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Stuart Low Trust volunteers celebrate after City Hall award

Volunteers are well looked after according to award

05 December, 2017 — By Helen Chapman

Service users Loret Green and Chloe Manzi with Islington Mayor and charity chief exec Hannah Kalmanowitz

A CHARITY helping fight loneliness and isolation is the first in London has won a special award for the care taken in looking after its volunteers.

Volunteers at the Stuart Low Trust in White Lion Street, Angel, were celebrating yesterday (Thursday) given the Healthy London Workplace Charter by London Mayor’s office.

Islington mayor Una O’Halloran joined the party, telling the charity: “Loneliness is a big problem but here you can see people mixing and talking and joining groups together.”

Hannah Kalmanowitz, its chief executive, said: “We are looking after the wellbeing of our volunteers whether they are with us or without us because most of our volunteers have mental health issues so we want to really support them.”

Volunteers helped raise funds by selling cakes, stationary and books.

Catherine Brighty was a volunteer at the event selling and cards which she had designed.

She said: “The Stuart Low Trust is very important because it is in memory of a young man who killed himself when he was in his 20s. He was not able to find any support anywhere. He probably led quite a lonely life. People meet each other here and that might lead to other things for instance art workshops or joining a book club, which are two things I have joined.”


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