Folk band dazzles at special Islington coffee morning

MORE than 150 people descended on Islington Assembly Hall for some live music and dance at a coffee morning with a difference.

Folk combo D�j� Vu belted out a few tunes at the venue in upper Street, Islington - while there were also dance demonstrations from the Claremont Centre.

Islington Council’s social care and trading standards teams were on hand along with nearly 40 exhibitors to provide a one-stop-shop for a wide variety of free advice on benefits, health and a range of personal and home safety services for residents.

Islington Council used to event to launch Links for Living - a new online directory for adults who are looking for ideas for a healthier, more fulfilling and independent life.

The event was opened by Islington Mayor Councillor Mouna Hamitouche and addressed by Islington’s Older People’s Champions Frances Davidson and Virginia Low.

Councillor Janet Burgess, Islington Council’s executive member for adult social care, said: “Islington’s older people are an important and sizeable part of the borough and despite the government cuts, we want to tell them we haven’t forgotten that, especially in these harsh times.

“Event’s like this, where we can target pensioners to tell them more about services provided by the council and others, is a great way to help make Islington a safer and more enjoyable place in which to live.”

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Police Constable Mark Churms, from Islington police’s safer transport team, said: “I think this was a really good event, which brought together lots of different organisations allowing us to advise residents in one place. We spoke to senior citizens on a number of issues including travelling safely and looking out for pickpockets.”

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