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Manor Gardens Centre      Newsletter July 2016      Issue 8

Fun, Festival and Wellbeing

Celebrating Wellbeing in every sense was the theme of Manor Gardens Welfare Trust’s Summer Wellbeing Festival on Saturday 9th July. Hundreds of people visited over 50 stalls and took part in attractions and activities between 12 and 4pm.
     ‘Thinking about our Wellbeing is really important in our busy lives and even just making time to pause can help reduce our levels of stress,’ says Felicity Ford, Manor Gardens’ Director of Fundraising and Development. ‘Looking at the amazing range of stalls at our Summer Wellbeing Festival, it’s clear that Wellbeing comes in all shapes and sizes. The biggest draw of the whole event was led by London Play, who helped children build Go Karts and model exciting things from cardboard and junk.’
     Other stalls ranged from vegan cakes, skin creams and massage, through NHS health checks, to jewellery, hand-painted clothing, tombolas and a Preloved Stall. Health professionals in Islington, Islington Adult and Community Learning, and the Royal Northern Park (next door) provided information and interest for everyone.
     There was live music provided by Whittington Park Steel Band and Healthy Generations (formerly Music for People) and Caribbean and Eritrean food stalls. And to grace Manor Gardens' beautiful garden there was an Afternoon Tea Tent on the lawn.
     Staff and parents of Manor Gardens’ Preschool, which has just been rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, took on face painting and the Bouncy Castle and hosted a quiet reading session provided by Islington Libraries.
     Islington’s Dr Bike provided bike health checks and there were half-hour sessions of Feldenkrais exercise and Relaxation and Mindfulness in the Dame Geraldine Hall.
    Check out some of our pictures here.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who supported us and came along to take part in what was a really memorable day. Thanks also to the weather for being kind. We are planning and even bigger and better event next year - put 8th July 2017 in your diaries now.

Our new Wellbeing Service is open

The more serious side of the Summer Wellbeing Festival launched our new Wellbeing Service, commissioned by Islington Council. This combines the Mental Health Champion service and the Community Mental Health Development Service and will work over the next four years to reduce the stigma around mental health, particularly in the diverse communities in Islington, and help people find the right pathway to support for their mental health needs. See more on our website.
Wellbeing Service: 020 7561 5291 or
Support from local business
We were delighted to attract support from Trullo Restaurant, Ricardo at Starbucks (pictured), Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. We are very grateful to The Gunners Fund, part of Arsenal in the Community, for giving us a generous grant, and Drivers and Norris, our local estate agents, who sponsored our banners and event programme.
Check out all our Festival pictures

A big thanks to all our volunteers
We drew in volunteers to help on the day from a wide range of places. Most notable were friends and colleagues of our UCL students, who turned up en masse to lend a helping hand. Thanks also to friends, family, staff and trustees who all mucked in and shifted furniture, ran stalls, took photos and made the day go smoothly. Our amazing volunteers also helped Manor Gardens raise money through a children's tombola and tombolas with special prizes including donations from Jeremy Corbyn and a Family Tour of Arsenal Stadium.
We are hosting a keynote speech by journalist and political commentator Nick Cohen on Free Speech on 22nd September 2016 at 7pm. Comedian Kate Smurthwaite will also be giving her view. Read more and book here.
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