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The Stuart Low Trust

Stuart Low Trust (SLT) is a health promotion charity based in Islington, north London. Our mission is to ensure that local people, especially those experiencing social isolation or mental distress, have access to the support they need for better health and wellbeing.

We provide safe spaces and community activities focusing on arts, nature and wellbeing, including out of hours.

Stuart Low Trust was founded in memory of Stuart Low, a young Islington man with a diagnosis of schizophrenia who took his own life after failing to find the support he needed to cope. SLT aims to counter the downward spiral of mental illness and social isolation by providing a welcoming place of support and community in a non-judgemental space.

We run a variety of activities, the majority of which are free or low cost. Most activities are evening and weekend events based in and around Islington. We welcome all participants regardless of their circumstances or area of residence. No formal arrangements are required to attend our events, just come along and check us out.

**Due to Covid-19 we are currently delivering our programme online via Zoom, please scroll down to see our programme schedule below (updated monthly)

Importantly, in normal times (pre-Covid), most of the Trust’s activities take place out–of-hours in the evenings or at weekends, this is often when people are at their lowest and when there are few alternatives.

The Friday Evening Events (currently on hold due to Covid-19) run 52 weeks a year (including Christmas day). Currently, between 70 and 100 participants attend each week. They are welcomed with free, nutritious refreshments followed by an entertaining performance or interesting presentation on a health, wellbeing or mental health topic. Friday evenings offer respite from social isolation and provide a sense of belonging and community in a non-judgmental space.  Participants can choose to attend every week or just drop in. In 2017, over 400 participants attended. “I love the sense of community. It’s such a crucial thing to our wellbeing”.

The Saturday Projects include arts and expression, relaxation and mindfulness and social skills workshops. These range from Dance, sitting yoga and Chi Kung, to mindfulness, breathwork and stretching workshops and relaxation and meditation classes.

The Gardening Club (currently on hold due to Covid-19) offers a sense of calm and wellbeing, and gets participants outside, breathing fresh air and learning new skills.  It allows them to experience the benefits of connecting with nature for mental health.

The Thursday Singing Group tutor puts participants at ease and helps them find their voice. And our Music Appreciation classes give participants the space to share and talk about their favourite music and songs with a group of like-minded individuals.

The Sunday Philosophy Forum, led by experienced philosophers, is an opportunity to debate the big questions - who we are and what we want most out of our lives.

The Gentle Exercises Classes, run in partnership with Healthy Generations are designed to increase energy and resilience, by strengthening muscles, joints and bones. Being active and releasing endorphins through light exercise has been known to improve mood, and contribute to an overall feeling of greater wellbeing.

Day trips, outings, museum visits and our bi-monthly art workshops in partnership with a local gallery complete our present program.

For the latest information, please visit our website: www.slt.org.uk or email us at info@slt.org.uk.

 

December Activities at SLT:

 

SLT’s Estorick Art Workshops – Wednesday 1st & 22nd December

Shop Window Design (1st December) – In this workshop learn about the life and artwork of artist Massimo Campigli and explore his use of framing and presentation of the female figure alongside still life paintings by Giorgio De Chirico. Making viewfinders and stencils we will explore the idea of framing and design our own unusual shop window display. Delivered by Jenny from the Estorick Collection, on Zoom.

Futurist Food Art (22nd December) – In this workshop, explore the weird and wonderful recipes and dining experiences in the Futurist Cookbook. From art installation dining rooms and multi-sensory canapés to elaborate culinary presentations we will be designing our own sensory food art through writing, drawing and collage exercises to create a collaborative cookbook and festive cards. Delivered by Jenny from the Estorick Collection, on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Weekly Community Choir – Thursdays

Join our friendly community choir and sing heart-warming songs together every Thursday. Delivered by Cici on Zoom. Term ends on 9th December.

