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Link Age Southwark honoured with charity awards 

Local charity Link Age Southwark has been awarded ‘Charity of the Year’ at the 2017 Southwark Stars awards. This award recognises the positive impact of Link Age Southwark’s work combatting isolation and loneliness for over 550 older people in Southwark. The annual Southwark Stars awards, organised by Community Southwark, celebrates the huge contribution of voluntary organisations to life in the Borough. The ‘Charity of the Year’ award was collected by the organisation’s Director, Gemma Juma, at a ceremony at Tate Britain on 2nd May. She said “This award is a huge credit to all of Link Age Southwark’s fantastic volunteers who gave over 17,000 hours of their time last year. Our volunteers should be very proud that the wonderful impact of their volunteering on the lives of older residents has been recognised with this award.” Two of Link Age Southwark’s volunteers, Lucy and Robert, also collected well-deserved Southwark Stars awards for volunteering at the ceremony. Robert is a dedicated befriending volunteer, visiting two older gentlemen weekly. Lucy regularly visits older residents in hospital, as well as …

Calling all local businesses

East Dulwich based charity Link Age Southwark is looking to partner with local businesses to support their work with older people in Southwark. These businesses will become Business Patrons of the vibrant charity, which has been working in Southwark for 23 years to combat loneliness and isolation among older people. The charity recruits volunteers from the local community to offer free services to people over 60, including over 20 activity groups, weekly befriending visits, a volunteer driving service and support for people living with dementia. Link Age Southwark currently has over 350 active volunteers supporting nearly 600 older people in the borough. By becoming a Business Patron, you will join a group of thriving local businesses supporting Link Age Southwark to the value of £500 a year. Your business will benefit from visibility in the borough and association with a local, community-based charity with a strong reputation of recruiting volunteers to support older people in the local area. Current Business Patron Lesley O’Mara, Managing Director of Michael O’Mara Books, says, “We’re very proud to support Link …

Kit Amnesty match – Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town

Spectators attending the Dulwich Hamlet v Lowestoft Town fixture at Champion Hill on 8th April 2017 are invited to bring donations of old sports shirts or any other sports related clothing (shorts, socks etc) or equipment (boots, pads, gloves etc) to the game in aid of charity. Benefiting from the donations will be the African Bible University in Kampala, Uganda and the Thembalethu Foundation based in Zimbabwe. Hamlet fans will recollect that a similar Kit Amnesty game was held last season supporting the same two great causes. Hamlet supporter James Virgo is a friend Sean Kinsella who is a missionary and a professor at the African Bible University and Sean also passes kit out to teams in Uganda who are in need of kit. The Thembalethu Foundation works with young people by bringing them together to play football and make them feel part of the community. In doing so they educate them in live choices as well as HIV/AIDS and try to show them the opportunities that life can offer. This forms part of a project run by football supporter …

London’s first network of smart benches with contactless technology launches for Cancer Research UK’s world cancer day

Smart city business Strawberry Energy UK has joined forces with Cancer Research UK to launch a network of Smart Benches (#SmartBenchUK) with contactless technology in the London boroughs of Lewisham and Islington in time for World Cancer Day on 4 February 2017. The solar-powered benches enhance public spaces by providing mobile device charging ports and free Wi-Fi access, as well as a place to sit and socialise. In the world’s first use of contactless payment on the Smart Bench, the public can also donate £2 to the charity’s life-saving research to beat cancer sooner, by simply tapping their contactless debit or credit card on the Smart Bench, popping up across London. Strawberry Energy have been working exclusively with Urban Partnerships, a division of MKTG which delivers projects within the public space that are mutually beneficial for both brands and non-profit organisations. Cancer Research UK are the first brand to partner on the Smart Bench scheme, a network of benches across two London boroughs (Islington and Lewisham[i].) The sites were identified as high-footfall locations by MKTG, …

Charity wine tasting at Toasted

Link Age Southwark are delighted that Toasted – a bistro, wine bar and wine cellar on Lordship Lane – are kindly hosting a wine tasting event on Tuesday 31st January in support of their work to help lonely and isolated older people in Southwark. Toasted sources many of their wines from small scale, artisan winemakers and guests will learn how these independent growers choose traditional methods to produce organic and biodynamic wines that are refreshingly interesting. The tasting will explore wines from the Loire to Provence, Gaillac and Beaujolais regions. Tickets are available for £25, plus booking fee. This includes a presentation, 6 wines to taste and nibbles. There will also be a raffle in the evening with the chance of winning some lovely prizes. Proceeds to be donated to Link Age Southwark. Tickets are available online here.