Men are often an under-represented group in Community Centre services - they are also traditionally less likely than women to have strong support networks, and most importantly are less likely to ask for help. To provide a specific space for men and to create more opportunities to reduce their social isolation in Islington we launched a Men's Social Group in November 2017.
Since its launch, the Group has gone from strength to strength and is growing all the time. The facilitator, Sahir (a qualifed counsellor), does a fantastic job of involving all members in decisions about the Group - including what music gets played on the stereo and deciding locations for trips out.
The Group meets every Wednesday, from 3pm to 5pm. All men, aged 55 or over are very welcome!
It would be great to see you there.
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!
Well, tomorrow is nearly upon us and this afternoon we will be flat out at the Old Fire Station making the final preparations for our Halloween Fair and Jumble.
I particularly want to say a massive 'thank-you' to our wonderful volunteers who have given up so much of their own time to plan, shop, print, make things, pull in favours and keep everything (me included!) on track for tomorrow. Volunteers are the glue that holds the Old Fire Station together. Time is a precious commodity. Thank-you all so much!
Final details for tomorrow!!!
face painting, halloween fancy dress competition and photo booth, biscuit decorating, spooky colouring-in
bric-a-brac, jumble, second-hand clothes stall, tombola, plant sale, pumpkin products, free therapy tasters - acupuncture and reflexology
tell us what you like to do and get entered into our great raffle!