My Campden

Campden ward Councillors have previously prioritised addressing loneliness and isolation amongst older residents, something which was explored further in a ward survey conducted in 2012. Open Age and Kensington & Chelsea Forum for Older Residents received approval for their proposal to offer a range of social activities for older people in the ward, a breakdown of which can be found in the ward spend archive.

Both groups have recently submitted project reports which councillors will review. Both have reported degrees of success in delivering activities and outings to isolated older residents in the ward, and have outlined ideas for the future of the projects.

The Campden Ward Conversation

Campden residents were invited to share their ideas about how to improve their local neighbourhood at the Town Hall on Wednesday February 11 2015. The evening of conversations and practical exercises were designed to get residents to learn how they can affect positive change in their area, by taking the lead in projects and ideas, through City Living, Local Life, volunteering or through a resident association.

Ward survey

Campden ward conducted a survey at the end of last year focusing on the needs of older people living in the ward. The aim of the survey was to generate ideas about activities or projects that can support those that may be isolated and would like to participate in community activities in the ward. You can read more about two projects that are currently funded by City Living, Local Life below.

Click here to view a summary of the report

Click here to view the full report

Extract from Open Age report

The Campden Social has developed into a core group of attendees made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds, who get on well together and are always very welcoming to new members.


We have organised a variety of interesting and stimulating speakers, taster classes and trips to places of interest: including Digital Photography Creative Writing Classes, Mindfulness, Money Matters, Goldsmiths Lecture on Ageism, Museum of Brands Reminiscence, NHS Psychology & Wellbeing / Stress Management, Trips to: NPG, Wellcome Collection, Chiswick House, Lunch at Cote, Holland Park Ecology Centre, Pavilion tour & Marina Ambramovic show at Serpentine Gallery.

Two newer members with dementia are receiving extra support. Members have been referred to other Open Age activities i.e. iPad classes, lunches, Gadget Drop-in, Time for Me and registered people with Westway Community Transport.

Extract from Kensington and Chelsea Forum for older residents

The Campden Ward Society was officially launched on the 23rd February in the presence of the Mayor at the time, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster and Cllr Robert Freeman. Since our first meeting in January 2013 we have engaged with 40% of the residents of the ward aged over 65, an increase of 10% since 2013.

We have endeavoured to increase interest in our project amongst the older residents of Campden Ward by bringing more interesting speakers which have included Honor Blackman, Lord Malcolm Forbes and Melanie Backe-Hansen who is a well known house historian. We are also working with the St Mary Abbotts Church in reaching out to house-bound isolated people and have sent flyers to our existing members asking them to refer isolated people to us.

We are launching our e-newsletter in September which will go out to the local press, councillors, local businesses and members with email addresses. Other methods have been repeated mail outs to over 300 residents over the age of 65 in the Campden Ward, continued supply of brochures to the central library and some local shops, flyers placed at doctors’ surgeries and on church bulletin boards.

For more information about the projects being delivered, contact Open Age and Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents.

Campden Councillors are keen to hear more great ideas from residents. If you have an idea for a project which can help improve where you live, tell us about it! Funding applications can also be accessed on our website.

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