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Meet your Neighbours: Benny of Petticoat Lane

Posted by Sasha Khan on Thursday 18th February 2021

Despite never meeting face-to-face, our older neighbour Benny has been keeping the East London Cares team entertained with his stories about his 40 years spent working on Petticoat Lane market. In our latest blog co-written with Benny, he shares just what makes 'the lane' so special. 

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Be part of it

Posted by Alex Smith on Thursday 5th November 2020

If you’ve not yet been involved in East London Cares during this pandemic, we need you.

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East London Cares turns 1!

Posted by Sasha Khan on Thursday 15th October 2020

A year ago we kicked off our programmes to tackle loneliness and isolation in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. In our latest blog, we look back on some highlights, and gear up for another 12 months!

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Shams and Anthony's friendship

Posted by Rosa Friend on Tuesday 21st July 2020

At the beginning of lockdown East London Cares connected Anthony, 69, and Shams, 32, for regular phone calls. Here Shams tells the tale of their friendship – including nail varnish advice, naming tomatoes after each other, and sharing recipes –  and how Shams has learnt "that people can connect and form friendships in all sorts of ways no matter what their age."

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Sid and Emilia's friendship

Posted by Emilia on Friday 12th June 2020

Emilia, 25, and Sid, 91, met at an East London Cares social club, and have been chatting on the phone every other day during lockdown. Here Emilia shares the story of their friendship:

"It has changed both of our lives! I’ve gained a friend, role model, life coach and I’m given all the free advice a confused 25 year old could need. Sid is one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve ever met, and at 91, has the most impressive stories of anyone I’ve ever met."

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