Welcome to KOVE
KOVE is a community action group of older people based around Kilburn and West Hampstead in Camden. KOVE works to improve the quality of life for older people and to combat social isolation by organising activities and campaigning on policies, with the aim of increasing the influence that older people have on local issues and decision makers. Membership is free.
Due to COVID-19 and the requirement to keep people safe, KOVE's activities have been severley curtailed. Over the summer we restarted our walks programme and are planning to gradually resume meeting indoors. Below you can read an outline of what we (usually) offer - and will do again.
Bench-to-Bench walks: currently weekly on Wednesdays, alternating between mornings and afternoons. The walks provide gentle exercise and a social occasion, centring on places of historic interest or natural beauty, with a visit to a museum or other cultural centre sometimes included. Walks always end with a visit to a cafe for a cup of tea or coffee.
Community Forums: Some are based in a local area, others have a specific health focus, such as an Arthritis Group and our partnership with the Stroke Freedom Support Group. Most meet monthly.
Film club: In partnership with the Reel Local Film club, one afternoon per month we show a short film of local interest* followed by a 'main feature', chosen by KOVE members. These range from musicals to film noir, comedies to dramas.
*KOVE has made a dozen short films about issues facing older people. To see the full archive and to view them click on: https://koveweb.wordpress.com
Older Men’s Group: We hope to involve more older men in our activities and are planning activities, including an exercise class in partnership with Keeping Active Together (KAT).
Policy issues and campaigns: We work with various groups to campaign for better facilities for older people. These include:
the provision of public toilets - https://pailondon.org.uk/toilets
transport issues, in particular bus services and crossings
the provision of benches.
We also organise annual Kilburn Debates involving academics who are working on issues affecting older people.
For more information, see our News and Activities pages. To get in touch, go to Contact page.
To download our 2018–19 Annual Review please click here.
Since Spring 2020 we have kept in touch with members by email, phone and bulletins, both postal and electronic. If you would like to join our mailing list, contact Community Development Officer, Deborah Knight, or Administrator, Peter Lush. Our telephone numbers and email addresses can be found at the foot of this page. Alternatively, use this link to download a form.
During lockdown our members kept busy in different ways. In November 2020 we published Lockdown Pie, an anthology of KOVE members' writings and artwork. You can find out more about how it was created and who was involved on the News page and to read the contents please click on the icon.
KOVE's main funding comes from Ageing Better in Camden, which is managed by Age UK Camden.