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6 Reasons Why You Should Become A Buddy

The BuddyHub pilot is up and running in Islington, North London, and we’re recruiting Buddies to join the ‘Friendship Wheel’ of an older person or Senior.  A ‘Friendship Wheel’ is a new social network of four people – a Senior … Continue reading

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BuddyHub: Why We Do What We Do

There’s something particularly nice about having launched the BuddyHub pilot in Islington as its the place I’ve called home for almost 23 years (OK for 8 years I was just over the border in Hackney but I’m not going to … Continue reading

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Is once a week enough for you?

We’re talking about meeting friends of course, nothing else! And in particular, is meeting up with a friend for an hour or so a week often enough for anyone? That’s the schedule many older people are allocated in traditional befriending schemes to … Continue reading

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Old and Lonely? Of course you are!

‘Forget sex, or politics or religion – loneliness is the subject that clears out a room’: so says Douglas Coupland a novelist who knows a thing or two about our postmodernist society having popularised the terms ‘Generation X’ and ‘McJob’.  … Continue reading

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5 reasons you should talk to the teapot

If you’re reading this it’s probably because you’ve seen photos of some lovely people holding the BuddyHub teapot, and are wondering what it’s all about: did someone put something in our tea or have we just gone potty? In fact … Continue reading

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Howay 5-0! (as the Geordies would say)

Apparently you go to bed at the age of 49 years and 364 days as your good old self. When you wake up on your 50th birthday everything has mysteriously changed overnight. The great divide to being older is apparently … Continue reading

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Need a solution to a difficult problem? – lock some smart people in a room until they find it

This week I attended ‘The Age of No Retirement’ 3-day event in Manchester.  Time is always short when you’re working on a start-up so taking 3 days out is a big commitment but boy was it worth it. This growing … Continue reading

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