Did you know?
Islington is ranked in the bottom 10% of deprived areas in England.
Well, I certainly had no idea.
As you walk around Angel and down Camden passage (in particular) it oozes wealth, with luxury boutiques, cafes and restaurants.
The Community is buzzing, it’s clean and there are rows of Georgian and Victorian houses, one could only dream off.
Coming from a completely naive perspective and a place that I certainly I am ashamed of, as I go about my normal, middle classed life I am sometimes unaware of the sheer amount of poverty that surrounds us.
With Christmas coming I want to raise awareness and shout out about some amazing work being done in Islington to change this.
When I rocked up to work this morning and looked at the huge poster sights on Upper Street staring at me, there was a poster for Islington Giving a charity close to The BDC’s hearts. Islington Giving is an independent group of funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations working together to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington.
The Cripplegate foundation is a massive part of this and the aim is to create a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a rewarding and fulfilled life free from poverty and inequality. Their mission is to bring about change that will transform the lives of Islington’s most disadvantaged residents. I just saw a tweet from one of our members- Briffa and they have just donated to Islington Giving- Support your neighbours and amazing things can happen.
I can’t mention all the amazing charities but as discussing this subject with my colleague, she mentioned the London Met and there Christmas campaign. Log on, buy a present for a child in poverty at Christmas and I can assure you that will be the best gift you buy.
Something so small to us could be something so big for someone else.
Whilst writing this and being deep in thought about ways in which we could raise awareness one of our members asked me to print something. It was her secret Santa for her team mate and probably one of the most heartfelt gifts.
It was a donation to ‘Choose Love’ which donates a meal to a refugee.
It made me realise — If more of us stopped for a moment and didn’t get so caught up in the excitement of Christmas (all the time), we may not take over the world but maybe make some bit of difference.
Just something to think about.
To help me keep spreading the love get in touch Katiep(at)bdc.london