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  • 09 Oct 2014 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    In 2012 Project Embrace were awarded funding from Camden’s Innovation & Development Fund to create a unique service designed to empower the individual to communicate their mental health experience with dignity and confidence.  Inspired by the following words, Project Embrace are looking for a diverse bunch of people, from ALL walks of life, to feature in a one-minute film that aims to inspire and challenge how we perceive mental health - you don’t have to have a diagnosis to take part:


    Project Embrace are filming all day in The London Borough of Camden on Friday 17th October.  If you want to take part, email your contact details and a selfie - warts n all!  You will be contacted with more information.
    All information sent to us will be treated confidentially.
    Your involvement would be voluntary.
    Please share this with anyone you feel may be interested.

  • 08 Oct 2014 9:26 AM | Anonymous


    It's all online this, email that, tweet this, Facebook that..isn't it? 

    And at OurCamden, we get that by using social media we can reach out to people, telling them about OurCamden & our desire to build community by connecting you with local businesses, community organisations and ultimately each other. That members have the chance to try new things (Fencing anyone... what about the London Eye?), meet new people, connect more with the borough and save a bit of money with local shops. Great stuff...

    But one of the ideas we love is Random Acts of Kindness. The idea that we can do things to help another human being. Even if there are things going on in our own lives, we can still share with others. 

    Can you take what's not going right in your life and turn it into something wonderful for someone else? Hannah Brencher did. We'll let you watch the video for her full story, but we'd like to ask this question; could you imagine what one single act of kindness, one moment of giving out of your day could mean to someone else for a lifetime, or that it could turn into something much bigger than you imagined?

    I'm sure we can all remember instances when someone did something for us, and though they may have thought it a small insignificant gesture, it meant the world to us.

    I remember the office fairy* at a previous place of work leaving a bottle of red wine on my desk with a card appreciating the difficulties I was facing. The hug from someone I didn't know particularly well with the words  "I just know you need this".  I did. 

    Have a watch of Hannah and what she's started...

    As Hannah says, "They don't need you to have the right words. Life just calls you to have words. Just be there and show up for somebody."

    Why not try something yourself...

    *Having an Office Fairy is a great way to encourage and motivate staff teams. It's a wonderful idea. Email for more details if you want to find out more. 


  • 01 Oct 2014 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Interesting infographic from the Office of National Statistics..... 

    What is life like for an older person today?

    Infographic by Office for National Statistics (ONS)

  • 28 Aug 2014 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Design Council are embarking on a project which involves developing products and services that support older people in later life.  If you are interested in assisting with this project, continue reading...

    Would you like to help design the future for seniors?

    Over the last five years, the Design Council has delivered practical solutions to a huge range of social issues- from products that improve the lives of those affected by dementia, to services that promote independence in later life.

    As part of our latest project, we are looking for input from people who are aged 65 or over, to understand more about what helps or hinders you when making choices about your way of life, well being, care needs and health.

    If you’re 65 or over, and one or more of the following apply, we’d love to hear from you.

    Retirement
    Are you planning to retire in the next 2 years? Have you semi-retired in the last 2 years? Have you retired in the last 2 years?


    Illness or death of a loved one
    Have you experienced the loss of someone very close to you in the last 2 years?


    Health crisis
    Have you suffered a life changing health issue in the last 2 years-e.g. a stroke, heart attack or other crisis in health?

    Your answers to these questions will be used to help the Design Council scope out the best ways to design products and services that enable people to make better choices.

    We are looking to speak to three types of people:

    1. People who are currently weighing up their future choices.
    This might be someone who anticipates change ahead and is currently wondering what their options are.

    2. People who have made choices that they feel have been right for them.
    This might be someone who feels they have been able to plan ahead, make informed decisions, receive a good level of support, and find information easily.

    3. People who have made choices that they have regretted.
    This might be someone who has found choice stressful, have wished they could change choices they’ve made, have had a low level of support and guidance or have found information & advice difficult to come by, confusing or unhelpful.

    Get in touch

    Please contact Zoe Donkin at zoe.donkin@designcouncil.org.uk if you are interested in sharing your experience.

    Zoe will be speaking to people between 26 August - 2 September, you can expect the conversation to last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.


    The conversations can be on the phone or face to face depending on practicalities, & your responses can be anonymised if you would prefer.
  • 12 Aug 2014 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Mothers are the primary carers everywhere in the world.  Caring for children, sick, disabled and older people is work vital to society.

    Income Support is being abolished and society's commitment to children is no longer universal.  Carer's Allowance is insultingly low and some carers don't even qualify for the allowance.  200,000 care workers are denied the minimum wage.

