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SLT Coffee Morning introduces Befriending Service

Above – Islington Mayor Dave Poyser with, from left: Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT Chief Executive; Faye Ienco and Lauren Harrington from Macquarie Investment Bank; Friday Evening Event volunteer Julia Howe; Beth Wilkes from British Medical Journal; Frances Whitehouse, SLT Participant Ambassador; Alan Thomas of BMJ; and SLT Volunteer Co-Ordinator Ahmed Qazi.

SLT’s annual Coffee Morning was another bustling affair, attracting dozens of Christmas bargain hunters and raising almost £700.

It was also the occasion to introduce SLT’s new Befriending Service, which will match isolated, vulnerable people with volunteers who can visit them or accompany them to activities.

“It will be about getting people out and avoiding social isolation” said Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT’s  Chief Executive. “We feel our other services are now well established and we want to grow and do something new and worthwhile”.

The Befriending Project will be launched in 2019.

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Flash vs. Godzilla – and the winner is SLT!

No, it’s not the latest superhero face-off – just good-natured team rivalry at Sunday’s Big Fun Run in Victoria Park!

You’d be forgiven for expecting Kate Giblin, dressed as super-speed superhero The Flash, to have streaked ahead of her fellow Stuart Low Trust trustee Kat Millward – encumbered by an inflatable dinosaur outfit – in the annual 5k event.

But in fact it was our Kat-osaurus who was the first of the five strong SLT team to cross the finish line – possibly the fact that her costume failed to inflate on the day gave her a competitive edge!

“I was disappointed as a seven foot Tyrannosaurus Rex is much more impressive than a saggy dinosaur with a human head!” Kat said. “The bonus was that it was much easier to run in that way! The run itself was great – I got to chase some children, make spectators laugh and chat to some lovely people about why the Stuart Low Trust is so wonderful. It was tricky to make sure my tail didn’t get trodden on at the start though!”

Of her costumed capers Kate said: “I had the most fun in that Flash costume. It was ridiculous – and not at all becoming – but all the little kids on the course kept running past me and then saying ‘I beat the Flash! In the end, the rain stayed away and though we all ran at different paces we finished with smiles on our faces – and we raised more than £1,300 for SLT!”

Our grateful thanks to our other super-heroic team members Rita Fernandez, Joannis Frangoullides and Jonathan Giblin, whose amazing efforts have boosted us to 70% of our sponsorship target.

Please help us reach – or exceed! – our £1,500 goal by making an online donation.  All funds  will be used to continue our popular Saturday Project series of gentle exercise, mindfulness, relaxation and social skills workshops.

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Pre-warm up (L-R): SLT volunteers Julia Howe and Traci Lia; SLT trustees Kat Millward and Kate Giblin; SLT team member Jonathan Giblin, and SLT Volunteer Co-ordinator Ahmed Qazi.
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(L-R): Kat and Kate cossied up, with Jonathan, Ahmed and SLT team member Rita Fernandez.
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Warm up! It’s not clear if the dinosaur head malfunction had been discovered by this point, but Kat doesn’t appear deflated – and neither does teammate Rita!
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“Flash, a-ah, saviour of the universe!”. (We may be mixing up our superheroes here).
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Joannis Frangoullides sports his Finisher’s Medal.
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Kat in rehearsals!

 

Stuart Low Trust – Fundraiser (14 hours per week)

Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a well-established, multi-award winning charity based in Islington, London. Through social activities we bring people together for better health and wellbeing. Many of our participants have a history of mental ill health, poverty and social isolation. Islington has an above average suicide rate, with the highest numbers of severe mental health and depression in London.

SLT is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated Fundraiser to join its small team. This new role is an exciting opportunity as SLT embarks on an ambitious 3 – 5 year Business Plan which will increase our output and double our income.

We seek a dynamic and motivated candidate with fantastic fundraising and creative thinking skills; who will thrive on this challenge. Successful and substantial fundraising experience with the ability to plan and work strategically are key. If you have the skills and knowledge detailed below, with a proven track record within a charity or social care setting then this could be the role for you.

SLT is offering a salary of £30,000 per annum (pro rata), flexible working, excellent holiday entitlement and a contributory occupational pension scheme. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age. 

Application Pack

Fundraiser Job Description

Fundraiser Application Form (Word download)

Equal Opportunities Form (Word download)

What is the Stuart Low Trust?

