Chances are, if you’ve had any involvement with The Cares Family over the past decade, you know our origin story. On election day, in May 2010, while out canvassing for votes, I met my 84-year-old neighbour, Fred, was exposed to the dual isolation of older and younger people in our…


The 2018 Obama Fellows at the 2019 Obama Summit

Two years ago I wrote a blog about what I learned as I became one of 20 inaugural Obama Fellows. …


Jean and Orla, friends through North London Cares, connect at a distance during the pandemic.

My friend Lil is 87. Dyed-in-the-wool working class, she was born and raised in London’s Cally Road district — the sort of rag and bone neighbourhood they really don’t make anymore. Lil is a diamond, with the accent and stories to match. She will regale anyone and everyone with memories…


The path through the Covid-19 crisis is long and hard. Organisations making a huge difference now, and leaning into the challenge in communities, must also consider the world we want to see in a decade, and our role in shaping it. …


In a leafy, affluent corner of Hampstead, tucked away in high-up north London, I meet Eliza, aged 88. A retired journalist who also worked as a teacher and film producer, she regales a broad social network with stories of global travel, music, and theatre. …


This article was first published on The Huffington Post in August 2011

My hometown has been battered this past week, eaten by its young in an apparently senseless, spontaneous, sustained attack that later spread to towns and cities across the country. Commentators have done what commentators do: fumbled for hasty…


It’s been over a year now since I first wrote about my experience of being one of the inaugural 20 Obama Foundation Fellows, and what I’d learned at the opening gathering of that group in May 2018. Since then, the Foundation itself has grown, launching its Leaders: Africa and Scholars


Earlier this month, the BBC launched its new Crossing Divides On the Move initiative. In partnership with travel companies across the UK, the intention was to spark conversations between passengers on some of their seven billion journeys a year across their neighbourhoods and nation — all in an attempt to…


At a couple of events recently I’ve asked the question: ‘what is the opposite of loneliness?’ I ask the question because, in our disconnection in a connected age — in which we so often prioritise what’s efficient over what’s important, and how to save time rather than how to spend…


‘Disconnection in a connected age’ and how we overcome it to live happier, healthier lives.

Speech to UK Active 2018 National Summit

Watch the speech “Activity for interactivity” above

I want to congratulate my old mate Tom Watson for his inspiring speech earlier, and for sharing the personal journey he’s…

Alex Smith

Founder/CEO of @TheCaresFamily . @ObamaFoundation Fellow. Previously @Ed_Miliband aide and @LabourList editor. Camden head, MUFC heart.

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