Useful links and information:
Join the Active Spaces community for FREE online health and wellbeing activities! Improve your fitness and connect with others! We have a jam packed programme including Soca Aerobics, Total Body Work Out and Family Fit! Don’t miss out!
Indoor sessions have now started with Pilates at Mayville Community Centre! For the full programme visit the Active Spaces page.
Camden and Islington – Winter 22 Volunteering Fair
Volunteering is good for you! You can develop or improve your skills. Studies also show that volunteering can improve and maintain your mental and physical health; and help with the effects of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. And the social contact of helping and working with others can profoundly affect your overall psychological wellbeing.
So why not join the ONLINE Islington and Camden Winter 2022 Volunteering Fair - 8th February 12.30 to 2pm.
There will be ten organisations taking part, five from Islington and five from Camden. Each organisation will deliver a short presentation about the volunteering role(s), the organisation itself and the benefits of volunteering with them.
Book online, and then we will send you the Zoom details by email closer to the event's date.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Book your tickets here
Get into Dance with Sadler’s Wells
Did you know that Islington Council’s - Community Development Team have developed a partnership with Sadler's Wells - a theatre in Angel, Islington that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to come, see and take part in dance.
From hip hop to tango and ballet to circus, at Sadler's Wells, they love it all! The scheme is called Get into Dance and it has been designed to encourage residents in low income households in Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest to visit the Theatre.
If you don't know, all tickets via the scheme are priced at £3 and from the moment you join, you can book up to 16 tickets per year
So, if you are new (i.e. have not booked directly with Sadler's Wells or The Peacock before) and would like to see one of their shows please contact HCDT@islington.gov.uk to join the scheme.
Jobs Jobs Jobs
There’s no need to struggle on your own
Islington Council Progress Team is able to support 16 and 17 year olds with:
· Careers - Information, Advice and Guidance
· Applications to college, 6th Form and Apprenticeships
· Well-being support if you are struggling
· Employment support if you are not in education, employment and training
Contact the Progress Team on 0207 527 7031 or e-mail
Islington Council has launched IslingtonWorking to support our local residents to access good local jobs. If you are an Islington resident looking for a job, or an employer wanting to recruit, please register. On this site -
o Islington residents can register and apply for local jobs across a wide range of roles and salaries
o Employers can post vacancies and find candidates
You may just find the job you have been looking for. You can also register for email alerts every time we post a new job that may interest you. If you are an Islington resident, you will find this is the place to go for local jobs. To register your preferences click here.
Islington Council’s Local Initiatives Fund – Open Programme
The Local Initiatives Fund is available to voluntary and community organisations working with residents in Islington. The funding is allocated by local ward councillors for projects and activities which will provide positive change and tackle inequality in their wards. It is important that projects can demonstrate benefit to the residents of the ward they are applying to. There is currently an open process for applications, with organisations responding to Covid-19 being given priority. If you would like to find out more click here or check out the website for information.
Training, Placements, Workshops
NEW 8-week accredited course at The Parent House
Presentation Skills & Money Matters - Starts Tuesday 25th January 9.30– 12.30
The Parent House is looking for Islington Parents who are interest in becoming Outreach Ambassadors to support the Money Matters project.
Increase your confidence /find your voice to speak in public and learn about financial support to help Islington families. Keeping up with finances throughout the pandemic has been a struggle for all. We at The Parent House, want to help you find the most relevant services for you and can only do that with your help, knowing what has worked, how to get the best value for money, how to control your finances, and how you can support other parents too.
Full support and training given; all expenses paid. All participants that complete the training will get an accredited certificate in Presentation Skills. This project takes place during term time and schools hours - over 2 terms, Jan- March 22. 8-week training course. April – July 2022.
To find out more please contact the Parent House on 0207 837 1383.
New Year - New Digital confidence !
Get help to use smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Healthwatch Islington and the Clarion Digital Skills Team invite you to come along to their training sessions on Zoom. These sessions are free and are aimed at Islington and Clarion residents. Build your confidence in all things digital by attending these courses :-
• Web-browsing using Google, Monday 17 January 2pm
• Staying safe online for parents, Thursday 10 February 10.30am
• Shopping and saving money online, Tuesday 22 March 2pm
To find our more see the attached poster and contact Maria Gonzalez on 07949 780695 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Books and More!
