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Finding a friendly welcome in Ghana as a volunteer

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09 March, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Feven Mezghbe on placement with International Citizen Service in Ghana

A FORMER Highbury Grove pupil has spent three months volunteering in Ghana to help teach sexual health education classes while living with a local host family. Feven Mezghbe went to the West African country with the International Citizen Service (ICS) after graduating from school and she is now calling for other youngsters to go abroad and volunteer.

“I had an amazing time in Ghana,” she says. “What I enjoyed most from my time on placement was how deeply involved I became with the culture. This was surprising to me as I had initially thought that I would struggle to adjust and would feel homesick, and while at times it was a bit difficult, I was fortunate enough to be able to feel at home very early on in my placement and this was due to how welcoming everyone was.”

Feven Mezghbe with some new young friends

While teaching sexual health education classes at a local school Feven was shocked at the misconceptions around the subject. “I really loved the rewarding moments when I could see an impact was being made in someone’s life,” she says. “For example, in the sexual health classes we found there were many common misconceptions amongst the youth such as ‘you cannot get a girl pregnant the first time you have sex’. However, as the lessons progressed we could see how their mindsets were changing and how that will help them stay safer in the future.”

Feven says that following her experiences in Africa she will now volunteer with local charities in the UK and hopes to help tackle homelessness. More about volunteering with ICS at

Anyone for Murder on Zidane’s Floor with Goal Diggers FC?

Goal Diggers FC at People’s Cup – back row, from left: Hannah Wright, Flo Pollock, Dani Goldberg, Anna Gray; front row from left: Katherine Yesilirmak, Fleur Cousens and Gaia Laidler

Islington’s best-known women’s football team came close to victory last month after getting to the quarter finals of the FA People’s Cup. While Arsenal tumbles, it’s good to see another football team in the borough enjoying success.
Although the team from Goal Diggers FC played an admirable game at the five-a-side pitch in Shoreditch they were narrowly beaten by last year’s winners, She Can Play.

But now the team, who practice at Holloway School, in Hilldrop Road, are inviting supporters to join them at a fundraising dance party this Saturday (March 10) to ensure future wins.

“The night will be a safe and fun space for people to have a nice time and it will be good value,” says social sec for the team Lily Grant.

The night, dubbed Murder on Zidane’s Floor, promises to be a “celebration of all things HOT”, according to the event page with hits from Diana Ross to Miley Cyrus expected to grace the dance floor. “The money raised from the event will go into paying for training spaces and entering competitions. On Saturday, there will be lots of friendly faces,” says Lily.

The 150-strong club is always looking for more players so if you’re looking to play go along on Saturday to the The Yard Theatre, Queens Yard, in Hackney Wick to meet your new team!

To find out more about the event, go to:

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