Deadline for applications: Please submit completed application and equal opportunities forms to Stuart Low Trust Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz at hannah@slt.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

Interview date: Saturday 1st December 2018

Start: January 2019

Stuart Low Trust – Operations Manager (28 hours per week)

Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a well-established, multi-award winning charity based in Islington, London. Through social activities we bring people together for better health and wellbeing. Many of our participants have a history of mental ill health, poverty and social isolation. Islington has an above average suicide rate, with the highest numbers of severe mental health and depression in London.

SLT is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and highly motivated Operations Manager to join its small team. This new role is an exciting opportunity as SLT embarks on an ambitious 3 – 5 year Business Plan. It is integral in setting up, implementing and managing new innovative services and partnership working which will increase our output and double our income.

We seek a dynamic and motivated candidate with fantastic organisational and creative thinking skills; who will thrive on this challenge. Successful and substantial management experience with the ability to turn plans into reality are key. If you have the skills and knowledge detailed below, with a proven track record within a charity or social care setting then this could be the role for you.

SLT is offering a salary of £30,000 per annum (pro rata), flexible working, excellent holiday entitlement and a contributory occupational pension scheme. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Application Pack

Operation Manager Job description

Operations Manager Application Form (Word download)

Equal Opportunities Form (Word download)

What is the Stuart Low Trust?

Deadline for applications: Please submit completed application and equal opportunities forms to Stuart Low Trust Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz at hannah@slt.org.uk by 5pm on Friday 16th November 2018.

Interview date: Saturday 24th November 2018

Start: January 2019 

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Kat Walks the Dinosaur!

Victoria Park will be transformed into Jurassic Park on Sunday thanks to SLT trustee Kat Millward!

Despite serious running credentials Kat has opted to trail the four-strong SLT team in Sunday’s Big Fun Run 5k by dressing up in a dinosaur costume – opening up the field for fellow team members Kate Giblin – who will also be running in fancy dress, details yet to be disclosed – Jonathan Giblin and Rita Fernandez.

The team is now over halfway to its £1,500 sponsorship target – help them reach it here! All funds raised will be used to continue our popular Saturday Project which features gentle exercise, mindfulness, relaxation and social skills workshops.

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Kat after completing a half marathon for SLT in 2017, in the very respectable time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 49 seconds.
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SLT Marks World Mental Health Day with BMA

The Stuart Low Trust was invited to speak at the British Medical Association for World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10th October 2018.

Following a well-received presentation by SLT’s CEO Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT’s participant ambassador Frances Whitehouse explained how Stuart Low Trust has supported her.

Frances presented a collage to BMA staff, depicting her journey from a dark and traumatic place to where she is today.

“Through SLT, I have found the confidence to speak out, when much of being in a dark place with mental health issues is feeling muted and silenced” said Frances. “I am proud that my artwork will now be put on the wall at BMA”.

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(L-R) SLT CEO Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT participant ambassador Frances Whitehouse
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Frances and the collage she made depicting her journey.
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The BMA audience listen to Hannah and Frances’ presentations.
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Run or Stroll Your 5k Goal!

Everyone is invited to join the Stuart Low Trust team for The Big Fun Run 5k in Victoria Park on Sunday October 28th 2018.

5k is a great distance for moderate runners – and for walkers, it’s really little more than a bracing stroll – honest!!

We’ll cover your entry fee, provide an SLT t-shirt and be there to cheer you on! In return we’re asking you to raise a minimum £150 in sponsorship.

All funds raised will be used to continue our popular Saturday Project series of events, which features gentle exercise,  mindfulness, relaxation and social skills workshops.

For more information contact Robert Stuart on 020 7713 9304 or email robert@slt.org.uk

YOU CAN HELP US REACH OUR £1,500 TARGET BY SPONSORING THE SLT TEAM HERE

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Another Record-Breaking Canal Festival for SLT!

A sunny early autumn afternoon was the perfect backdrop to another record-breaking day for the Stuart Low Trust at the Angel Canal Festival on Sunday 2 September.

Sales of jewellery, books, CDs and other bric-a-brac at our stall raised £295.45 – beating last year’s takings by almost £50!

“All in all it was a great day to showcase what SLT is about” said Ahmed Qazi, SLT’s Volunteer Co-ordinator. “We had a lovely team of volunteers who helped us to exceed our expectations – and had a fun day at the same time”.

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(L-R) Stuart Low Trust volunteers Tony Freail, Brian Devine, Cady Stone and Frances Whitehouse staff our stall and chat to passers by about SLT.
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Visitors to the Angel Canal festival peruse the wares on the SLT stall!
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