At the beginning of lockdown, we introduced Val, 80, and Aimee, 27, for regular calls. They’ve been calling each other for over four months and Val says Aimee is "like a daughter" to her now. Recently, they told the story of their friendship on Radio 2.
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."
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."
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s contributed their time, skills, stories and bad jokes, so that everyone feels a part of, and not left behind by, our rapidly changing world.
East London Cares' Winter Wellbeing project helps older neighbours to stay warm, active and connected to our intergenerational network during isolating times. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, our Outreach Coordinator Sasha reflects on how to identify isolation where it exists – behind closed doors, in the community. Check out our infographic and report of our first ever Winter Wellbeing project.