Here To… flashback to Give Local

Thanks to some brilliant Islington residents, partner organisations and activity hosts, our Give Local event on June 1st turned out to be a vibrant celebration of living and giving local  – and the sun was shining!

With 15 different activities to choose from, attendees were Here To…

…dance with The Saturday Night Project

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…sing along with Brick City

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…reveal their #SecretSkill with our Photomatic Machine

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…make smoothies using a smoothie bike

Here To... Give Local

…watch the Mayor of Islington open Lift’s new café

Here To... Give Local…act with City Academy and North London Cares

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…meet our new Here To Wizard Natalie

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…create local postcards with Age UK

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…and much more!

We will continue to upload all our photos from this fantastic day on our Facebook page. If you have any of your own that you would like to share with us or any thoughts on how the event went, please do email them to

The Here To Team would also like to take this opportunity to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who got involved and played a part in making Give Local a success.

We very much hope to work with you all again soon!

Here To… present the Give Local line-up

We are just a few days away from Give Local, an action-packed celebration for people and organisations to find out more about Here To,  Lift and Islington Giving.

Give Local Poster

The event takes place on Saturday 1st June from 1 – 4pm at Lift in Angel, Islington.

As part of both Islington Giving Week and National Volunteers Week, Give Local is a chance to explore how you can get involved in the Islington community and see what perks and skills you can gain from doing so.

We can now reveal that the following activities will be taking place on the day:

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all.

P.S. Can’t make it? Follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtag #HereToGiveLocal and on Facebook.

Here To… Give Local – Get Involved and Use Your Free Time Better

Making a smoothie on a bike? Trying out some new dancing? Or perhaps getting crafty? There is loads going on at Lift on June 1st.

A HUGE celebration for Here To, Islington Giving and Lift with loads of fun activities to get involved in.


The event takes place on Saturday 1st June from 1 – 4pm at Lift in Angel, Islington.

As part of both Islington Giving Week and National Volunteers Week it is a chance to celebrate and find out about all the fun opportunities to get involved in the Islington community and see what perks and skills you can gain.

Islington Giving Week Logo

The day will include various performances by local dance groups and plenty of chances to tantalise your taste buds with the opening of the new Community Diner Cafe, with loads of yummy home made cakes and lunches AND the opportunity to get a voucher for a free Chipotle burrito. Mmmm, what’s not to love?!

LIFT OFF Marylebone School performing at the Big Dance Bus

The event is free for everyone and will be a chance to learn more about what Here To and Islington Giving can do to help you get more involved in your Islington Community.

Drop us a line if you have any questions or if you can’t make it check out the opportunities we have on our website.

Hope to see you there folks.

Here To… is Recruiting

Here To is looking for an amazing, inspiring, motivated person to lead this exciting new project. You will work closely with a range of organisations across Islington and have autonomy to take the project from strength to strength.
Are you a whizz with social media? Do you know a thing or two about managing volunteers? Do you enjoy organising new, fun filled events? Are you a master at communicating with everyone and anyone?If your answers to these questions is yes we can’t wait to hear from you.
You can see the full job advert here: or drop us an email to
Deadline: 15th April

Here To Photomatic Machine

Here To… be a WIZARD

We are pleased to introduce our first Wizard for Here To… Jordan Braganza! We are really excited about welcoming Jordan to the team… read on to find out more about Jordan and what he is Here To help us with. 

Hey guys, my name is Jordan and I’m a first year undergraduate at Cass Business School. I recently attended my university volunteering fair where Here To Islington caught my eye and have even more recently become a ‘Wizard’ for the project.

Jordan the Wizard

Let me just point out that long hours is not something to be worried about. I am a university student so I along with everyone else understand that you may have many other things going on, be it classes or personal. Therefore we ensure you that we will not hunt you down or pester you in any way if you are pressed for time! When you have free time and want to use it well, that is when you come to us, and do something real.

If you are interested in meeting new people from the area, or building your CV, or finding new ways to meet your personal goals, then Here To Islington is the place to be right now. We are all new here as Here To has just commenced so every new-comer will fit in perfectly. It has been proven that 73% of employers would hire someone who has done volunteer work to someone who has not. This is a great reason to join us – it is a win-win situation. In addition, you would be using your time productively and having fun whilst doing so.

I mentioned earlier that I have become a Wizard – this is a name for a member who has a specific role at Here To. For example, I am responsible for social networking (Facebook, Twitter…). However, there are numerous other roles to be filled i.e. photography, organising events. For further information on the specifics, please contact us to find out more or read a bit more here. These roles can be seen as endless – as in they can pretty much match any quality that you have, for example if you are talented in IT, public speaking or just communicating all-round, we have a place for you here.

We are also in the process of organising a ‘hack-day’, where we are trying and have attracted several web designers to design/rebrand a website (among other things) for local charities and community groups in a matter of hours. This would be a great chance for you techies to meet some people a lot like yourselves and to have a great time.

Look out for more information on our Twitter or Facebook and start getting excited for our big launch event on January 26th!


Here To… share the brilliance of student volunteers

It is week two of London Student Volunteering Fortnight, two weeks of volunteer events which take place across the city for students from many London universities. Throughout the fortnight students will be helping local communities, whilst also bonding with fellow students they wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet. Events have ranged from tidying up Islington Arts Factory to rhododendron clearing in Kingston. London Student Volunteering Fortnight has been running since 2008 and is growing year on year.

