AgeUK Camden – Always Walking Alongside

Beginning of May, I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with the amazing staff and volunteers at Age UK Camden, documenting their quite astonishing response to the Covid19 pandemic, and the help they have provided to the residents of Camden.

Incredible work all of you!

“Age UK Camden: Always Walking Alongside

On the 6/March we held our wonderful literary festival, on the 13/March we moved as many people to work remotely as was possible and we delivered our first emergency food parcel. On the 15/March we launched our emergency appeal which has raised over £35,000, on the 19/March we closed our shop and made the difficult decision to close our day services provision from our hubs and on the 23/March we were in lockdown and working out of our hubs at Great Croft and Henderson Court. Since then we have delivered over 5000 emergency food parcels, delivered over 1000 food parcels for Ramadan, set up a telefriending service and set up a hospital discharge support service across the borough. This is all in addition to providing our core services remotely; I&A, Counselling, Good Neighbours Service, Care Navigation, Dementia Wellbeing/Befriending, Day Care Services, Internet Shopping, Digital Inclusion and our ABC project.

To capture this moment in time we’ve produced a video to share with our wider community. It shows some of what we’ve achieved. Please share the video on their social platforms so that we can provide a mexican wave over the internet! #ageukcamden #ageuk

Film: Julian Claxton
Music: Gabriel Angel Moreno”

#Charity #London #Camden #Covid19 #Film #Response

About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit www.julianclaxtonphotography.com
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