Unlocking Islington – for Young people
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.
Islington Giving invests in young people by providing activities they want, when and where they want them. We have set up brand new activities like The Saturday Night Project, as well as providing other fun things for young people to do in the evenings and at weekends. The activities are, however, not just fun – they help build confidence and social skills, promote healthy living and connect young people to other things to do.
Islington Giving has also raised £275,000 to offer new opportunities for younger children and their families. We support a range of weekend and holiday activities for parents to take part in with their children. We have also set up a new project with Family Action Islington to make sure families that don’t currently have much support and need some extra help can take advantage of local opportunities and make friends with other families.
Your support, whether you give money or time, makes a big difference to young people and families in Islington. Find out more about the projects Islington Giving has supported so far here.