Meet Me … grew out of a simple question shared by the Albany, Entelechy Arts and Lewisham Council:
‘What if isolated and lonely older people had the opportunity to go to an arts centre instead of a day centre?’
Meet Me brings formerly lonely or isolated older people together to work with artists to learn or rediscover creative skills, make friends and have agency over their social lives. We offer a space for people to meet, to celebrate, to experience each other and the world, a space to inspire our individual and collective imagination. We believe the arts are an essential component in healthy and resilient lives and in transforming communities
At the heart of the programme is Meet Me at the Albany – a weekly arts and social club at the Albany – Members are just as likely to be suspended on silks in a circus workshop, enjoying a performance of jazz, creating sculpture, writing poetry or singing in the weekly choir.
Since 2013 the project has grown far beyond the weekly club. We host a regular film club: Meet Me at the Movies, where we have cinema screenings for and chosen by older people. For cultural destinations there is Meet Me on the Move: monthly trips across London, from the Houses of Parliament to the Royal Festival Hall. And we love to come together to perform and share our work with Entelechy Arts at the very special 21st Century Tea Dances.
Our Cluster Calls, weekly creative group calls on the phone born out of covid, explore poetry and storytelling and the hot topics of the week, with members being able to join from the comfort of their own homes.
The Meet Me programme is produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany, in partnership with Lewisham Council.
Our members took to the airwaves in 2021, listen back to Meet Me on the Radio episodes here.
Take a look at our work with Lewisham Homes partnership and the Age Against the Machine festival.