Islington Giving, are a grant-making campaign focused on tackling the issues surrounding poverty and isolation within the London Borough of Islington.
It brings together a number of partners to support the needs of the local community. Since 2014, the Foundation has awarded a total grant of £1,859.70 to support Islington Giving’s work with young people.
Global Generation is one of their delivery partners for the young people programme. They are a charity using land-based activities to support building ‘community’ between each other and the natural world. The current project is the Friday Night Out Project for local young people.
Friday Night Out is a partnership project, funded by Islington Giving, Argent and the Arsenal Foundation. It was set up to provide children and young people in the local area the opportunity to play sports on the King’s Cross pitch coached by Arsenal in the Community, and then, on a fortnightly basis, to learn cooking and healthy eating skills with Sadhbh and Rachel at the Skip Garden. By doing so, Friday Night Out supports children and young people to develop healthier attitudes to food and exercise, enabling them to build their skills as well as their confidence and sense of ownership for the decisions they make, particularly about the foods they choose to eat and the activities they participate in.
Assia, 11, explains that Friday Night Out “doesn’t just help you in terms of food, it helps you talk to people, be more confident, show things, share things, be more fit and get active. When people try to be healthy, they do the fitness, but they don’t do the food. Here we do the fitness and the food.”