Holloway Neighbourhood Group, who run the Stress Project, 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
To celebrate and raise awareness for World Mental Health Day.
Feel free to pop by to our Tuesday drop on 10th October (World Mental Health Day)
between 10:30am and 1PM to find out more about what we do or
come down to our Mindfullness Drop in on Thursdays at 2pm to 3pm.
10th October 6:00pm - 8:00pm Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD
Are you and - if you are an employer - your employees constantly stressed at work? Is it damaging your mental health? What can you do?
World Mental Health Day 2017 is about Mental Health in the Workplace, and Talk for Health invites you to hear from those leading the way, and take part in the debate. The Government is calling on employers to take action on Mental Health in the workplace but:
• What can they do?
• What are others doing?
• Is modern work intrinsically unhealthy?
• What helps?
Co-chair of the Bank of England’s Mental Health Network will tell you how they are leading the way.
Joint Managing Director of C-Space, will tell you about a whole-culture, intuitive approach.
Psychotherapist and CEO of Talk for Health, will tell you how workplaces can be unhealthy, and simple tools for improvement.
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Congratulations to the Stress Project for being awarded the Islington In Bloom 2017 Award for Best Community Garden.
Well done to everyone who has helped us keep the garden a success all year round, we could not of done it without you.
Below is a picture of Carol being handed the award by Mayoress Una O' Holloran at Islington Town Hall.
if you would like to volunteer or pop down and see the garden, it is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30am till 1pm.
Drayton Park invites you to attend:
BWF 9th Anniversary Celebrations
17th July 2017 at 1:00-3:30pm
Please bring something with you to share with the group that represents ‘Celebrations for You and Yours’
Upon arrival at The Stress Project, a beautiful converted Georgian townhouse hidden away in the urban streets of Holloway, I, having intended to go along to the therapeutic gardening, somehow ended up in a classroom full of serene looking people just about to begin a mindfulness class. Too polite to say no, I decided to have my first experience of mindfulness by baptism of fire. Perhaps the external powers that be were guiding me or perhaps I simply got the time wrong. Difficult to know.
Anxiety makes the mind busy, and depression makes it dark. As someone who suffers from both, I had always avoided meditation for fear of the dark quiet space left behind. Greeted by Jonathan, who was leading the session in a bold maroon coloured suit, I will admit that I was a little cynical. I didn’t think it would work for me. Part of my mind was resistant. But why? Resistant to something that could help me? I decided there was no harm in giving it a go.
The demographic of the class was mixed - mostly women, of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. The organisers at The Stress Project say they struggle to get men to attend their classes, which is sadly unsurprising, but shouldn’t be the case, as men are just as welcome and can reap the same beneficial effects. Everyone in the class was friendly and caring, and I felt instantly as if the people here cared about other people - something that is quite rare to find in a busy city such as London.
We began with some simple breath-focused exercises. It is remarkable how such a seemingly simple task can be utilised to train and focus attention. By focusing on the breath, everything else fell away. But the quiet was not something that felt scary like I’d expected, in fact, I began almost instantly to feel very calm. I began to wonder if there was something to this “being in the moment” thing after all.
Next we moved onto a food focused mindfulness practice. We were each handed a raisin, except for a young lady fasting for Ramadan, who was happily accommodated for by substituting her raisin for a scrap of paper. Jonathan encouraged us to focus on different aspects of it - the texture, the smell, even the sound. My raisin, like most, was wholly unremarkable but that didn’t matter. In fact, that was the point of it . By focusing my full attention on the smallest, seemingly insignificant thing, I felt grounded.
Next, Catharine - a former client and success story who now assists the programme - led a sound based mindfulness practice. By focusing on the sounds inside the room and the busy city outside of it, the practice immediately took me out of myself and into the world around me, which felt like a welcome relief. Even more significantly coming back to myself after didn’t feel like a chore. It felt like coming home, more so than I’ve felt in a long time.
We finished the practice with a final meditation. Jonathan invited us to place our hands on our hearts for the duration of it. Depression can manifest itself as an aching pain in the chest, and taking the time and effort to simply sit and take care of it physically and emotionally was enough to soothe mine a little.
Overall, I was surprised at how instantaneous the effects of the class were for me. A brilliant experience
with excellent benefits from long term practice. But the most useful part of it was that the tools I learnt about don't have to remain in the classroom inside that hour with Jonathan and Catharine and the others. They can and should be equipped in the real, busy world - by listening to the sounds on the tube on the way to work; by being mindful of the taste and texture of your morning cup of tea, or by simply taking a moment to check in with your heart and remind yourself that you're okay, or if not, that you're going to be.
Click here to check out our free upcoming mindfulness classes or contact us for more information.