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November 27, 2019

Independent traders in Stoke Newington are pulling out all the stops for A Very Stokey Christmas.

The event takes place on Sunday December 8 (11am till 5pm), with much of the activity centred outside the Fire Station on Church St.  There’ll be a snowball competition (with targets to aim at), a Santa’s grotto with lovely gifts and choirs will be singing!

The event will help raise funds for the Winter...

November 10, 2019

Imagine going without lunch every day so your children can eat.

Imagine being so hungry you load your coffee with seven sugars at the children’s centre.

Imagine queuing for food packages at a Food Bank because the wages you earn simply aren’t enough to cover the cost of food and rent or because you’ve been without benefits for five weeks while you wait for Universal Credits to come.

Imagine being the...

October 21, 2019

We're turning Halloween on its head this year.

As well as trick-or-treating for sweets, families are invited to don their scary costumes and ask neighbours for food donations for Hackney Food Bank.

The scheme is being run by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with Location Location estate agency in Stoke Newington. Both companies have been long-term supporters of the Food Bank.

Jenna Fansa, co-foun...

October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

October 10, 2019

Two organisations dedicated to making life better in Islington have teamed up.

The Local Buyers Club, a discount card promoting independent businesses, is working closely with Islington Giving, an organisation helping those experiencing poverty, mental illness or isolation.

For every new member who joins the Local Buyers Club with the code ISGIVE, they’ll donate £5 to Islington Giving to support loc...

September 17, 2019

This man, Joseph Beck, is the reason Clissold Park wasn’t redeveloped – despite battling cancer of the tongue, he campaigned tirelessly to save it.

His motivation, he said, was so: “children could take their fist steps on the grass of Clissold Park and one day play under the sun.”

This weekend a special event is being held to mark the park’s 130th anniversary.  The story of its survival is the stuff...

September 10, 2019

Six-year-old Pearse Coyne has just sold lots of his toys and donated half the profits to Hackney Food Bank.

He used the money to buy a trailer full of food for people experiencing poverty.

His mum Anne said: “We’d talked a lot about poverty and about how unfair it is that some families are struggling to afford food.  So, when it came to having a clear out of toys, he was keen to sell them and help o...

July 28, 2019

(The Pantry Underwear team. Elly Rusted: centre

It’s amazing how weather dependent the underwear business is!

“When the sun’s out and shoppers haven’t the hassle of peeling off layers to try stuff on – and when people start to think about wearing revealing things, that’s when we’re at our busiest!”, said Elly Rusted who owns The Pantry Underwear on Camden Passage.

The 30-year-old set up The Pantry...

July 16, 2019

(Maryna Fontenoy, Beaucatcher) 

From the outside Beaucatcher might look like an ordinary hair salon, but step inside and you’re in for a treat.

The walls of this Stoke Newington salon have been providing pop-up gallery space for talented local artists for 15 years. Each exhibition lasts for around three months and all the artwork is available to buy.

Maryna Fontenoy founded Beaucatcher from her flat...

July 16, 2019

(The team at Hackney Foodbank) 

Residents with severe mental health problems are being thrown on the scrapheap and left to a downward spiral of poverty under the new Universal Credit system.

That’s the verdict of the team at Hackney Foodbank who say poverty is the worst they’ve ever known it – they say most of the people going hungry and struggling to pay rent are those with conditions like depressi...

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