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2NQ are organising a series of free remote, dementia-friendly workshops for older people and carers living in the Finsbury Park area. Workshop packs will be sent in the post and will include beautifully designed work books, art supplies, and some nice biscuits! There is also the option to meet online to explore the packs together or they can check in via the telephone. Please email [email protected] or call Katy on 07936 909588 for more information.

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Cambridge Press free access to over 700 books.

Clic is a new online support community that anyone in the UK can access 24/7 for free mental health support. It includes an online forum where you can chat about how you’re feeling and connect with others, as well as accessing mental health information tools, tips and resources. To ensure everyone's safety and security the site is moderated 24 hours a day.

Combat Stress have produced a guide to self-care during the Coronavirus outbreak. The guidance includes some simple and quick tips as well as more detailed guides and resources on topics like managing anxiety and working out from experts including occupational therapists and art therapists. 

Cosmic Shambles Network have a Stay at Home Festival with free daily shows from leading comics and entertainers including Professor Brian Cox, Jo Brand and Stephen Merchant.

Free online theatre offers

The Guardian's guide to livestreaming music, arts, literature and events in April and May.

Islington in Bloom is your local horticultural competition run by Islington Gardeners and Islington Council. The 2020 competition is now open and will run until Sunday 5 July. Winners will be announced in September. If you are not a gardener yourself you can still enjoy the competition by seeing all the beautiful entries across the borough.

islingtonlife.london is your local online magazine from Islington Council. With information about what is happening locally, helping you to discover Islington and things to do.

Islington Quiz produced by the Council's Heritage team. Find out how well you know Islington.

Mental Health Foundation has put together some useful resources on maintaining good mental health during this crisis.

Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation are running ‘Online Mindfulness Classes,’ Every Monday from 11am to 12:30pm. For more information, or to enroll into the class please email [email protected] or call them on 07579801366.

Mind's Coronavirus information hub has tools covering a range of issues including loneliness, managing stress, bereavement and trauma.

NHS Moodzone website has a mood self assessment and mental well-being audio guides.

Radio Garden allows you to explore live radio across the world.

The Recovery College offer online mental health and wellbeing courses. They believe that recovery is a journey, not a destination and that we are all students of life. Upcoming courses include Getting a good night's sleep, exercise to feel good, understanding anxiety and nurturing self-compassion.

Sadlers Wells have free family dance performance and workshops online.

Samaritans - call or email the Samaritans if you are feeling lonely, suicidal or overwhelmed with the current situation Tel: 116 123 Email: [email protected]

Talk For Health has moved online. It provides user-friendly, talk based routes to wellbeing. They are offering a free online session on Wednesday 17th June, 6-8pm and is called Woah, what just happened? Processing the psychological fallout. Book via the link or if you would like further information then please email [email protected] or call/text 0203 409 3201.

Virtual Museum tours - visit leading museums around the world from your own home.

Women’s Oneness Wellbeing (WOW) project called Dance! Breathe! Enjoy! offers FREE online sessions for Black and Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women and vulnerable women who have suffered from trauma in Islington. On Thursday at 2pm, these sessions are combination of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and breathwork. For more info and to enrol [email protected].

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