Pets Against Loneliness: Canines, Cake & Conversation!

One of the 8 main themes of a WHO Age-friendly City is “Social & Community Participation”. There are many activities and campaigns that fall under this heading, but they all have a common goal: ensuring that older citizens are able to actively participate in their society.

Lyn Ambrose, Founder of Pets Against Loneliness, tells us how canine companionship is helping to reduce social isolation in North London and how you can get involved.

Gangsta Granny

Gangsta Granny!

Today is an exciting day for us at Age UK London – we’re heading down to the Garrick Theatre in the West End to raise funds at the matinee showing of Gangsta Granny! If you’re at the show today be sure to say hello to our group of volunteers who’ll be collecting to make sure that we can continue to make the voices of older Londoners as loud as possible.

Seeing as Gangsta Granny is set to run until September 3rd, we thought it’d be fun to tell you a little more about the show and discuss the lessons it teaches us.

“Barley, Bombs and Bagels” by Myrtle Russell

In 2017, at the age of 91, Myrtle Russell’s book Barley, Bombs and Bagels was published by Chaville Press. Myrtle, a client with Age UK Barnet, received computer lessons from seventeen-year-old voluntary befriender Noah, which enabled her to write the book. As a memoir of a former land girl during World War Two, Barley, Bombs and Bagels, gives a key insight into life in London during the wartime.

We’re lucky enough to have the chance to hear from three people who were involved in the production of Barley, Bombs and Bagels: Keith Martin, founder of Chaville Press; Sian Jones, Befriending Manager at Age UK Barnet; and Myrtle Russell’s daughter Sheila Gewolb, whose thoughts act as the book’s foreword.