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Mastering media skills in Brussels ‘brings out the best in young people’

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02 August, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

On the trip to Belgium: Rahim Amin, Charlie Tshibangu, Favour Ekengwu and Naomi Gahie from Pilion Trust and Diana Serenli from City

Four students from City University went to Belgium last month as part of a programme called Engage Europe with four young people from the Pilion Trust – a charity in Holloway which provides support services for under-25s.

Nicola Baird, a journalist from Highbury, accompanied the group who were taught how to make portrait photos and stop-motion films. “Europe has found a brilliant way to run media workshops that teach both media skills and brings out the best in young people living in Romania, Spain, Germany, Belgium and London,” said Nicola. “Even in Islington it’s unlikely these young people would have met without this cutting-edge project run by IHECS [a journalism school in Brussels] because one group had made it onto university courses at 18 or 19, while the other young people were having to deal with huge life challenges, such as homelessness which makes it hard to focus on UCAS applications.”

Favour Ekengwu, a volunteer for the Pilion Trust who also attended the four-day trip, said she had a “brilliant” time. “I loved how open everyone was in Brussels,” she said.

More about the Pilion Trust at:


Club keeps cool down on the farm

Members of South Islington Stroke Club take shelter in the shade at Freightliner’s Farm in Sheringham Road, Holloway

A group of stroke survivors, carers and volunteers from South Islington Stroke Club braved the hot weather to visit Freightliners Farm. “We enjoyed the farm café’s home-made sandwiches and brownies while sitting in the shade of an overhanging fig tree,” said Evelyn Thomas, chair of the club. “After lunch we saw how the goats and sheep were keeping out of the sun, lying motionless indoors in the barn, and watched as a large white goose paddled slowly round and round the pond to stay cool.” And she added “a huge thank-you to Liz who runs the farm for her wonderful support in planning our visit.”

The club meets every Thursday at Mary’s Community Centre in Upper Street from 12-2pm. To find out how to volunteer or join visit:


A sporting chance for budding talent

En garde: Mayor Cllr Dave Poyser with young fencers at Go Islington

Youngsters had a bat at cricket, basketball, boxing, as well as handball, Gaelic football and fencing at the Go Islington festival on Saturday. The event, organised by the council, showcased the sports available for the borough’s children and teens to try. Talent was also on display with stage performances of spoken word, art and dance featuring Lift, Platform and Rose Bowl youth hubs. The festival, in Highbury Fields, is in its sixth year.


What’s on swap at Street Store?

A pop-up swap-shop at an adventure playground in Barnsbury is offering parents a money and planet saving initiative, where they can bring in good-condition children’s clothing for exchange. Katie Walsh, manager of Barnard Adventure Playground, said: “We are passionate about the environment and reducing waste, so we jumped at the chance to welcome Street Store to Barnard Adventure Playground.” Street Store is running until August 31 at Barnard Adventure Playground, Copenhagen Street, N1 0JH and is open from 9am-11am and from 4pm-5.30pm on weekdays.

The project is organised by environmental charity Hubbub and is funded by North London Waste Authority (NLWA).


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