Here To Journalist Grahame Curtis blogs about coming along to the King’s Square Garden Fun Day on 31st July 2015. He took part in one of the many speed volunteering opportunities with Here To Islington
So, in what was my first blog for Here To Islington, I happened to be in an area I first lived in upon moving to London, a flat not far from King’s Garden, also locally known as the King’s Park.
The Family Day Out was a real success and it was obvious why. There were people of all ages and whatever your age there was something for you.
Upon entering via the lush green entrance the first thing I came across was the sight of (mostly) elderly couples ballroom dancing in an outdoor area, organised by the Health And Wellbeing stall.
The park itself is kept wonderfully and is designated as a Site of Local Importance to Nature Conservation. So it was perhaps fitting that amongst the many stalls was the snake conservation and education stall. A chance for people to touch, learn about and have their photos taken with various snakes was a big draw. Perhaps, understandably not as big a draw as the bouncy castles which always had a huge line of children waiting (and I’m sure some parents dying to have a go!)
There was a great mix of entertainment (music, face painting, games etc), health conscious events (penalty shoot outs, climbing wall, martial arts) to advice on education, housing matters and mindfulness. The sun was out and a there was a fantastic atmosphere.
I arrived at the Here to Islington stall and greeted by a smiling Joanna Bevan, the Here To Community Development Officer, promoting the charity and running the garden themed Random Acts of Kindness. I asked Joanna more about the idea behind this, and she was happy to explain; ‘We are here today encouraging random acts of kindness to encourage speed of volunteering’. The idea made sense in more than one way. (let me know if this makes sense / anything to add)
The Mayor of Islington, Richard Greening ,was delighted with how the event turned out, remarking on the ‘great balance of stalls and great atmosphere’ and how such events were ‘encouraging for the Tenants and Residents Association and the community as a whole’.
We couldn’t agree more. In the late afternoon. as the sun dipped slightly, the shadows grew, and so did my hunger. Luckily for me, and for all attendees a free hot dog or hamburger with drink was provided. This excited me almost as much as I used to be queueing for a bouncy castle as a child.