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New for Autumn 2021 – Drama Therapy

From September we will be running drama therapy groups at Isledon Road and Despard Road.

If you want to find out more about how drama therapy could help you please come along to an information session at Isledon Road on Wednesday 11 August at 11:00am. You will have an opportunity to meet the 3 therapists and ask questions.

Places are limited so please speak to a member of staff to book a place.

Anyone interested in joining these sessions should attend the meeting on 11 August.

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The Mind Series

Arsenal FC, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will support better mental health this summer by taking part in The Mind Series.

Funds raised from the series will be split between Mind and the respective club foundations that deliver projects to support mental health and wellbeing in communities both at home and overseas

Demand for Mind’s services, including its Infoline, has increased exponentially during the pandemic, with latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics showing one in five adults experiencing symptoms of depression, compared to one in 10 prior to the pandemic. Mind’s own survey of 16,000 people during the initial lockdown also found that two in three young people (68 per cent) and three in five adults (60 per cent) said their mental health got worse.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Arsenal v Chelsea: Sunday, August 1, Emirates Stadium, 3pm (UK time)
  • Chelsea v Tottenham: Wednesday, August 4, Stamford Bridge, 7.45pm (UK)
  • Tottenham v Arsenal: Sunday, August 8, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 2pm (UK)

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, said: “We’re delighted that Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have come together to back Mind’s work through the Mind Series. We know from our work in the sector, including our charity partnership with the EFL, that football has the power to create real change, not least around mental health.

“The platform that these three huge clubs can provide us with will allow us to get our message out to thousands more people that they have somewhere to turn when they need support. The Mind Series is not only a brilliant way to raise awareness about mental health, it will also provide vital funding for our services at a time when more people than ever need Mind’s help. Our message to fans is simple: whoever you support, Mind is here to support you.”

Source: Arsenal FC 

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YouScreen – Cervical Screening Made Easier

A new study called YouScreen is launching to help improve cervical screening. YouScreen, led by the Cancer Prevention Trials Unit at King’s College London and the North Central London and North East London Cancer Alliances, gives women and people with a cervix in Islington who are at least 6 months overdue their cervical screening (smear test) the opportunity to take a self-sample for HPV at a time and place that is convenient for them. It is an easy and reliable alternative to booking a cervical screening appointment with the nurse or GP.

If you know someone who is overdue their cervical screening, encourage them to complete and return their kit if they receive one. You can find more information about this study and the self-sample kit for cervical screening at www.smallc.org.uk/youscreen

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust also offers a helpline that provides trustworthy and reliable information, support, and signposting to anyone affected by cervical cancer, cell changes(abnormalities), HPV or prevention concerns. You can contact their helpline on 0808 801 0408.

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Online Art Workshop Gallery

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Black History Month 2020 Gallery

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Creativity Centre Gallery

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week Library

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our choices dictate what we become at every stage of life
chances are
if our choices are positive then our life experiences are positive
if our choices are negative, our life experiences are negative

there are two kinds of men in the world
there are clever men and there are wise men
clever men are always busy trying to get out of trouble
wise men never get into trouble

happiness is our birth right
patience is a virtue

By Walton McLaren


Keeping A Smile

I keep a smile ready for any passer-by in the street struggle
They dim their lights in the dead of night fall the hands that switch them around in the nights small like child hands small little fingers crossed though having school offers free plates soup buttered bread washed abandoned grown trown in the bin by fatherly love over there in the corner of the poets ice buckets scones with raspberry jam she gives away to all people who then a thin little blade sharp swings cutting the currants raisins to blend in the soup in that case we do the cooking allowed cabbage patch spuds I press the rose bushes to smelling the fragrance wonderful smell in spite of the weather starring eyes keeping a watchful eye over my shoulder half tipsy topsy you have the afternoon the table below laden in well cured feasible feast eating drinking comes the same as the house on the corner correct we learn that we come to terms in the day time when she brings out the dinner we learn to pass ink that won’t blot on the water spills spilling over who could forget that day the rainfall falling filling the land soaked harvester I keep that smile in that rainfall

By John J Sheehy

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Mental Health Awareness Week Gallery

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Recipes

Simple yet scrumptious meals from Islington Mind’s cook, Diana Apent


Minced Beef Pie

 

 

 

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Veggie Meatballs with Tomato Courgette

 

Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins
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Yam Porridge

 

 

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King Prawn and Broccoli Stir-Fry

 

 

 

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Chicken and Couscous Salad

 

 

Serves 6

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Almond Lentil Stew

 

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Chicken and Broccoli Lasagne

 

 

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Chicken Curry and Naan

 

 

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Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto

 

 

Makes 8 servings

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries

 

 

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Ghana Jollof Rice

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 1 hour to 2 hours
Serves 4

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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

 

 

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Rice Noodles With Prawns

Serves 2
Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 15 mins

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Chicken and Tomato Spiced Curry

Serves 4
Preparation timeL 5 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins

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Quick Broccoli Pasta 2

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins
Serves 2

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Chicken and Couscous Salad

 

Serves 2

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One-Pot Chicken with Rice

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 2

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Avocado Salad

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: no cooking required
Serves 1

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Chili Con Carne with Spaghetti

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 1 – 2 hours
Serves 4

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Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

Preparation time: less than 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes to 1 hour
Serves 2

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Butternut Squash Curry with Rice

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Quick Broccoli Pasta


Preparation time: less than 30 minutes
Cooking time: 10 to 30 minutes

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Tuna Pasta Bake

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins
Serves 4-6

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Chicken Stir-Fried Noodles

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins
Serves 2

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Steak Fajitas with Wraps

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins
Serves 2-4

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Sausage Spaghetti Bolognese

Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 2

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Coronavirus: online therapy service to offer free sessions across UK

An online therapy service is to offer free 20-minute sessions aimed at vulnerable older people and others who are self-isolating or struggling, after therapists across the UK volunteered their help.

The Help Hub was originally intended to serve a small area in west Oxfordshire but will expand nationally when it launches this week following an influx of support.

“Thanks to the kindness of therapists right across the country willing to work for free, the idea snowballed in the space of less than a fortnight to the extent that we can now cover the whole of the UK,” said Ruth Chaloner, the founder of the service, who is asking therapists to email her at info@helphub.co.uk if they want to get involved.

Chaloner is now setting up a second scheme to help the hardest-to-reach members of her local community. She hopes this is another idea that could be extended nationally.

Full story: The Guardian

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