories. We had stories of childhood in the blitz, growing up in the sixties and life moving from beige to full colour. Moves to Australia and then coming back to live on the very road you grew up on 30 years later! And lots more besides. 

    4. There really are Six Degrees of Separation. People found links to each other they didn't know existed! We had members realise they had a number of people in common in their lives. Wonderful stuff. 


    Why don't you join us next time

  • 29 Apr 2015 2:23 PM | Anonymous

     
    The Power of Nordic 


    We have finally found an activity that has us hooked! Boosting Endorphins, Vitamin D and the healing power of nature. 

    The gift of Hampstead Heath on our door steps. We are walking at least 3 miles in an hour, at great pace, heart rate up while taking in the beauty of the heath. 

    Lowered blood pressure naturally, lost weight, increased cardio fitness, toned legs, bum, and tum : not to mention the pelvic floor! Accessible to all, regardless of fitness levels the instructors ensure the pace is just right for you and that you gain confidence week by week. 

     A perfect escape to do something for yourself while getting fit. Reducing stress and increasing happiness. Laughing, skipping and frolicking while we do so! 

    So far nearly 20 OC Members have felt the incredible benefits of Nordic Walking. We have a great deal with Nordic Walking UK who have offered our members a 50% discount on the Intro to Nordic Walking course

    OurCamden look forward offering Members a great opportunity for evening and weekday walks throughout the summer months, across the heath. Watch this space! 

     

    52 hours walked, 200 miles covered and 50lbs lost between the both of us all since 19th January 2015! 

     

    We Love Nordic! 

     

    Sass & Dee 

  • 23 Apr 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    Find out more about our FREE NHS Health Check in Camden

    Even though you might be feeling great, if you are over 40 (or over 30 and South Asian) you may be at risk of kidney, heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A FREE NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy.

    You are eligible for a free NHS Health Check if:

    -You are between 40 – 74 years old or you are between 30 -74 years old and of South Asian Ethnicity.

    -You live in Camden or you are registered with a Camden GP.

    -You have not had an NHS health check within the last 5 years.

    -You have not been diagnosed with or not taking medication for cardiovascular diseases.

    The free NHS Health Check takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete and consists of:

    -Straightforward questions about their health, diet, alcohol intake, smoking habit, physical activity and relevant family history

    -Height, weight and blood pressure measurements

    -A simple finger-prick blood test for cholesterol and blood sugar test (if required)

    -Dementia awareness information leaflet (for over 65s)

    Each participant will receive a comprehensive health report together with advice and support about how to maintain good health and make lifestyle changes that will help improve that individual’s health. This may include referral to their GP or local lifestyle services such as weight management, stop smoking and physical activities.

    We operate from a range of venues within Camden and Islington and you can book your Free NHS Health Check at a location, date and time that is convenient for you online at:

    nhshealthcheck.com/camden or nhshealthcheck.com/islington

  • 23 Apr 2015 8:52 AM | Anonymous


    Ever heard of "swishing"? 

    Well... now's your chance. Not only to find out about it but join in as well! 

    We all love fab new clothes but not to the cost to our purses or the planet. Swishing is guilt-free shopping, with everyone bringing their unwanted clothes and accessories, hang them on the swishing rail for other swishers to admire and give them a new home.

    The rules are simple: You can take an item for every item you bring to the party!

    Why not join us on the 11th May. You can find out more & book your place here

    And here's a fab article from The Guardian about how the swishing phenomena is growing around the world! 

    Clothes 'swishing' parties go global

    The swishing site gets up to 10,000 visitors a month globally, and in the UK 7,000 women swap 25,000 items a year 

    By Sylvia Rowley

    Twenty-three-year-old Jessica Felstead has a new red woollen coat. Buttoning it in front of the mirror she spins round to show her friends. "I absolutely love it!" she grins.

    Around her women are admiring handbags, riffling through a clothes rail and fishing out brightly coloured scarves from a pile on the table.

    I'm in the middle of a clothes swapping party at the offices of sustainable PR agency Futerra, and this morning Jessica's red coat was hanging unworn in the back of my wardrobe.

    Clothes swapping parties have spread worldwide since they were first given "a glam facelift" and a brand six years ago by Lucy Shea, CEO of Futerra, who christened the swaps "swishing" – the noise of rustling clothes from your friends – and set up a website to help people put the parties on.

    In the past few weeks she has had requests for swishing party advice packs from women in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Sydney and Paris. The swishing website gets up to 10,000 visits a month from around the world, and in the UK she estimates that 7,000 women swap 25,000 items every year.

    It is easy to see why it's popular. As they sip champagne with their friends, guests are allowed to pick up any clothes or accessories they want for free. Everybody is told to bring some clothes they'd be "proud to pass on", and swishing etiquette is to take away the same number of items as you bring to the party.

    Although there were quite a few pairs of Primark pumps on the shoe table, I also saw a pair of Valentino heels, a Max Mara skirt, a pair of 7 For All Mankind jeans, and a Burberry necktie with the tag on still on. Unfortunately these were mostly already in other people's hands by the time I got there – it's a good idea to be punctual when swishing.

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    Every year in the UK we buy around 2 million tonnes of clothes, and throw away 1 million tonnes , all of which comes with a colossal footprint of embedded energy, water and toxins. According to the Observer journalist Lucy Siegle, author of To Die For: is Fashion Wearing Out the World?, the average woman owns 22 items she's never worn.

