Get help 5 ways to wellbeing Take notice Remember the simple things that give you joy Opportunities to take notice in Islington. Upcoming events and activities... Would you like to stop smoking? Breathe can help you become smoke free every Wednesday between 2.00pm - 3.30pm at the Walter Sickert Community Centre. Book your appointment. Are you having problems with your Welfare Benefits? Is the weight of debt holding you down? Islington People's Rights (IPR) is providing free welfare benefits and debt advice drop in sessions at Islington Museum. There is no need to book. The next sessions are on Friday, 6 December 10.30am - 12.30pm, Saturday, 14 December 2pm - 4pm and Thursday, 9 January 2pm - 4pm. Would you like to save money on your energy bills this winter? If you have a prepayment metre you might be entitled to £140 off your energy bill from Islington Council this winter. To qualify you must be in receipt of benefits, or have an income below £16K. To find out more click here Islington Council is running a Christmas card competition for children. The winning entry will receive £20! Designs need to be received by email by the morning of the 9 December. They ask that no glitter is included on the design of the cards. If you are experiencing the loss of loved one, whether recently or a long time ago, Caris Islington could help with bereavement counselling. This is a free service to anyone living in the borough and the counselling sessions take place at their premises in Tollington Park. The Good Thinking website which helps people improve their mental wellbeing is looking to redesign their website. They want feedback and are asking people if they are willing to complete a short survey. All thoughts are welcome and they are very grateful for all input. If you are living in social housing in EC1 and need support with writing letters, emails or contacting people on your behalf about various issues then Communify at the Peel Centre has a free service to help you. Have a look at the flyer for more information. Food Cycle provides free weekly community meals cooked by volunteers with surplus food and it is open to everyone. Come along for a delicious three course lunch every Wednesday at 1pm at the New River Baptist Church. If you need support to make a Universal Credit claim Citizens Advice in Islington can help you. They provide free and confidential help from the first steps through to the payment. You can receive support through the website, visiting the office and also by calling 0800 144 8 444. HNG Stress Project 2 Shelburne Road, London, N7 6DL www.stressproject.org.uk The stress project is a Hollway Neighbourhood Group project which provides a range of low cost therapies and wellbeing activities that include therapeutic gardening, mindfulness meditation courses and drop in classes. Islington Life islingtonlife.london Your local online magazine from Islington Council. With information about what is happening locally, helping you to discover Islington and things to do. One You Islington oneyouislington.org Making better choices today can have a huge influence on your health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce your risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. But it’s not easy in our busy lives – tempting treats in easy reach, bigger portions for everything we eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa. Modern life is ganging up on us. The good news is making a start on small changes now can improve your health straightaway. One You Islington offers information and links to other websites and local services which can help you improve your health and wellbeing. Health self management programmes, Whittington Health Help on living with long term health conditions Whittington Health run a number of Self Management Programmes for patients. Participants must be over 18 years old and must be a resident or have a GP in Islington. The Experts Patient Programme is a 6 week course for people living with long term conditions. The course helps people cope with their health condition, find solutions to common problems & feel more in control. The Islington Diabetes Self Management Programme is a a 7 week course for people who live with type 2 diabetes. The course is designed to help people better manage their diabetes & gain control of their lives. Wellbeing Service at Manor Gardens 6-9 Manor Gardens, Islington, London N7 6LA www.manorgardenscentre.org The wellbeing service promotes mental health and physical health in North London. Its main aims are to break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and to signpost people to the right place to help them. Check out the website for the various activities that are available. 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.