Volunteer Yvette Dalmeda and Volunteer Co-ordinator Ahmed Qazi

SLT Cruises to Record Profit at Angel Canal Festival

A trove of bric-a-brac, bibelots and objets d’art helped the Stuart Low Trust cruise to a record profit at our stall at the Angel Canal Festival on Sunday 3 September.

Our volunteer team handed out flyers and chatted about SLT’s work to visitors to the annual one-day festival, which is held around Islington’s City Road Lock and boasts an array of colourful attractions and events.

“There was a great spirit amongst the team” said SLT’s Volunteer Co-ordinator Ahmed Qazi. “We raised almost £250 which is really fantastic and up on last year’s total”.

Our grateful thanks to all those who donated items for sale at our stall.  

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Stuart Low Trust’s Easy-Going BIG FUN RUN 11am, Sunday 29th October, Victoria Park

Why not join SLT for its first ever team fundraising event?

Not a runner? Not a problem! Whatever your age, ability or fitness level you’re invited –  along with your children, family members or neighbours – to take part in this fun 5k run – or walk – and raise sponsorship for the Stuart Low Trust!

You won’t be timed or pressured in any way – just a great day with lots of laughs in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park.

What’s in it for you? How about a smart SLT t-shirt to run in and a colourful Finishers Medal on the day – with the option of a bespoke, engraved insert to follow in the post !!    

SLT will take care of your entry fee – we just ask you to pledge to raise a minimum of £175 in sponsorship.

To help you achieve this we’ve set up a Virgin Money Giving team page for you to circulate to your contacts by email or via social media. We’ll also supply paper sponsorship forms for those who’d like to fundraise the traditional way!

Plus we’ll be there on the day to cheer you on and look after you! 

To join the SLT team just contact Robert Stuart on 020 7713 9304 email robert@slt.org.uk reply with the full names and ages of all those wishing to take part by noon on Tuesday 12 September!

We look forward to seeing you in October!!! 

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Gareth Foreman Virginia and Patsy

SLT Annual Celebration Marked by Laughter and Tears

Above, L-R: Gareth Foreman, Virginia Low, SLT participant Patsy Keane

It was a momentous Friday evening on 21 July when Stuart Low Trust founder member Virginia Low chaired her final AGM as part of our Annual Celebration and Volunteer Awards at St Mary’s Community Centre, Islington. Predictably – for everyone except Virginia, it seemed! – a few tears flowed, especially following a heartfelt tribute from long time SLT participant Joyce Dutch.

Any sadness soon turned to laughter thanks to the sleight of hand and ready wit of magician and psychological entertainer Gareth Foreman, this year’s Guest of Honour.

Virginia will remain as SLT’s Chair of Trustees until September and after retiring from the post will continue to be a familiar face at Friday Evening Events and to participate in the SLT Choir.

Our Annual Celebration and Volunteer Awards is an opportunity to acknowledge the crucial role of our amazing roster of volunteers, without whom we would be unable to run any of our events.

This year we set a record with 96 certificates awarded to Outstanding Volunteers across all our projects – including our Friday Evening Events, Choir, Gardening Project, Philosophy Forum, outings and more – plus two for our brilliant corporate partners the British Medical Journal and the Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Team, each of whose staff have gone above and beyond to support us in a whole host of areas, not least fundraising!

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L-R: Friday Evening Event kitchen volunteers (and staff where noted): Peter, Adam, Eleanor, Cady (Friday Evening Assistant), Brian, Catherine, Ahmed (SLT Volunteer Coordinator), Louise.
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L-R: Friday evening serving volunteers Eleanor, Yvette and Adam.

Read the Islington Tribune’s coverage of our Annual celebration here.  

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Community Resourcing Programme

Many of you may have seen a few new women at our events over the last several months. Maud, Pamela, Rebecca and Kate have been working with SLT as part of a programme called Community Resourcing (CoRe). The programme matches volunteers with corporate skills to charities like ours who need some support in marketing, HR, legal and other functions.

Back in May, after an initial discovery session to set out our main needs, the CoRe group started work on our key project: building a new website for SLT. The team has worked with the BMJ technical team to help refine the structure and develop the content and features for the new site.

Continue reading “Community Resourcing Programme”

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Top Prize at Islington in Bloom Awards

On the 14th of September 2016, Stuart Low Trust’s amazing Gardening Project took a top prize in the Islington in Bloom competition, a celebration of all things horticultural in Islington Borough.

This year’s message was about grassroots activism, a perfect fit for SLT’s focus on combatting isolation and depression in the local Islington community.

Robin King and Hannah Kalmanowitz were on hand to collect the award for Best Community Centre Garden, which includes a £100 gift certificate for a garden centre, which will be spent on plants for next year’s garden.

Hannah Kalmanowitz was on hand to collect the award for Best Community Centre Garden.

We couldn’t be more pleased about the Gardening Project winning this award. Robin, Jane and the rest of the group do a fantastic job looking after our beautiful garden and this recognition is well deserved. – Hannah

If you’d like to join in looking after this award winning spot, please contact us.