• Islington Digital Champions

Sign up to become a local Digital Champion and help others benefit from going online.

Islington Council is looking for local employees and residents to volunteer to become digital champions and help residents gain new digital and online skills to make their lives easier. Going online can make a real difference to residents’ quality of life, whether it is staying in touch with friends and family, finding work, or getting better deals on goods or services, there is plenty they might be missing out on.

The council is looking for patient, supportive individuals with basic IT skills, who are willing to help others and can volunteer flexibly to join our network of champions. Whether you work directly with residents, or not, this is a great opportunity to help you develop your mentoring and IT skills and make a valuable difference to those most in need.

For more information or to sign up for one of the free 2.5 hour training session on Wednesday 13 April (9.30am or 2pm start time), please email The two training sessions on Wednesdays are: Morning – 9.30am-12pm, Laycock St offices; Afternoon – 2pm-4.30pm, Town Hall.

This is part of the council’s digital strategy, a borough-wide strategy, which focuses on making sure that as digital becomes a bigger part of our daily lives, that no one is left behind. Going online not only benefits residents, it can benefit local organisations too by encouraging more to access services online. We are looking for organisations to get involved in the programme, so if you already run IT courses, or have somewhere residents can get online, or would like to get involved in other ways, do get in touch by emailing it would be great to have you on board.

  • FGM workshop for professionals

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women Organisation KMEWO invites you to attend FGM WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS.

KMEWO, in partnership with BSWAID, will be holding a workshop on “FGM AS A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION”, to which you are invited. This workshop is specifically for FGM professional and so I hope you will be able to attend.

The workshop will be held at: Caxton House, 129 St. John’s Way, London N19 3RQ. On Tuesday 26th April 2016. Between 10:30 and 15:30 hours and will seek to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Gaining Understanding on Violence Against Women and Girls as an equality and human rights issue
  2. Understanding on the Human Rights Act
  3. Awareness on sources of international and regional human rights law on FGM
  4. Gaining Understanding on specific human rights violated by FGM
  5. Developing confidence in addressing FGM and other forms of VAWG as human rights violation
  6. It would help us with our catering arrangements if you could confirm (ASAP) if you are able to attend.

Sawsan Salim
Kurdish & Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation
Caxton House, 129 St. John’s Way
London N19 3RQ
Tel: 020 7263 1027 – Mob: 07748 851 125

  • Free Tickets to Park Theatre – Creative Intern Park

We are thrilled to be welcoming ‘The Buskers Opera’ – a new musical written by the fantastic Douglas Irvine to Park Theatre and would like to share the preview performances of this World Premier with you.

Free tickets (max. 20) are available for preview performances at 7.30pm 28-31 of April and 3-4 of May. We would like to invite you, your organisation and your members to take advantage of this free opportunity for members of our community to see this hilarious new musical from the pen of one of the hottest writers emerging in UK.

Previews will be running in PARK200 between the 28-31 of April and on the 3&4 of May.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis so please RSVP via email with the number of tickets you would like to request as soon as you can and please do make sure you include a contact number so that we can get back to you.

You can find out more about the show, and our upcoming programme of events here.

  • Offer of a growing space

Islington Ecology Centre are looking for a group or organisation to take over a growing space within Gillespie Park.

It is an area not in the public part of the park which has a number of raised beds. We are looking for a group that we don’t currently work with to use this growing space to; engage particular groups, work therapeutically with clients, or as a teaching and learning aid.

The group will have to be established; funded to take on this project and working within Islington or working with Islington residents. (This is not an allotment space for individuals or groups to use solely for their own benefit).

To apply to use this space for a growing project please write an email to giving details about your group/organisation; how you would intend to use the space and how you would fund your use of the space.

  • Free pilates classes

Every Tuesday, 2.30 – 3.30pm
12th April – 17th May

@ The Old Fire Station
84 Mayton Street, N7 6QT

All Abilities welcome. Ideal for helping with stress, anxiety and developing muscle tone and flexibility. For information call or visit 0207 607 9794 –

  • Free training from Parliament for people in your community or organisation – organised by House of Commons


I’m writing to you from the Outreach and Engagement Service at the Houses of Parliament. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get involved with what is going on in Parliament and to get their voice heard. We provide free training on how Parliament works and how to get involved.

We know that a great many people feel disengaged from what’s going on in Parliament, but we also know that doesn’t mean that they’re apathetic about important issues. With your help, we’d like to reach as wide a range of communities as possible to inspire them to get involved and to help them think about how they might take their campaigns to Parliament.

