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.
October Activities at SLT:
SLT’s Estorick Art Workshops – Wednesday 6th & 20th October
Fictional Portraits (6th October) - This workshop will explore ways to develop portraits of fictional characters through a range of drawing and collage activities while introducing the portrait paintings in the Estorick Collection of modern Italian art. Delivered by Jenny from the Estorick Collection, on Zoom.
Music Machines (20th October) Inspired by Futurist artist and musician Luigi Russolo, in this workshop we will be exploring the sounds of making and materials to build our own sounds machines and record a collective sound piece. Delivered by Jenny from the Estorick Collection, on Zoom.
SLT’s Music Appreciation Classes – Thursday 7th & 21st October
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.
SLT’s Weekly Community Choir – Thursdays
Join our friendly community choir and sing heart-warming songs together every Thursday. Delivered by Cici on Zoom.
SLT’s Wellbeing Workshop – Sitting Yoga – Saturday 9th October
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.
SLT’s Gentle Exercise class: Building Energy through Movement – Tuesday 12th & 26th October
A combination of Chinese movement designed to increase energy and resilience. Delivered by Peter from Healthy Generations on Zoom.
SLT’s Wellbeing Workshop – Let’s Dance - Saturday 16th October
Invigorating easy dance moves to get the blood flowing, lift the spirit and have fun. Start with a warm up and learn a small dance routine to enjoy. Delivered by Mark on Zoom.
Sunday Philosophy Forum – 17th & 31st October
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 Wellbeing Workshop – Mindful Movements - Saturday 23rd October
Mindful movement is a wonderful practice to use as alternative if you do not feel comfortable to sit in meditation for a long period. Mindful movements involve us bringing the energy of awareness and enjoyments into our bodies. The movements are very gentle yet powerful.
Practising these mindful movements regularly may help improve postural problems, loosen joints, reduce pain and body inflammation and much more. Delivered by Maurizio on Zoom.
SLT’s Friday Evening Event – An Illustrated Talk with London City Guide, Zena Sullivan: ‘The Spitalfields Area – Friday 29th October
Spitalfields is an ancient area bordering the City of London. Throughout the centuries it has seen & welcomed, many dispossessed people & for this reason remains a vibrant & multicultural part on the edge of London. Today it is hugely over-shadowed, quite literally, by the embodiment of mammon from the City of London developments. Join City of London Guide Zena Sullivan as she covers some of these varied and interesting aspects. Followed by a Q & A, delivered on Zoom.
Please email email@example.com or call 020 7713 9304 for more information and to book your free place.