Ten years and three cheers for St Mary's

Friday, 24th May 2019 — By Liv Klingert

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Tony Tran, Breann Brown, Sally Baxter and Owen Ballantyne from the youth club

St Mary’s charity is celebrating 10 years of helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since its founding in 2009 the charity has helped children and youths develop and hone their skills in a supportive environment.

They are holding free events next week that will see families and young people come together in a festive environment, including an open house day inviting family members, supporters and community organisers to come and have a look at what they are doing.

Sally Baxter, Omeseke Legbe and Helen Mylan from St Mary’s charity

Activities on the day will include cooking lessons and sports activities.

St Mary’s CEO Balazs Csernus says: “The children and youths who come to us grow in confidence, skills and connections. They get exposed to people outside of their immediate network. We want to help people expand their horizons and make friends outside of their immediate circles and that’s what we’ve worked on all these years. It’s about moving beyond limitations.”

The open house day will take place next Tuesday, May 28, from 2-7pm, followed by an evening event on Thursday, May 30, from 6pm.

St Mary’s charity is based in Upper Street and supports children, young people and families in and around Islington with a pre-school, play scheme and youth club.

For more information visit www.marys.org.uk


Invitation to enjoy a celebratory cuppa

Invitation to tea, from left: Sheena Davies, Sue Glover, Lesley Gordon and Ruth Sullivan of the WPCA 50:90 campaign

Whittington Park Community Association is holding a tea party to bring neighbours together in celebration of raising £60,000 towards renovating its main building, Hocking Hall in Yerbury Road. The party is taking place on Saturday June 15, from 2- 3.30pm, at Hops, Herbs, Health and Happiness, the community garden at the centre.

“Everyone’s invited to come and have a cuppa, cake and enjoy a get together next to our lovely garden which is currently full of red snapdragons, fragrant basil, mint and camomile, chard and lettuces,” says WPCA’s project development officer Loan Tran. “People can bring a plant to swap or just turn up and take something home as a thank you from us.”

The total raised far exceeded the target of the community association’s 50:90 campaign, which set out to raise £50,000 in 90 days through disco nights, the annual ceilidh and raffle, a music night, a John Hegley benefit show, sponsored runs, fundraiser classes and activities at the centre.

The community association offers a range of activities and services for local people, including gardening on Tuesdays and Thursdays and an over-55s social group runs from Monday to Friday.

For more information, call 020 7272 1847 or go to http://whittingtonpca.org.uk/

To find out more about donating to the renovation project go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Transformation

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