Manor Gardens Welfare Trust Registered Charity No. 1063053
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Manor Gardens Centre      Newsletter December 2015      Issue 1
Manor Gardens sends Season's Greetings to all its friends and supporters.

A little support goes a long way

Staff at our local Sainsbury's on Holloway Road were only too happy to contribute boxes of food to our Friendship Network this Christmas. Their contribution will be added to the generous funding from Islington's Local Initiative Fund to provide Christmas hampers for older people in the neighbourhood.

Over 135 hampers will be distributed by 60 volunteers to members of the Friendship Network, older people who are befriended by our volunteers to help reduce their loneliness and isolation. Find our more about the Friendship Network.

Top tips for a healthy Christmas from Siobhan

**Make sure you start each day with a good breakfast. Try a vegetable omelette with wholegrain bread. This will set you up for the day and help you resist the urge to start on the selection box first thing in the morning.
**When it comes to nibbles have lots of cruditees on display e.g. cucumber, pepper and celery sticks as well as wholegrain crackers instead of crisps.
**Turkey is less fatty option for Christmas day than goose or duck. If you are cooking Turkey, prick the skin to allow fat to drain out and remove the skin before eating. Don’t forget to pile the carrots and Brussels sprouts high whilst watching out for the roast potatoes (I know that’s a hard one). For dessert, add half-fat crème fresh to Christmas pudding instead of cream. Or make a fruit salad instead.
**You can enjoy a drink, but try to go for drinks with a lower alcohol content. For example, try buying wines with a 10.5% ABV as opposed to 13% or drink wine spritzers. Alternate drinks with juices and water. Remember to keep drinking lots of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
**Take a walk and get a bit of fresh air instead of vegging out in front of the box.
Cooking skills for the community
Over the last year Manor Gardens Community Kitchens project has taught healthy eating skills to 1,076 people, including 40 care leavers and 150 people with learning difficulties.
Community Kitchens
All of us at Health Advocacy have been very busy, supporting and empowering refugee and migrant communities and developing innovative new services to ensure that everyone in our community can live as healthily as possible.
Health Advocacy
Support our fundraising this Christmas
Manor Gardens is an independent community centre working to improve the lives of people in Islington. We need your support if we are to continue to help the most vulnerable in our society. Even a small amount will go directly towards funding our services.

£10 will help us buy extras for our Pre-school.

£25 will help us put on a cook and taste session to help people eat healthily.

£50 will help us take Stroke Club members on an outing.

£100  will help us train a Mental Wellbeing Champion.

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An outing for our Stroke Club
Stroke Club members joined in a Christmas party at the Whittington Park Pavilion where they met the mayor and mayoress and sang along to carols with a choir as well as having a fantastic Christmas lunch. We're also able to give 20 of the members one of our donated hampers and some Christmas presents.
Stroke Club
Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. For some people it can involve complex social interactions with relatives and other acquaintances you may not have seen for a long time, while for others the Christmas holiday period can be a very lonely time. Try as far as possible to have a relaxed Christmas break and check out our Mental Wellbeing project which has plenty of tips and advice to ensure that you have a stress-free festive season.
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