Here To… recruit student volunteers from City University

We think student volunteers are brilliant, with their varied skills, often large amounts of free time and enthusiasm for supporting the communities they are living in. We don’t want to miss out on all these amazing secret skills and motivations so are looking forward to helping more students around Islington get involved in improving our borough.

London Student Volunteering Fortnight

We were recently at the City University Volunteering Fair where we had over 50 students sign up to Here To. We were promoting a selection of volunteering roles, including support for events at Platform and Lift Youth Hubs and The Sobell Leisure Centre and Gurus for Here To!

You can find out more information about the different roles by clicking on the links above, we are always looking new people to help out, so see if the skills or motivations match yours and get in touch to sign up.

We already have our first Guru signed up from City University, who will soon be writing a blog about how he will be supporting Here To and charities and community groups across Islington.

If you are a student and want to get involved please do get in touch.


Here To… find secret skills on Cally Road

The Here To photomatic machine was out again at The Cally Festival and succeeded in finding lots more secret skills (and some not so secret) of residents across Islington.

A street festival organised completely by volunteers, what better place to meet new budding residents interested in sharing their secret skills with us to see just how we can all use our skills better to support the Islington community.

Top footballers and a dad with some brilliant fundraising skills – Family Cole HERE TO help :)

We met a range of people, with a range of different skills, from kids with masterful football and dance skills, to the infamous Dave Elvis and a policeman who alongside his full time job supporting our community had skills in swimming and football.

Dave Elvis – HERE TO be the best Elvis on the Cally Road

Cally Road Policeman … HERE TO help the local community inside and outside his job.

Massive thanks to the lovely Anya and all the magnificent volunteers involved, for organising such a brilliant street festival. We had a fab day and hope you did too.

Anya – HERE TO organise brilliant street festivals for the whole community

We took lots more photos of people showing us their secret skills so take a look at them on our Flickr page and see if you can spot yourself.

Here To Islington is officially launching in January 2013 and we are currently beavering away on making sure it is the best it can possibly be. Drop us an email at if you want to learn more about what we are up to at the moment or want to get involved in our user testing group.

See you on a street in Islington soon :)


Want to be an Islington Maker?

As I write I am watching the Closing Ceremony for London 2012, as we celebrate the amazing achievements of the Games Makers of London 2012!

So the athletes and all their coaches were pretty great too, but if it hadn’t been for the 70,000 Games Makers who gave up at least two weeks of their time to help run the London 2012 Olympic Games, to meet and great people from around the world and support the athletes, we wouldn’t have had an Olympics at all.

Wenlock and Games Makers (Crown Copyright –

To all those who have gave up their time at London 2012 we salute you and thank you for making us so proud to be British!

We want to help continue the amazing atmosphere that has been in London over the last couple of weeks with your help! The Here To team are preparing to get out on the town again and to gather more of your ideas for how you would like to get involved in the Islington community and we would love your support in spreading the word. We will be having stands at different festivals across the borough:

  • Angel  Canal Festival (Graham Street, off City Road, N1) – 2nd September, 11- around 3pm
  • Gillespie Park Festival  (near Arsenal tube station) – Sunday 9th September, 1-5pm
  • Cally Festival (Caledonian Road) –  Sunday 16th September, 12 – 6pm

The Here To Photomatic Machine being built by Tom

We will be taking our fantastic new photomatic profiling machine (above) to events throughout Islington, meeting residents and organisations to find out what you’re favourite thing to do is and how you can use this interest to improve the Islington community. We will also be doing some on the spot volunteering, from planting to painting for local areas and organisations in Islington.

  • Do you want to be part of something new and exciting?
  • Do you want to try out your camera skills in our photomatic machine?
  • Or perhaps you want to hang out with fellow residents and friends (or even members of our team- who wouldn’t?)?

Whatever your motivations we would love you to be involved with Here To and spreading the word across Islington. Let us know what would inspire you to help out at our stalls and we’ll see if we can provide it.

We are looking for people to help out on our stand at the festivals above, whether it is for one hour or the whole day then please get in touch.

Email: to get involved.

Here To… Get Things Started

On the 17th July the Here To team brought together a group of organisations and residents in several workshops to start gathering their ideas and thoughts on how we can make Here To the most beneficial to residents and organisations in Islington.

We hope to increase involvement in both local resident community projects and larger scale charity projects and volunteering roles.


Here To… share ideas

The representatives from a range of national charities, small community groups, council members and residents in Islington came together to discuss what we can do to improve engagement with the Islington community. Lots of ideas, dreams and wishes were put up on post its and discussed around the group.

Here To… find your dream land

It was brilliant to see many positive people interested in getting involved and support the new Islington project.

Here are a few of the things that we learnt from the workshops:

  • Organisations are keen to work together and share resources to provide more benefits and ‘thank you’s to their volunteers, similar to Orange Rockcorps ‘Give, Get Given’ method.
  • There are plenty of people willing to get involved, but organisations say there is often an unmet need for the right skills and commitment levels for the roles.
  • Word of mouth and personal networks is an extremely powerful mobilising tool – mentioned by both volunteers and organisations.
  • Residents are keen to find specific roles at specific times that are in line with their skills, ambitions and passions.
  • There is the need to break down volunteering opportunities in to smaller chunks or tasks, and to highlight what is in the opportunity for the helper, beyond “doing good”.

There were loads of tips picked up from those who came along and discussions that took place and we will be taking everything on board in the development of our amazing new site.

In the mean time we would love to get as many whizz bang ideas and creative thoughts as possible so please let us know if you agree with our key learnings above and any new things you would like to add.

Please add your comments below or email