Islington Voluntary Sector Conference 2019


Keeping Islington Safe: How can the Voluntary and Community Sector help?
Wednesday 10th July 10am – 3pm
Ideation Rooms, 3rd Floor, Roding Building, London Metropolitan University, Clocktower Entrance, The Rocket Complex, 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

Islington’s Communities face present and future challenges to their safety and wellbeing, including: grooming and trafficking of our children and young people by gangs; hate crime (possibly exacerbated by Brexit); domestic abuse; anti-social behaviour; and more extremism.
Islington’s statutory agencies work to address these issues – as do voluntary and community sector groups, their networks and forums, local politicians and others.
But how can the wider Voluntary and Community Sector get involved in keeping Islington safe – in particular can our VCS be more involved in the area of preventative action, working with existing initiatives and agencies?
This conference will – with your help – aim to answer that question.


09:30  Arrival, Registration and Coffee

10:00  Welcome from London Metropolitan University – Dr Chris Lane, Head of Partnerships and employment Outcomes – Schools of Social Sciences and Social Professions

10:10  Welcome from Voluntary Action Islington – Guljabeen Rahman, Chief Executive

10:20  Islington Community Safety: Structures and Strategy – Johnathon Gallagher, Community Safety Manager (Public Protection), Islington Council

10:30  Head Held High: Self-Transformation and Breaking Free – Tash Alexander, Chief Executive

10:40  Trauma: Solace Women’s Aid (speaker tbc)

10:50  The Role of Faith Groups: Islington Faith Forum – Elizabeth Chappell, Chair, IFF

11:00  Q&A

11.15  Break

11:45  State of Play: People and Crime Patterns in Islington – Karolina Bober, Project Manager, Youth and Community Team, Islington Council

11:55  Suffering in Silence: The (Non-) Reporting of Hate Crime – Nick Maxwell, Case Manager, Forum+ and Colin Adams, Chair, Islington Hate Crime Forum

12:05  From ‘What is She Doing Wrong’ to ‘How Has She Managed to Survive’: Abianda’s Work with Gang-Affected Young Women – Laura Price, Young Women’s Adviser

12:15  Policing and Community Involvement: Islington Safer Neighbourhood Board – Roger D’Elia, Chair, ISNB

12:25  Q&A

12:40  Lunch

13.30  Guidance for Breakout Sessions  

13.40  Breakout Session

To help those in danger of being drawn into crime or already involved (particularly children and young people):
a) How can our sector work better together?
b) How can we work better together with statutory agencies??
c) What communications systems and information is needed to be effective?

14.25  Feedback

14.45  Closing Address – Antony Bewick-Smith, Partnerships and Development Manager, VAI

Also happening on the day:

Demonstrating HALO
Halo is a FREE private safety app for communities. Groups are invite-only and messages can be sent completely anonymously. People can join the group on their street and also smaller local/minority communities. Haloes are used to share safety messages and connect people to what’s going nearby bringing communities together.

Free Blood Pressure Checks – Courtesy of Octopus
As Health and Wellbeing is another of Voluntary Action Islington’s priorities – we’re providing you with a free opportunity to make sure your blood pressure is not too high (or low). Courtesy of colleagues at Octopus.

Download the programme here.

We hope you will attend, regardless of your organisation and how the work it does  – as keeping ourselves safe is a vital part of our role.
Free lunch provided.

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