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... Help on Your Doorstep is organising a Christmas Fair on Saturday, 7 December at the Walter Sickert Community Centre from 1pm - 4pm. It is a fun event for all the family and as well as the chance to buy homemade gifts, there will be a Santa's grotto and free refreshments. There's lots happening at Hilldrop Community Centre! Bring the kids to a special crafty Christmas Family Fair on Saturday the 7 December. Besides the usual variety of free activities for children there will be a family workshop making Christmas wreaths & decorations. It is free and all are welcome to have fun getting into the festive spirit. They are also providing a free beginner yoga taster session on 5 December. There’s no need to book, you can just drop in. Anyone can benefit from yoga as it is a mindful and gentle way to stretch and relax. St Luke’s Community Centre welcomes you to join its Christmas fayre on Saturday, 7 December from 12pm – 4pm. There will be stalls of local handmade gifts, entertainment, activities and even Santa will be joining them in his grotto! On a less festive note they are running free table tennis lessons for women on Tuesday's between 11am - 12pm. Beginners welcome. Islington Libraries is running free festive craft classes in the run up to Christmas. Sessions include learn how to make an evergreen wreath, a pop up Christmas card and gift wrapping. Places are limited so you will need to call to book your place. If you don’t normally go to a gym but are keen to give it a go Healthy Minds, Healthy Bods has a range of fitness sessions at the Sobell Centre and Highbury Leisure Centre which are overseen by a personal trainer. It is a great way for people of all ages and body shapes to be introduced to a gym! Whittington Park Community Association runs a mindful movement class for over 65s every Tuesday from 12pm – 1pm. This gentle session will help you focus on the moment and relax while mobilising your body. It is free to attend but you need to book your place. They also run a social club for men over 55. Drop in for a chat, cup of tea and some activities which include darts, ping pong, pool and much more. They have a special offer for newcomers where they can enjoy a 3 course meal (normally £5) for free! Claremont has lots of activities for adults age 55+ in Islington which are fun, creative and energetic. This includes sport like tai chi, tap dancing, line dancing; activities like arts and crafts and singing. Have a look at the calendar to find something for you. 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.