On Wednesday 18th July the Here To Islington team took to the streets of Islington for 67 minutes to see how we could help for a few minutes on people’s doorsteps in exchange for a brief chat about our new project and what motivates Islington residents to get involved in our local community.
For Nelson Mandela Day this year they wanted to celebrate the 67 years Nelson Mandela has been spreading his beliefs in justice and freedom for all and encouraged everyone to give just 67 minutes of their time to be part of the global movement for good. A perfect way for us to spend a Wednesday lunchtime…
So Tom, Lucy and I (Jen) gathered up our bucket of helpful tools and started knocking on doors in Islington to see how we could help, handing out teabags for people to have a relaxing cup of tea as they browse our blog.
We swept a few doorsteps, trimmed a couple of trees, weeded a garden and picked up rubbish … all while chatting with the wonderful, friendly people of Islington.
There was the odd person who thought Tom was a door to door salesman, selling his bucket filled with trowels, brushes and window cleaners, however the majority of people we talked to were really willing to talk about their local community, what they already did and how they might like to get more involved.
We met a gentleman who already had a Google group for everyone on his street, another who organised cat sitting and babysitting amongst his neighbours and a young couple who regularly stopped in on their elderly neighbour to check she was ok.
It was brilliant to meet a few new friendly faces of Islington, hear about what they already do in their community and gather their ideas on how we can help the local community become more active. We hope to regularly stop by different streets in Islington over the coming months… look out we may be knocking on your door with offers of help soon.