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M&S volunteers give Centre 404 a garden revamp

06 July, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

M&S volunteers with Centre 404 members in the transformed garden

Learning Disability Week last week brought new volunteers to Centre 404 helping to refresh the garden.

Centre 404 was chosen Charity of the Year by Marks & Spencer, who pitched in with volunteers from the Marble Arch store to help do some gardening, planting and building a barbecue.

Jean Willson from Centre 404 said: “It was really very, very generous. I burst into tears when I saw it. I was just overwhelmed. The garden is my passion project.”

Last Tuesday saw the grand handover of the transformed garden at the Holloway charity, which now boasts strawberries, herbs, a barbecue and new shed. M&S donated to Centre 404 a week’s worth of volunteers to help revamp the garden.

“They loved being with us and we loved being with them,” said Jean. “They were brilliant with our members with learning disabilities and worked so sensitively with them. It’s about big organisations really putting something back into heart of community. It was an absolutely wonderful thing they did.”

Centre 404 offers support to people with learning disabilities and their families.  

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Faiths celebrate diversity at the Great Get Together

Chair of Islington Faiths Forum Elizabeth Chappell speaking to the mayor Dave Poyser, vice chair Merium Bhuiyan and Colin Adams of the Islington Hate Crime Forum

A sunny Saturday in June saw the Great Get Together of the Islington Faiths Forum celebrating diversity in the borough.

Roz Miller, director of the Islington Faiths Forum, said: “It went really well. We had really good speakers sharing messages of harmony, diversity, community cohesion and all about how in our own way we can do this.”

Badges bearing the message “we stand together” were given out and children sang a cappella to the crowds gathering in the sun.

“It’s about showing people that we can have things in common, we do have things in common, and sharing and celebrating this,” said Roz. “People need prompts to think about that and see what can be done.”

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Cake sale marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS

Valerie Bossman-Quarshie, right, at last summer’s bake for Grenfell 

Volunteers in Highbury Barn are getting their oven mitts on in honour of the NHS, which sees its 70th anniversary this year.

Valerie Bossman-Quarshie, Labour campaigner and organiser of the event, said: “It’s no coincidence that the 70-year anniversary of the Windrush generation is this year too. The NHS and Windrush have gone hand in hand in supporting one another with positive employment and providing healthcare.”

Valerie, with other local resident community activists and Labour members will be holding a Labour BAME Forum cake sale opposite the fruit and vegetable stall at Highbury Barn tomorrow (Saturday) at 1pm. Funds raised will go towards the Local Centre for Refugees and Migrants.


Summer fun at the Copenhagen Primary summer fair this weekend

Primary school pupils enjoying the summer fun last year

It’s that time of the year again – food, drink, cakes, games, a bouncy castle and a raffle will be at Copenhagen Primary School’s summer fair tomorrow (Saturday). Get down to the school in Treaty Street, N1 0WF, from 10am to 3pm to enjoy the festivities and fun in the sun.

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