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Welcome to Age UK Islington's September newsletter!


Getting Back Together Again!

We're delighted to announce that we will slowly be starting to add some face-to-face activities back into our Get Together programme. Our online activities will continue, but there will be some activities that are face-to-face.

To mark the opportunity to come back together again and meet each other in person, we are also looking forward to 4th October.  This is going to be the start of a celebratory week of mostly FREE face-to-face activities with partner organisations across Islington. You are invited to choose from a range of venues and all sorts of activities. A big focus of the events will be on food - we'll be coming together for a shared breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea!

In north Islington, Manor Gardens Welfare Trust will be hosting an event with Arsenal in the Community who will be sharing sporting memories and Cally Clock Tower Centre, an artist-led creative workshop.  Further south in the borough, there will be a dance workshop hosted by Sadlers Wells, a talk at the historic Charterhouse and a 3 course lunch for just £1 with jukebox requests at St Luke's.

To browse the activities and to book the one you'd like to attend, click below.

Finding the Power of Creativity

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Recently, we ran a Creative Writing workshop with the charity Create. The weekly Creative Writing’ sessions brought together a group of people to discover and develop their writing skills. This was followed up with a shorter Zine-Making course, bringing together a wonderful combination of images and text.

Taking part in a creative activity can work wonders in helping to improve how we feel, with the power to sharpen our skills and lift our mood! For an insight into how people found the workshops and further creative opportunities through Islington Carers Hub, read the article by clicking below.


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Preparing for an Emergency: 4 workshops that can help

How well are you prepared for an emergency?  There's lots we can all do to prepare for an emergency - putting in place some basic plans and starting conversations with those that are close to us. From something as simple as letting people know where our spare keys are, to putting together an NHS Advance Care Plan or learning some basic first aid techniques. All of these things can save a lot of stress and heartache.

To help you to understand how you can best protect your health and financial wishes and those of the people who you are closest to, why not book onto a series of free online workshops coming up in September and October?  This includes a First Aid Course delivered by the Red Cross and simple, straightforward advice sessions from our Future Matters team (NHS funded), about things like putting in place a Lasting Powers of Attorney or an NHS Advance Care Plan.

Find out more & book

Special Arts Appreciation event: Thurs 16th Sept, 2 - 3pm

In recognition of the importance of music in dementia-care, Age UK Islington has organised this special dementia-friendly online event.

Composer Claude Debussy was reported to have said that "Music is the Silence Between the Notes"!  Join us for an exploration of ways in which composers use moments of silence to punctuate and intensify their music. The session will include musical excerpts and lively conversation.

This event is part of our series of Arts Appreciation events.  It also ties in with Islington's events marking Alzheimers Month.  It's for all adults, including carers looking after someone with dementia & their cared-for

Find out more & book


World Alzheimer's Month Events in Islington

Do you know someone living with dementia or do you just want to know more about it? We have partnered with Islington Dementia Friendly Islington to share details of a selection of events taking place across Islington, including dementia-friendly creative activities, singing, talks, dementia friends information sessions, nature walks and much more!  There are activities from Alzheimer's Society, Age UK Islington, Islington Council, Arts 4 Dementia and other Islington organisations.

Improved Support to Help People Get Active

Colleagues in the Camden & Islington Public Health Team would like to hear from adults who are currently physically active for an average of less than 30 minutes a week. They want to hear your views on what type of support would help you to be more physically active. If you can spare 15 mins to complete the questionnaire (before 17th September), your views will be used to improve what support is available in Camden and Islington, and to develop a new future service. You'll also be entered into a draw with a chance to win a £50 Love to Shop voucher.

Online Dance to Support Young People Experiencing Anxiety

Are you interested in joining new research exploring if online dance classes can support young people? University College London would like to hear from young people aged 16-24 who are living in the UK and currently experiencing anxiety who would like to join 8 weeks of online dance.

Tollington Ward Community Fun Day

Tollington Ward Councillors invite you to take part in a Community Fun Day on Saturday the 11th of September 2021 from 11.30am to 15.30pm at Brickworks Community Centre.

In Need of a Boost For Your Mental Wellbeing?

My Possible Self: The Mental Health App from the organisation 'Good Thinking' has been clinically proven to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living with stress, anxiety and low mood. Take the My Possible Self on-boarding questionnaire to identify areas of your life you may need a little help with, for example - excessive stress and overload, or high levels of anxiety. The app will suggest modules and activities that can help you tackle these areas.

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