FAQs

1. How do I join Meet Me at the Albany (MMatA)?

Meet Me at the Albany is open to over 60s living in the borough of Lewisham.

You will need to book to attend Meet Me at the Albany. There is currently a waiting list for new members to join, however, please get in touch with the Meet Me at the Albany Project Co-ordinator to register your interest and add your name to the list. We ask all members to fill out and return an application form – this form can be sent to you at point of enquiry. Please contact the Meet Me at the Albany Project Manager on 0208 692 0231 and dial extension 280 or email meetme@thealbany.org.uk

 

2. How much does MMatA cost?

The £6 entry fee covers all materials, access to all activities, lunch, and free tea, coffee, biscuits all day.

 

3. Can I attend MMatA with my elderly relative/friend? 

Yes. We encourage friends and family members who care for a participant to attend and take part; there’s no charge for accompanying carers.

 

4. I want to support your project – how do I donate?

You can support in a number of ways. Please see further details below:

  • Donate your time and be a MMatA volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers with different skills. Please download an application form here. Alternatively contact the Meet Me at the Albany Project Co-ordinator to request an application form in the post. Please return the application forms to Meet Me at the Albany Project Manager, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG, or email to meetme@thealbany.org.uk. We will be in touch with applicants leading up to the next round of interviews. Please note, successful applicants will need to attend a compulsory induction day before volunteering on Tuesdays.

  • Donate money and help us continue

Please contact David Johnson, Head of Development, directly for further information at david.johnson@thealbany.org.uk.

 

5. I want to refer a client or elderly relative to attend MMatA. How do I do this?

You need to book to attend Meet Me at the Albany. There is currently a waiting list to join. However, please get in touch with the Meet Me at the Albany Project Co-ordinator for more information or if you wish to discuss the referral in more detail. A referral form can be sent to you at point of enquiry with a referral cover letter giving an overview of the project and detailing who we are able to accommodate in the space in terms of support needs. Please contact the Meet Me at the Albany Project Manager on 0208 692 0231 and dial extension 280 or email meetme@thealbany.org.uk.

 

6. Is MMatA a Care Service for vulnerable older people?

No, MMatA is unable to provide a Care Service for individual members. If you are referring someone who needs support with eating, going to the toilet or has other  substantial needs that require dedicated  personal support, they will need to attend with their Carer. We have a fantastic team of volunteers and artists who ensure MMatA members feel welcomed and entertained and who keep an eye out for the overall happiness and well-being of everyone who takes part.

 

7. Do you sell lunch?

We serve MMatA members a pre-ordered hot lunch (Meat or Vegetarian option) which is prepared fresh on the day by the Albany Café. We also have an all-day supply of tea and biscuits and cater for diabetics and special diets where possible. Other lunch options, drinks and snacks are available to purchase from the Albany Café throughout the day.

 

8. What activities do you run?

We run a variety of arts activities for MMatA – from poetry and music to circus skills and knitting – and, in most cases, the programme reflects what else is going on at the Albany. Please see ‘What’s Happening’ here to get a flavour of what we offer and what is coming up.

 

9. Who do I speak to about PR/Press enquiries?

Please contact Kate Farrell, Head of Marketing for the Albany, directly at kate.farrell@thealbany.org.uk.