Finding out what users of Thornhill Square would like

This message comes from Toby Taper.

Thornhill Square Users Survey:  Interviewers Wanted

Garden and railingsThe users of Thornhill Square together with Islington Council are currently preparing a bid to the Park for People Heritage Lottery Fund for making improvements to Thornhill Square.  This includes carrying out a survey of people who use the Square, with the questionnaire covering both their current usage and the improvements that they would like.

Now we need people to do the interviewing!

We hope to do the interviews in the fortnight between Saturday, 17 and Friday, 30 September, when the holiday period is over and the weather should still be reasonably good. We’d like to interview on every day of the week at various times between 7am and 7pm, depending on the number and availability of interviewers.  We would generally expect an interviewer to work for about two hours at a time, but clearly we can be flexible about this.  Each interview should take around five minutes to complete, using a tablet and a package called ‘Survey Monkey’.

At this stage, please could you provide the information asked for below if you’re willing to be an interviewer, indicating the days and times you may be available between 17 and 30 September.  

Please could you also say if you do not have a tablet to use for doing the interviewing.

And if you have any particular knowledge/experience of using Survey Monkey, would you like to help with the technical aspects of the survey?

As we’re planning to carry out some interviewer training at the beginning of September, please could you return the information by Monday 29 August.

Thank you for returning the information by Monday 29 August.

Toby Taper
tobytaper@gmail.com
020 7609 1709 or 078 8191 7172

GoodGym in Thornhill Square Gardens

Anna McKane arranged for a group of enthusiastic runners from goodgym to spread mulch around the roses in Thornhill Square Gardens. They appeared to have enjoyed both the running and the thought of helping the community, and we should be able to enjoy the outcome. There are more pictures, and more details of what they did, here.
goodgym gathering
goodgym briefing
goodgym transporting
goodgym spreading
goodgym jogging
goodgym standing

Some charities active locally

All of the organisations summarised below are charities that work locally. There are also Islington Giving (which mainly channels funds to other charities) and Barnsbury Team Ministry (which serves two other churches besides Saint Andrew’s), as well as others with local roots, such as Islington Chinese Association and Islington Bangladesh Association.
 

cyp180Copenhagen Youth Project
Start year: 2001.
Base premises: in Naish Court on Copenhagen Street (but formerly in Caledonian Road).
Catchment area: streets and estates between the Regent’s Canal and Cally Bridge.
Aims: to provide support and advice, as well as sporting and social activities to open learning, training and work opportunities and to develop skills, to young people.
Activities: football; youth clubs; workshops; trips; counselling; mentoring; youth-led enterprises.
Finances: 2014-2015 income of about £140,000, with staff costs of £105,000 (and three employees).
 

prospexProspex
Start year: 2001.
Base premises: in Parkhurst Road (but formerly in Caledonian Road).
Catchment area: streets and estates near Caledonian Road Station.
Aims: to provide support and advice, as well as learning, sporting and social activities and opportunities to develop skills and self-confidence, to young people.
Activities: car maintenance training; youth clubs; workshops; counselling; gardening; cooking; street teams.
Finances: 2014-2015 income of about £195,000, with staff costs of £120,000 (and five employees).
 

lppi180Light Project Pro International
Start year: 2004.
Base premises: in Orkney House on Caledonian Road.
Catchment area: north London (but mainly local).
Aims: to provide educational opportunities for both children and adults, especially for marginalised people such as immigrants.
Activities: courses typically in Arabic, various European languages and information technology for beginners; assisted study groups such as homework classes.
Finances: 2013-2014 income of about £35,000, with staff costs of £10,000 (and one employee).
 

sparkplugSparkplug Motorcycle Project
Start year: 2006.
Base premises: alongside Bingfield Park on Pembroke Street.
Catchment area: north London (but mainly local).
Aims: to increase employability and self-esteem among young people.
Activities: motor cycle and pedal cycle maintenance training, partly in association with Prospex; trips.
Finances: 2013-2014 income of about £120,000, with staff costs of £70,000 (and four employees).
 

ipa360Islington Play Association
Start year: 1971.
Base premises: in West Library on Bridgeman Road (and operating Crumbles Castle alongside Bingfield Park on Pembroke Street and Lumpy Hill on Market Road, as well as other playgrounds).
Catchment area: Islington.
Aims: to increase, improve, protect and operate opportunities for creative and challenging play.
Activities: adventure playgrounds; children’s centres; cooking; campaigning.
Finances: 2013-2014 income of about £1,485,000, with staff costs of £1,100,000 (and eighty employees).
 

connect300Help on your doorstep
Start year: 2009.
Base premises: in Elliott Place.
Catchment area: Islington.
Aims: to prevent and relieve poverty by connecting residents suffering from social or economic deprivation with relevant local services.
Activities: outreach; referral; community work development; welfare grant management; counselling.
Finances: 2013-2014 income of about £500,000, with staff costs of £375,000 (and eleven employees).
 

sfts140Shelter from the Storm
Start year: 2007.
Base premises: in Blundell Street (but expecting to move in 2018, because of redevelopment of the site).
Catchment area: north London.
Aims: to provide shelter, food, support and advice to people who are homeless or otherwise socially or economically disadvantaged.
Activities: beds; meals; help with permanent accommodation and employment; legal guidance; counselling.
Finances: 2014-2015 income of about £220,000, with staff costs of £60,000 (and two employees).
 

choices360Choices Islington
Start year: 2008.
Base premises: near Caledonian Road and Barnsbury Station on Caledonian Road.
Catchment area: north London.
Aims: to provide support and advice to people who have unplanned pregnancies or emotional difficulties after abortions.
Activities: counselling; courses on relationships for young people, through other agencies.
Finances: 2013-2014 income of about £130,000, with staff costs of £85,000 (and six employees).