Love thy neighbour: how do we ensure the bonds of community built up through the crisis persist beyond it?

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 of evacuation, of love…