Pets against loneliness

Our episode blurb

Our Hello Hackney guest is Lyn Ambrose, who has just launched a new community project: Pets Against Loneliness (PAL).

Lyn’s vision: “We are a group of volunteers bringing together older members of the community who may feel isolated, with well-behaved dogs and their owners, for the purposes of joy and the alleviation of loneliness for all”.

Lyn is not here just to talk. She is here to listen to your ideas on how to make the project work.

Do you think this is a great idea? Do you know anyone who might like to go to PAL activities? Do you know anything about animals (not just dogs)? Would you like to be a PAL volunteer?

What we did

PAL founder Lyn Ambrose and PAL volunteer Nick gave us a succinct overview of the project, what they have done so far, and what they hope to achieve in future. The conversation was about human society, not just abut dogs and other animals. We think this episode has captured the essence of their vision.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Evelyn C, Irene, Liz W, Lyn (PAL), Mimi, Nick (PAL), Rick and Walter.

Recorded 23 March 2018. 38 minutes.

PAL – contact info

PAL – where and when

  • New Unity Unitarian Church, 39a Newington Green, N16 9PR
  • First Saturday of each month, 10 to 12 noon.

Frontline funding for social inclusion

Hackney elders discuss difficulties of obtaining funding for frontline social inclusion projects.

The voices belong to: Andreas, Cornelia, Irene, Martin and Rick.

We don’t use expensive professional equipment or a sound studio. Our resources are minimal, but we do it all ourselves — oldies own the process.

Recorded 16 March 2018. 22 minutes.

NB

This episode has been edited and published out of sequence, and is much shorter than the original conversation. Reason: it was part of a road map of what to do if funding for the drop-in project ended in March. As it happened, we secured a three-month reprieve.

If we stop, the world stops

Hackney elders gather to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, and to discuss the relevance of feminism in the lives of younger generations as well as their own.

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Andreas, Cornelia, Irene, Mimi, Patricia and Sallie.

Recorded 9 March 2018. 29 minutes.

Mentioned in the episode

Can you remember your first job?

We have started a conversation about older people and work.

Can you remember your first job? First job as a school leaver? First job after arriving in the UK? Your worst job? The job you most want to talk about? Has your work formed your identity? How do you feel about retirement?

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Andreas, Martin, Peter, Rick, Sallie, Saul.

Recorded 2 March 2018. 29 minutes.

Was it a good idea to come to live here?

Was it a good idea to come to live here? In Hackney? In the UK?

This is a discussion point for older people whose family roots are somewhere else. We asked our participants: Were you brought here, or was it your own decision? Do you have any regrets? Are you contented? If you could start your life again, would you make the same choice? What are your best stories?

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Ayo, Bola, Dino, Hyacinth, Irene, Liz, Rick, Theresa.

Recorded 23 February 2018. 23 minutes.

You have to look after yourself

Hackney elders continue their conversation about social isolation – drawing particularly on the experiences of older carers.

When speakers refer to ‘here’ or ‘this place’, they mean the Wednesday morning drop-in and the Friday afternoon podcast.

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Anita, Irene, Mimi, Rick, Sallie, Zena.

Recorded 16 February 2018. 26 minutes

Isolation kills people

This podcast episode joins a conversation that was already in full flow. We were talking about the Wednesday morning IT drop-in at Whitmore Community Centre, and how it functions as a social inclusion project. The episode title (‘Isolation kills people’) should perhaps be expanded to ‘The drop-in project tries to rescue people from the isolation that might otherwise kill them’.

When speakers refer to ‘here’ or ‘this place’, they mean the Wednesday morning drop-in.

The voices belong to service users and volunteers at the Hackney 50+ Drop-in: Irene, Liz, Rick, Sarah.

Recorded 9 February 2018. 22 minutes.

Beating social isolation in Hackney

Our theme is social isolation amongst older people – and our starting point is the proposition that the best way to understand social isolation it is to talk to older people who have direct experience of it in their own lives or the lives of their friends – and the best way to combat social isolation is to follow the lead of the experts – older people who deal with it as part of their everyday lives.

The voices belong to Charlie, Liz, Mimi, Rick, Theresa B.

Recorded 26 January 2018. 42 minutes.

Links to places mentioned