    When caring work is devalued, people, relationships and life itself are devalued.  Demanding time and resources for caring aims to redirect economic and social policies towards people and the planet, and away from the uncaring market.

    The petition being presented to the UK parliament demands that;

    1. Caring is recognised as vital work for the whole society
    2. All carers, including mothers, are paid a living wage for this indispensable work, including paid time off.

    Please show your support by signing this important petition.  You can sign online at Gopetition.  Alternatively, you can come to the OurCamden shop to pick up a paper form that you can fill out and return to the Crossroads Women's Centre.

    You can find out more information from the Global Women's Strike website.

  • 21 Jul 2014 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Borough of Camden is a fascinating place. And there's folk who can help you find out more! 

    Camden Guides are the official badged guides to the Borough of Camden.

    Camden Tour Guides Association is a member organisation of qualified guides who research, develop and conduct walking tours and lectures on all things Camden!

    Camden Guides cover all areas of the borough: Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Holborn, Fitzrovia, Kentish Town, Highgate, Gospel Oak, Bloomsbury, St. Pancras, West Hampstead, St. Giles, Belsize Park, and Hampstead.

    Those interested in learning more about Camden can book a walking tour to explore the vibrant, dynamic areas to discover an eclectic mix of urban, rural and more. 

    Why not join them as a guide? You need to apply by 31st July. go on.... go for it!! 

     Camden Course Flyer FINAL pdf.pdf

  • 15 Jul 2014 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    We love this @OurCamden..... and we want to support local businesses too!

    Not only do we want Members to get great deals from local businesses but we want local businesses to benefit from having more customers! 

    So if you're a business in the borough, why not do a deal for our members? We'll promote you on our website, in our newsletters and on social media.... all for free! That's got to be worth getting involved isn't it? Just drop us an email for more info! 

  • 25 Jun 2014 3:13 PM | Anonymous

    News from Anne about a GREAT DEAL for Members; 
    20% off at the Bar! Yup... that's 20 lovely gorgeous percent! 


    It's Festival time and I'm living and sleeping the Hampstead Summer Festival. This will be the 4th year that we've put on the festival, and we're hoping to raise even more money this year for two local charities-Keats Grove Community Library and Age UK Camden's Henderson Court Resource Centre for older people. Last year we raised £20,000 to share between these two wonderful charities, and this year we're hoping to beat that.  Do join us for Big Fair Day on Sunday July 6th!  There will be a range of things for you to enjoy, including two stages with music, dance, sports and chess.  There will also be dozens of stalls with food, drink and great things to buy.  You'll also be able to see some birds of prey and classic cars!  Not to mention donkey rides for the kids! 

    The Art Village is my particular baby.  At the top of the hill by Whitestone Pond, there will be two marquees and seven gazebos full of art, with lots of interactive activities and professional artists on hand to advise and show-how.  People from Cass Art and the Camden Art Centre will be around to carry out some art based activities with the kids.   There's great food from Forks Deli and the ART VILLAGE WINE BAR  - where there's a 20% discount for all OurCamden Members.  So bring your membership card !   Oh - and there's a free taxi Art Shuttle from the tube station to the top, if you want to take the short cut and walk down through the fair.

    And if you'd like to help us on the day for an hour or two, we'd love to hear from you!

    Annie Ward, Pioneer OurCamden Member

  • 13 Jun 2014 3:51 PM | Anonymous
    Last week we had a great time at Primrose Hill Summer Fair. We got to meet loads of people and told them about OurCamden and what we are up to...

    Great to see Ed Miliband and his children try their hand at our special Hook a Duck! And honestly... number 10 got you a special membership prize!

    We're at most of the fairs around Camden over the summer... Why don't you try and find number 10 too?



  • 13 Jun 2014 3:27 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to the Members who came with us to Pizza East on Tuesday. Not only did we have a great time and great food ( their pizzas are delicious...but not as nice as the battered courgettes!), but we also saved a WHOPPING 50% off our meal and drinks! 

    As ever at one of our Member Meet Ups, conversation was wide ranging. We had 2 Members who realised that they had worked at the same place some years before, and were busy catching up on shared acquaintances! Although we did decide that we need a slightly quieter place in the future for proper full on chatting! 

    It was also great to see Oliver - who wasn't a Member, but is now! Welcome Oliver! 

    More ideas were discussed about things members want to see on the calendar, including a trip to the theatre in Highgate - combined with a meal at the pub downstairs!  We're planning a late night out at Ronnie Scott's. And gliding! Yup, some of our Members want to sit in a small plane hundreds of feet up in the air without an engine! Fancy that too? 

    Why not come along the next Members Meet Up or join us for coffee on  Wednesday 18th June at 11am! 


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