June LWN meeting – Manor Gardens – 07/06/22


The inaugural Local Wellbeing Network Meetings kicked off in the North, hosted at the beautiful grounds around Manor Gardens (with special thanks to CEO, Katy Porter). Here is a round-up of the meeting, complete with attendee and organisational info which we hope will promote further networking and awareness of the fantastic community stakeholders collaborating for a better borough.

After an initial welcome, Local Wellbeing Networks Coordinator, Charlton Brown introduced the project and briefly discussed its formation within Islington council and the partnership objective between Voluntary Action Islington and Octopus Community Networks. Charlton briefed attendees on the work undertaken so far regarding the upskilling of Islington community members via the Community Organising training and Community Change-Makers campaign that is currently underway (more detail on that here).

After which, the attendees took time to introduce themselves, their organisation and what they were hoping to achieve by joining the LWN and how it could impact their respective communities. See below for a list of attendees, their organisation and their contact information:

Adam Hardy, EcoCounts –

Andrea McCaghy, Holloway Neighbourhood Group –

Ann Mason, Whittington Park Community Association

Catherine Pymar, Hillside Clubhouse –

Caz Royds, Islington Environmental Emergency Alliance & Resident –

Fiona Hamilton, Totally Flawed –

Gerard Omasta-Milsom, Islington People’s Rights Advice –

Ideroos Warsame, Pakeman Primary School/Parent, Resident –

Jamie Diamond, Manor Gardens

Jessica Bull, Bright Start

Lucy Bingham, Holloway Neighbourhood

Marcia Harris, Pakeman Primary School –

Mike Sanderson, Eagle Recovery

Mirjana Feigin, Bright Futures –

Natalie Broomes, Pakeman Primary School –

Quirina Oduwole, Age UK Islington

Renata Moriconi, Bright Start North –

Ritchie Phillip, Eagle Recovery Project –

Rory Cleary, Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre

Zena Sherman, Light Project Pro International –


After a short break, the group were engaged by Renata Moriconi of Bright Start to discuss how the young children’s service can better engage the community and in particular, young families. After which, the meeting concluded by setting the agenda for next month’s meeting which will be discussing tangible action and how this group can build on an initial foundation of positivity, commitment and compassion.

Next month’s meeting will take place at Pakeman Primary School, N7 6DU on Tuesday 5th July, 1-3PM and you can register here.