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    Weʼve raised £550 to Help PAL - Pets Against Loneliness

    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 22nd September 2019

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    Help us Alleviate Loneliness Four Paws at a Time!

    Who we are

    Pets Against Loneliness (PAL) is volunteer-led community project in North London, whose purpose is to bring together older members of the community, who may feel isolated, with well-behaved dogs and their owners, for the purposes of joy, and the alleviation of loneliness for all.

    PAL was established in November 2017 by Islington resident Lyn Ambrose and has since grown with the help of a small core team of like-minded volunteers, launching the project in March 2018.

    Why we exist

    As recent new stories have highlighted, loneliness is a widespread problem in our society, affecting every community on every street across Britain, and particularly affecting older people.

    Research from Age UK found that:

    There are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK (No-one Should Have No One, 2016)

    Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all (No-one Should Have No One, 2016)

    Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Evidence Review: Loneliness in Later Life, 2014).

    Lyn says:

    PAL was born from the twin beliefs that older members of the community are often undervalued in our society, sometimes leading to isolation and feelings of loneliness, and that animal companionship can make a big difference to this.

    As such, our focus group is older people who may feel isolated.”

    What we do

    PAL hosts free, informal, drop-in morning tea sessions bringing together older, isolated people with well-behaved dogs and their owners, in a welcoming, friendly space to share cake, conversation and canine company.

    The meet-ups are held from 10am-12 noon on the first Saturday of each month at the St. Matthias Hall, Wordsworth Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 8DD The venue is fully accessible.

    Lyn added:

    The PAL events will be a welcoming and friendly space to have a cup and tea and piece of cake, while meeting lovely dogs and their owners. There is no formal structure, just mingling at its best.”

    The inaugural get-together on 3rd March 2018 was a big success. More than 30 volunteers, dog owners, dogs and guests braved icy pavements and the “Beast from the East” to enjoy cake, chat and canine cuddles.

    PAL guest Jenni, 70, said:

    “On a cold, slushy Saturday morning in March I went to the inaugural meeting of Pets Against Loneliness. It’s a local monthly social meeting aimed at lonely, older and isolated people.

    With the help of volunteers and a wheelchair ramp loaned by a neighbour I was able to get in. There was tea and cake and lots of well-behaved friendly dogs and their equally lovely owners. All were welcoming and kind, and I met people and dogs I would not normally meet. Sounds a bit bonkers doesn't it? But it works. Dogs are great ice breakers.

    As I've got older it's become harder to meet new people, so I was not disappointed, and as the weather gets warmer and more people hear about it I am sure it will be successful.”

    How you can help

    PAL is an entirely volunteer-run project, and we need your help!

    We are looking to raise £2000 to cover project setup costs, and running costs for the rest of 2019. Funds raised will be used solely for project delivery, such as resources and refreshments for participants, catering equipment, promotional materials and project development activities such as a website build. All volunteer time is donated.

    For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, please email Lyn at lynambrose@gmail.com or call her on 07886 674 190.

    Press coverage:

    https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2019/02/25/volunteer-group-dogs-loneliness-new-home-2019/

    https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/tag/pets-against-loneliness

    http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/meet-the-newington-green-volunteer-group-tackling-isolation-of-older-people-with-dogs-1-5501847

    https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2018/05/03/volunteers-canine-company-older-people-crowdfunder/

    PAL podcast: https://player.fm/series/hello-hackney/pets-against-loneliness

    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/petsagainstloneliness

    Website: http://www.petsagainstloneliness.org/

    Many thanks for your support

    The PAL Team - and Max, Jasper, Missy, Rusty, Spike, Sherlock, and Themba.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 6, 2019

    • Kirsty

      Kirsty

      Mar 25, 2019

      Keep up the wonderful work in our neighbourhood Lyn and Helpers!

      £20.00

    • karen_richardson@me.com

      karen_richardson@me.com

      Mar 24, 2019

      We heard about this thru our Co-op membership. Our old dog left us recently but when we get a new one we'd like it to join too. I'm a vet and would love to volunteer with my husband. Let us know how.

      £20.00

    • Poppy ( cocker spaniel) & Sean Callaghan

      Poppy ( cocker spaniel) & Sean Callaghan

      Mar 21, 2019

      Poppy and I are very pleased to hear of your charitable work and we are happy to help in Your quest to support the less able people within the north London community.Praise to you.

      £30.00

    • Lyn Brady

      Lyn Brady

      Dec 14, 2018

      Such a wonderful event for all concerned! Well done to everyone taking part, let's hope it continues xx

      £20.00

    • Anna  Cofone

      Anna Cofone

      Jun 14, 2018

      So wonderful speaking to you earlier and hope to see you on Saturday for coffee if it works out.This donation is from Nathan and I and we hope it will help.

    • Jennifer Bishop

      Jennifer Bishop

      Jun 6, 2018

      Go team !

      £50.00

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    Lyn Ambrose

    Lyn Ambrose

    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK

    Lyn Ambrose is a passionate dog lover, traveller and professional from Newington Green who started PAL in November 2017.

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