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 pursue their creative urge and give them the tools with which to do it.
Steve Tasane winner the Libraries Award for Biblio-buzz: The Alexandra Palace Children’s Book Award 2019
Suitable for older people
Last Monday every month
Based on the current Government advice the Wellness Café is closed at the moment.
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 signpost people to local health services where appropriate.
Each month the café explores a different theme with leading artists, healthcare professionals and charities who run workshops, performances, games and activities.
Alexandra Palace Wellness Café is delivered in partnership with 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 breathe 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 groups of NEETs adults with disabilities learn and develop all of the skills involved in putting on an event. The 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 from being 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 programmes and other opportunities for adults with diverse interests, schedules, needs, and learning styles. There’s something for everyone at Alexandra Palace.
Based on the current Government advice Singing for the Brain is not running at the moment. However, there are virtual sessions taking place on Thursdays. Full information here
Transmitter Hall every Thursday 2pm – 4pm
These sessions use singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating activity. Did you know that singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood? You don’t need to be a good singer to benefit.
Come along to take part in fun vocal warm ups and sing a wide variety of familiar and new songs.
100% of people who go along to Singing for the Brain sessions say they’ve improved their life in some way.
Based on the current Government advice Coffee and Computers is not running at the moment.
Every second Friday of the month in the East Court 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Would you like free advice about using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart-phone? Or are you wondering which you should buy? Whether it’s email, the internet or storing your family photos… it’s never too late to learn.
Free-of-charge, informal sessions.
Led by an pool of experienced volunteers, sessions start with a cup of tea and a round-table meet-up, so that attendees can outline what they want to achieve that day and be matched to the most suitable volunteer. At this point, many attendees discover that some of the issues that have been baffling them are shared by others.
Although attendees can come along at any time, it is highly recommended that they arrive at the beginning and share the round-table meet-up – and be paired with the most appropriate volunteer that can help them.
Free coffee and cake provided.
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.