Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
This fact sheet revised by Islington Reference Library in December 2014 aims to help those who have lost track of someone, usually a friend or relative, in the recent past. It is not intended for those tracing long lost ancestors or for adopted persons. Missing persons may include people who have decided to break with their family due to an underlying problem and it may therefore be necessary to carry out research with sensitivity. The sources listed provide ideas on how to approach the problem and what sources are available.
This Factsheet revised in 2015 by the Library Service from work done by the Manor Gardens Mental Wellbeing Service covers all aspects of mental health support in Islington and national agencies providing support. This includes: community mental health teams in Islington, support groups and counselling/therapy projects, advocacy, where to find information on specific mental health conditions and where to find private therapists.
The Council want to be clear as well as fair about the amount you will have to contribute towards your care. This booklet published in April 2014 tells you about the principles that guide their contributions policy and how they will work out if you need to contribute.
All the services Islington fund to help people live at home have a cost. These costs are met through a combination of government grants, council tax and by the money people pay to receive these services.
Islington Council wants to help as many people as it can to live at home independently and as safely as possible. They also want the charges for the care and support that they provide to be fair and affordable. Therefore everyone applying for, or receiving, a service will be assessed under their contributions policy. See here
Library Press Display gives you 24/7 remote access to complete digital editions from newspapers and popular magazine publications from the UK and around the world. Dedicated Apple and Android apps for your mobile devices allow you to download these publications in our libraries. This includes the UK national newspapers with the exception of the Financial Times, the Times and the Sun and many local papers and some magazines. The titles all have a backfile usually of three months. The service is free but you need an Islington library card to access it outside the library.
Accessible and accurate legal information on issues such as housing,employment rights, immigration, and benefits. Updated daily, Cans Legal Information provides a detailed summary of British and European law. This is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living, working or engaging in life in Britain. Available in all Islington libraries, and also remotely using your library card. Give it a try! See here.
Healthwatch Islington was commissioned by Islington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to carry out engagement and interviews with residents, relatives/carers and staff in local care homes. The aim of the research was to find out about users experiences of the Integrated Care Ageing Team (ICAT) service and how residents (and where appropriate relatives/carers) had been involved in their treatment, and in conversations about their end of life care. See the report here.
A team of Healthwatch Islington volunteers underwent mystery shopping training in October 2014. These volunteers visited and telephoned local GP practices in November, posing as patients with interpreting needs who wished to register at the practice, or as individuals and organisations acting on behalf of such a patient. This enabled them to assess how well the practices performed in terms of customer service and information provision. See here for the report.
See here for a presentation about the changes that the Care Act will make to people in Islington. The Act was passed in 2014 and different parts come into force in April 2015 and April 2016. The presentation was given by Simon Galczynski, Assistant Director for Adult Social Care and Tessa Cole, Care Act Programme Manager to a Healthwatch Steering Meeting in January 2015. See here for further information about the Act on the Council website.