South London Cares is partnering with local artists to combat social isolation in the community


Local community charity, South London Cares, is hosting an art sale to raise vital funds for their ongoing work, tackling loneliness in the south London community.

The South London Art Sale has been curated by artist Emma Thistleton and will feature work from former Turner Prize nominees Bruce McLean and Simon Patterson, as well as local and emerging artists.

Selected works will be exhibited and sold over the evening, with 40% of the proceeds to be donated directly to South London Cares to fund their charitable work tackling social isolation and loneliness across south London.

Recent research has revealed that, across the UK, 1 in 10 older people see their friends or family less than once a month and 10% of GP appointments are taken by an older person with no other condition than that they are lonely.

Younger people too, can feel the damaging effects of social isolation and loneliness. The Office of National Statistics recently cited those in their 20s and 30s are among those most at risk of chronic loneliness.

Founder and CEO of The Cares Family, Alex Smith said: “We know that in London the problem of social isolation runs particularly deep, with 90% of older people in London reporting feelings of loneliness, and almost a third of all Londoners saying they feel little or no sense of community. As part of our ongoing fundraising, we’re so excited to host this one-off event connecting South London Cares with south London artists, and to bring communities together to raise money for our programmes in 2020.”

Curator Emma Thistleton said: “I was keen to work locally to me and with a charity that I admire and South London Cares certainly fits that bill. It is an honour to be working with such an incredible team of hard-working, forward-thinking people. I am blown away by the work they do and the difference they make.”

South London Cares is a community network of older and younger neighbours, hanging out and helping one another in a rapidly changing city. Through four core programmes: regular group Social Clubs; one-to-one friendship matching Love Your Neighbour programme; proactive Outreach and Community Fundraising neighbours share time, company, conversation, laughter and ultimately friendship.

The charity was formed to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger neighbours across Southwark and Lambeth, as well as bring people together to bridge gaps across social, generational, cultural, digital and attitudinal divides.

Event details:

  • ‘Downstairs’ at The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Rd, Ferndale, London SW9 8FR
  • Thursday 19th March 2020, 7pm-9pm
  • Entry is free, register for tickets here.