Islington Community Network is made up of the following networks:
Islington Advice Alliance supports agencies providing free, independent advice, casework and representation to Islington residents, and groups who have an interest in this work. Members include a range of community groups and not for profit agencies and Legal Aid solicitors are also welcome to join. The network is particularly concerned about the impact of poverty on local people and how advice and legal help can mitigate this.
Contact: Ruth Hayes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Islington BAMER Women’s Network consists of local BAMER women’s organisations, statutory service providers, local policy makers and commissioners
Contact: Feride Kumbasar, email@example.com
Islington Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Forum brings together organisations working with children and young people. The aim is to make life better for children and young people in Islington so that they are safe, happy and have fun.
Contact: Chris Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 832 5800
Islington Race Equality Forum is a network organisation, enabling Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community organisations to come together and be proactive on issues affecting the community. Membership is open to all community organisations in Islington whose aim is to support and promote black and minority ethnic communities.
Contact: Despina Tsiakolou, email@example.com or 020 7832 5818
Creative Islington connects, supports and promotes the borough’s arts and creative community. Membership to Creative Islington is free – simply register at www.creativeislington.com. Members receive invites to regular networking events, workshops, a monthly newsletter as well as updates on funding and opportunities.
Contact: Rachel Toogood, firstname.lastname@example.org
Islington Disability Network (IDN) is part of Disability Action in Islington. Membership of IDN is open to disabled people who live, work or study in Islington. Members receive a quarterly newsletter, regular email bulletins on events, opportunities and news and take part in consultations about local services, Mystery Shopping Exercises and campaigns.
Contact: Andy Greene, email@example.com or 020 7354 8925
Islington Environment Forum aims to achieve social progress, environmental protection and a sustainable local economy.
Contact: Nicholas Watts, firstname.lastname@example.org
Islington Faiths Forum is a community partnership of faith-based organisations working together to assist community development and delivery of support services. It aims to promote and assist the services provided to citizens in the Islington community from within local faith-based organisations (FBOs) and beyond; to improve understanding of the common aims and objectives of all faith groups in providing support services; and to encourage collaboration within and between faith communities and otehr sections of the community in Islington.
Contact: Roz Miller, email@example.com
Islington Homelessness Forum ensures that the views and concerns of homeless people, or those at risk of homelessness, and those who work with them are represented within decision making and impact upon policies and services that affect their quality of life. Its core aim is to ensure the needs of homeless people are identified and appropriately met by local statutory and voluntary sector service providers.
Contact: Janet Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Octopus Community Centres Network is driven by the collective desire to develop community centres as ‘hubs’ in the community, where multiple grass-roots services and wide-ranging facilities can be accessed and influenced by the unique needs of diverse communities and local neighbourhoods.
Contact: Julie Parish, email@example.com or 020 7263 7095
Islington Refugee Forum was created to act as a common voice for refugees, to improve their quality of life and support their integration into the community. Community organisations play a crucial role in facilitating this integration and the understanding of Islington’s services. IRF aims to ensure that the borough will be a fairer place for refugees and migrants.
Contact: Harbi Farah, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 832 5847
Sport Islington is the voice for voluntary sport in Islington. Sport Islington assists clubs and organisations to increase awareness, participation, competition and sporting opportunities within Islington.
Contact: John MacKinnon, email@example.com or 020 7527 1868
Islington Pensioners’ Forum campaigns on behalf of pensioners, gives advice through a monthly newsletter, has monthly town hall meetings with prominent speakers on wide subjects, organises day trips, participates in other events such as fund raising for worthy causes and also in support of the National Pensioners Convention.
Contact: George Durack, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 226 7687
Voluntary Action Islington is the membership organisation for people working to make a positive difference to life in Islington. VAI provides support services to small groups, organisations, staff, volunteers and trustees within the voluntary and community sector in Islington.
The following individuals have been co-opted to the ICN Committee:
Phillip Watson is the Chief Executive of Manor Gardens, which recently celebrated 100 years of promoting health and well-being in Islington.
Ken Kanu is the Chief Executive of Help On Your Doorstep, which aims to improve the life opportunities of individuals and families through a systematic door knocking outreach service engaging with households in 12 of Islington’s 16 wards. The service aims to identify issues that its referral partners might assist with.
Linda Gaskell is covering the duties of the Network and Provider Services Manager for an interim period at Age UK Islington, which offers over 55s free information and advice on, help with confidence to live safely and well at home, enjoyable activities for meeting people, and opportunities for older people to have their voices heard through the Older People’s Reference Group.