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Results day joy Celebrating GCSE and A-level successes @camdentalking

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Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) is the first Camden youth project to receive the borough’s new health award, Healthy Futures, which recognises their good work in focusing on all areas of young people’s health. The award was presented to FYA Director Andre Schott (fifth from left) and FYA’s youth volunteers at the Camden Unity Cup Festival on 1 August by Councillor Nadia Shah, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Youth (middle row, fourth from right), and the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Richard Cotton (middle row, fifth from the right).

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Camden this month Two free WiFi kiosks on Camden High Street, with more being installed throughout the borough in the coming months.

We are determined to ensure the highest safety standards at Chalcots and all our council properties.

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Develop new skills by enrolling in free adult community learning courses on 12 September.

Help us win the bid to become London Borough of Culture by telling us what’s special about Camden.

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Cover story GCSE and A-level results are in

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News Chalcots Estate and fire safety update Enrol in free adult learning courses Business award deadline extended Camden Plan 2025 is coming Tackling tenancy fraud Help us win London Borough of Culture Greener School Award winners Mental health: problem solving booths Queen’s award for women’s centre Free vitamins for mums and babies

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Get involved in four organisations that are helping Camden stay active and bring our communities together.

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Seeing improvements to our recycling rates Ask Jenny: your recycling questions answered Camden Recycling Rewards celebrates a year New WiFi kiosks for Camden HS2: Reducing impact on trees and green space CIP: New accommodation for homeless people Summer Programme highlights Recognising organisations that help us get active Improving air quality around our schools 20mph limit: Making our roads safer for all My Camden: Samantha McNeil, volunteer

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Fire safety in the home Here are some top tips for making your home safer: A working fire alarm could save your life Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and remember to test it once a week. Call the London Fire Brigade at the number below to arrange a free fire safety assessment, and for advice on what kinds of alarms to buy and where to place them. Plan your escape Plan an escape route and make sure everyone knows it, no matter their age. Your escape route might be slightly different depending on where you live. For further advice and a free fire safety assessment call the London Fire Brigade on the number below.

EXIT De-clutter Are your escape routes clear? Clutter on balconies, landings and corridors can also be a fire risk.

Be careful if you smoke Do not leave a lit cigarette unattended. Avoid smoking inside or in common areas like lobbies, and make sure cigarettes are put out completely. Never throw cigarettes out of windows. Watch out when using candles Keep candles away from curtains, furniture and clothes. Place them on stable, heat-resistant surfaces. Where are your keys? Make sure everyone knows where both the window and door keys are. Keep communal areas free Bikes, buggies, plants and furniture can block exits for you and your neighbours, and fuel a fire.

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Welcome

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teachers and supportive parents. My congratulations go to all Camden’s students and I wish you well in the future whether you are continuing at school, or moving on to university, an apprenticeship or a career. You can read some of the inspiring individual success stories in the feature on pages 6 and 7.

6 | Celebrating GCSE and A-level results

8 | Chalcots Estate This edition of the Camden magazine will arrive at your door just as our schools go back and many of our young people are either beginning a new term or starting out in new directions if they finished school this summer. Last month, hundreds of young people across the borough received their exam results for GCSEs and A-levels. This year saw many of our students achieve impressive results. This is clearly due to the hard work of our young people and their dedicated

We are continuing our work to support residents at the Chalcots Estate now that they have returned home. Our ongoing programme of additional improvement works is continuing, including fitting new entrance doors on homes, fire blankets in every flat and removing the outer cladding panels. You can read more on page 8. We’re also carrying out enhanced fire safety checks on all our other tower blocks, and we’re doing more regular checks of communal areas to make sure they’re not blocked by clutter. We are in the process of recruiting a Director of Resident Safety who will work with residents on a new Fire Safety Advisory Panel to oversee our work on fire safety. You can read more on page 9. We are starting now to look at what Camden will be like in the future. Back in 2012, we published the Camden Plan setting out an ambitious agenda for making our borough an even better, fairer place for everyone. A lot has changed since then, and while we have made considerable progress

in achieving our goals, it’s now time to look at what more can be done. We want to work with you to make sure we continue to move in the right direction and shape a new Camden Plan up to 2025 that belongs to all of us. Camden is a special, mixed community and we want to keep it that way. Together, we can open up the rich opportunities we have in the borough to all who live here. There’s more about how you can get involved on page 11. Camden is a place where culture and the arts thrive and we want to become the London Borough of Culture. The Mayor of London has launched a competition for London boroughs to get £1.1 million for a year of arts and culture. We need your help to put together a strong bid, to help show how culture brings communities together and is good for business too. We have so many cultural treasures and we want to make sure they are enjoyed by all Londoners. Read how you can help us bid to win on page 13. Autumn is shaping up to be a busy time in Camden, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you.

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Celebrating GCSE results There was a mixture of excitement and exhilaration for Camden’s young people as they opened their GCSE results on 24 August. Leader of the Council, Councillor Georgia Gould, joined young people at William Ellis School to celebrate their achievements. She said: “Congratulations to Camden students, and their teachers, who have worked so hard to achieve some amazing results, despite massive changes to the exam and grading system this year. “I am so proud of Camden’s schools and the community around them which help young

people from every background to succeed.” This year is the first time that students received numbered grades (from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest) for their GCSE maths, English language and English literature, so direct comparisons with previous years are not possible. Camden students excelled in the new top grades, with 12 boys at

William Ellis School achieving the highest possible grade 9 in maths. Parliament Hill School’s students achieved 27 of the new grade 9 scores in English literature and English language, and eight grade 9s in maths. Amongst the many success stories was Neha Ahmed from Hampstead School with 7 A*/A grades, two grade 9s and a 7. The aspiring pediatrician has decided to continue to do her A-levels at Hampstead in maths, biology, chemistry and economics. Isaac Healey, another Hampstead student, achieved 10 A*/As and a 9, 8 and 7.

Some of Hampstead School’s top students (left to right): Theo McLaurin, Yaseen Yousaf, Neha Ahmed and Isaac Healey.

Many of Camden’s GCSE students will now join our sixth forms. Others may decide to pursue their career path through an apprenticeship (see the webpage below), with some fantastic opportunities available locally, especially in our growing creative and technology sector.

