Author Archives: Isabelle Gerretsen

New enterprise BuddyHub tackles loneliness among older Islington residents

Since caring for her mother’s early-onset dementia when she was just a teenager, Catherine McClen has been acutely aware of the isolation of older people.   “I saw how that can be a very isolating condition. It left a huge impression on me,” the Islington resident said.   Now Catherine wants to prevent social isolation

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Crossrail will make Farringdon one of London’s “best-connected economic hubs”, business leaders say

Crossrail is set to turn Farringdon into one of the capital’s best-connected economic hubs, business leaders say. One hundred local businesses, including Alexander McQueen and Kurt Geiger, are currently voting on a proposal for the Farringdon and Clerkenwell area to become a Business Improvement District (BID). If the majority vote ‘yes’, a mandatory levy will

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A daring race around the world recreated

A Canonbury writer raised over £1,000 for charity by following in the footsteps of investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Last year, Rosemary Brown set out on a 32-day expedition recreating the Victorian reporter’s record race around the world in 1889, and raised £1,050 for Unicef from sponsorship. She has released a book on her travel diary in

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HIV activist makes it to the Rainbow List

The HIV activist and board member of an LGBT housing charity in Canonbury has been nominated on The Independent’s Rainbow List – a compilation of the 101 most influential lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Britain. Bisi Alimi was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 but was unable to access treatment in Nigeria. When he

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Awful Tinder date has bizarre twist

Canonbury dating blogger Lauren Crouch never anticipated the impact one bad Tinder date would have. Her blog received 500,000 hits after she revealed how a man she met off Tinder asked for a refund for a £3.50 coffee when she declined a second date. “It was bizarre,” she told Islington Now, “I was suddenly receiving

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Transgender politician becomes Islington’s Mental Health Champion

A transgender UK politician, Islington Labour Councillor Osh Gantly, became the borough’s first dedicated Mental Health Champion at a full Islington Council meeting on Thursday 15 October. Cllr Gantly plans to investigate why Islington has the worst mental health record in Britain, with the country’s highest diagnosed prevalence of serious mental illness and the capital’s highest number

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