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Group of elderly people meet up for tea and coffee

07 September, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Ella Davies, 79, Age UK Get Together host


Loneliness affects all corners of society but one resident in Angel has been making waves to beat it.

Ella Davies, 79, is a Get Together host for Age UK in Islington. She holds meet-ups, offering tea and biscuits, every week to help combat loneliness among the elderly.

She said: “It’s important to get people out so they don’t have to sit and look at four walls. There’s no need for people to get lonely and feel fed-up. It’s a really lovely way for people to meet new people, and I’ve made new friends myself along the way.” Ella (above) used to work in supermarket retail before retiring at the age of 69. She began volunteering for Age UK five years ago.

The Get Together groups meet at the Duke of Cambridge on Mondays at noon, the Sobell Centre on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 1pm, and on Wednesdays at the Coronet pub on Holloway Road between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

For more information on Age UK Islington call 0207 281 6018 or email



Campaign for water fountain for pooches in Whittington Park

Dog Olympix committee members, Sunnie De Pass (left) with Biscuit, and Ellen Knight with Chunks


Prepare to parade your pooch next month at the Dog Olympix in Whittington Park, Upper Holloway.

The Dog Olympix committee are preparing for the big day which will feature Ska music, ice cream and, of course, the canine competition where the top dogs win medals and rosettes. It is run by Archway Dogs and not only will there be fun and games for all, but the team are looking to raise funds to go towards a new water fountain for the park that would cost £6,000. They are hoping to get some help in reaching that target by applying to the Mayor’s Fountain Fund.

Dogs are currently having to quench their thirst with a cut- away plastic container.

Sunnie De Pass, from Archway Dogs, said: “The weather just seems to be getting hotter and hotter. We want a good fountain that will sustain us for the next 50 years. The demand for it has come from listening to people – it has come from the locals.”

The Dog Olympix is on Saturday, September 8 from 10am-5pm. For more information about Archway Dogs visit



Workshops show youngsters how to turn backs on drink and drugs

Children learn how to turn their backs on drugs at an Elizabeth House workshop


A mother and daughter from Highbury Vale are teaching youngsters about drug and alcohol abuse.

Valerie Bossman-Quarshie runs summer camp workshops at Elizabeth House in Highbury, alongside her daughter Theoni, aged 15. They are volunteers for the young people’s drug prevention charity Hope UK, educating children aged between five and 14.

Valerie said: “It’s a real misconception to think that children as young as four years old do not know what drugs and alcohol are, but they see them each time they go to local grocery stores, watch a TV show, or attend a family celebration or see some litter in public places.

“I am more determined than ever to drop into local community spaces to work alongside my community to support the awareness to not just saying no to drugs and alcohol, but making the right health choices for life. It’s not just about having a police presence – everyone in the community can do their bit.”

Hope UK brings drugs and alcohol workshops to children and young people. For more information visit

Workshops take place daily during the school holiday period at Elizabeth House Community Centre, 2 Hurlock Street, N5 1ED. For more details call 020 7690 1300.


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