The Winter Reading Challenge is back !
All children aged 4-11 are encouraged to sign up to maintain their joy of reading following this year’s successful Summer Reading Challenge. It free to join and fun to do. Read four books and you’ll receive a certificate and be entered into a lucky dip prize draw with a chance to win some special prizes! Starts 1 December so sign up at your library. See attached winter reading challenge poster for more information.
Healthy Body - Healthy Mind
Age UK Islington – monthly information and peer advice event
Age UK Islington invites you to join their online monthly information and peer advice event where you can share what you know and find local solutions. Its relaxed, friendly and social. The next session takes place on Wed 19 January, 10.30am - 12.30pm and will feature
· Dame Esther Rantzen (Founder) giving a talk about the Silver Line helpline.
· Ruth Lowe (Age UK National Manager) talks about their Telephone Friendship Service
Booking is essential - to receive your zoom link - please contact 020 7281 6018 or email email@example.com
See attached poster
Talk For Health
Join a community and get free, effective, long lasting peer counselling which is as effective as therapy.
What’s the idea ? - It’s important to take care of our emotional wellbeing, just as it is to take care of our bodies. One way of doing this is to connect in a truthful and empathic way with others.
Who is it for ? - Anyone who wants to take care of their wellbeing and support others.
What are your next steps ? - Attend a Taster and/or do our in-depth 4-day Talk for Health Core Programme.
Then you can:
• Come to talk for health cafes where you can continue talking for wellbeing and gain communication skills.
• Do a range of online group activities like breath work, art journaling and therapeutic writing.
• Follow these with ongoing groups for strong peer networks.
Click here to see our full list of events or for more information visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 0203 409 3201.
Taking care of YOUR wellbeing during challenging timesThings aren’t easy at the moment and we know that some parents and carers might be worried about how to manage stress and changes to their daily routines.
If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, sad or having trouble sleeping, Good Thinking has lots of useful apps and other resources.
Talking about your problems can really help. iCope provides free, confidential, support. To refer yourself visit here or call 0203 317 7252 (Mondayto Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Free online counselling and wellbeing support for 11 -25 year olds.
Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-25 years with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. Kooth provides unique out of office hours’ provision and is open 7 days per week, 365 days a year, from noon until 10pm weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday and Sundays. Young people can access this service anonymously by signing onto the Kooth site here.
Get fit with Healthy Generations
Healthy Generations is a charity dedicated to providing classes, events and sessions to help improve the health and well-being of Islington residents. The charity provides a wide range of classes ranging from Mindfulness, Longevity, Zumba, Osteoporosis fitness, post pregnancy Pilates and much more. For further information on how to join these classes please visit their websiteor email here
Coronavirus latest (Last updated Monday 10 January 2022)
There are plenty of places locally to get a Covid-19 jab, whether you are due your first, second or booster. For more info, go to our vaccines webpage. For guidance about Covid, including how to stay safe, where to get a Covid-19 test, and data on cases and vaccinations in Islington, go to our Coronavirus section.
COVID-19 Resources and Services in different languages The GLA have supported Doctors of the World in producing translated wellbeing guidance, which Londoners might find especially useful. These resources and others are available on the GLA’s Translated COVID hub.
We are Islington Helpline 020 7527 8222
Are you struggling to cope at the moment, or concerned about a friend or neighbour? If you or someone you know needs support, then help is available. Islington Council, the Voluntary Sector and Mutual Aid groups are working together to provide support. This could include help with getting food or medicine, online group activities, legal advice or a friendly phone conversation. The We are Islington helpline is here for you – whether you need practical support or advice, or just want to chat.
Headline’ resource of the weekWhen it comes to COVID-19, it’s so important to that everyone has access to the right information and advice.
Vaccine information in community languagesHelp raise awareness of the latest information and guidance
Please remember the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. If you
receive an email, text message or phone call pretending to be from the NHS and you
are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.