Here To… share #5in5 – issue 1

Here at Here To Islington, we’re big fans of Twitter and we have been regularly sharing 5 opportunities in 5 minutes with our followers using the #5in5 hashtag. Sometimes this even happens at 5pm too!

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Why? Because it takes as little as 5 minutes for someone to sign up to an opportunity that will help them to use their free time better through our website

We also encourage organisations to think of bite-sized ways people can help out straight away, so we’re keen to take that approach to our communications too.

But we don’t want our Facebook-ers and our blog readers to miss out on all this action, so this will be the first of many #5in5 recap blogs to get the hot opportunities straight to you!

Just click on the tweets below to be taken to the relevant opportunity on the Here To website to find out more.

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Want the action as it happens? Follow us on Twitter too.


Here To meet new people at Whitecross Street Party!

We kicked off our Here To Beach Hut tour with a bang last weekend at the Whitecross Street Party. Our first year there, the self-titled ‘rise of the non conformists’ did not disappoint.

In true street party style, there was drumming…


…live graffiti art


…installation art

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…and every kind of cuisine you could wish for!

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The Here To Beach Hut saw hundreds of new friends pass through its ‘doors’ throughout the day, as well as some familiar faces from the Saturday Night Project and Rowan Arts.

Here To Beach Hut

Residents were treated to lovely free Here To cloth bags in exchange for their listening skills and for stopping to find out more about what we’re Here To do in Islington.

The feedback was very positive and most of the residents we spoke to liked the idea of using their free time better through a digital platform such as ours.

The Here To Beach Hut is next scheduled to stop off at The Angel Canal Festival on 1 September, followed swiftly by The Cally Festival the week after.

We’re still on the lookout for people to join us on our summer holiday, so if you are interested in getting social and using your communication skills in a festival setting, click here to sign up!



Here To… tour Islington

The sunshine is out (for now) and we’re getting excited about the prospect of Here To being out in the fresh air in the coming months.

Last year, we had an absolute blast taking our Here To Photomatic Machine to various community events such as The Cally Festival, Angel Canal Festival and Gillespie Park Festival to find out your secret skills.


This summer, we’re Here To do more of the same, with a couple of extra pop-up events thrown into the mix as well.

We are currently busy making new Here To Photomatic Machines and gathering everything we need to bring the Here To Summer Beach Hut (oh yes!) to a street near you.

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Our planned stop-off points at the moment include:


Naturally, we are looking for creative and sociable people to join us on our summer holiday. The aim is to help spread the word around Islington about how we’re Here To help people to use their free time better.

To get involved, click here.

We will be adding to this list over the next month, so do come back to the blog to see if new dates/outings have been added. If you have any ideas or preferences around what should be in our beach hut, let us know on social media using #HereToBeachHut.

Here To… flashback to The Saturday Night Project

This weekend, the Here To team were out-and-about again in Islington!

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With the Here To Photomatic Machine in one hand and several Here To goodie bags in the other, we set up shop at The Saturday Night Project to find out what young people thought about the prospect of getting perks by giving their skills/time locally.

Here To Saturday Night Project

Here To Saturday Night Project

Here To Saturday Night Project

An exciting and action-packed event, we found a goldmine of #secretskills, met loads of new people and even cast an all-important vote!

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Are young people interested in helping out at a local organisation?

  • Not really – 7
  • Maybe – 21
  • Definitely! – 49


We also saw our some of our friends from Platform

Here To Saturday Night Project

Here To Saturday Night Project

…and super Here To Wizard Natalie was up to her usual good tricks getting new people involved!

Here To Saturday Night Project

A huge thanks to The Saturday Night Project for inviting us to the marketplace and also to all the young people who made the evening super enjoyable – it was great to hear your ideas!

Over and out.