    Swishing is designed to cut this waste by giving women "the thrill of retail therapy without the environmental side effects," says Shea, and by "making swapping clothes an aspiration, rather than a shabby secret". According to Futerra, 0.4 kg of CO2 is saved for every item of clothing that is re-used rather than bought new.

    Talking to Katherine Symonds, a 33 year-old swishing novice who works at Coca Cola, it seems the rebrand is working. "I used to go to thrift shops at a child but as an adult I never do. I don't really like the atmosphere," she says. "Charity shops don't have champagne and nice women and, you know, canapes." She's now thinking about holding her own swishing session: "We all get rid of so many clothes but there's a bit of awkwardness about offering somebody your leftovers," she says. "It's really nice to make a party of it."

    Although you can't really go swishing if you're after something specific like a smart black skirt, several women said they rated the experience more highly than a trip to the high street. "It makes you choose something you wouldn't normally choose in a shop and branch out a bit," says Felstead. "I prefer it to shopping because I don't feel guilty at the end."

    Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of Futerra and longtime "swishette" says it's a mixture of "the massive vicarious pleasure of free stuff", the mystery and anticipation of what will be there, and the sociable nature of swishing, with women complimenting each other on their finds. "When was the last time you talked to a stranger in Topshop?" she asks.

    The party was very friendly and good-mannered, and the "no scratching, spitting or biting" sign on the door seemed to be in jest. But I'm told that large public swishing parties can sometimes be less convivial, with women running to grab the best items or tussling over things they want. "It works best with friends" says Harriet Kingaby, a 28-year-old who works in PR. Fans of online shopping can also swap clothes at sites such as Big WardrobeSwop2Shop and Posh Swaps .

    Last time she did the calculations, which was in 2009, Shea says swishing had prevented around 202,800 kg of clothes from going to landfill, and she estimates it will now be much more.

    But with a fifth of the UK market made up of low-cost, short-lifetime garments, many clothes are thrown away because they're bad quality, not because they've fallen out of fashion or favour. There's a limit to how much can be swished.

    By the end of the evening I'm pleased with my swapped swag – a pink high-waisted Jaques Vert skirt and a matching blouse, brought by Shea's mum's friend.

    A look online when I get home shows lots more parties around the country, from a swap at the Good Fashion Show in London, to a debut swishing and swing dancing night, to a fundraising swish in a Baptist church in Bedford .

    "We have so many resources in circulation which aren't being used to the best of their ability, says Shea, "we need to move towards more collaborative forms of consumption. But what I love about swishing is women don't do it for those reasons – they do it because of the parties and the clothes."

  • 20 Apr 2015 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    We don't want to labour the point too much (ok... maybe we do) but we LOVE Camden. 

    It is such an amazing place. And it is full of amazing social entrepreneurs! And we have a growing membership that want to support you! 

    We want to connect our members with social enterprises and charities who have a product or service to sell. 

    So why not let our members have a deal from you? 

    In return for giving our members a deal we will promote your social enterprise or charity on this blog, Facebook and Twitter. We'll give you a listing on our deals directory and mention you in our members newsletters. 

    All for free!  

    What have you got to lose? Why not drop us an email and let us have that deal! 


    We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • 13 Apr 2015 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    Find out more about our FREE NHS Health Check in Camden

    Even though you might be feeling great, if you are over 40 (or over 30 and South Asian) you may be at risk of kidney, heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A FREE NHS Health Check can help you reduce these risks and make sure that you stay healthy.

    You are eligible for a free NHS Health Check if:

    -You are between 40 – 74 years old or you are between 30 -74 years old and of South Asian Ethnicity.

    -You live in Camden or you are registered with a Camden GP.

    -You have not had an NHS health check within the last 5 years.

    -You have not been diagnosed with or not taking medication for cardiovascular diseases.

    The free NHS Health Check takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete and consists of:

    -Straightforward questions about their health, diet, alcohol intake, smoking habit, physical activity and relevant family history

    -Height, weight and blood pressure measurements

    -A simple finger-prick blood test for cholesterol and blood sugar test (if required)

    -Dementia awareness information leaflet (for over 65s)

    Each participant will receive a comprehensive health report together with advice and support about how to maintain good health and make lifestyle changes that will help improve that individual’s health. This may include referral to their GP or local lifestyle services such as weight management, stop smoking and physical activities.

    We operate from a range of venues within Camden and Islington and you can book your Free NHS Health Check at a location, date and time that is convenient for you online at:

    nhshealthcheck.com/camden or nhshealthcheck.com/islington

    Or alternatively you can call 0203 308 2955.

  • 20 Mar 2015 7:53 AM | Anonymous

    We love our new offices in Tonbridge Street with some members beginning to drop in. But yesterday saw a new visitor..... 


    We had a very special delivery from Half Hitch

    They are a wonderful new Camden based gin company, building on the long heritage of gin making in Camden.

    They have developed a very gorgeous high end gin that is selling in all the best places. It even sells in Selfridges for over £57!

    And OurCamden members can get a hold of a bottle for only £30.

    In fact, if you come along to our Speakeasy party you can taste it for yourself. And maybe even win a bottle in our raffle.


    Thanks to Mark from Half Hitch for the gift and the great deal for members.

    We wish his business every success.

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