Day of activities to combat stress

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Friday, 4th October 2019 — By Sophia Andersson-Gylden

Volunteers at the stress garden which features in the project

Volunteers at the stress garden which features in the project

A project, launched to help combat stress, is holding an event packed with activities to mark Mental Health Awareness Day.

Wendy Barnes from The Stress Project, established in 1994, said the project is needed now more than ever because of cuts to services.

The sessions to be held on October 10 will run from 10.30am to 5pm and will be available to those who want to learn about how to deal with stress and anxiety.

Wendy says: “Mindfulness is usually associated with Buddhism, but I want people to know that it’s secular and involves breathing exercises and visualization. We work with the council and GPs, who send us referrals. The Time To Change movement destigmatised mental health issues and got people talking. The royal family started to highlight the problem of mental health in this country, notably Prince Harry.”

Participants can expect to get involved with arts and crafts for wellbeing, run from 1.30-3.30pm, and a mindfulness group session to help with cognitive therapy for one hour from 3.30pm-4.30pm.

The activities will be free, but the massages will cost £8 for 30 minutes or £15 for an hour.

The event will be taking place at Shelburne House on Shelburne Road behind Morrisons in Holloway.

Night at theatre to remember Mary

Mary Woolstonecraft

The campaign for a statue commemorating the 18th- century activist and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft has been given a funding boost from the People’s Postcode Trust.

The Mary on the Green campaign has been awarded £15,000 by the grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Bee Rowlatt, chair of Mary on the Green, said: “This generous grant comes at a crucial time for our campaign, and means that our goal of raising a memorial to human rights pioneer and local hero Mary Wollstonecraft is now within reach.”

Bee has written a play about the life of Wollstonecraft, with Sherlock, Blinded By The Light actress Olivia Poulet playing the main role and featuring Star Wars and The Crown actress Pip Torrens. It will be shown at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue on Monday.

“Mary Wollstonecraft was a passionate advocate for young women and their ability to change the world,” Bee says. “We think she’d be proud to see her ideas brought to life by such a dynamic cast”.

All proceeds will go towards The Wollstonecraft Society, a new charity aiming to honour Wollstonecraft’s life.

Bee’s play, An Amazon Stept Out, is at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES, on Monday September 30 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, £38, 0330 333 4812, shows/an-amazon-stept-out/

More about the campaign at

Parking the cars to reclaim the streets

Green councillor Caroline Russell, far left, with neighbours in Fieldway Crescent; right, children enjoying car free day

Roads across the borough were closed to traffic across the borough as part of a global campaign to clear the city’s air and allow communities to reclaim their streets.

St John Street in Clerkenwell and Fieldway Crescent in Highbury were among several roads to be taken over by pedestrians and cyclists on Sunday as part of the World Car Free Day celebrations.

Rebecca Johnson, who organised the celebrations on Fieldway Crescent, said: “It was a beautiful day. It brought our neighbourhood together. People who had been living opposite each other for years but hadn’t met finally made friends.

“You don’t realise how cars make a road so anti-social. We had neighbours saying they have lived here for 30 years and they have not had a street party.

The mother-of-two added: “The health benefits for children as well is huge. They were running around and playing on the streets with clean air. Imagine if this could be permanent.”

In St John Street there was a Ukulele band, face painting and several cycling activities as well as guided walks around the borough.


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