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  • 13 Jun 2014 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    We got this from one of our Pioneer Members the other day, and want to support her... Is it something you're interested in? 


  • 12 Jun 2014 3:12 PM | Anonymous

    Get connected with OurCamden!

    OurCamden has been running for 4 months now and our aim is to connect and collaborate with the best that Camden has to offer.  We want to support you to bring more people into your business.  We’re at the heart of Camden, connecting people and traders, encouraging our Members to shop local and really appreciate all that Camden has to offer.

    We know that competing against the big chains is hard work, but what those big chains don’t have is you!  We’re here to champion you, your business’s uniqueness and connect you with our ever growing membership right here on your doorstep.

    So how does it work?

    We want to give you an example of a fantastic way we have connected with a trader in Camden- to give you some idea of the ways we can work.  Our biggest event success to date has been the regular Reggae Choir held at The Grafton.  This has been a collaboration between us, The Reggae Choir and The Grafton pub.  3 businesses working together in Camden to produce an event that is fun, gets people talking and brings new customers to all 3 of us.  It’s a win win. 

    What’s in it for traders?

    The Grafton has access to new customers; people who come to the Reggae choir often stop for a roast dinner afterwards, find out about other events held at the Grafton and buy a pint or two.  The Grafton is located in the heart of the community, benefits from free advertising and feels good about connecting with a new social enterprise (us!).

    The Reggae Choir gets to engage with a new group, who will hopefully continue to sing in the choir after the weekly sessions end.  They get greater exposure through our marketing of their brand.  They increase their cash flow through ticket sales and get to work with a social enterprise right in the heart of Camden (us!)

    What do we get out of it?

    We love putting on great events, getting stuck into the community and connecting people and businesses.  We get to build connections and relationships with some fantastic traders in Camden and more Members join us to take advantage of our fantastic offers.  Growing our membership and connecting with businesses in Camden go hand in hand.  We’re interested in building a community in Camden that’s here for the long term, offering people a real solution to their needs and celebrating everything that Camden has to offer.

    Don’t just take our word for it!

    We were so pleased to see that the work and collaboration with Reggae Choir and The Grafton has been taken up as an example of ‘Business Booster ideas for your pub’ by the Publicans Morning Advertiser  – in fact it was the top suggestion! Click here to read the full article.

    Over to you

    We’d love to hear from you and see how we can work together in Camden.  We're here to support you in accessing more customers, doing something a little different and get involved in your local community.  We don’t expect you to come up with all the wacky ideas; that’s what we’re here for!  Although if you do have a few, we’d love to hear them.  All we ask is that you have a willingness to get involved, have some fun and place your business in the heart of the community of Camden.

    Get in touch today and find out how we can work together.  Email graham@ourcamden.org, call us on 0203 488 0020, or do it the old fashioned way and pop into see us.   We’re based on Castlehaven Road.  Look forward to working with you in the future.


  • 28 May 2014 5:07 PM | Anonymous
    One of our Pioneer Members, Brigette Daniel, is offering some fantastic savings for her fellow OurCamden Members! 

    A specialist in Complementary Therapies, Brigette is offering some great discounts at her Complementary Holistic Clinic. Enhance your well being, save some money and support this local Businesswoman! 

    Here are the deals on offer: 

    • Acupuncture- a treatment that Chinese people have been using for years to realign the body's energy.  Member price:- £30 per session (normal price £40).  This month only- save 20% off 3 sessions, or 25% off 6 sessions booked!!!

    • Indian Head Massage- A relaxing treatment that stimulates circulation and eases tension, stiffness and pain.  Get a 30 minute massage for £20 (normal price £40).

    • Reiki- Free introductory Reiki session (normal price £40 per session).

    For more information, and to book your sessions, visit Brigette's Website

    And a little about your Complementary Therapist.... 

    Brigette Daniel is a qualified R.N., and a member of the Complementary Medical Association in the U.K.  She became interested in Complementary Therapies whilst living in Toronto, Canada. 

    Brigette has trained at The Institute of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and has been a member of the Canadian Society of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1995.  She has completed degrees of the Usui method of Reiki Natural Healiing, as well as training in Indian Head Massage. 

    Book your session and save money today!!!

    Thanks Brigette.... 

  • 28 May 2014 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Camden Brewery Tour Thursday 6th February 2014

    Thanks to one of our members for their thoughts after their OurCamden visit…. 

    Ever wondered what a microbrewery might be? Or even what is brewing under Kentish Town West Station?

    I have just returned from a tour of the Camden Town Brewery as part of OurCamden’s Freebie February taster sessions, a most hospitable two hours on a very wet February afternoon.

    Not only did I taste 12 beers, but I managed to understand the basics of a good brew. We were shown each stage of the beer-brewing process, from water filtration, hops and grains (roasted and unroasted) to a giant kettle and cooling system! A brew is not unlike a stew, our friendly tour guide explained. Then we went on to the packaging room and through to the bar for some more tasty samples!

    A unique experience indeed and just on my doorstep! Having lived in Kentish Town for more than 45 years this new experience in my neighbourhood was a great way to meet new people and do something different!

