Walk and talk the stress away this mental health awareness week
Who’s been making the news round your way this week?
10 May, 2018 — By Ellen O’Riordan
Outreach workers at Manor Gardens in Holloway
Next week, worldwide, is Mental Health Awareness Week. Manor Gardens Centre, in Holloway, will be hosting Address the Stress, a community conversation event. Anyone is welcome to join the gathering which will be held at The Hubb, 222 Upper Street, on Wednesday from 9.30am-12.30pm. Felicity Ford, director of fundraising and development, says: “One in four of us will suffer from some kind of mental problem. We are encouraging people to take time out of their day to de-stress.” Walking Together is a walk and talk event beginning in Manor Gardens, finishing up in Whittington Park. Join the walk from 12 until 1pm on Friday, May 18. 020 7272 4231.
Get to know your Polish neighbours
To commemorate Polish Heritage Day, this Saturday (May 12) there will be a street party and gathering outside the Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa and St Casimir in Devonia Road. There will be national dancing, an organ and choir recital, music, arts and crafts, and free Polish food. Aleksandra Podhorodecka, who is organising the event, has been a stalwart of Islington’s Polish community for years. She says: “We are a thriving, vibrant parish with gatherings every Sunday. The aim of the event is to tell our British friends about our Polish communities. We are hoping that a lot of nationalities will come and join us.” The event takes place tomorrow at 2 Devonia Road, N1, from noon-4pm.
No pub? Then make friends gardening
Green-fingered volunteers at Sunnyside Community Garden
Sunnyside Community Gardens in Archway is in full bloom and looking for volunteers to help look after its nature garden. Anna Portch, manager at Sunnyside, says: “The garden looks very wild, but it takes a lot of work to stop it from progressing into woodland.” The centre currently has a wide range of helping hands, including students, retirees, parents and professional gardeners. “It is one of the few places where people get to hang out with their neighbours. For some people it fulfills the role of the pub or church; you get to know people.” The registered charity is open to the public and provides horticultural therapy for people with disabilities and those recovering from illness. Anyone looking to get involved should pop down on Fridays between 10am and 4pm. Alternatively, the first Sunday of every month, between 11am and 2pm, is the Sunnyside Social, where there is “probably more cake than gardening”.