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.
An indomitable charity worker and two outstanding headteachers with over a century of public service between them make up Islington's awards for Honoury Freepersons of the Borough 2013.It is the first time since the all-conquering Arsenal Ladies Football Team was awarded the prestigious title in 2007 that the honour has gone to an all-female line-up.
Jean Willson, OBE is the Chair of Centre 404, N7, whose disabled daughter Victoria inspired her 20 year campaign for a stronger voice for carers in Islington. As a result, the centre has built vital services enabling Islington children and adults with a learning disability and their carers access to community activities and support.
A former 'Woman of The Year' winner in 2010, Jean was awarded a Queen's Birthday Honour in 2011.Mary Gibson, MBE is headteacher of Yerbury Primary School in Holloway, N19, and credited with her school's consecutive 'Outstanding' Ofsted reports. Described in 2011 as "the rock at the heart of the Islington school system", Mary has taught in Islington uninterupted for over 40 years, even returning to work following a serious car accident with her husband during the summer of 2011. Mary was awarded her MBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours.Truda White is the ex-headteacher of 1,000 strong Highbury Grove Secondary School, N5, who "knew every child's name". Over nearly twelve years, Truda managed the transformation of the school from under-performing to 'Outstanding', while inspiring pupils to aim for the top positions in society. In keeping with its stellar performance, the school's Latin motto is 'Per ardua ad astra' - translated as 'through struggle to the stars'.
The Refugee Integration Strategy was produced to enable the Council and its key strategic partners, such as the Police and the Primary Care Trust, to take a co-ordinated and strategic approach to the integration of refugees in Islington and the better planning of relevant services.
The Strategy aims to set the strategic framework for refugee integration in Islington, and is supported by Refugee Action Plans across all the key areas of refugee integration.
The Refugee Strategic Planning Board (RSPB) has overseen the production of this strategy and now, along with the Action Plan Focus Groups, will oversee the progress of the actions outlined with the Strategy.
The Refugee Integration Strategy recognises the valuable work carried out by the voluntary and community sector in supporting the integration of refugees in Islington. The action plans also demonstrate the evidence of private sector contributions to refugee integration especially in the employment, education, health and housing sectors.
This guide provides phone numbers and web addresses for the Council's most essential services. Copies have been delivered free with the Council Tax bill but if you missed it you can download a copy here or pick up a copy from your local library, leisure centre, children’s centre or the contact centre at 222 Upper Street, N1 2UD.
This document describes a strategy for achieving a vision for parenting support in Islington. It sets out a common vision and what will be arranged to ensure that positive family life and parenting are supported. A summary document can be accessed here.
The Valuation Office Agency has released updates and an expansion on the council tax band and property attribute release last published on 1 September 2011. New tables have been added to this release which provide information pertaining to the period in which properties were built. See the link here.
The first set of tables show for each property type in each geographic area the number of those properties assigned to each council tax band.
The second set of tables provides a breakdown of the dwelling stock down to a lower geographic level – Lower layer Super Output Area or ‘LSOA’, categorised by the 18 property types.
The third set of tables shows for each property build period in each geographic area the number of those properties assigned to each council tax band.
The fourth set of tables provides a breakdown of the dwelling stock down to a lower geographic level – Lower layer Super Output Area or ‘LSOA’, categorised by the property build period.
The counts are calculated from domestic property data for England and Wales extracted from the Valuation Office Agency’s administrative database on 1 August 2012. Data on property types and number of bedrooms has been used to form 18 property categories by which to view the data. Data on build period has been used to create 12 property build period categories. Counts in the tables are rounded to the nearest 10.
Islington is now part of the CitySafe Havens campaign which offers young people a place to go, a Safe Haven, when they are feeling threatened. The CitySafe Havens are local businesses or organisations with especially trained staff who can help young people when they are in a difficult situation. CitySafe Havens is a part of City Safe that was designed and created by young people to tackle the issue of knife crime on the streets of London. It is a way for young people to work together with shopkeepers, the police and local authorities to reclaim the streets and to reconnect and build relationships across the community.Through the CitySafe campaign young people and adults work together to:
Encourage local businesses and organisations to offer their premises as CitySafe Havens and pledge to report 100% of crime
Build stronger relationships with their peers, the police and neighbourhood organisations, strengthening their CitySafe Zone
Organise events that facilitate dialogue between police and young people, led by CitySafe Champions.
A Safe Haven is a public place where young people can seek refuge in a difficult situation. Safe Havens sign a charter committing them to:
Pledge to report 100% of crime to the Police
Offer their premises as a safe haven for any young person in danger
Maintain a relationship with neighbours, police and the local community
Encourage their staff to attend CitySafe training
Refuse to sell alcohol, knives or other dangerous items to underage or drunk customers.
Islington Town Hall and the council building in Newington Barrow Way are council buildings that are part of the scheme.
CitySafe Havens' buildings display the poster shown in the top right hand corner of this page. The campaign in Islington is dedicated to Martin Dinnegan who was tragically murdered in 2007.If your organisation would like to become a CitySafe Haven please email Promise Campbell at Promise.Campbell@cof.org.uk
On 1 April 2013, the government abolished Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans (living expenses) previously administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. The council has been given reduced funding to administer some form of local welfare provision. Islington Council in partnership with Cripplegate Foundation has set up a new Resident Support Scheme to offer assistance to residents facing exceptional difficulty.
Islington Resident Support Scheme will offer temporary support to vulnerable and at risk residents facing severe difficulties as a result of government cuts to welfare benefits. The support will help them to improve their situation, for example by moving into employment or moving home.
The Council is bringing together several funding streams so it can be used more effectively to help those most at risk such as helping care leavers, helping someone who has just come out of hospital, helping with housing costs for a short period of time, or helping with expenses related to employment. In some cases help can be given to those who need food and fuel in a crisis situation.
The Department for Work and Pensions will continue to administer Budgeting Loans and a new benefit alignment payment called Short Term Advances. To find out more information please visit http://www.gov.uk/.