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!

Join SLT for World Premiere of ‘Distance’

The Stuart Low Trust (SLT) will be taking part in post-show discussions with the cast and creatives of Distance, an urgent examination of mental illness making its world premiere at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, this month.

The discussions will include SLT’s Chief Executive and trustees and will take place after the play’s performances on the evenings of Monday 10th and Tuesday 18th September.

Park Theatre is offering a reduced ticket price of £10 (standard price £18) for all performances of Distance to the Stuart Low Trust community. Just quote the promo code ‘STUARTLOW’ when booking online or in person.

Hannah Kalmanowitz, SLT’s Chief Executive, said:

We are thrilled to be involved in this important production, the themes of which resonate strongly with the Stuart Low Trust’s work with some of the most vulnerable people in the area.

Islington has an above average suicide rate, particularly in young men aged 20 to 40, and has the highest levels of severe mental ill health and depression in London. Social isolation or loneliness is a major factor in this. SLT combats this by providing environments which provide a sense of belonging and community and build confidence and social skills.

Distance runs Mondays to Saturdays from 5th September (previews 5th and 6th September, press night 7th September) to 29th September inclusive. Evening performances commence at 7.45pm (press night 7.00pm). Matinees on Saturdays and Thursdays, commencing 3.15pm.

The matinee on Saturday 22nd September will be a relaxed performance, designed to welcome people who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorder or a learning disability. Tickets for the relaxed performance are £10. Essential companion goes free.


Stuart Low Trust (SLT) was set up in response to a young man who killed himself as he could not find the support he needed to help him cope with his schizophrenia.

SLT is a lifeline for hundreds of vulnerable, socially isolated people, experiencing suicidal thoughts, in poverty and living with mental ill health. We offer safe, inclusive, cohesive, non-judgemental activities, with a core aim of bringing people together and offering companionship. Attendees come from all over London.

Our activities provide a sense of community and mostly happen in evenings and weekends, when people may be at their lowest ebb, with few alternatives. Our Friday evening’s offer nutritious food, entertainment or an interesting talk. We offer Saturday workshops, Philosophy, Choir, Garden Club, Art and outings. One attendee wrote: “Being here has liberated my life”

Attendees can volunteer, with training and support, so they feel valued.

Want to join or support us?

Thanks to our “big family” of volunteers!

Above, L-R: Anjna Khurana, Labour councillor for Tollington and former SLT volunteer; Robert Stuart, Development Officer; Ahmed Qazi, Volunteer Co-ordinator; Hannah Kalmanowitz, Chief Executive; Robin King, Trustee, and John Thompson, Chair of Trustees.

Staff and trustees expressed their gratitude to a record roster of over 60 volunteers at the Stuart Low Trust’s Annual Celebration and Outstanding Volunteer Awards at Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre, Islington on Friday 6 July.

Mouth-watering canapés were provided by Angel Deli, Chapel Market. Following speeches by SLT’s new Chair of Trustees, John Thompson, and Labour councillor for Tollington  – and former SLT volunteer – Anjna Khurana, SLT Trustees distributed Outstanding Volunteer certificates.

The formalities were followed by exuberant entertainment from ukulele group Katie’s Jumping Fleas – themselves recipients of a volunteer award by dint of their previous performances for SLT during the year.

“The event went brilliantly,” said SLT Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz. “It was a chance for all of our Trustees to thank our entire team of volunteers. We’re all part of a team here and we feel part of a big family.”

As well as our flagship Friday Evening Event, SLT’s regular activities include: Saturday Project workshops, featuring gentle exercise, mindfulness, relaxation and social skills; a choir; art workshops; a philosophy discussion forum; a gardening project, and regular outings.

With a part-time staff of just three we are reliant on our volunteers to assist at, or in some cases run, our events, which in total cater to around 200 participants each month.

“We have a lot of activities going on all the time,” Hannah added. “Particularly on evenings and at weekends. We’d like to be able to do even more. With a growing demand for volunteers, a lot of participants successfully become volunteers after the relevant training and support.”

Find out how to become a Stuart Low Trust volunteer here.

SLT's Chair of Trustees John Thompson hosts SLT's Annual Celebration for the first time.
SLT’s Chair of Trustees John Thompson hosts SLT’s Annual Celebration for the first time.
Labour councillor for Tollington and former SLT volunteer Anjna Khurana pays tribute to SLT.
Labour councillor for Tollington and former SLT volunteer Anjna Khurana pays tribute to SLT.
Exuberant entertainment was provided by amazing ukulele band Katie's Jumping Fleas!
Exuberant entertainment was provided by amazing ukulele band Katie’s Jumping Fleas!

Team spirit survives sun and separation!

In spite of transport travails for some, our determined team of Stuart Low Trust stalwarts was undeterred in the sweltering 30° heat of Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k.

Leading the pack was Alexandros Papathanasiou, who went the distance in under 55 minutes, followed by teammates Julianna Adamkiewicz, Jennifer Bernal and Joannis Frangoullides.

Nooria Mangal, Jennifer’s colleague from the Perea Clinic, Islington, was unable to join the rest of the gang in the East End due to train disruption – but, determined not to let the side down, seized the initiative and ran two circuits of the weekly local 5k in Cassiobury Park, Watford.

