We work with local communities and partnerships to shape projects that enable greater inclusion, access, ownership and engagement in Alexandra Park and Palace programmes. We provide safe spaces for people to connect, have fun, share experiences and make lasting friendships. We are working with a number of local agencies and charities to support people with disabilities, adults with dementia and their carers, intergenerational work and engaging people with mental health conditions.
Evidence suggests, and people instinctively know that participating in arts and creativity together is good for them whether singing, baking, ballroom dancing or sticking and making things. Our community programmes encourage people to quell their creative urge and give them the tools with which to do it.
Suitable for older people
Last Monday every month
The Alexandra Palace Wellness Café is a free café that runs on the first Monday of every month for older people to enjoy tea, cake, and social activities. The cafe also helps meet challenges in health and social care associated with ageing, loneliness, long-term conditions and mental health, and sign post people to local health services when possible.
Each month the café explores a different theme with leading artists, healthcare professionals and charities who run workshops, performances, games and activities.
Alexandra Palace Well Being Café is delivered in partnership Bounce Alzheimer’s Theory, Home Instead Senior Care, and the Good Care group.
The Sensory Suitcase brings members of the community into residential and care homes to connect, reminisce and create new memories. This project is currently touring around residential homes in Haringey, including Pricilla Wakefield, The Meadow, Peregrine House and many more.
Our volunteers are working with people with dementia and their carers to unlock memories inspired by our history. Volunteers receive training and deliver bespoke sensory sessions with older people and people living with dementia.
Awaken the senses and help breath new life into old stories from Alexandra Palace’s past for older people living with dementia contact us to book a session.
£5 per person (carers free)
Please note Alexandra Palace does not provide support workers for this event.
Rhythm Stick is an inclusive club night run by and for people with disabilities. A safe space for adults with disabilities to meet, share experience, dance, flirt and have a great time.
So dress up, look sharp and get yourself down to the palace!
Rhythm Stick Training programme
Want to help us run a Club Night? Not currently in full time employment, NEET, and self identify as disabled or have a learning disability?
Join our 10-week training programme – where a groups of NEETs adults with disabilities learn and develop all of the skills involved in putting on an event. The 10-week programme will support the group in all aspects of event production and management; from budgeting and marketing, but also more creative things like dressing up a space, selecting DJ’s or musicians and designing various entertainment activities.
We believe that having a disability should not prevent you to be an engaged volunteer and make a difference to your community, learn new skills or simply be part of our volunteering team.
We facilitate supported volunteering in different ways. We work with partner organisations to create supported volunteering placements for young people with disabilities; and encourage them to volunteer on one of our community programmes, in particular Rhythm Stick. We are also piloting ways to make our volunteer theatre assistants team more inclusive by welcoming volunteers who may self-identify as disabled or are living with dementia.
Interested in being involved? Or to work with us as a partner organisation?
We have exciting year-round programs and other opportunities for adults with diverse interests, schedules, needs, and learning styles. There’s something for everyone at Alexandra Palace.
Alexandra Palace is a charity, run for the benefit of everyone. Our Park, Palace and spectacular events have been enriching lives since 1863, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. To be blunt, we are looking at a £1m shortfall this year and the same again next year. We know this time has been hard on many people but, if you can afford it, your support will help us get through this crisis.