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Group meet-ups tackle loneliness epidemic

07 September, 2018 — By Helen Chapman


AGE UK Get Together host Ella Davies with Vittiro Tempesta at the Duke of Cambridge

A group of elderly people came together on Monday to chat over tea and cake and tackle the loneliness epidemic.

Among those at the Duke of Cambridge, in Angel, was Joyce Crockett, 83, who regularly meets up with Age UK. She said: “I first started coming here four years ago when my husband died. I don’t like travelling so I don’t get out much, but these meet-ups are a good way to meet people.”


Joseph Hagland with Gladys Choolhun


Gladys Choolhun, 85, added: “I have been coming here for two years. I enjoy it. It’s a very good way to meet others rather than staying at home on my own. I have two children but they have lives of their own now. I come here every Monday, and I go to the Sobell Centre every Tuesday for exercise classes.”

The meet-ups take place every Monday at the Duke of Cambridge at noon. On October 8 the group will welcome Jack Courtney O’Connor who will give a talk about fringe theatre.

Age UK host Ella Davies, 79, said: “The Duke of Cambridge is a lovely place to meet, and the staff are lovely and helpful.”

For more information on Age UK Islington call 020 7281 6018 or email gethelp@ageuk

Documentary that explores fallout of war is selected for an audio award

Eleanor McDowall co-produced The Enemy Within with Matthew Green


A Caledonian Road woman has been selected as one of five finalists for The Whickers Documentary Audio Recognition Award (DARA).

Eleanor McDowall, director of Falling Tree Productions, co-produced radio documentary The Enemy Within with Matthew Green, author of Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace, which documents the experiences of post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sufferers and their families. It features in-depth interviews with the partners and families supporting British ex-servicemen and women suffering from PTSD.

Eleanor said: “It’s really a credit to my co- producer Matthew. Reading Matthew’s book, what struck me was that the partners of people suffering PTSD read one part of the story where in the middle of the night people might have flashbacks and end up doing things like putting their hand around the throat of their partner or run towards the window. We wanted to do something that would put listeners in the intimate space of the partner and what they were navigating.”

To listen to The Enemy Within visit


Cake sale boosts women’s centre

Valerie Bossman- Quarshie, Cllr Sue Lukes and former councillor Raphael Andrews at the cake sale for Imece Women’s Centre

Campaigner and Labour Party activist Valerie Bossman- Quarshie organised a cake sale outside Highbury Barn Tavern which raised £30 to go towards the Imece Women’s Centre, in Mildmay, which supports women and girls who have suffered from domestic violence. It is the only UK organisation that provides such a space for Turkish, Cypriot and Greek women.

Valerie said: “I’ve been thinking about how to support the BAME community and found out that there is a misconception of BAME – it is more broad than people think. As an Islington black woman it was really special fundraising for the charity as every penny counts. £30 may not sound like much but that can go towards the cost of a cab that can get them from A to B.”

Deniz Ugur, director of the Imece Women’s Centre, said: “Unrestricted funding like Valerie’s contribution doesn’t happen often, but when it does come around, it goes towards our services at the immigration centre for people being placed in a refuge, reporting abuse or in emergency need.”

For more information about Imece visit or call 020 7354 1359.


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