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Manor Gardens Centre      Newsletter March 2016      Issue 4

Bright Beginnings for Islington Mums

Having a baby at any time is a momentous thing, but giving birth in a strange country when you don't know the system or even the lanaguage can be traumatic. We've secured a three-year grant of £361,168 from the Big Lottery to support 1,500 of these women in North London through bilingual Maternity Mentors. 'It's really important that every woman gets the chance to look after their own, and their baby's physical and mental wellbeing during this crucial time,' says Eleanor Tomlinson, Manager of Manor Gardens' Health Advocacy Project. Find out more.

How are you feeling today?

Our new Wellbeing Service is reaching out to people at all levels to promote a healthy body and a healthy mind. Gabriel set up a Book Swap, in partnership with Islington Libraries, in our Reception area to get people to take a break and have a read. It's been very successful and many books have been swapped and read.

Siobhan attended the Be Inspired event on the Andover Estate to promote wellbeing and our Love You, Love Your Heart sessions, as well as starting conversations with a wide range of people about depression, anxiety and stress. Alongside this she's been running cooking sessions for people with learning difficulties at Centre 404, funded by the Sobell Foundation, in which they also learn about how to eat healthily, go shopping and keep happy. Find out more.

International Women Dispense Wisdom
International Women's Day saw the culmination of our Dispensing Wisdom Project, in partnership with All Change Arts. Over 200 women came together at Islington Assembly Rooms to hear testimony from women about their lives in Islington over the last 100 years.  Find out more.
Manor Gardens Heritage

Summer Wellbeing Festival 9th July
Plans are well underway now for our Community Wellbeing Fair on Saturday 9th July. We will be closing our street and have a large selection of stalls, food outlets, music and afternoon tea. We are now looking for stallholders, so if you have things to sell, eat, activities, events, music, in fact almost anything, we'd love to hear from your. Please email Norma.
Putting the fun in fundraising
This month we're delighted to have receive support from two artistic events. The special performance of Chef, raised £20,000 - our heartfelt thanks to Caroline and Lisa for making this happen and supporting women affected by FGM. The Brandenburg Festival donated half of our ticket sales for Crucifixus and we hope to work with them again soon.
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