    Looking forward to more such tasty occasions on the OurCamden programme!

    If you’re not a member already, why not join us? You can see more about the Camden Town Brewery  Tours here

  • 28 May 2014 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    Richard works for Camden Council. He is one of the council team who developed the idea of OurCamden that we are now trying to put into place. This is a recent blog that he published on the Camden Council intranet. We thought we’d share it here.

    A few weeks ago a whole bunch of the population made a series of irresponsible and unachievable promises to themselves; things like learn a new skill or take up an interesting hobby, save money, meet new people or do more in the community. New Year’s resolutions; I’ve already broken three.

    However, in Camden we’re a partner in a social enterprise that makes it easier to achieve all of the above resolutions and more. OurCamden aims to connect people and businesses and community organisations in a way that demonstrates how amazing the borough of Camden really is. Its mission is to open access to existing and new opportunities for members to lead more fulfilling lives. It’s about building community.

    So that’s the theory, but what will it offer in practice?

    • Learn a new skill / hobby: OurCamden will have a programme of workshops and activities in  KnowHow venues across the borough.
    • Save money: OurCamden has agreed discounts with over 100 local businesses, so you can save money and support the local economy.
    • Meet new people: There will be a calendar of at least 30 events and activities a quarter where you can meet other people with similar interests and that love Camden.
    • Do more in the community: There’ll be lots of chances for people to use their talents and skills to support other members. For example, you may want to run a book club, or walking tours or support an elderly neighbour to manage their garden.
    • Get practical support when you need it: People can access support to help them manage their home and garden.

    Members can join for £5 a month, which looks like great value to me. The council has also put £300k in over three years to help this scheme become a success.

    You might be asking why the Council is spending public money on all this nice stuff in a period of austerity?

    I’ll let you into a secret. It’s actually all about ageing. Camden’s population is getting older at the quickest rate in London. There are about 54,000 people over the age of 50 at the moment. There’ll be about 67,000 in 2030 and the growth will be proportionally highest amongst the oldest. This reflects that health and social care has got pretty good at supporting people to stay alive. However, traditional services are not quite so good at enabling people to live active, healthy and fulfilling lives.

    We know that the likely pressure of the ageing population on statutory services is major and we also know that loneliness is as likely to bring an early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

    That’s why we need to do something different, something that addresses these challenges and something that builds on older people’s gifts and skills. Gifts and skills are important; we forget that older people are net contributors to the economy, are more likely to volunteer and to care for the vulnerable and that much of the baby boomer generation expect to regularly eat out, go to gigs and the theatre and, whisper it quietly, have sex. In short, being old, rather than elderly, is not what it used to be.

    OurCamden responds to both sides of the coin. It will offer something new and different and should help us shift our thinking about ageing, whilst also taking pressure off statutory services. It will respond to the interests of older people, but it’s not about being needy, it’s about living well.

    If that’s whetted your appetite find out much more at www.ourcamden.org. Anyone can join and there’s a host of free events in February to draw you in. You never know it might even help you keep one of those pesky resolutions.

  • 28 May 2014 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    At OurCamden we really love local businesses that have been part of our community for a long time. And one of those is Harry. 

    Harry has been a Butcher and fishmonger on Kentish Town High Street for 30 years.

     His shop is amazing and Harry just wants to be able to do what he does, providing high quality meat and fish for his local customers. He says he’s seen huge changes over the years, especially in the last 5. And he has adapted.

    Not content with selling meat and fish, he knows that his customers needs have changed. No longer are there so many families coming to him but there are lots more couples and singles who have busy lives; long hours at work and less time for cooking.  So he now opens later. He provides a fantastic range of ready cooked meals. He’ll even deliver for you.

    And he’s done some amazing deals for OurCamden members. Why not head over to his page and see if there’s something there for you?


    PS… If you’re a Camden business and want to be promoted to our members, why not drop us anemail and we’ll be in touch.

    PPS… If you’re an OurCamden Member and would like us to see if we can get a deal with your favourite shop or business, just drop us a line or give us a call. We’ll see what we can do!

  • 20 Mar 2014 4:54 AM | Anonymous

    Are you or were you once a Belsize Resident?  What do you remember about the area, and would you like to share your memories?

    The Belsize Community Library Reminiscence Group is compiling a book about the history of Belsize from the 20th century to the present day.

    If you have a story about anything that has happened in Belsize-be it good, bad or just amusing-the team would love to hear from you.

    They are keen to meet people who live in Belsize, to find out about you and how you came to know the area.  They are also looking for people who are happy to loan photographs, drawings or pictures to accompany their memories to aid the story.

    If you have any stories or memories for consideration, please call Ranee on 07904 092 828, or emailbelsizeremembered@gmail.com.

    Contributions need to be submitted by August 2014.  Selected stories and pictures will be published in ‘Belsize Remembered’. 

    Stuck for submission ideas??  Here are a few topics to get you started:-

    • Notable Residents/Characters
    • Demolition and Developments
    • Friends and Family
    • Pubs, Restaurants and Cafes

    You are not limited to these topics-just some ideas to get the memories a-flowing.

    Get involved, and see your memories get published!

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