We have launched a range of ambitious programmes to put out Fairer Together principles into practice.
Young Black men and mental health
We know that growing up today is particularly difficult for many young Black men and boys. Black men in Britain are 17 times more likely than White men to be diagnosed with a serious mental illness, and four times more likely to be sectioned.
Young Black men and mental health is a pioneering three-year programme designed to improve mental wellbeing, aspirations, and life opportunities, while reducing exclusions.
To improve the wellbeing of residents we are collaborating with council, community and health partners across Islington to create a joined up, co-ordinated range of support and services at a locality level. Our aspiration is to bring wellbeing services together through co-location and joined up delivery so that residents can easily navigate and access support.
This will make a big difference to improve resident’s wellbeing and strengthen their resilience so we can effectively work together to prevent escalation into higher-end statutory services or crisis interventions. Ask for more information or get involved.
Islington has over one hundred parks of all shapes and sizes. They play a key role in improving residents’ health and reducing health-related inequalities.
The parks for health programme is an opportunity to build on the increased enjoyment of parks during Covid-19 lockdowns. It aims to increase the use and enjoyment of public parks and green spaces, and maintain them as assets for the whole community to enjoy.
Working as equal partners with our communities and local voluntary and community sector (VCS) is at the heart of Fairer Together. To achieve an equal Islington, we need to build on their knowledge and connections as co-deliverers of sustainable change.
The community partnerships unit will help lead this change across the council and the borough though locality development, listening to resident voices, investing in our community, and maximising the impact of our community centres and spaces.