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On Monday we had the pleasure of being whisked off to St Paul’s Cathedral to hear a symphony orchestra and choir performing a War Requiem as part of the City of London Festival. With 10 free tickets snapped up, and free taxi rides to and from St Pauls, our group were excited and raring to go!

With a pre-concert introduction and Q&A with the performers, the concert was given another dimension and made more accessible to those who may not have experienced such a thing before.

The group had a fantastic time, and also really enjoyed visiting St Paul’s Cathedral, many of whom had not been since they were children, and were very impressed with the architecture and incredible sound.

So a huge thanks to Phillipa from City of London Festival, we are looking forward to next year already!

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We met for a quick coffee at Cafe Cucina beforehand…

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…then we were whisked away to St Pauls!

 

Yesterday our regular Monday Get Together (3.30 – 5pm) at Café Cucina 327 developed a new photography project with Peter Kyte from Urban Fotog.

Moving on from our exploration of the architecture and external environment around Cally Road, this session was all about us! Everyone was invited to bring along an object or item of personal significance to them and, using Peter’s mini lighting system, we documented and shared our stories around these objects with each other to print into postcards to sell at The Cally Fest this September.

From sepia postcards of Islington’s glamorous past, to a handmade silver ring, photos of one attendee’s Brazilian parents, to a funny stone pig kept safely in a sock, there was an array of eclectic and fascinating souvenirs from an equally eclectic and fascinating group of people!

It was a lovely afternoon of sharing stories over fantastic Italian coffee, and one which won’t be soon forgotten.

Join us at Cucina 327 next week for a chat and a cuppa, and share your stories!

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018 for more information, or just pop in.

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Yesterday we were treated to a brilliant urban photography walk led by photographer Peter Kyte. We met at Café Cucina 327 for a delicious Italian coffee and mint tea before heading off with our cameras to observe the local area.

Briefed by Peter, we looked at pattern, colour and shape in the detail of our urban surroundings, using our zoom, macro settings, or simply our bodies to get closer to the subject to abstract it more.

With a range of abilities on board, the session was a great opportunity for those learning the basics of photography to others more experienced with a camera to explore Caledonian Road in all its urban glory.

A great day out!

Join us at Café Cucina 327 next Monday where we will be looking at the images we took and learning how to edit them. Or just pop in for a coffee! 3.30 – 5pm, Café Cucina 327 Caledonian Road, on the corner of Lyon Street. Bus Stop L, Caledonian Road and Barnsbury.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman for more information on 0207 281 6018.

 

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Next Monday 17th June we will be embarking on part two of our fantastic photography walk with local Photographer Peter.

Meet us at Cafe Cucina 327 (on the corner of Lyon St, Bus Stop Caledonian Rd & Barnsbury Stop L) at 3.30pm for a tea or coffee for a special discount of just £1 before heading off to explore urban photography and the quirks and character of Caledonian Road. We will return to review and discuss our photographs to finish at 5pm.

FREE to attend, and no experience necessary. Bring your own camera if you have one, there will be a couple available to share.

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018 to book your free place!

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One of the results from our last walk around The Arc Centre.

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Our Get Together group at Whittington Park Community Association had a great time on Saturday at The Big Day Out in Whittington Park as part of the brilliant Holloway Festival.

The sun was shining and the atmosphere was vibrant as everyone enjoyed ice cream, music, dog shows, crafts, art, games and more. Our Get Together group, who meet at Whittington Park Community Association every Wednesday from 2 – 3.30pm gathered together their beautiful creations and set up their stall. We had some good sales, with the handmade toys proving popular as well as the cushions and baby clothes. All proceeds went back into the group to go towards more materials.

Everyone had a lovely time – so huge thanks to Katia from Whittington Park Community Association and Holloway Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

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[Above – Our hosts enjoying an Afternoon Tea and training session recently]

Our voluntary Get Together hosts are a brilliant gang. A whole range of different backgrounds and ages, each individual is with us for a different reason but all with the same aim – to help us continue to reduce social isolation is Islington’s over 55s.

Our Get Together hosts meet and greet people at our Get Togethers, build brilliant and lasting relationships with our  clients and make new friends themselves. They get the chance to explore Islington, with trips on the Angel Boats, to wandering nature parks, trying experimental food, playing table tennis, cards and more!

Our clients really value our volunteer hosts, as they get to know them over the weeks, months and years of regular contact creating a very special Age UK Islington.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman on 0207 281 6018.

 

On Saturday we had a great day out at the Here To event in partnership with Islington Giving and Lift – ‘Give Local’. It was a day to share volunteering opportunities with different organisations in the borough, so we ran a mini Get Together there to show people what we do.

We decided to explore local history through making ‘Local Postcards’. Using old photos of Islington, we cut out, cut up and remade our own versions of Cally Market (now Cally Park and residential housing), the 1920s Gaumont Theatre on Holloway Road (now the Odeon), The Savoy Theatre (now a Wetherspoons!) and much more.

With local people of all ages joining our group of people over 55 we had a lovely afternoon making new friends, partners and postcards and telling people all about our Get Togethers and how to get involved.

Have a look at our postcards and some of our helpers below!

If you are interested in volunteering in Islington or at one of our Get Togethers you can have a look on Here To’s website: www.islington.hereto.org or get in touch!

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This week is Islington Giving week – a week to celebrate the community projects supported by our funders – Islington Giving.

Islington Giving have been welcomed in to our Get Togethers for a first hand account of what we get up to – and have kindly written up their thoughts on our Get Together at Sobell Leisure Centre in a blog post you can read here.

The rest of the week continues with lots more exciting activities across the borough. You can see the full programme on their blog.

You can join us at our Get Togethers:

TOMORROW – Wednesday 7th June

– Pips Dish – free lunch, 133B Upper St, 12.30 – 2pm tomorrow CALL TO BOOK!

– The Arc Centre, 98B St Paul Street – painting and knitting afternoon (with copious amounts of cake!), 2 – 4pm

– Whittington Park Art, The Room Café, Yerbury Rd, textiles, crafts, toy making, sewing – 2 – 3.30pm

Friday 9th June

– An Afternoon at the British Museum – 2.30 – 4.30pm – Handling musical intruments from the collections through the ages. CALL TO BOOK!

Sunday 11th June

– Sobell Leisure Centre – FREE table tennis, hoops, skipping, cards, board games and more! 4 – 6pm

Call Activities Manager Ellie Shipman to book on 0207 281 6018.

See you there!

 

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There is such a thing as a free lunch! And it is carrying on until July!

Join us every Wednesday from 12.30 – 2pm for a FREE homemade lunch from brilliant cook Bruno at Pips Dish.

Share your food memories and meet new local people over a delicious homemade feast – for free! One of our clients said:

Pips Dish has brought colour into my diet and improved the quality of what I eat. I have made new friends and even bumped into an old one who I hadn’t seen in years!

Call Activities Manager Ellie to book your place on 0207 281 6018.

Booking essential as places are limited.

What does Islington mean to you?

Join us this Saturday at Lift, White Lion St, from 1 – 4pm for ‘Local Postcards’ – our postcard making workshop with Here To and Islington Giving.

Give Local is an event to show people what it is like to volunteer with local organisations in Islington and how to get involved.

Loads of other great stuff will be going on, and it is a great chance to see what is going on in the borough – from smoothie making to crafts, music and more come along to get involved and ‘give local!’

 

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