B Photography comes to Lift…

1 Jun

Come down to Lift on White Lion Street on Thursday 7th June at 1pm to have your photo taken by an amazing female photographer and hear more about the latest goings-on in the wonderful world of B. It’s FREE and there’s no need to book. See you there!


Lift, 43-45 White Lion Street

Islington N1 9PW

The Read-In Flashmob

16 May

The sun came out on Highbury Fields on Saturday, just in time for the arrival of 37 young people (and one gorilla), all carrying bright orange Word2012 Festival bags and books donated by the wonderful people from Oberon Books.

The Read-In flashmob bemused, confused, intrigued and inspired the picnickers and passersby who saw it.  Hundreds of people took information about Word2012 away with them.

The reason for the flashmob was to get the ‘Word’ out, but in a creative way and enticing way: what’s more effective then seeing young people reading books together in a park all ‘zombified’? There were moments where passersby were on the phone and told the person they were speaking to ‘Oh my god, there’s loads of kids with books and bright orange bags, what is happening, it’s weird’ and that is when you know it worked. 

The flash mob was a joint production between ICT and All Change’s B Project for young women aged 13-19.

The Read-In followed the launch of the Word 2012 festival on Friday evening. Check out http://www.wordfestivalislington.co.uk for all the info about the festival and photos from the day!

Just 7 days to go ’til Word2012!

4 May

This time next week we’ll be at the start of a three week festival of reading, writing and freedom of expression and it’s all happening in Islington.

Our very own B Project creative writing workshops are featured and our wonderful Peer Leaders are doing a flashmob on Highbury Fields on Saturday 12th May. There’s so much going on that we can’t possibly mention it all here so check out http://www.wordfestivalislington.co.uk for more info and how to get involved. Most events are free and happening on your doorstep so it’s easy to find something great to see or do.

Have a great weekend!

B goes to Platform!

25 Apr

A recent ‘B’ outing was to the Performing Arts Youth Hub, Platform on Hornsey Road. Platform holds a film club every Saturday evening from 7pm until the film ends. Desara went and saw a film. Her thoughts “The theatre facility at Platform is outstanding, you completely feel that you are in a cinema environment, there’s a different current film on every Saturday. What’s also great about it is that the Café do a special deal and you get a £1 food menu. It’s a great chill out environment and a lovely way to spend a Saturday night as it’s free to watch the films. Could also be used for a cheap date! The Film club is easy to get to, cheap and accessible, fun and enjoyable, this gets a ‘B Recommends’ Silver! 

Creative, Inspirational, Artistic Fun with Almeida Projects’ Young Friends Scheme

25 Apr

The Young Friends of the Almeida is a scheme aimed at young people aged 15 – 21 (or 25 if in fulltime education). For just £5 for a whole year you have access not only to the Almeida Theatre but to every project it has to offer as well. The YFA Scheme run a range of projects from one-day master classes, several week long projects, and year long projects too. As a member of YFA you get to develop acting skills, writing skills, directing, performing, and even learning how to be a stage manager and a technician. As long as you have a passion and enthusiasm to explore, the YFA will act as a catalyst for your hunger to learn. Not only will you be in one of London’s greatest theatres but you will also be working with top professional writers, actors and directors. Being part of the YFA you will meet like-minded young people and get creative with them. The YFA members describe it as ‘one big family’. Not only do you get to work with professionals and have access to a range of projects you also get a chance to watch the main house shows at the Almeida Theatre for a measly £5 for seats that would usually cost £30. How’s that for a bargain? The YFA Scheme gets a ‘B Recommends’ GOLD. Definitely worth making a ‘scene’ about…

B Projects are back!

19 Apr

Well its been a little quiet over Easter but now school has started we’re back with a bang! Don’t forget, each week we have creative writing at Freeword Centre, photography at Canonbury Project and dance at Lift (the healthy living youth hub ion White Lion St).

There’s no need to book, no need to bring any equipment and best of all, all the projects are free. Yes, 100% FREE. What’s more, if you take part in the creative writing project in the next few weeks, your work can be featured in the Islington Word Festival. So get down to Freeword Centre next Tuesday and you can show Islington just how talented you are…


19 Apr

This is Lucy’s review of Islington Boxing club. ‘Islington Boxing Club is a big building located on Hazelville Road, Archway and at present has the largest number of young women users in London. On the night that Abira and I visited it was very busy, with most of the users being adult males. The staff were really friendly and the place had a good vibe so it would be great to see more young women using the brilliant facilities there. At the moment there is a fitness class for women on Saturdays, although there is no young women only boxing provision. At £5 per session some might think it is a little bit expensive but if you pay £20 for a years membership the fee is reduced to £3 a session which is great value. I would give Islington Boxing Club a Silver B Recommends as it is very friendly and the facilities are really good. I would upgrade this if there were a young women’s only session, as I’m sure lots of young women want to give boxing a try.’ 

‘In the net’ at Sobell

19 Apr

Lucy and Abira went down to check out the local netball classes at Sobell centre, these run on Tuesdays from 5-6pm and Wednesdays from 3.30-5.30pm. Here’s what they had to say… “If you’re interested in getting fit in a fun and friendly atmosphere, this is the place to go! The classes are free and provide the chance for you to play competitively with local schools, and if you are really interested you can train to be a coach. The young women that attend had the opportunity to travel to Liverpool to watch real matches and they were visited by one of members of the England netball team. The classes are easy to get to and a great way to make new friends so we had to give it a gold star rating!”

St Mary’s youth club gets a visit from the peer leaders

2 Apr

Lamar and Abira popped down to visit the St Mary’s youth club on Upper Street to see what activities they were running. This is what they’ve told us ‘’When we first walked in we were greeted by a big smile, Nick who runs the club made us feel very welcome and we instantly felt at home and comfortable. There was a street and break dancing class running at the time, if you’re a beginner or more advanced you are welcome to join. There is also a gym where a trainer can help you get fit. To access all the classes it just cost one pound but most excitingly you can have the opportunity to travel abroad! They have already visited Jamaica, Uganda and the USA. If you are interested in performing arts this is the place to be, great artists like Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke used to attend this club. They hold big shows in the summer that you can be a part of where you can perform to the public on the steps of St Mary’s church. We had to give this club a gold star rating!’’

B goes to Urban Hope!

2 Apr

Lamar and Desara went for a visit to Urban Hope and had a lovely chat over a cup of tea and cake. Urban Hope has been around for 12 years, it is situated at the big purple door, on River Place, which is off Essex Road. It’s a welcoming, homely and spacious building, with a chill out room fitted with sofas, computers and TV. Urban Hope also has a massive hall space which has a number of transformations; from a singing room to a games room filled with table tennis and pool tables. They also have a room where they get the Wii out and do some energetic just dance! Above all of this they have a fabulous kitchen where they hold cooking sessions weekly.

Someone is at Urban Hope every weekday from 12pm and there are different clubs and projects to get involved with each evening. Girls go there to have singing lessons and take part in the Beautiful course (a beauty and self esteem course) and food skills workshops. In addition to projects and workshops, they do residential projects in the spring and summer.

Even though you can attend to do a project, you can also come and do your homework, or watch Eastenders whilst sipping a cup of tea. Urban Hope have a lovely family vibe, when you are there you feel like a family. Urban Hope work with girls as young as 8 years old with no maximum age. Once you are in the family you do not leave. The icing on the cake is that it is absolutely free to join and most projects are free to do. Urban Hope gets a SHINY GOLD B recommends.