Here To… find secret skills at Festival for All

The final stop on our summer tour of Islington saw the Here To Beach Hut set up shop at Festival for All.


This was our first time at the festival in Whittington Park, so we were very much looking forward to all the action!

There was also a slightly different emphasis at Festival for All which we really valued too: it was as much about sharing information and discussing key issues as having fun and eating yummy food.

One thing was for sure: we didn’t need to bring our own sand pit this time!


Photomatic fun!

The Here To Photomatic Machine was once again out and about getting snap happy. We met some really interesting people who told us they were Here To…




…life coach


…twang guitars(!)


…help people





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…and draw!

We also had the first ever animal share their Secret Skill with us…


…and I was Here To make and decorate my very own bird box (thanks to Islington Council’s parks team).

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Entertainment was running all day on the main stage, but we had our very own band of steel drummers to keep us company and energised.


We also saw some Pearly Kings, tried goat curry and got to hang out with other amazing organisations like Livibility, Help on Your Doorstep and the Islington Law Centre.


Here To crowdsource ideas

We learnt at Festival for All about how we can make Here To more accessible for disabled and blind people.

Elizabeth from Talking News Islington spoke of the challenges of keeping informed about what’s happening in Islington as a blind person, and how she facilitates the recording of an audio newsletter on a monthly basis.

Looking for helpers to support her in running the project, Elizabeth and I had a chat about how we could help her get an opportunity on the Here To website and we hope to meet up for a coffee to discuss the idea further soon.

We also met Mr. Simani who thought it would be great if we could make clear which opportunities on the website were suitable for disabled people. We will look into that too when we are able to embark on our second iteration of the website.

The Here To Beach Hut is now closed!


The last stop in our Islington tour, Festival for All marks the closing of our Here To Beach Hut until next summer.

You can catch up on all the action by checking in with #HereToBeachHut on Twitter, or reading our other blog posts related to each stop:

Whitecross Street Party

Angel Canal Festival

* Pop-up event as part of The Challenge

The Cally Festival

Once again, the summer has been eventful and we have enjoyed meeting all the people and organisations who have amazing Secret Skills to offer, and who are all working hard to make Islington a great borough to live in.

Thanks for all the insight and fun!

But we’re not disappearing for the winter: we’ll be out in force very soon in a different guise. Watch this space

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