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.
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 campaigns through the creation of short films. To download a copy of KOVE@20 click here. If you would like a print copy please email Deborah Knight on email@example.com
KOVE is currently looking to appoint a new Chair to help manage our small staff team and support the Trustees and Steering Group to plan and prioritise work. To find out more click here.
Activities: These were severley curtailed during the COVID period. Over summer 2021 we restarted our walks programme and are gradually beginning to meet indoors again.
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, centering on places of historic interest or natural beauty in or close to Camden. We walk for about 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. To find out more please contact Deborah (details below).
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. The first three are planned for 20 April (Famous Faces, meet at Kilburn High Road station); 18 May (House of Stars, meet at Kilburn tube station); 15 June (Alexandra Park, Rowley Way, meet at Abbey Community Centre). This is a new initiative and there is no need to book but you can contact Lynda Stuart if you want to know more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07773 267505.
Community Forums: Usually meet monthly, some are area based while others have a specific health focus. Kilburn & West Hampstead Pensioners has resumed meeting monthly on the third Thursday,1.30pm at Sycamore Community Hall, 29 West End Lane, NW6 4NY. Find details of future meetings here.
Our newest venture is the KOVE forum, a monthly get-together to discuss local issues, at the Kiln theatre on Kilburn High Road, 11am on the first Tuesday of each month. Booking is not required but contact Lynda Stuart on 07773 267505 to find out more.
Film club: We hope to restart this soon. It is run 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's series of short films about issues facing older people can be viewed by clicking on https://koveweb.wordpress.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.
We also organise Kilburn Debates involving academics who are working on issues affecting older people. For more information about what we do, see our News and Activities pages. To get in touch, go to Contact page
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 Activities Support Worker, Deborah Knight (details at the foot of the page) 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).