About Camerados

Camerados is a movement and so includes many people and organisations. The group of people who spend every day promoting this movement and hosting this website are called the Association of Camerados (AOC).

AOC have partners with whom we work closely on the ground every day – Owls, On Our Radar and Ratio.

Our “Living room” project is only possible because of the support, friendship and inspiration of Kindness.org. The AOC could not carry out any of our work without the LankellyChase foundation who backed us from the beginning.

Association of Camerados
Our Partners

Our story

We’ve all had tough times, who hasn’t? Some of us at the Association of Camerados (AOC) spent many years in the “social sector” working in homelessness, mental health, addiction, community development and similar fields. We’ve seen people in extreme situations in their lives. Some of us have been in extreme situations ourselves. We saw that what worked for people, what gave them a fulfilling life and kept them from coming back to services, was having two things: Friends and Purpose. We felt that all too often if they did get these two things it was in spite of the existing system.

Also, the system rarely puts people in charge of their own solutions; it doesn’t trust them to help each other; it doesn’t value friendship as a real solution and so people remain disconnected and adrift. We saw that mutual aid – people helping people outside of the system – challenged that. It also led to people getting Friends and Purpose. Mutual Aid helps people to self-organise who aren’t necessarily friends but support each other through tough times – this has been around a long time however where previously it has been the preserve of great movements related to one issue such as Alcoholics Anonymous, now at the Association of Camerados we want it for everyone. Everywhere!

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If you want to change the world, wear the "C".
It means I help you, and you help me.

Let the world know that we still look out for each other. To get through tough times we’re gonna need two-way help between people at a street level.

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