Islington Giving is a campaign to tackle poverty and isolation by taking action to improve people’s lives. We use our knowledge of Islington to support existing projects, and create new projects, that tackle local problems and make Islington a better place for everyone.
Islington Giving helps by Investing in Young People, Tackling Poverty and Confronting Isolation. Each of these themes represents local issues – Islington Giving finds local solutions, asking people who live local to give local. So far Islington Giving has raised over £3.3m and supported more than 40 projects that have supported thousands of local people. More than a thousand volunteers have given their time to help make these projects happen. By working closely with local organisations to develop projects, we can ensure that your time and money have the greatest impact on local issues.
Everyone can be lonely sometimes, but most of us have people we can rely on to support us, whether its family or friends. Some people, however, have small social networks – they may have few close friends, or none, and might not have family, or none they are close to. Research shows that loneliness has the same risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day – it isn’t just bad for people’s happiness, but bad for their health.
Poverty is a huge problem in Islington, but is often hidden. Even if you know Islington well, you might not know that it has the 4th highest rate of child poverty in England, or that just less than a third of households in the borough have an income of less than £20,000 a year. In a borough where people with very different incomes often live side by side on the same streets, there are many people living right in the midst of Islington’s opportunities, but without the means to get involved in what’s on offer.
People are often surprised when they find out that 34% of children in Islington are living in poverty, and that Islington also has a higher proportion of 16 to 18 years olds not in employment, education or training than the national and London averages. Young people told us that there aren’t enough things to do, particularly affordable things at weekends, and that it can be difficult to find work and training opportunities, and to get involved in activities they want to do.