Active Age Crouch End (AaCE) offers something a little different for Vintage Volunteering. It is based in Crouch End (so is our only project outside Barnet) and is not exclusively for volunteers over 50 years old (though most are. It was founded in October 2014 by a group of three friends who had been retired for a short while and wanted to enable activities at the Hornsey Housing Trust properties. They recognised that isolation was a key issue to people living there and that providing activities based around food was a good opportunity to get people together.

They liaise with tenants to find out what they would like to do and members of AaCE are the enablers. They are very much guided by the tenants’ wishes. A programme of events runs each Friday at Margaret Hill House including lunches cooked within the scheme and served in the communal dining area, film afternoons, sing a longs with guest singers, games afternoons, pub lunches, fish and chip suppers with a quiz, art afternoons, afternoon teas, summer BBQ’s with family and friends and Christmas dinner. They also hold discussion afternoons with varying topics such as ‘Stories and memories of WWII, ‘Are children any different today compared to the past’ together with bringing in an item of interest for discussion.

They also run a monthly luncheon club at Abyssinia Court, another much larger sheltered housing scheme run by HHT. They provide a hot 2 course meal with tea and coffee for up to 35 residents.

They have also taken the residents out on a variety of trips of their choosing such as The William Morris Museum, The Poppies at the Tower of London, The Geffrye Museum, Hendon RAF museum, Bruce Castle, St Albans Rose Garden and several country pub visits for a hearty drink and a meal.

Their original plan to reduce social isolation has had some success and new friendship circles have developed. Including older people who live nearby has brought new life into the schemes and enabled their project to be more outward looking. They are now discussing how they can engage more with the local, older community in the future.

They are particularly keen for 3-5 more volunteers for this project, especially individuals with cooking or driving abilities. Please contact use the contact page or call us directly at 07546-388-433 if you are interested in volunteering.