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“Since 2013, the Albany and Entelechy arts have delivered the award-winning ‘Meet Me’ programme for isolated older residents of the borough. The apex of the programme is ‘Meet Me at the Albany’ an all-day arts and social club based in the Albany’s café, running 50 weeks per year, jointly led by project participants, led artists and local volunteers. ‘Meet Me at the Albany’ is the hub for a wider body of activities for isolated older people that happen in venues across Lewisham.”
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The Albany and Entelechy Arts with Soundcamp announced a new radio show on May 18th hosted by Meet Me at the Albany members to inspire creative action and to help relieve isolation in older adults. Meet Me on the Radio is a new weekly radio show featuring sonic journeys through Lewisham, news and sounds from the Albany garden, creative activities, provocations, and conversations with members and artists. It is broadcast every Tuesday at 11.30am – 12 midday on South London community radio station Resonance FM and is produced in partnership with Soundcamp, an artist collective exploring audio experiences.
In normal circumstances, the Albany and Entelechy Arts’ award-winning programme for over 60s, Meet Me at… takes place at the Albany in Deptford, and in sheltered accommodation sites, community centres and in people’s homes around Lewisham. Usually, the weekly arts club includes a choir, gardening activity, films and live events and performance. With COVID-19 presenting serious risks for older people, the programme stopped meeting in person in March 2020.
With many members of the Meet Me at… community already at risk of social isolation and without access to digital devices, the show will provide a vital, accessible and regular source of connection and entertainment led by the creative voices of vulnerable adults in challenging times.
Meet Me on the Radio forms part of Still Kicking – a redesigned programme of activities, forging creativity and connection for older adults in response to COVID-19. These activities include creative activity boxes, full of inspiring projects, materials and activities. Delivered to participants’ doors and compiled by artists with everything needed included, the activities are also explored on the radio show. The renowned Meet Me Choir is also continuing with choir leaders and members conducting singing sessions over the phone. Participants also receive regular phone calls from volunteers and staff to check on their welfare and have a chat.