June 2017 Inside Islington Tour – All Change, Arsenal in the Community and Saturday Socials at the Word2017 Festival

As part of the successful Islington Word2017 festival, Islington Giving was delighted to catch a glimpse of a day of intergenerational celebrations and creativity run by All Change in partnership with Arsenal in the Community. Over 100 local people of all ages came together to take part in  Home Ground – a behind the scenes history of Arsenal and Islington, featuring spoken word performances and short films from All Change’s Saturday Socials writers group – When Saturday Comes. Working with poet Francesca Beard and photography artist Leticia Valverdes, the writers group gives older people the opportunity to explore their memories of the famous football club and the local area.

Two participants, Tony and Maria, spoke and performed during the tour of the stadium, and guests of Islington Giving heard tales and poems in the changing room beneath the belly of the ground.

Islington Giving’s Saturday Socials programme is run by All Change, Cubitt Education and North London Cares, and supported by Arsenal in the Community, The Arsenal Foundation and City Bridge Trust. Providing free weekend activities such as creative writing sessions, film screenings, and social events, the programme creates a space for older and younger people to connect and spend time with one another.

“There’s a sense of family between the people who do these clubs. You belong.” – Saturday Socials participant and Islington resident.

Arsenal in the Community are a key partner in the Saturday Socials programme. They host the monthly All Change When Saturday Comes workshops at the Arsenal Hub – providing space and refreshments, with team members present to support the sessions. They have also provided access to the wonderful Emirates Stadium for larger celebrations including Yarn Dances and the Home Ground event as part of the programme. Older participants have also enjoyed special stadium tours, tickets to matches and the chance to meet Arsenal legends.

More Inside Islington Tours will be taking place throughout 2017, giving you the opportunity to learn more about some of the amazing work carried out by local community organisations. To hear about future Inside Islington Tours, contact the Islington Giving Team using mail@islingtongiving.org.uk or 0207 288 6941.


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