Get help 5 ways to wellbeing Be active Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood Opportunities to be active in Islington. Upcoming events and activities... North London Cares provides a range of free social activities for people aged over 65 years old. Become a words smith with the Creative Writing group, or perhaps you would like to find out what it takes to be a newspaper editor with a free workshop at the Guardian’s offices! The Maya Centre is running a free female bootcamp open to women who are 18+ and are keen to improve their fitness levels. Sessions are relaxed and focused on helping you understand your body and find movement which is comfortable for you. The workshops are open to everyone regardless of fitness levels. Fancy giving boating a try? Islington Boat Club has a free open day on 12 April for the community where you can try out different water based activities for free!Help on Your Doorstep is organising a health & wellbeing fete on Wednesday, 24 April 11am - 3pm at the Jean Stokes Community Hall in Islington. There will be lots of free information and services about activities, volunteering and employment in the borough plus healthy food, massages and manicures. We hope to see you there! The Stress Project is providing free courses to unwind and boost wellbeing. There’s art, creative writing and mindfulness. They’re all designed to help you express yourself and improve how you feel. Our New River Green Good Neighbours Scheme is running a FitBox fitness class with a boxing club trainer! It’s a great way to get healthy and have fun. All levels of fitness are welcome. First Steps Central Library is providing free weekly craft making sessions to help you unwind and relax until 12 April. With Spring on its way you might be interested in joining St Luke’s Community Centre gardening workshops which run every Tuesday. You’ll be part of helping make the urban space green and colourful! The Claremont Project has a range of activities for those who are 55+ to get healthy and flourish. This includes a weekly walking football match - all the fun only less impact! Holloway Neighbourhood Group is running free art classes every other Thursday so you can discover your creative streak while boosting how you feel. They have an excellent timetable of activities with something for everyone including Tai Chi! Age UK Islington has an activity centre just off the Caledonian road which provides lots of classes for people over the age of 50. There's sporty activities like table tennis and dominoes through to creative groups like photography and needlecraft. The Claremont Project 24-27 White Lion Street, N1 9PD www.Claremont-Project.org The Claremont Project provides a variety of weekly exercise classes and activities for people aged 55 and over. Their aim to make happier, healthier people and communities. Exercise on referral Exercise on referral is a free 12-week programme of exercise at a local Gym that will get you more active and improve your mental health and wellbeing. You can ask your GP to refer you to exercise on referral if you are over 18, and live in Camden or Islington or are registered with a GP in any of the two boroughs. To be referred to the programme you must be inactive and be at risk have of developing an illness or have an existing health condition. Your GP will know which conditions are eligible for the programme. Talk to your GP for more information. Finsbury Park Community Hub Andover Estate, 55 Corker Walk, London N1 7RY http://www.octopuscommunities.org.uk Finsbury Park Community Hub is known by all as the ‘community centre’ on the Andover Estate’s central square. It is a welcoming, inclusive and accessible community hub that provides space and facilities for the whole community to learn, play, work, meet and support. Their projects are developed with the help of local residents and are designed to meet the welfare, recreational, social and educational needs of our residents. They offer a good selection of activities for all ages. St Lukes Community Centre 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ www.slpt.org.uk Offers services and activities for people of all ages in their local area. Their aim is to enable residents to work, play and learn together for mutual benefit and wellbeing. Whittington Park Community Association Yezbury Road, London N19 4RS www.whittingtonpca.org.uk The Centre has been used by generations of families and communities who live around the Whittington Park area, N19. It hosts a wide range of low cost classes and activities for all ages. If you would like more information or help to get involved in any of these opportunities please contact us. Health and wellbeing update service If you are interested in finding out about our free SMS or email health and wellbeing update service which provides news and events about opportunities in Islington on a weekly basis then please contact us. If you have received a SMS/text from us and do not want to be sent further updates to your phone please reply to the link stating 'STOP' (charges may apply) or email us at [email protected] with 'STOP SMS' as the subject of the email and stating your full name in the email message.