Secondary school application deadlines You can apply for year seven places for autumn 2018 from this September. Applications close on 31 October 2017. Learn more about our secondary schools at their open days and evenings in September and October, or attend the following event where you Find out more 6


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can find out about many of our schools in one place. camden.gov.uk/admissions Moving on event Thursday 14 September 3.30 to 6.30pm Camden Centre, Bidborough Street WC1H 9JE


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Haverstock student Abdisamed Abdi with his A-level results.

LaSWAP students (left to right) Eva Karkut-Law, Eebbaa Elfneh and Eva Dalmau celebrate their results.

A-level success Young people across Camden celebrated an impressive set of A-level results, which were above the national average. Provisional figures put the overall pass rate at grades A* to E in Camden at 98.1%, compared with the national average of 97.9% – and half of all Camden A-level entries were a grade higher than last year. Among the top students at Haverstock School, in Chalk Farm, were Mohammed Miah, who got two A*s and an A, Nadirah Miah, with two As and a B, and Abdisamed Abdi, who is off to Brunel University to study law after getting three Bs. Abdisamed said: “Brunel was my firm choice and I’ve wanted to go there for ages.” Haverstock’s new headteacher, James Hadley, who was there to congratulate students, said: “We Find out more

are delighted their hard work has been rewarded.” At Camden School for Girls, in Kentish Town, the percentage of A* and A grades was an amazing 48%, up 7% from last year. A dozen students from the school secured places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, including Esther Pigney, who is off to study classics at Oxford after gaining an A* and three As. Another top student at Camden School for Girls was Osman Umuayman, whose family came to the UK as refugees from Somalia. Osman will be the first in her family to go to university when she takes up her place to study medicine at Cambridge University’s Trinity College.

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Meanwhile at LaSWAP – the joint sixth form for Acland Burghley, William Ellis, Parliament Hill and La Sainte Union secondary schools – high-achieving students included Jam Byam, who got two A*s and an A and is going to King’s College London to study English literature. Jam said: “I had to get my close friend to open my envelope and read the results for me. It was such a relief – I’m ecstatic!” Another LaSWAP student, Saskia Hern, gained one A*, two As and a B, and is off to study biochemistry at Oxford. Saskia said: “I’m really happy. I was worried I’d miss the A* to get to Oxford.”

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News Fitting a new front door

Chalcots Estate: Fire safety

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Since residents returned to their flats in the Chalcots Estate, we’ve worked closely with the London Fire Brigade and continued to focus on resident safety. In Chalcots, and across the borough, we are determined to ensure the highest safety standards. We have carried out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) of white goods and are fitting fire blankets in every flat.

New enhanced fire doors will be fitted in communal areas, as well as flat entrances.

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Workers will continue to be on the estate while new enhanced fire doors are fitted throughout the buildings and any additional required works are completed. Fire wardens will also remain on site and continue to play a role in ensuring resident safety.

Cladding replacement at Chalcots

We’ve been working with an independent specialist company to carry out enhanced fire risk assessments.

Last month, the government carried out additional tests of the whole cladding system, not just the outer ‘rain screen’ panels.

These assessments go above and beyond usual fire safety inspections. They will provide a very thorough assessment and identify additional fire safety risks in the buildings across communal areas and in individual flats. Any additional risks identified are being addressed as part of an ongoing programme of improvement works.

At time of writing, we expect preliminary work to remove the cladding panels to start from early September.


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The Chalcots blocks are the only council-owned buildings in Camden that had the type of cladding panels that needed testing as part of a government programme.

Visit the website below for updated information on safety works at Chalcots. Chalcots residents can call the dedicated phone line below.

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What we’re doing to keep homes safe Last month we told you about the actions we’re taking to make sure you are safe in your home. Here’s how we’re getting on.

We’ve introduced a range of new measures, over and above what we’ve always done, to help keep our borough’s housing blocks safe.

Checking communal areas One of the things we’re undertaking in council properties is more regular checks of communal areas to ensure they aren’t blocked by clutter. Our caretakers are currently visiting housing estates and removing items in the way of corridors and fire exits.

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Obstructed communal areas can stop you or your neighbours escaping in an emergency, wherever you live. If you need help to remove unwanted items, please contact Veolia on 020 7974 2202.

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Director of resident safety We are in the process of appointing a new Director for Resident Safety. This person will work side-by-side with residents to make sure Camden has the highest standards of safety. They will also work with tenants and leaseholders, the Cabinet Member for Housing and the London Fire Brigade as part of a Fire Safety Advisory Panel to oversee the council’s work on fire safety.

Enhanced Fire Risk Assessments on tower blocks We’re carrying out enhanced fire safety checks on all our tower blocks in Camden. We’re also publishing these on our open data portal at camden.gov.uk/fra so you can see the assessments and work planned for your block. The tenants’ gu ide

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Tenants can find detailed fire safety information in their tenants’ guide, or view it online at camden.gov.uk/tenantsguide. Wherever you live, you can arrange a home safety visit from the London Fire Brigade. Book a visit at london-fire.gov.uk or call 0800 028 4428.

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Love lifelong learning Develop new skills by enrolling in free adult community learning courses.

Camden Adult Community Learning lets you learn at your own pace in friendly, informal venues across the borough, and be supported by tutors experienced in teaching people aged 19 and above. You can choose from courses like basic computing, beginner English, family learning, preparing for employment and more. Celebrating our learners The successes of learners from these courses was recognised at the annual Camden Adult Community Learning Celebration at the British Museum on 14 July. The event, which also celebrates volunteers who support learners, was attended by the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Richard Cotton.

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Nasteho Salad Abdi (left), who gained an Outstanding Achievement award in family learning, with adult community learning manager Perin Sarosh (centre), and Safiya Dhahir (right), also recognised for Outstanding Achievement in family learning.

Nasteho Salad Abdi received an award for her hard work in a family learning class aimed at helping parents support their children with school work. She said: “Now my son and I can understand each other better. I didn’t know anything about how a child learns before, but now we can have fun with homework together.” Derek Spillane had his achievements on his computing course recognised. He said: “Eighteen months ago I didn’t even know how to turn a computer on. I live on my own so attending the course has also been a good way to meet other people.” Anifisa Makarova, a basic English learner and another award winner, said: “The course helped me in many ways. I feel more confident. When I first came to London I didn’t speak English and now I can communicate with people.”

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Enrolment day Tuesday 12 September 9am to 4pm Richard Cobden Learning Centre Camden Street NW1 0LJ Adult Learning Centre Netley Campus, 74 Stanhope Street NW1 3EX Enrolment days take place each term. If you miss this day, you can contact the service to see if there are any spare places left on any of the courses. The next enrolment day is Tuesday 9 January 2018.

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Last chance to nominate The Camden Business Awards application deadline has been extended to 22 September. Camden Business Awards are an unmissable opportunity for local businesses of all kinds to raise their profile, highlight their success and demonstrate their contribution to the local community. With awards for young entrepreneurs through to organisations demonstrating exceptional innovation,

the awards recognise Camden’s dynamic and thriving industries. The ceremony also celebrates the way our businesses in Camden work together to support our community. The awards are free to enter and open to all Camden-based businesses, regardless of size or sector.

It’s quick and easy to apply for an award. Visit the website for application details and a list of award categories. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors in making the Camden Business Awards 2017 possible. In association with

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Camden Plan 2025 What will Camden be like next year? How about in 2025? If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is the time. We want to know what’s important to you, your hopes and concerns for yourself and your community in Camden. Back in 2012, we set out the Camden Plan, our vision for Camden up to 2018. The aim was to make Camden an even better place to live, study and visit, and to make our borough a place where everyone has the chance to succeed and nobody gets left behind.

A lot has changed over the past five years, but our residents remain at the heart of everything we do as a council. While we’ve made significant progress in achieving our goals, it’s now time to look into what more can be done. We want to work with our communities to make sure we continue to move in the right direction. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in helping to shape this work over the next few months.

Our focus will be on identifying what our priorities should be from 2018, along with how we can work together with our residents, community groups and businesses to achieve them. With workshops and community events, an online forum and more, have your say your way and help us to build a brighter future for everyone in Camden.

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Tackling tenancy fraud We reclaim more than 100 council homes a year from people living in them illegally.

Camden talking Your comments on social media. Best of luck to @camdentalking in their bid to become the 2019/20 London Borough of #Culture @wienerlibrary via Twitter

We love the way @CamdenSummeruni students are reinterpreting the collection through their designs. @BM_Schools via Twitter

For the Council, tackling tenancy fraud is all about getting homes back for people who are in genuine need and for people on our housing needs register. We investigate cases of: • illegal subletting, • succession, when a tenant dies and a person who doesn’t own the property tries to take it over, and • illegal ‘right to buy’ applications. In 2016 we reclaimed a total of 102 properties, which would have cost more than £15 million to replace. We also blocked 21 fraudulent ‘right to buy’

applications saving more than £2 million in discounts. Unlawful profits As well as taking back properties, we also reclaim money tenants have made while living there illegally. In January 2017, a former tenant was convicted and fined for illegal subletting and ordered to pay back £5,000 of unlawful profits. Do you know of a council house or housing association home that’s being lived in illegally? Please contact us at the email or phone number below. You can remain anonymous.

First off, a MA-HOO-SSIVE thank you 2 @camdentalking (Camden Council) & @Young_Camden for generously making our Play Day possible. You rock! @coramsfields via Twitter

FREE ‘After School Cook ‘n’ Eat on a Budget’ course is back in September. Don’t forget to sign up #healthyeating @CCA_Camden via Twitter

North London Cares started up We’re so 6 years ago today! proud of what our wonderful neighbours have created @NorthLDNCares via Twitter

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Let’s bid to win Camden wants to be the London Borough of Culture and we need your help. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the London Borough of Culture competition, inviting all London boroughs to bid for £1.1 million in funding for a year of arts and culture in 2019 or 2020. To help us put together a strong bid, we want you to tell us what’s special – or missing – about culture in Camden. Tell us what makes you jump out of bed or inspires you to get involved. It can be anything from your favourite small museum or coffee shop, to the public spaces that define Camden.

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We also want to hear from you if you have an idea to bring art and culture out of galleries and into the community. From popups to poetry, street art to opera, Camden’s culture can be what we make it. If our bid is successful, we will be able to host even more activities, performances and events for our residents and visitors to enjoy. Culture brings people together, and it is also good for our businesses as it draws people to our borough.

To start the conversation, we recently released an exciting video from young filmmakers showing their love for Camden. Watch it on our website below and think about what Camden is to you.

Get involved Please take five minute to answer a few questions about culture in Camden on our website. You can also tell us what you think via social media.

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Greener School Awards Rhyl Primary named greenest school for the second year. As part of Camden in Bloom 2017, the Greener Schools Awards recognised schools’ work to improve the environment across six main categories, including an overall award for Greenest School in Camden, won by Rhyl Primary.

The other winners were St Paul’s Primary (biodiversity), Christ Church Primary in Hampstead (joint winner with Rhyl for food growing), Eleanor Palmer Primary (joint winner with Rhyl for reducing waste, reusing materials and

recycling), Acland Burghley School (active travel and improving air quality) and Christopher Hatton Primary (energy efficiency). The awards presentation was on 11 July, and schools received gift vouchers and certificates.

Mayor of Camden Councillor Richard Cotton with award-winning pupils from Rhyl Primary School in Kentish Town.

Headteacher Helen Connor said: “We are thrilled. This is a fantastic achievement, which celebrates the hard work of children and staff at Rhyl to not only continually develop our outdoor learning provision but also reach such high standards of sustainability and recycling.” Find out more

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Helping you talk Problem-solving booths bring people together to have conversations that they might not usually have. Problem-solving booths have been popping up on the streets of Camden as part of the capital’s new mental health and wellbeing campaign, called Thrive London. At the booth, a ‘helper’ sits on a chair and listens to the concerns of the ‘helped’, who sits on another chair. The helper and the helped can also swap roles to remind participants that Find out more 14

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everyone has problems and that we can all support each other. A noticeboard beside the booth also invites suggestions and ideas for improving mental health and wellbeing. Although the project offers an alternative to professional help, it is led by a clinical psychologist, Dr Charlie Howard. She said: “Talking to a stranger allows you to open up in a way you might not feel comfortable doing with someone you already know. We also find that acting as the helper and listening to other people’s problems is rewarding and empowering.” owls.org.uk

Amirah Amin (left) and Camden’s Deputy Youth MP, Saba Asif, try out a problem-solving booth at Camden Market.

These problem-solving booths are a project by social enterprise Owls, and supported by Thrive London, Camden Council and local NHS workers.


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Queen’s award for women’s centre West Hampstead Women’s Centre (WHWC) has received the 2017 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for volunteer groups in the UK. The Queen’s Award recognises WHWC’s outstanding work in the community. WHWC has provided a supportive space for women of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds since 1984. It offers a wide range of services, including domestic violence support, and advice and help with jobs, money, health and learning new skills. Centre manager Rukhsana Chishti said: “For many women, it is a big step just walking into the Find out more

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Centre manager Rukhsana Chishti (second from left) with WHWC staff.

centre. The moment they arrive they are welcomed into a safe and supportive environment.” Women at the centre are encouraged to come together to discover things they have in common and learn from the ways they are different. 020 7328 7389

Chair of WHWC Jennifer Brown adds: “We aim to give women the chance to thrive and feel part of a community, however traumatic their journey may have been. It is wonderful to have the passion, dedication and commitment of our staff recognised by the Queen’s Award.”

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Free Healthy Start vitamins for mums and babies You can get free Healthy Start vitamins if you are trying for a baby, pregnant or a new mum, or have a child under four. Babies can take Healthy Start vitamins from the age of four weeks. Vitamins are vital for our health. Most vitamins are available from food, but vitamin D is the exception. It is difficult to get enough of it from food alone, no matter how healthy and balanced your diet is. The best source of Find out more

vitamin D is sunlight on the skin, but we often don’t make enough vitamin D from sunlight alone in the UK. Vitamin D helps our bodies take in calcium, which we need to keep our bones strong. Children who don’t get enough vitamin D are more at risk of rickets. Lack of vitamin D may

also cause poor growth, weak and late growth of teeth, delayed walking, and bone and muscle pain. Pick up your free Healthy Start vitamins at Camden children’s centres and health centres. Speak to your midwife or health visitor, or visit our website to find out more.

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Recycling in Camden: the numbers Recycling increased by around 10% from April to July compared to the same months last year

In April, we made changes to our recycling and rubbish collections to improve recycling and save money. Thanks to the efforts of our residents, we’ve already seen improvements to our recycling rates.

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Reducing rubbish, increasing recycling We will collect all recycling left out on your collection day, and remember that 85% of the average Camden rubbish bin can be recycled. You should only put out two Camden-branded orange bags for collection each week (or four every two weeks). If you have a wheelie bin for rubbish, make sure the lid can close flat and do not put extra rubbish bags beside your bin. You will have plenty of room in your rubbish bin or bags if you recycle everything you can. You can order additional recycling containers and bags for recycling textiles, small electrical items and household batteries on our website.

Ask Jenny Jenny is one of our enforcement officers. Each month she answers your recycling questions. Can I recycle make-up containers such as face powder, eye shadow, lipstick? Unfortunately we cannot recycle make-up containers because they usually have some make-up left in them and are made of different types of plastic and glass. Some stores do offer take back schemes.

Can I put leftover pet food in my food waste caddy? Yes, you can put both wet and dry pet food in your food waste caddy.

Remember, you can recycle empty shampoo bottles, glass perfume bottles and aerosols. Are wine corks compostable or recyclable? Corks cannot be recycled. Please do not put them into your food or garden waste containers because they take a very, very long time to break down. You can however put them in your home composter or do something crafty. recyclenow.com/whatto-do-with and search ‘corks’

Can I recycle old cushions and sheets, or net curtains that aren’t good enough for the charity shop? You can put cushion covers, sheets and net curtains in your textile recycling bags, but not duvets, cushions or pillows. Some of the textiles you can recycle are reused in developing countries or turned into new products, such as cleaning cloths.

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A rewarding year Camden Recycling Rewards celebrates its first birthday and 16,000 active members. In October last year, we launched Camden Recycling Rewards, our scheme to encourage residents to recycle more and throw away less. Florence Chatelain from Kentish Town has won a £30 voucher for being the top recycler in her community. She said: “I’ve recycled as long as I’ve had bins available. I signed up to Camden Recycling Rewards after I saw it mentioned in the Camden magazine.

because recycling is cheaper than sending rubbish to landfill.

• a card that gives you offers at 98 local businesses,

There’s still room for improvement as only 25% of household rubbish is recycled at the moment. About 85% of the average Camden rubbish bin can be recycled.

• the chance to win £30 vouchers,

We hope even more of you will sign up to Camden Recycling Rewards in its second year and enjoy what it offers, including:

• nominating one of five Camden charities to benefit from the green points you earn, and • knowing that you are taking part in a scheme that benefits the environment.

“It was great to win the voucher and to get a reward for recycling. I spent it on a school uniform for my daughter. I think the reason I came top in my area was that I’d upcycled some clothes and sent in a photo, which won me extra points. “We are all keen recyclers in our family, and my partner even crushes containers that go in the recycling to save space. We share bins with our neighbours if someone’s bin gets full. It’s quite a social thing and we work as a team.” Increasing recycling As it nears its first birthday, Camden Recycling Rewards has more than 16,000 active members. Residents are now putting around 10% more in their recycling than at this time last year. This is fantastic news and exactly what we hoped for. Your recycling saves money

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Florence and her family are keen recyclers, and they recycle with their neighbours.

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Update on our financial challenge We are still on track to deliver a balanced budget despite pressures. In the face of further cuts to our funding from central government, the Council agreed a savings programme that aims to deliver £78 million by the next financial year. We are making strong progress towards this target by finding new ways of delivering services. We have now completed the second year of the programme and have reduced our costs by more than £44

million, which is 58% of our total savings target, while protecting our vital services. Despite this progress, we still face big challenges as our funding from central government continues to shrink and we know we’re going to have to make further significant budget reductions beyond next year. We estimate we’ll need to save a

further £36 million from 2019 to 2022 to cover the funding shortfall, while demands from a growing and ageing population continue to increase. We will do this by making sure every pound we spend works harder, and finding innovative new ways of doing business. By embracing digital technology, rethinking how we do our work and making decisions based on the needs of our residents, we are well positioned to deliver a balanced budget in 2018/19.

Clever new WiFi kiosks for Camden As part of our financial challenge, we are working to make more services available online, and to make sure more people can access the internet in Camden. One of the ways we are looking to improve digital inclusivity within the borough is by making fast, free WiFi available in Camden’s public spaces. BT has launched new innovative technology in the form of InLinks, with Camden proudly hosting the first two of these nifty pieces of street furniture in the UK on Camden High Street. InLinks offer free, fast WiFi, free phone calls, access to council Find out more

information, maps and guides to the local area. They are also accessible for people who are deaf or hard-ofhearing, and they dim at night so local residents aren’t disturbed by them.

Look out for more InLinks as they are installed across Camden. InLinks by BT will be installed across the borough.

The touch-screen kiosks are free to the council, and, through the planning process, we have secured the removal of many of the older, bulky BT phone booths, reducing clutter on our streets.


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Reducing HS2’s impact on trees and green spaces As preparation for construction of High Speed 2 (HS2) continues this autumn, we are working hard to minimise the impact on Camden. Trees and green spaces are important for the health and wellbeing of communities, the environment, and the character of areas. HS2 Ltd currently expects to remove around 500 trees for construction. This includes all trees in St James’s Gardens, many in Euston Square Gardens, and trees on streets in areas where the new Euston station and tracks will be built. Following discussions with residents and the Council, HS2 Ltd committed to retaining trees for as long as possible and only removing when necessary. It recently set up a panel with representatives from the Council and community, so that all tree removals can be reviewed and challenged.

We are replanting trees to replace those that will be lost to HS2 construction, including those in St James’s Gardens.

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HS2 Ltd will fund the replacement of all trees lost, including 150 to be replanted by the Council. This winter, we will begin replanting around Euston and near the proposed ventilation shaft on Adelaide Road. We are considering locations for new trees on streets, and in parks and housing estates. You can suggest sites for trees and find out more on our trees webpage (right).


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HS2 Ltd is responsible for replanting the remaining trees (around 350) on land it owns. We will work with HS2 Ltd to ensure its replacement trees are the right size and type for their locations. Improving green spaces Around two hectares of public green space will be lost during HS2 construction – about the size of two rugby pitches. During the parliamentary process of the HS2 Bill, the Council secured a commitment that HS2 Ltd will replace green space lost. Some of this will be replaced permanently as part of HS2’s plans for the Euston station area, but this is unlikely to be ready for ten years. We want to ensure that residents have access to green spaces during the construction period, so we secured funding from HS2 Ltd to improve and create green spaces in the Euston area. We will be working with Groundwork London to talk with communities about ideas for projects in local areas. We are starting this by asking community representatives for their input. Keep an eye on our HS2 webpages to find out how to get involved. There will be further opportunities to help shape the improvements as projects develop. Find out more

This month, HS2 Ltd will carry out ground investigation surveys in Euston Square Gardens to prepare for construction.

HS2 works This month HS2 Ltd continues surveys in St James’s Gardens that will help it to understand the scale of excavations of human remains needed in the former burial ground to prepare for construction of the new Euston station. HS2 Ltd permanently closed the gardens to the public in the summer. Ground investigations continue in Euston Square Gardens. HS2 Ltd expects to close the west side of the gardens (on the left, facing the station) to the public in November for the duration of construction.

camden.gov.uk/trees

The rest of the gardens will close at a later date. HS2 Ltd is also carrying out surveys to prepare for the demolition of commercial buildings around Euston station, beginning this winter. Sign up for updates on works on HS2 Ltd’s website at hs2ineuston.commonplace.is. If you have questions about construction, phone HS2 Ltd’s 24-hour freephone helpdesk on 08081 434 434 or email hs2enquiries@hs2.org.uk.

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New beginnings Through the Community Investment Programme (CIP), we have invested in new accommodation for single homeless people in Camden, providing a vital lifeline for some of our most vulnerable residents. We’ve spent more than £10 million on modernising two hostels for single homeless people at Mount Pleasant and Holmes Road Studios. Holmes Road Studios is due to open next year. The new Mount Pleasant building, opened in 2015, provides safe accommodation and training for single homeless people with support needs to help them get back into work and stay independent. Support staff work on site seven days a week assisting residents to develop the skills to live independently and get into work. Mount Pleasant was a former hostel, originally built 100 years ago as part of a workhouse. It was completely transformed and the new building is bright, open, accessible and welcoming. There are now 50 units of modern ensuite studio accommodation and training rooms. Residents can be referred to Mount Pleasant through the Adult Pathway, which has two main routes: Camden’s Homelessness Prevention team or the Safer Streets team who deliver outreach to rough sleepers. Over 200 people are supported to move from the Pathway into independent accommodation each year.

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Here are just two of many Mount Pleasant success stories since the new facility opened:

Frehiwot’s story (Resident at Mount Pleasant from 2015-17) Due to personal issues, Frehiwot Healer found herself homeless in 2015. She said: “At the end of 2014, I was severely depressed. I went back to Ethiopia as I felt like I had lost myself. I felt disconnected from the world and tried to commit suicide. It was a dark time for me but, thanks to my family, I have managed to pull through. “I cannot believe the change in me from the day I went to Mount Pleasant until the day I left. My situation changed from negative to positive. I never imagined my life to be normal again after my depression but the staff were so supportive. They showed me what life is about. My support worker is one of the best people I have met. I also felt comfortable meeting other residents who had been in similar situations. “During my time at Mount Pleasant, I took part in some of the programmes and went to an art workshop once a week.

The facilities here are great. They helped me to live independently, which I never thought I would be able to do. The room was very comfortable and for one person it was just enough.” Art workshops are one of many workshops offered to residents, other programmes and activities include music and writing skills. Frehiwot now lives in privately rented accommodation. She has agreed to return to Mount Pleasant to run a weekly art group for current residents. She also donated some of her art to Mount Pleasant, bringing colour to the reception area.


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Brian’s story (Current resident from December 2016) Brian Corcoran has been at Mount Pleasant since he was forced to leave his privately rented property in December 2016. He said: “My journey was quite dramatic. I was evicted from my property last December because of trouble paying my rent. At the time, I was ill in bed and was told to pack my bag

and leave. I went to Camden Town hall and moved to Mount Pleasant on the same day. “The team here have been tip-top. My room is fine and I share a kitchen with just one other person. It has been very good. I have been going to the ‘piece by piece’ course, which helps you organise your life when living on your own. My support worker is excellent and has helped me immensely.” Brian has now been accepted to move into sheltered housing. The reception area at Mount Pleasant is bright and open.

The rear courtyard at Mount Pleasant is a quiet place to relax. Community Investment Programme

Camden’s Community Investment Programme will deliver: 3,050

new homes, including 1,400 affordable homes Find out more

Invest £117 million into schools and children’s centres

9,000 square metres of improved community facilities – the equivalent

of 35 tennis courts

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Summer days Rain or shine, you made the most of all Camden has to offer this summer. Open Open

This year’s Summer Programme brought together families, friends and communities for a non-stop schedule of free and lowcost activities, with something for everyone.

90 pieces of artwork were showcased in our annual exhibition, Open Open, which gives artists of all ages and abilities the chance to display work.

Here’s a look back at some of the summer’s highlights:

Big Camden Celebration Older and younger neighbours came together for an afternoon of music, dancing and storytelling at this special event organised by North London Cares.

Project Paisley

Camden Summer University

You helped create a unique paisley for Camden at workshops led by partners Quiet Down There. Artwork will be on display at Swiss Cottage Library from 30 September.

Young people enjoyed a wide range of fantastic courses, from jewellery-making at the British Museum, to motorcycling, photography and much more. Hattie Upton-Dance, Quiet Down There

Sephardi Voices at the Jewish Museum Visitors experienced a Moroccan Jewish Henna ceremony at the late opening of this exhibition.

The Life of Birds at the House of Illustration Families enjoyed this workshop inspired by their current exhibition ‘Quentin Blake: The Life of Birds’ (showing until 1 October). Find out more 24

lovecamden.org

What’s next? Summer may be over, but there’s plenty to keep you busy all year round in Camden. You can find free and low-cost activities in the listings pages of every Camden magazine (see pages 28 and 29) and on the Love Camden website (left).


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Growing active communities The first organisations in Camden to receive Camden Active Mark awards include:

Camden recognises local community organisations committed to improving physical activity for residents.

Highgate Harriers Highgate Harriers is one of the country’s oldest athletics clubs and they have achieved many major successes. They host major national events, but also maintain their grassroots approach by running weekly community sessions for all ages, and supporting Camden primary and secondary schools athletics competitions. highgateharriers.org.uk

Camden is home to many excellent community organisations and sports clubs who help residents be active, get social and have fun.

Hayley Madden

To recognise and support the growth of these organisations, we have created the Camden Active Mark award. Organisations working toward the award need to be committed to developing their activities, have a desire to grow, and welcome people of different ages and abilities throughout the community. The three award categories are Development, Beacon and Beacon+.

The Place

SAS Martial Arts Academy teaches wing chun, tai chi, chi kung and meditation. They promote the ethos of the martial arts with respect, integrity and improving confidence for all age groups.

The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance development. They operate a theatre programme that is open to all, which is packed full of dance shows from across the world, and classes for all ages and abilities to develop everyday enjoyment of dance within Camden. theplace.org.uk

sas-martialarts.co.uk Roswitha Chesher

Organisations in Development are working with the council to progress to Beacon. Beacon winners are performing well to meet the needs of the community, and Beacon+ winners have made outstanding contributions to developing sport and physical activity in the wider community.

SAS Martial Arts Academy

English Folk Dance and Song Society EFDSS are champions of English traditional arts. They offer activities and education in music, song and folk dance for all ages. efdss.org Turn to page 28 to get involved in activities at these organisations.

Find out more

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September spotlight on air quality Working with our schools to improve air quality in Camden. We are always looking for ways to improve air quality and promote sustainable travel across Camden. As the new academic year starts, we share a new schools funding project and announce a change in our policy to parking near schools.

Three Camden schools to receive air quality audits

Meeting our goal of sustainable school travel

Earlier this year, the Mayor of London launched a fund to help tackle pollution at primary schools where air quality is a particular problem. The Schools’ Air Quality Audits programme will review ways to lower emissions and exposure to pollution in and around schools.

Parking permits will no longer be issued to schools from the start of this academic year.

Fifty schools were chosen by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to receive these ‘air quality audits’. In Camden, the three primary schools we put forward will receive funding: Netley, Gospel Oak and Christopher Hatton. They will each receive £5,000 to identify ways to improve their local air quality. Recommendations could include changes to local roads, introducing more greenery to block pollution, upgrades to school buildings to minimise emissions from boilers, kitchens and other sources, and ways to encourage more walking and cycling. We want to lower pollution and congestion on the school run.

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We will work with the schools throughout the audit process, and help them decide what action to take.

camden.gov.uk/AQ

camden.gov.uk/stp

When we introduced school travel plans in 2002, we provided parking permits for schools to give out to parents. This was called the parking dispensation scheme (PDS). As part of the scheme, we asked schools to work with parents to reduce car use, and raise awareness about air pollution and road safety. Over time, we have reduced the number of permits to try to lower pollution and congestion on the school run. After a recent review, we have decided to discontinue the scheme. We’re now focusing on activities that better meet our goal of sustainable travel to and from schools. This includes supporting schools through School Travel Plans which look at safe and healthy alternatives to driving to school.


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Slowing down on Camden’s roads We’re leading the way in the city to make our roads safer for everyone. We were one of the first London boroughs to introduce a boroughwide 20mph speed limit back in 2013. Since then other boroughs have followed suit and 20mph is now becoming a common speed limit in central London. Slower speeds reduce the chance of collisions and make serious injuries far less likely. If a person is hit by a vehicle travelling at 20mph there is a 2.5% chance they will be killed. If they are hit at 30mph the likelihood rises to 20%. In a bid to encourage drivers to slow down, we have installed caractivated flashing 20mph speed signs, proven to reduce speeds. We will be installing more of these on roads where people are still driving too fast. 20mph champions We have set up a Community Roadwatch exercise with the police, where volunteers, Find out more

Schools support road safety

supervised by Police Support Officers, are trained to use speed guns and record details of speeding vehicles. Vehicle owners are sent a warning letter from the police telling them the amount they would have been fined and explaining the dangers of speeding. Drivers who are spotted speeding more than twice receive a letter to say if they keep speeding they may be added to a police database for possible enforcement. The aim is to create a change in driving culture, encouraging drivers to follow the 20mph speed limit and reminding them that speeding is a criminal offence. One hundred banners have also been installed across Camden to promote awareness of the limit. With driving speeds falling every year in Camden, it’s great to see our work is paying off.

camden.gov.uk/roadsafety

The winning 20 mph sign, designed by Era Emini from Emmanuel School.

Camden primary and secondary school students took part in a competition to design a Camden 20mph limit sign for streets surrounding the borough’s schools.

The winning children received bike shop vouchers as their prize. All three designs will be displayed on full-scale signs on the streets surrounding Camden schools.

We had a fantastic response, with 330 entries from 13 primary schools. Era Emini from Emmanuel School won first place for her creative design. Second place went to Jason Foulad from University College School Junior Branch, and third place to Torie Richards from La Sainte Union School. 27


Listings Family Poetry remix workshop Explore shape, pattern and type to create your own poetry. 40 places available per workshop, first come, first served. Saturday 23 September, 10.30am to 12pm or 1 to 2.30pm Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB bl.uk boxoffice@bl.uk 019 3754 6546 Cloud 9 Community Festival Free arts and crafts workshops for all ages, a performance stage and more Saturday 16 September, 11am to 4pm Cumberland Market Kings Cross NW1 3RH fantasyhighstreet.org.uk Family table tennis Every Friday, 2 to 4pm Queen’s Crescent Community Association Ashdown Crescent NW5 4QE camden.gov.uk/active

Under 5s Family photographs workshop Learn how to photograph portraits of your child in a fun pop-up studio. Booking essential. Sunday 10 September, 10am to 12.30pm Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street NW1 7NB jewishmuseum.org.uk admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk 020 7284 7384 Snigel and Friends Interactive theatre for 0 to 12 month olds. Booking essential. Friday 27 October, 1pm, 3.15pm Saturday 28 October, 11.30am £10 for adult and baby The Place 17 Duke’s Road WC1H 9PY theplace.org.uk boxoffice@theplace.org.uk 020 7121 1100 28

All activities are free unless otherwise specified Little feet: go Greek Move your body in a free-flow session inspired by ancient Greek sculpture and art For under 5s, and parents and carers Thursday 21 September, 11am to 2pm, drop in British Museum Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG britishmuseum.org info@britishmuseum.org 020 7323 8181

Children and young people Young women’s empowerment festival Talks and performances from influential speakers on a range of topics Sunday 17 September, 10am to 4pm Jewish Museum London, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street NW1 7NB jewishmuseum.org.uk admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk 020 7284 7384 Friday night project Try parkour, boxing, trampolining, basketball and more. For ages 13 to 16. First Friday of every month, 8 to 10pm Next sessions 8 September and 6 October £2 per session Talacre Sports Centre Dalby Street NW5 3AF camden.gov.uk/fnp Term-time and holiday play centre After-school play centre with pick up and full day holiday centre Concessions available Hampstead Community Centre 78 Hampstead High Street NW3 1RE hampsteadcommunitycentre.co.uk hampsteadcommunitycentre@ btconnect.com 020 7794 8313

Get active English Country Dancing Learn English folk dancing styles, including country, ceilidh, and barn dance. Age 16+.

Every Thursday from 14 September 7.30 to 10pm Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent’s Park Road NW1 7AY efdss.org/englishcountrydancing education@efdss.org 020 7485 2206 Have a go at Morris Dancing Discover one of the richest traditions of folk dance in a relaxed and fun setting Every Tuesday, from 19 September Beginners: 6.30 to 8pm Improvers and advanced: 7 to 9pm Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent’s Park Road NW1 7AY efdss.org/morrisdance education@efdss.org 020 7241 8953 SAS martial arts Essential skills for self-defence and modern living. Two free trial sessions in September. Children (4 to 12s): Tues & Thurs, 5 to 6.15pm, Sat, 10 to 11.30am Juniors (13 to 17s): Tues & Thurs, 6.15 to 7.30pm, Sat, 11.45am to 2pm Adults (18+): Tues & Thurs, 7 to 8.45pm, Sat, 11.45am to 2pm La Sainte Union School Croftdown Road NW5 1EH sas-martialarts.co.uk 020 8292 0800 Learn to run Every Wednesday, 6.30 to 7.30pm Gospel Oak Striders Meet at Gospel Oak station Gordon House Road NW5 1LT groups.runtogether.co.uk Ladies fitness sessions Low-impact exercise class Mondays, 4 to 5pm The Armoury Gym 25 Pond Street NW3 2PN camden.gov.uk/active

Walks Queen’s Crescent Walk For adults with learning disabilities and/ or difficulties. All welcome. Every Friday, 11.45am to 12.15pm Meet at Queen’s Crescent


Listings Community Centre 45 Ashdown Crescent NW5 4QE Parliament Hill Walk at a leisurely pace Mondays, 9.50 to 11am Meet at Parliament Hill Café Highgate Road NW5 1QR Hampstead Heath For a more challenging walk Mondays, 9.50am to 12pm Meet at Hampstead Heath Overground Station, South End NW3 2QD

Green gym Gardening and conservation Tuesday 29 September, 10.45am to 2pm Camden Green Gym Waterlow Park N19 5JF tcv.org.uk/camden gg-camden@tcv.org.uk 077 6871 0359 Woodland habitats maintenance and path clearance Friday 15 September, 10.45am to 2pm West Hampstead Green Gym Westbere Copse NW2 1RD tcv.org.uk/camden gg-westhampstead@gmail.com Meadow Scything Workshop Thursday 28 September, 10.45am to 2pm Camden Green Gym Regent’s Park Hub Cafe NW1 4NU tcv.org.uk/camden gg-camden@tcv.org.uk 07768 710 359

Over 50s Monthly coffee morning Join us for tea, coffee, cake and interesting speakers First Wednesdays of the month, 10am to 12pm Upcoming dates: 6 September, 4 October

Age UK Camden, Tavis House 1-6 Tavistock Square WC1H 9NA ageuk.org.uk/camden 020 7239 0400 Over 65s weekly social club Weekly activities for older and younger neighbours to enjoy together Every Wednesday, 3.30 to 5.30pm Kentish Town Community Centre 17 Busby Place NW5 2SP northlondoncares.org.uk roxanne.rustem@northlondoncares.org.uk 020 7118 3838 Marchmont Over 65s Film Club Come along, enjoy a film and meet your younger neighbours. Monday 25 September, 6 to 9pm Marchmonth Community Centre 62 Marchmont Street WC1N 1AB northlondoncares.org.uk roxanne.rustem@northlondoncares.org.uk 020 7118 3838

Community events Volunteer drop-in Get help to find local volunteering roles Tuesday 12 September, 12 to 2pm Volunteer Centre Camden 2 Grafton Yard NW5 2ND volunteercentrecamden.org.uk info@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk 020 7424 9990 Give and take day Sunday 8 October, 11am to 3pm Bring unwanted household items to give away and pick up items for yourself for free Haverstock School Chalk Farm NW3 2BQ wiseuptowaste.org.uk

The Big Draw Free still-life drawing workshop for over 16s All materials provided Sunday 10 September, 2pm Burgh House and Hampstead Museum burghhouse.org.uk whatson@burghhouse.org.uk 020 7431 0144

Exhibitions and performances London Symphony Silent film celebrating London’s diversity and culture with live soundtrack performed by Covent Garden Sinfonia Email to book your free place Sunday 17 September, 7pm Alexandra Road Park Rowley Way NW8 londonsymphfilm.com hannah.bennett@camden.gov.uk 020 7974 3480 Romney’s time at Hampstead Free talk on the life of artist George Romney by Art historian Alex Kidson Friday 22 September, 2pm Burgh House and Hampstead Museum burghhouse.org.uk whatson@burghhouse.org.uk 020 7431 0144 Open House London Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September Explore hundreds of buildings in London for free, including over 65 Camden locations openhouselondon.org.uk Exploring LGBTQ histories A different view of the Museum’s collection gallery. Talk by Laura Phillips Saturday 16 September, 1.15 to 2pm British Museum Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG britishmuseum.org info@britishmuseum.org 020 7323 8181

Event details may change, so do check with the organiser before you attend. Want to have your event listed here? Email camdenmagazine@camden.gov.uk to make a request. Space is limited and we prioritise free and low-cost community events. 29


Councillors’ allowances 2016/17 In accordance with the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) Regulations 2003, notice is hereby given that the London Borough of Camden, during the financial period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, made total payments to each of the following councillors as set out. Payments were made in accordance with the published Members’ Allowances Scheme for the same period. Payments to Councillors Member

Basic Allowances

Payments to Councillors

Travel and Special ResponsiCycle Carers’ Total Paid to Subsisbility Allowances Allowance Allowance Members tence

Member

Basic Allowances

Travel and Special ResponsiCycle Carers’ Total Paid to Subsisbility Allowances Allowance Allowance Members tence

Ali N

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Olad A

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

668.00

15,791.00

Apak M

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

180.96

-

26,045.88

Olszewski R

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Baillie S

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Pietragnoli L 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Beales D

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Pober A

-

-

180.96

-

9,931.92

9,750.96

Beattie D A

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Quadir A

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Berry S

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Rea F M

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Blackwell TW

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Revah L P

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Robinson R L 9,750.96

10,740.96

83.55

-

-

20,575.47

Bucknell J M 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Rosenberg P R 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Callaghan PA

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Roy L

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Cooper O H

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Cotton R S

9,750.96

1,431.63

-

-

-

11,182.59

Currie T W

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Eslamdoust M

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

Francis S

Russell L J

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Shah N

9,750.96

14,480.70

-

-

-

24,231.60

Simpson J A 9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Spinella G

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

15,123.00

Stark S

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Tomlinson PE

9,750.96

-

-

180.96

-

9,931.92

Vincent S

9,750.96

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Freeman R J 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Fulbrook J G 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Gardiner T

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Gimson S

9,750.96

1,819.32

-

-

-

11,570.28

Gould G A

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Hai A

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Harrison A D 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Hayward S L 9,750.96

29,003.04

-

-

-

38,754.00

Headlam-Wells J

5,372.04

7.00

-

-

15,130.00

9,750.96

9,750.96

Williams D W 9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Wood A

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Yarde J A

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Total for councillors

526,130.83

288,150.54

90.55

542.88

668.00

815,612.80

Payments to Independent Persons Independent Persons

Basic Allowances

Special Responsibility Allowances

Travel and Subsistence

Cycle Allowance

Carers’ Allowance

Total Paid to Independent Persons

Johnson H M 9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Jones P D

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Redfern M A -

1,047.96

-

-

-

1,047.96

Kelly A

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Terry S D

-

1,047.96

-

-

-

1,047.96

Khatoon S

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Total for Independent Persons

-

2,095.92

-

-

-

2,095.92

Member

Basic Allowances

Special Responsibility Allowances

Carers’ Allowance

Total Paid to Members

Total of all Members’ Allowances

526,130.83

290,276.46

668.00

817,708.72

Lewis O

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Leyland C

9,750.96

16,113.96

-

-

-

25,864.92

Madlani R

9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Marshall A

9,750.96

-

-

-

-

9,750.96

Mason A M 9,750.96 McCormack M E 9,329.95

16,113.96 5,100.81

-

-

-

25,864.92 14,430.76

Mennear K A 9,750.96

5,372.04

-

-

-

15,123.00

Total for all Members Travel Cycle and Sub- Allowsistence ance

90.55

542.88

If you require any further information, please contact the Committee Services Manager, Anne Rasmussen, by phone on 020 7974 2360, email at anne.rasmussen@camden.gov.uk, or by post at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London, WC1H 9JE. 30


My Camden Samantha McNeil is a volunteer co-ordinator at Clean Break, and has been volunteering throughout Camden for 20 years. What’s your Camden connection?

helps have mental health issues. This is something I have struggled with.

I moved to Camden from south London in 1997. I wasn’t employed at the time so I took up volunteer roles to gain experience.

Tell us about your work or volunteering in Camden? I was a long-time volunteer with Clean Break, which led to my current paid position. Clean Break is an amazing 40-yearold theatre company based in Camden that changes the lives of women who have had experience in the criminal justice system, or at risk of becoming involved. It operates in the community and gives women a safe, free space to come into their own. We work with women all over London. Clean Break is also close to my heart because a lot of the women it

Favourite places in Camden? I love Volunteer Centre Camden. I am a matchmaker and I source placements for prospective volunteers. I also love the Roundhouse. I’ve been a front-of-house volunteer for 11 years and seen some fantastic gigs and theatre.

How has Camden changed? It is a lot busier. There are more people from diverse cultures living here now, which is great. There is really something for everyone in Camden. As a long-time volunteer, I’ve seen so many

organisations come and go. The ones that are here now often share space and resources. It’s funny though – every once and while I’ll run across a Camden-based organisation that I’ve never heard of before, and it’s important to me to make contact.

Most memorable thing to happen to you in Camden? Volunteering for the 2012 Olympics was an incredible experience. Camden had its own ‘Welcome to the World’ group of volunteers.

We had information booths set up in places like Holborn and Camden Market to talk to visitors about our borough, and provide directions and other information. I’ll never forget how many visitors were in London during this time. There was such a buzz and special atmosphere.

What’s your next volunteering ambition? Volunteering abroad is on my bucket list. When I find the right opportunity, I’ll make it happen.

Do you know someone who has strong community connections in Camden that we should profile? Email camdenmagazine@camden.gov.uk to tell us more. Find out more 

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Camden magazine September 2017  
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