Holloway Neighbourhood Group, who run the Old Fire Station, has been shortlisted for a grant of £34,950 for an innovative project that will support local unemployed residents who want to become self-employed by providing training, mentoring and networking support.
The Finsbury Park area, where the service will be focused, has the highest rates of unemployment in Islington. If funded, the scheme will engage 75 local disadvantaged residents to develop the confidence, business and personal skills, and networks needed to launch a sustainable business.
The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund has shortlisted the project, and it is now in the hands of a public vote, which closes on Friday 10 November.
Casting your vote really is very quick and simple, and doesn’t involve registering or sharing your email address. So, please go to http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/ and vote for Holloway Neighbourhood Group.
Please, also forward to your contacts to increase our chances of success.
HNG Chief Executive
Here at Holloway Neighbourhood Group, we are interested in the links between physical and mental health. Many of our service users said that they would like to participate in Pilates, so we decided to run some pilot classes. We encouraged people who experience mental health issues to give it a go, and overall 33 people attended. We asked participants to complete questionnaires at the beginning and end of the 6 week course, and the results were fascinating.
75% of participants recorded a decrease in their anxiety levels, 79% said that the class improved their mobility, and 64% said that they felt happier. One attendee commented that the class was “Very strengthening, centering and therapeutic”.
The results were so impressive that The Arsenal Foundation have kindly agreed to support our classes for the next year. They take place on Mondays, 1.30 to 2.30 pm at the Old Fire Station, and are free of charge. The class is suitable for people of all abilities, and you don’t need to book ahead.
So, come on down to our friendly community centre to join a class that is proven to help with stress and anxiety, and to generally lift your mood.
Lucy Bingham, HNG Chief Executive
Great to have had the Almeida here at the Old Fire Station talking to our senior ladies about they experiences as mothers and daughters. And lovely to have them here again today giving the ladies an update about the new play they are writing as a result.
We are also really looking forwards to our visit to see the play being performed!
All abilities welcome!