Welcome to KOVE
KOVE is a community action group of older people based around Kilburn and West Hampstead. 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.
Recruiting now! Could you be our new Co-ordinator? We want to appoint a part-time worker to help the Trustees and Steering Group plan our social activities and deliver the community work needed to achieve a more age-friendly Kilburn. You can find the job description by clicking here. The closing date is 17 October 2022 at 5pm. Please contact the former Co-ordinator, Mel Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org, for an initial conversation.
KOVE is also seeking to appoint a new independent Chair to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group. If you want to know more about what is required, please click here to download a description of the role.
2022 marks 20 years since KOVE was founded. To commemorate this event we have published a booklet, KOVE@20, which charts the history of the group and its campaigning work through the creation of short films.
The formal launch of KOVE@20 will take place at our AGM on Thursday, 13 October, 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the Mazenod Social Club, Mazenod Avenue, NW6 4LS. We discuss our hopes for KOVE's next decade in our first Age-friendly Kilburn newsheet which you can download here.
Activities: We have restarted our walks programme and are meeting indoors again. A calendar of events up to October 2022 can be downloaded by clicking here.
Bench-to-Bench walks take place on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the afternoons. They provide gentle exercise and a social occasion, centring on places of historic interest or natural beauty in or close to Camden. We walk for 40-45 minutes; sometimes a visit to a museum or other cultural centre is included, and we always end with a visit to a cafe for a cup of tea or coffee.
Wednesday 28 September, Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. Meet Goodge Street tube, 1.30pm
Wednesday 12 October, Kew Gardens - booking essential.
Short local walks take place on the third Wednesdays, setting off at 1.30. They focus on the Kilburn and West Hampstead areas and are volunteer-led.
KOVE at the Kiln is a monthly get-together to discuss local issues, meeting at the Kiln theatre on Kilburn High Road, 11am on the first Tuesday of each month. Next meeting 4 October.
Activity days are held on the first and third Fridays of the month, 11am at Sidings Community Centre, 150 Maygrove Road, NW6 2BA. Both the Kiln and Sidings are drop-ins; contact Lynda Stuart if you want more information.
Kilburn & West Hampstead Pensioners meets monthly on the third Thursday,1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 29 West End Lane, NW6 4NY. For information about forthcoming events please contact Peter Lush, tel: 7973 845285 or email email@example.com
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.
For more information about what we do, see our News and Activities pages.
During lockdown and afterwards we kept in touch with members by email, phone and bulletins, both postal and electronic, and continue to do so. If you would like to join our mailing list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Acting Chair, Lynda Stuart, 07773 267505. Alternatively, use this link to download a form.
Throughout 2020 our members kept busy in different ways. In November of that year we published Lockdown Pie, an anthology of KOVE members' writings and artwork. To download a copy please click on the icon below.
(KOVE's main funding currently comes from The Mercer's Company).