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A carer is someone who provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. There are estimated to be over 13,000 carers in Islington.
Support for carers from Islington Council can be found here.
Families First is aimed at families with children aged 5-18 and is run in partnership between Islington Council and charity Family Action. In the past families may have had to speak to lots of people in different organisations. Now they will have a single contact in their local area who can offer help on a range of issues such as money worries, housing, parenting, physical or mental health and support with staying in or finding employment. Families First will especially support disadvantaged families coping with a range of difficulties, helping them to keep family life on track.
Families First is funded by Islington Council through a Community Budget. Three locally based teams in Barnsbury and Finsbury, Highbury and Hornsey and Holloway and Canonbury, draw on the resources and expertise of professionals across the borough to offer one integrated package of intervention and support.
Families First will support any families that need help and particularly those with issues such as worklessness, debt, rent arrears or homelessness, depression, drug or alcohol problems and school attendance issues.
Families First is divided into three bases:
•Barnsbury and Finsbury Families First: St Lukes Community Centre,90,Central Street, Islington, EC1V 8AJ
•Highbury and Hornsey Families First: Holland Walk Area Housing Office, 85-88 Holland Walk, Islington, London N19 4XS
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No recourse to public funds (NRPF) refers to destitute people from abroad who are subject to immigration control and have no entitlement to welfare benefits, Home Office support for asylum seekers or public housing.
All local authorities in the UK have a duty to advise people who have NRPF on their personal circumstances and to assist them in finding a solution to their destitution. In limited circumstances, councils can provide care services including accommodation and financial support.
Islington Council has developed a specialist team working with destitute people from abroad who have NRPF and are ordinarily resident in Islington. The NRPF Team works in partnership with children's social services and the community care and mental health teams in Islington. In addition, it works with the Primary Care Trust (PCT) and other outreach and specialist services. Contact can be made through these services or directly with the NRPF Team.
Islington is home to the Free Word Centre, the UK’s only dedicated literature house with an extensive programme of festivals and events. Free Word is the base for a range of extraordinary organisations involved in promoting and developing literature, literacy and free expression.