Welcome to KOVE
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. Membership is free.
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.
Since late March 2020, when COVID-19 arrived in Britain, KOVE's activities have been severley curtailed. Below you can read an outline of what we usually offer and will do again.
Over the last months we have kept in touch with members by email and phone and sent out regular bulletins, by post and electronically. If you would like to join our mailing list, please 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.
Our members have kept busy in different ways. Below the description of our activities you can find an image of the cover of Lockdown Pie, an anthology of writings and artwork created by KOVE members during the first three months of lockdown and published in November 2020. Click on the icon to read the contents - you can also find out more about how it was created and who by on the News page.
During 'normal' times 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 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.
Older Men’s Group: We aim 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
transport issues, in particular bus services and crossings
the provision of benches.
For more information, see our News and Activities pages.
We also organise annual Kilburn Debates involving academics who are working on issues affecting older people.
To read our annual review 2018 –19 please click here:
To read the contents of Lockdown Pie, please click on the icon below. To find out more about how it was created and by whom go to the News page.
KOVE's main funding comes from Ageing Better in Camden, which is managed by Age UK Camden.