Islington Carers Hub is here to provide advice, information and support to all carers aged 18 or over who live or work in Islington or care for someone living in Islington.

Dear Islington Carer,

Welcome to Islington Carer's Hub monthly newsletter!


The Amazing World of 'Painting Appreciation'

Image above © Lorraine Peacock; Article by Samuel Clark

Art groups are a great way to bring people together around a shared passion, whether this is to create art or to appreciate art. It is with the latter in mind that we set up the online ‘Painting Appreciation’ events. Although, the sessions have become a place where people occasionally do both!

A wide range of topics, artists and movements are covered and a lively chat is guaranteed - every Tuesday at 11am! People of all ages and backgrounds attend, with some regular carers attending.

'I care for my Mum and it's pure escapism for an hour or so, as I get the opportunity to concentrate on something completely different', Sue, Carer.

To see some more of the fabulous sketches (one above), hear Sue's experience and from others who attend, please click below.

A Carer’s Journey: Kim Was a Carer for Her Mum Who Had Dementia

Kim was a carer for her Mum who was diagnosed with dementia. Along with her three sisters, they looked after their Mum for four years. Each stage of their Mum’s dementia journey presented different challenges, some unforeseen. Find out how Kim found the practicalities of caring for her Mum, the dynamics of being a family carer and how this worked together with having a family of her own.

'Without a doubt, caring is one of the toughest jobs I’ve ever done, it was emotionally and physically draining, but the upside was that I had precious time with my mum at the end of her life.'


Carers Support Group: Wed 28th July, 10.30am-12pm

Join us for our next Islington Carers Support Group. It is a place where you can meet other Islington carers, share tips and how you're feeling! It's also a great place to get advice and to meet members of the Carers Hub team. Look out for further details of our guest speaker for July's group!

To get a zoom link to join, or to talk to a member of the ICH team, call them on 020 7281 6018 or click the link below to contact them via email.

Find out more & book

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Let's Talk: Wednesday 7th July, 10.30am - 12pm

Let's Talk with guest speaker from Health Watch Islington: The Role of Healthwatch Islington & NHS Data Sharing Plans

Join us for our next Let’s Talk session. For July’s session, we will be joined by guest speaker, Emma Whitby, Health Watch Islington Chief Executive. Emma will be talking about the role of Healthwatch Islington and NHS Digital Data Sharing plans.

According to Matt Hancock, Health Secretary, on the BBC News website (22.6.21), the NHS Digital Data Sharing plans mean that ‘NHS patients in England will get greater control over their health and social care data.’ According to BBC News it means ‘people will be able to access their medical records from different parts of the NHS through various apps.' BBC News also identifies that there are critics of the scheme and 'concerns that the system has not been properly explained to patients'.

Find out more & book

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Painting Appreciation: Tuesday 6th July, 11am-12pm

Special Painting Appreciation Session: London's Roman Amphitheatre

Join this month's Painting Appreciation to hear two free talks from Andrew Lane, Education Officer at Guildhall Art Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre. Identified in the press in 1988 as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in London for over a century, the first talk will examine the discovery of London’s Roman Amphitheatre and will place it within the context of Roman London. (Image above © Guildhall Art Gallery, London's Roman Amphitheatre)

Find out more & book

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Monday 19th July, 2pm: Lasting Powers of Attorney

Setting up a Lasting Powers of Attorney may sound complicated, but it is a simple way of protecting your health, your finances, and the people you trust. Book for an introduction to what Lasting Powers of Attorney is, why it's important to have one, and how we can help you to put one in place quickly and easily in this free online workshop.

Thursday 29th July 2pm: Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is the process of documenting your future health care wishes. Future Matters helps you to do this using Coordinate My Care, an online service from the NHS which records your wishes and treatment needs. This plan makes your wishes visible to urgent care services including 111, out of hours GPs, the ambulance (in their vehicles) and the emergency departments. Book for an introduction in this free online workshop.

Find out more & book


Cally Clock Tower Centre - Cally Park July Activities

In July, there are lots of opportunities for residents to meet others from the local community and to get active! Join Community Gardening in Cally Park or a weekly Elders Exercise class. There are walks including a dementia friendly health and history walk around Cally Park. On July 27th, there is a walk down the Caledonian Road, together with a series of talks that explore the close connection between Scotland and Islington.

Wednesday 14th July, 6 - 7.30pm

Healthwatch Islington Patient Group, Community health services and mental health services review

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL CCG) is reviewing services provided to residents living in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, and Islington. We are inviting Islington residents and local organisations to attend this event to hear about both service reviews and give their views, to help shape the services offered

Covid-19 Vaccine Events

Emirates Stadium - Fri 25 - Mon 28 June

From today, Friday 25 June to Monday 28 June inclusive, there’ll be a Covid-19 vaccine event at Emirates Stadium, where anyone who’s eligible for their first dose can get vaccinated. It will be open from 8am-8pm. Arsenal are offering a free stadium tour to everyone who gets vaccinated at the site over the four days!

It's best to book, either using a link you've been sent by your GP, via the Eventbrite booking page (click the button below) or call We are Islington on 020 7527 8222. Minicom 020 7527 1900.

Finsbury Park Mosque - Mon 28 / Wed 30 June / Thur 1 July

The clinics are for those who need a first vaccination only. They start at 3pm, on Monday and Wednesday they close at 7pm and at 8am on Thurs. The clinics are small – only 50-60 appointments are available so they are particularly suitable for those who would prefer to attend a smaller venue. Appointments can be booked via We Are Islington 0207 527 8222 and some walk in appointments will be available each day.

Are you worried about other things?

Are you worried about other things? You can call to talk to us about anything that you are concerned about. This might be if you're feeling low, for bereavement support, or about housing or money worries.....

Call us Monday to Friday, 9 - 5pm, Islington Carers Hub helpline: 020 7281 6018

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If you've got any questions, ideas or useful information to share, do get in touch.

Best wishes,


Hydah Nawab

Carers & Community Manager

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