 

SLT’s Music Appreciation Classes – Thursday 2nd & 16th December

Share and talk about music you enjoy with others! We will listen to music and talk about what specific songs mean to you, their history and maybe some fun facts. Participants will have a big part in choosing the music we listen to and discuss.  Each session will follow a theme, e.g. Songs from your childhood, Songs that never fail to make you happy or specific musical genres and composers. Participants on the call will take it in turns to bring in music and share with the group. The session will end with a fun music quiz around that theme.  Delivered by Cici on Zoom.

 

Let’s Sing Christmas Carols – Friday 3rd December

This is a fun and informal workshop to get you in the festive spirit and to enjoy singing heart-warming Christmas carols together. It is a similar format to the weekly Choir sessions that take place on Tuesdays. Delivered on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Wellbeing Workshop – Mindfulness: Mindfulness & Body – Saturday 4th December

Join Katy to learn and practice mindfulness techniques that nourish the body. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment, without judgement and accepting the reality of each moment, which puts us in a more powerful position to change the things we are able to. Mindfulness has many benefits, including reducing stress and all the related benefits that can bring to our physical and mental health. It can also help to relieve pain, help us to make healthier choices, enhance our experiences and joy in life and improve our relationship with ourselves and others. Delivered by Katy on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Gentle Exercise class: Building Energy through Movement – Tuesday 7th & 21st December

A combination of Chinese movement designed to increase energy and resilience. Delivered by Peter from Healthy Generations on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Friday Evening Event – An Illustrated Talk with Roger Johnson: ‘I am Dracula – Welcome to my House’ – Friday 10th December

Dracula… We all know the name – from film, television, radio… We may even have read the original novel, or one of the many variants by other writers. But did you know that there was a real Dracula? A national hero in his own country, a great soldier and a firm ruler.

In the late 19th century, there was already a tradition of vampire stories in literature, but with Dracula, Bram Stoker created the most famous vampire of all – and gave him the name of a mediaeval warrior-prince. Prince Dracula became Count Dracula, and he haunts our world to this day, neither alive nor dead, bur un-dead. 

It’s a fascinating story, just right for a winter’s evening! Followed by a Q & A, delivered on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Wellbeing Workshop – Sitting Yoga - Saturday 11th December

Re-boot & re-balance your body, mind and spirit! Suitable for all levels of experience, the exercises are beneficial for the beginner and will work on a deeper level for those with more experience. The classes are based around gentle, rhythmic movements that get under the radar to soften, de-stress and enhance your wellbeing. Feel great. Release stress. Cultivate stillness. Delivered by Belinda on Zoom.

 

Sunday Philosophy Forum – 12th December

Join our fortnightly Sunday Philosophy Forum, led by experienced philosophers from a variety of backgrounds. Choose to take part in discussions or just listen. Delivered on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Friday Evening Event – ‘An Evening of Entertainment’ with John Hegley – Friday 17th December

SLT welcomes back the wonderful John Hegley for an evening of entertainment with music, poetry and comedy. This time of year just wouldn't be the same at the Stuart Low Trust without him! Delivered on Zoom.

 

SLT’s Wellbeing Workshop – The Power of Meditation – Saturday 18th December

In this workshop, practice seated meditation techniques, such as body scan and awareness of the five senses. Practising these techniques regularly can bring a mindful awareness of our bodies and the surrounding, reduce stress and anxiety and help us to experience calmness and focus, even in times of stress. Delivered by Maurizio on Zoom.

Please email info@slt.org.uk or call 020 7713 9304 for more information and to book your free place.

 

Who to contact

Telephone
020 7713 9304
E-mail
info@slt.org.uk
Website
The Stuart Low Trust

Location

Name
The Stuart Low Trust (office only - no activities held here)
Address
Office 3 Claremont
24-27 White Lion Street
London
Postcode
N1 9PD

Other Details

Who is this service for?
For people experiencing social isolation or mental distress.
Can I refer myself?
Yes
Record updated: 02/12/2021