Welcome to KOVE
(Kilburn Older Voices Exchange)
KOVE is a community action group of older people based in the Kilburn, West Hampstead, Finchley Road and Swiss Cottage areas of Camden, in north west London.
KOVE works to improve the quality of life for older people and to combat social isolation by organising activities and campaigning on policy issues, with the aim of increasing the influence that older people have on local issues and decision makers. KOVE organises the following activities:
Bench-to-Bench walks: usually twice a month on Wednesday afternoons. The walks provide gentle exercise and a social occasion, centring on places of historic interest or natural beauty. Sometimes a visit to a museum or other cultural centre is included, we provide illustrated notes about the route with points of interest, and we always end with a visit to a cafe.
Community Forums: Some of these 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: We work in partnership with the Reel Local Film club, which meets one afternoon per month. We show a short films of local interest* followed by a 'main feature', chosen by KOVE members. These range from musicals to film noir, comedies to dramas.
Older Men’s Group: We want to involve more older men in our activities, and are planning various 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. Some of the issues we are working on include:
the provision of public toilets
transport issues, in particular bus services and crossings
the provision of benches.
We also organise the annual Kilburn Debates involving academics who are working on issues affecting older people.
For more information about any of the above, see our News and Activities pages. You can read KOVE's current quarterly newsletter by clicking here:
KOVE's main funding is from Ageing Better in Camden, which is managed by Age UK Camden.
To read our annual review 2018 –19 please click here: