Last night was the official launch of the Dalston Bridge fundraising charity.

Dalston Bridge is a pioneering charity that targets local social projects on people’s doorsteps in Dalston.

The emphasis on the locality of aid is Dalston Bridge’s biggest selling point, people in Dalston helping people in Dalston.

‘Donating the Dalston way’ is how the charity encompasses a new approach to other charitable organisations by working directly with local businesses, residents and visitors to make donating easy in the Dalston area.

Local donations can be contributed in many ways ranging from buying a ‘Dalston Thing’ cocktail or selling your property through Currell Residential. These dynamic ways of contributing make it extremely simple for people donate.

The first fundraising target for the charity is £30,000 which will be distributed between five newly launched charities.

All of the fundraising undertaken will aim to tackle three important social issues prevalent in Dalston itself; young people’s education and employment, homelessness and recovery from mental distress. These will be divided amongst five launch charities.

The five local projects are:

  1. Hackney Pirates – Working with young people to build their literacy and real world skills in an unconventional learning environment.
  2. Bootstrap Campus – Masterclasses and structures work placements for unemployed young people.
  3. Circle Sports – Unemployed 18-24 year olds receive 10 weeks of work experience and training in a cool sports shop.
  4. Hackney Winter Night Shelter – A warm welcome, hot meal, bed and breakfast and support to Hackney’s homeless.
  5. Studio Upstairs – Supporting those with mental health issues through art therapy.

For more information please see the official site below:

http://www.dalstonbridge.org/

 

Help us raise money by kissing under a Currell umbrella this Valentine’s Day. For every picture tweeted to us, we will donate £2 to a local charity up to the value of £500.

Our aim is to promote a bit of love and happiness in this dreadful weather!

If you wish to participate firstly get yourself a Currell umbrella, find someone to kiss and tweet us a picture @currellproperty . It is as simple as that.

The umbrellas are located in our all of our branches Islington, Hackney, Victoria Park, Clerkenwell and Battersea, so please pop in and take one.

Thank you for your support and happy kissing!

Follow the below links for our twitter page contact details and addresses.

https://twitter.com/CurrellProperty

http://www.currell.com/contact

The 22nd Annual Quiz Evening for the NSPCC Islington Branch, hosted by Clive Anderson, will take place on the 15th March 2014.

The event will be held at the Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD on the 15th from 7pm until 11pm.

We welcome your support for this wonderful cause.

If you wish to attend ticket prices are £50 per person, to include a drinks reception followed by a two course meal.

It is always an enjoyable evening and a great opportunity for networking in the Islington area, which all goes towards helping an extremely worthy charity.

To book a place, please phone Alison Samuel on 020 7226 7738 or email

alison@samuel-family.co.uk

The first Independent Secondary school in Islington will open to sixth form pupils in September 2014 at 6-9 Canonbury Place, a historic Tudor Building.

North Bridge House Canonbury is being set up by North Bridge House School in Hampstead, which currently caters for pupils from nursery to GCSE level. The new school will cater for pupils up to A-level.

The project has received £3.5m worth of investment from Cognita, an Independent schools company, headed up by Chris Woodhead, former Chief Inspector of schools.

Local residents have been angered however by what they consider to be a ‘fait accompli’ by Mr Woodhead as public consultation only opened after the lease of the building had been signed over.

Residents also harbour concerns that the character of the area will be affected due to traffic congestion, noise from ‘loitering pupils’ and potential conflicts with state school pupils.

David Gibson, head of operations at Cognita, has stressed that market research has shown high demand for a private secondary school in the area and that upon opening it will only be attended by 50 pupils.

Residents are calling for a community member to be on the Governing body of the school to ensure that the local community is represented when the school makes decisions that could affect them.

Current Head of North Bridge in Hampstead Georgina Masefield has sought to reassure the local community that her pupils are model citizens. Mrs Masefield said: ‘They go to homes for the elderly to do music therapy and we have an outreach programme to a local school for special needs.

‘Our pupils do have a positive relationship with the community.’

If you would like any advice on living in the Islington area then please feel free to visit us at 321 Upper Street, N1 2XQ or call us on 0207 226 4200.

Lucie, who grew up in South London, has been fascinated by art from an early age. She went on to study Fine Art Painting at City & Guild of London Art School, receiving a first class degree. Some of the painitngs in her series ‘Ladies of the Chorus’ are currently on display in our Battersea office, as part of the Currell Collection. We spoke to Lucie to find out more.

What does this collection represent?

It’s a study of the fluidity and fragility of this particular group of personalities.

Can you tell us about the process of making the paintings?

I think of them as ‘stain paintings’, and the way they’re made is really important in the process of application and removal that forms each piece. When you paint with watercolour on canvas like this, the paint doesn’t sink in, it sits on the surface until you work it in with sponges – up to that point the paint would be very easy to wipe away. So it’s all about layering, and what you end up with represents the different layers of each person’s identity. It’s quite abstract but for me, it’s about leaving behind a trace of that person’s emotions.

Do you like being independent from a specific gallery? 

For now it is definitely the right decision for me. If I were to sign with a gallery right now I might not get shows too regularly, but breaking out on my own I can decide for myself and get involved in exciting projects, as I’ve been fortunate to do here at Currell Residential.

Lucie with a selcetion of pieces from her ‘Ladies of the Chorus’ collection.

To find out more about the Currell Collection please visit the website www.currellcollection.com

To contact our Battersea office please phone 020 3668 1000 or come in and visit us at 205 Lavender Hill, SW11 5TB.

Volunteering is one those things that I’ve had in my head to do for some time now but have never quite got round to.  Therefore, when Lizzie from ‘Islington Giving’ came to do a talk at a staff meeting, it was the perfect opportunity for me to make a start.

Sadly, a couple of years ago my lovely aunt and uncle both passed away and I very much miss them. I used to visit them regularly, helping out around the house and garden with things they were finding more difficult to do as they were getting older. My relationship with them and the affinity I have with older people is what made me volunteer for Age UK.

Every Wednesday from 2-4pm I ‘host’ a local Islington community group where we do different activities each week. The members themselves choose what they want to do and activities range from knitting to playing bingo and more recently sewing bunting for a Music Hall event.  At the last couple of sessions we made Christmas cards. Most of the group members live on the local Packington Estate and it’s a great opportunity for them to get together and catch up.

We have teas and coffees and one of the ladies bakes for us, which is always a bonus!  Sometimes we just chat about the good old days and occasionally a guest speaker will come to talk to everyone from a local organisation. These sessions are always very good and get everyone fired up. This week we have a local doctor coming to talk to the group about taking care of themselves during the winter months.

I am not the most confident of people but volunteering definitely brings me out of myself. I quite often head off to these sessions feeling stressed from my work but when I get there, I completely relax and enjoy myself. It is fantastic to think that I am doing some good for other people and hopefully everyone in the group looks forward to our get togethers as much as I do.

Fiona

If you feel inspired by Fiona’s story then please visit the Islington Giving website and find out more about their work: http://www.islingtongiving.org.uk/website/

Our recently launched Affordable Homes department has received its first instruction from Gallions Housing Association on Parkside View, a shared ownership development in the Royal Docks.

Parkside View is a riverside development that forms part of the wider regeneration of the Royal Docks area, Europe’s largest regeneration project with the potential for £22bn worth of investment.

Martin Fillery, Head of Currell Affordable Homes said: “I am very excited that our first instruction has come from a regeneration project of this scale that will totally transform this area of London.

“Gallions Housing Association understands the importance of providing high quality housing for local people and they work closely with the local community to ensure that they will benefit from projects in their area.

“With house prices continually increasing, it is vital that affordable housing is provided for workers in the city on lower incomes. Parkside View gives regular Londoners the chance to purchase a home that is well connected to central London and most importantly, affordable.”

The final phase of 1 bedroom apartments at Parkside View, E16 are launching 5th, 6th and 7th December. To register your interest please email: affordablehomes@currell.com or phone Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611.

To learn more about Currell Affordable Homes please visit our website: http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

Last night our new Affordable Homes department officially launched at the Charlotte Street Hotel in Soho, with 70 guests in attendance.

Mike Youkee, a board member of the Greater London Authority, was our key note speaker for the night. He delivered a fascinating speech on the challenges facing housing associations in London, with particular emphasis on affordable housing provision.

He also discussed the idea of a limit being put in place on the amount of London homes sold overseas to ease the housing shortage, as well as sharing his opinion about the Mayor’s delivery of affordable homes for the capital.

The night was a huge success and we would like to thank all of our guests and Mike Youkee for attending, as well as the Charlotte Street Hotel for providing delicious refreshments and a great venue.

Affordable Homes Launch

If you would like to find out more about Currell Affordable Homes please contact Martin Fillery on 0207 226 6611 or visit our website http://www.currell.com/new-homes/currell-affordable-homes

The Grade II listed Victorian swimming baths in Haggerston have been included in The Victorian Society’s Top 10 endangered buildings list, as plans to save it have failed during the recession.

Opened in 1904, the baths were commissioned by Shoreditch Borough Council to serve the needs of what was an underprivileged area. Designed by architect AW Cross, the building was designed to be impressive.

The building has now been closed and boarded up since 2000. Despite being a stone’s throw away from Olympic sporting facilities and Kingsland Road, the pool complex has been left neglected and failed to attract funding.

Local campaigners are calling for Hackney Council to save the building and proposals to turn it into a new healthcare centre have been proposed.

The Victorian Society is appealing to the council and says: “At a time when there is so much new development in the area it is important to capitalise on our existing assets and to put important buildings like Haggerston Baths into public use again.”

Last weekend’s inaugural Dame Dash in aid of St Joseph’s Hospital and Hackney Empire has so far raised a huge £7000.

Over 100 people joined in the race, to raise money for two well-loved Hackney institutions. Dressed in their pantomime best the runners put on a great display for onlookers on Mare Street.

Rod Bentley, Finance Director of the Hackney Empire said: “It was nice to be able to do something frontline at the Empire. A lot of people don’t realise it’s a charity so it’s good to raise awareness. We hope to see a lot more people next year.”

All the money raised will be split between the two charities and got towards helping local people in the borough.

Photos: Colin O’Brien