islington interviews

Everyone has a story. Are things getting better? Or is the world a much worse place? Here’s how NCVO-based Giselle Green is helping charities and social enterprises find Constructive Voices to share their solutions. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Anyone working in NCVO’s building by Regents Canal,…
Everyone has a story. Here’s how a young Chad boy fell in love with body building, thanks to Muscle & Fitness magazine, and went on to become a champion. Meet Gilbert Alaskadi, now running Oxygen Fitness Universe, a private gym close to Holloway tube. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by…
Everyone has a story. Not everyone is aware that Islington is one of the most unequal places in the country. Here Helen Kersley explains what this means, and how Islington Giving is trying to turn this situation around by supporting local community organisations and bringing local residents, businesses, voluntary groups…
Everyone has a story. Could you help a dog-lover play ball with her disability dog? Or figure out a way for a paralysed rugby player to get his sports wheelchair back into the car? Or devise a clever device that could change the life of someone who uses a wheelchair? That’s…
Everyone has a story. Who loves the canal or has been on a boat in Islington? Skipper Lorraine Fox talks about life in the City Road Basin, one of Islington’s largest outdoor spaces. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. Back in 1985 Lorraine Fox came to Islington expecting…
Everyone has a story. When did you last talk to a neighbour? For Val Henney, who works part time as a Good Neighbourhood Coordinator, neighbourliness has become a way of life. Here she explains how simple neighbourliness is helping people on the New River Green Estate and Peabody King’s Cross…
Everyone has a story. There’s a new network for tech cooperatives based in Fonthill Road. Here Space4 Manager Polly Robbins explains what Outlandish and Space4 do, plus provides many reasons why she likes working in Finsbury Park. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill Polly Robbins: Space 4 manager.…
Everyone has a story. If you’d like to do good, get to know Islington better and get fit, simultaneously, then you might enjoy joining Goodgym. Here Paul Bown explains how Goodgym – which operates in 39 areas across the UK, including Islington – helps combat isolation and benefits communities. Interview…
Everyone has a story. As the weather gets colder and the winter shelters open Rosie Roksoph talks about her time spent homeless, the healing power of paint and her plans to make a documentary about London’s most diverse and creative people. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill. “It’s…
Everyone has a story. For the past few years, air pollution has stopped being London’s dirty secret. That’s in no small part due to the work of scientists at King’s College London such as Archway-based Andrew Grieve. Interview by Nicola Baird. Photos by Kimi Gill It’s more than 50 years…
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