‘Beautiful’ Archway – and better veggie fayre; finding freedom in Highbury; and praise for care services

Friday, 29th September 2017 — By Eshu Christianson

People_Raja Selladurai

Raja Selladurai, 58, is the manager of Penn Stores in Caledonian Road. For the past 15 years he’s lived in Archway, which he says “is beautiful now – the bus lanes and new traffic system is much better”. In the 26 years since he arrived from Sri Lanka, he’s seen a great improvement in the availability of vegetarian and South Asian food. “For special occasions we like to eat out and there has been a big increase in the amount of vegetarian food in Islington over the past few years.”

Jeorden Shubert, 21, is a student at City and Islington College and has lived in Highbury for three years after growing up in Canning Town. She likes the feeling of freedom to be herself that Islington provides: “You can be yourself and there’s no judgment,” she says. Jeorden is studying on an access to social care course and says she is inspired by the desire to improve other people’s lives. “I had a good think about what I wanted to do and it always came back to helping people.”

Amanda Williams, 66, is a retired pharmacist who has lived in Tufnell Park for the past 32 years. She has raised two children in the borough and has been very happy with the quality of schools and social services. She’s particularly impressed with the Carers and Occupational Therapists that the council have provided for her husband. She is also very pleased with the Harrington Scheme for young people in need of life skills. “It gave my daughter the confidence to get the job she currently has,” says Amanda.

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