Here To… Meet the Mayor

On Sunday we passed a historic milestone for Here To, we managed to push the total number of people profiled by our Photomatic to a massive 104! But how on earth did we manage this, I hear you cry! Well, we went to the lovely Gillespie Park Festival – where we met over 60 lovely Islington people who were all keen to share what they really enjoy doing.

This was the second outing for our fully automated Photomatic Profiling Machine, after the Angel Canal Festival last week. The Photomatic’s inventor Tom, put in a star appearance at Gillespie Park this week, and showed us how to put the machine in to full profiling mode (and which way round the bendy tube at the top goes).

We profiled all sorts of skills, from dog dancing all the way through to playing the banjolele (apparently it’s a cross between a banjo and ukulele). And to top it all off we even bumped into the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Jilani Chowdhury; Youth Councillor, Elliot Colley; Jeremy Corbyn, the MP for Islington North and plenty of councillors – all of whom had nothing but good things to say about Here To, and were more than happy to show off their skills in the photo booth.

Mayor Jilani Chowdhury is Here To Work with the People

Youth Councillor Elliot Colley is Here To Represent Young People

Jeremy Corbyn MP is Here To Listen

We also took the opportunity to spend some time with the other stall holders and talk to them about how Here To can help the fantastic work which they’re already doing. Armed with homemade cookies and a clipboard, we set off around the stalls to meet some new friends and find out how Here To could be of use to them in finding people to help on their projects. We had some really interesting conversations, not least with the unpaid organisers of the festival, who, I think you’ll agree, did a fantastic job of organising the day.

We can’t wait to help more people get involved with great stuff like this already happening happening in Islington.

You can see all the Photomatic’s photos in this Flickr set – and if you still haven’t managed to have a go, we’ll be at the Cally Festival, on Caledonian Road, next Sunday – come and say hi! And of course, don’t forget that we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – so do say hello there too.