We are very keen to host a session in your area, for your group, or the network and groups with whom you work. This could take the form of a general overview of how to engage with Parliament, or it might be a more detailed session on how to engage on a particular piece of legislation or with a Select Committee.

You can read more about the typical sessions we provide here: (But we can also tailor the sessions to meet your specific needs.)

The session could take place at your offices or at a venue of your choice. If there are cost implications in hosting a session, please let us know, as we have a modest budget available to cover the cost of venue hire, tea and coffee etc.

If you think such an event would be of interest and of use to your group, or network of contacts, please do get in touch and we can discuss when and where we might host it, and what areas you would like covered. If you have any questions or need any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

Richard Edwards FCIPD
Outreach & Engagement Service
Department of Information Services
House of Commons
020 7219 2431
Houses of Parliament Outreach Service: spreading awareness of the work, processes and relevance of the institution of Parliament

  • Tackling and Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls

The forum “Tackling and Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls” led by Home Office, taking place on 30th June in Central London will provide attendees with an update on government policy for tackling violence against women and girls and hear from those at the forefront of tackling violence. Participants will hear about the latest successful initiatives for prevention and early intervention, and learn from those working closely with survivors to create programs and procedures based upon their needs.

1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and nearly a third of female rape victims are under 16. Violence against women and girls is a priority issue and charities, women’s refuges, police, health care workers and local authorities are best placed to work together and recognise potential domestics abuse and through increased awareness and training can have a really positive impact.

Register your place online here or call directly on 0203 770 6580.
View the CPD certified agenda here.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE: The Next Steps in Striving to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

  1. Assessing the impact of the new ‘mandatory duty to report’ for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  2. Funding support services and rape crisis centres for those who have suffered rape or sexual assault
  3. Evaluating the implications of the new offence of ‘coercive or controlling behaviour’
  4. Listening to victims of stalking and harassment and ensuring legislation meets their needs: Early observations from Introducing a Stalking Protection Order – a consultation December 2015
  5. Stressing the need for effective collaboration across the police, local authorities and the health sector to share information and skills

Christian Papaleontiou, Head of Interpersonal Violence Team, Home Office

Also confirmed:

Jo Todd, Chief Executive Officer, Respect
– Working With Perpetrators – Evidence Based Interventions Striving to Change Behaviour and Prevent Violence

Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Founder, Karma Nirvana
– Raising Awareness and Supporting the Victims of Forced Marriage

Helen Walker, Deputy Director – Equity and Social Inclusion Branch, Department of Health
– Training Healthcare Professionals to Respond Effectively to Violence Against Women

Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid
– Striving to Ensure Policy Effectively Incorporates Survivor Experience

Sharon Stratton, Policing Standards Manager – Public Protection, College of Policing
– Ensuring a High Standard of Police Response to Violence Against Women

Kelly Henderson, Business Manager – Domestic Abuse, Gentoo and Co-Founder, Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA)
– Sharing Success in Working to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls – The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance

Harprit Sekhon, Learning to Respect Domestic Violence Education Programme Coordinator – Early Intervention Service, London Borough of Hounslow
– Working in Partnership with Schools to Prevent VAWG- Embedding Healthy Relationship Education

Meghan Field, Tri-Borough VAWG Strategic Lead, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster
– Commissioning Local Authority Services to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

For further information or assistance with your booking, please do not hesitate to contact directly at

  • Anticipating and Adapting to Change: Islington Voluntary Sector Conference

What sort of city will Islington’s voluntary sector wake up to in 2020?

New government policy will lead to significant changes in the ways local services are funded and delivered, from the end of core government grants for Local Authorities to the loss of social housing through the extension of Right-to-Buy. How people in Islington will be affected, and how they will creatively adapt, is not easy to predict. To prepare for this uncertain environment, at this year’s conference we will:

  1. Inform ourselves of policy changes
  2. Share the struggles our communities face and the ways we support them
  3. Influence local policy makers and each other
  4. Respond now to future challenges

London Metropolitan University is once again generously hosting our conference as part of an ongoing commitment to build closer partnerships with local organisations and communities.

Join the Twitter conversation with: #ivscon16

We will be able to reimburse costs if you need to use a childcare service in order to attend. Please contact for more details.

Event to be held at the following time, date and location:

Thursday, 7 July 2016 from 17:30 to 20:30 (BST)
Great Hall, The Rocket Complex
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
N7 8DB London

To register please visit:


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