Love Your Neighbour is East London Cares' friendship matching scheme, bringing older and younger neighbours together to spend time one-to-one.
Older and younger neighbours are matched up based on location, interests and personality. They get together once a week and build friendships that help bring a little of the outside world in for neighbours who can struggle to get out. Younger neighbours can also support their older neighbours to get and about and enjoy all that Tower Hamlets and Hackney have to offer – whether that's the cinema, the theatre, or our brilliant parks and museums.
The programme aims to bridge divides that can make London an isolating and lonely place for younger and older neighbours alike. Through conversation, company and companionship, younger and older neighbours can support one another to stay vibrant, visible and connected. It's mutually beneficial: younger and older neighbours share stories, advice, skills, laughter and new experiences.
East London Cares' Love Your Neighbour programme kicked off in January 2020 and in response to Covid-19, had to change quickly to support friendships at a distance. Long-standing friends are calling one another regularly, including on FaceTime. We're also making new matches between younger and older neighbours who will speak often for the duration of the crisis through our new Phone a Friend project.
If you have any questions about Love Your Neighbour or Phone a Friend, please get in contact.