“The run officials thought I was one of the last to finish – I was too hot to explain that I was on my second lap!” said Nooria, who looks forward to taking part in SLT’s next sponsored event, the Big Fun Run in Victoria Park on 28th October.

The great news is that the team is over 70% of the way to its fundraising target of £750 – please help them reach it by donating online here or by sending a cheque made payable to the Stuart Low Trust to us at Office 3, Claremont, 24-27 White Lion Street, Islington N1 9PD.

All funds raised will be used to continue our highly popular Saturday Project programme.

Alex is the first SLT team member to cross the finish line!
Jennifer stays the course!
A pre-race Nooria, spreading the SLT message in Watford, kept in touch with the team via social media
Roll of honour (L-R): Alexandros Papathanasiou, Jennifer Bernal, Julianna Adamkiewicz and Joannis Frangoullides.

Gourmates mix it up for SLT!

A team from Macquarie Group investment bank are supporting the Stuart Low Trust with their baking skills.

The Gourmates team at Macquarie, headed by HR Manager Debra Hutchinson, will be raising funds for SLT with bake sales for over the next year.

Each bake sale has a different theme, the most recent being  ‘picnic’ which included delicious savouries as well as outstanding cake baking.

“We appreciate and value Gourmates extremely kind efforts to raise funds for SLT and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Gourmates team, especially Debra Hutchinson” said Stuart Low Trust Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz .

Above, L-R: The Gourmates team of Debra Hutchinson, Janet Hill, Catherine Ottway, Charlotte Challenger, Lucy Derbyshire, Liisa O’Neill and Ioanna Paraskeva, plus SLT Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz. Seated: SLT participant Frances Whitehouse.

Below: Some of the Gourmates team’s irresistible cakes and savouries.

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Join our 10k Team

Join the Stuart Low Trust team in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Summer 10k on Saturday 7 July 2018!

Come and take part in this timed 10k and help raise funds for the Stuart Low Trust!

Not a runner? No problem! Whatever your age, ability or fitness level we’d love to have you on our team!

We’ll take care of your entry fee and provide you with an SLT t-shirt. In return we’re asking each team member to attempt to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship. All funds 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 

To help us reach our £1,500 target visit our team sponsorship page.

Kat makes top half in her first half marathon!

Congratulations to our amazing trustee Kat Millward who has completed her first half marathon in a very respectable time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 49 seconds – easily beating the female average of around 2 hours, 19 minutes! Help Kat reach her fundraising target here!

SLT April Fools’ Day 10k!

The Stuart Low Trust team is out of the paddock once more!

Some old faces and – we hope! – some new will be running or/and walking this early morning 10k in Regent’s Park on April Fools’ Day.

Please support us by donating here!

If you’d like to join our team and can commit to raising a minimum of £150 in sponsorship please get in touch with Robert Stuart on 020 7713 9304, email  Image above is our 5k team in the Big Fun Run in Victoria Park last October (L-R Kate Giblin, Jo Frangoullides and Virginia Low).

Join the Stuart Low Trust Fun Run Team!

Join the Stuart Low Trust team in The Regent’s Park 10k on Sunday April 1st 2018 at 9.30am.

Come and take part in this timed 10k and help raise funds for the Stuart Low Trust!

Not a runner? No problem! Whatever your age, ability or fitness level we’d love to have you on our team!

We’ll take care of your entry fee and provide you with a smart SLT t-shirt. There’ll be goody bags and finishers medals on the day, plus we’ll be there to cheer you on! In return we’re asking each entrant to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship.

For more information contact Robert Stuart on 020 7713 9304 or email 

Stuart Low Trust first Islington charity to be awarded Healthy Workplace Charter

The Stuart Low Trust has become the first Islington charity to be accredited with the prestigious Healthy Workplace Charter award.

The charter, which is backed by the Mayor of London, demonstrates that an organisation is focused on health and wellbeing and is devoted to its volunteers and staff by making its workplace healthier and happier.

Being recognised with this award enriches our work with volunteers, many of whom are isolated Islington residents. The award demonstrates SLT’s extra support for volunteers, not only when they volunteer but also in their personal lives – Hannah Kalmanowitz, Chief Executive, Stuart Low Trust

The accolade was announced at our fundraising Afternoon Tea on Thursday 30 November by Polly Kwok, Assistant Public Health Strategist with Islington Council.

Joining Polly in paying tribute to SLT were Steven Suggate-Francis, Funding Officer with Islington Council, and Islington’s Mayor, Una O’Halloran.

SLT’s third annual Afternoon Tea, held in the Old Hall at Claremont on White Lion Street, N1, was as bustling as ever. Stalls staffed by a team of SLT volunteers sold bric-a-brac, books and gifts as well as mouth-watering cup cakes generously donated by Hummingbird Bakery.

Read the Islington Tribune’s coverage of our award here.

(L-R) Mayor of Islington Una O’Halloran; Steven Suggate-Francis, Funding Officer, Islington Council; Polly Kwok, Assistant Public Health Strategist, Islington Council.
A spontaneous tribute by regular SLT participant Chloe Manzi.
SLT’s Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz responds to the tributes paid by guests at our Afternoon Tea on Thursday.
Hannah, the Mayor and SLT participants
By achieving The London Healthy Workplace Charter standards, the Stuart Low Trust has consolidated its reputation as a leading London employer.





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