The Stuart Low Trust
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 some of 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 Nature visits offer 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.
August 2022 activities at SLT:
- SLT’s Gentle Exercise class: Building Energy through Movement (On Zoom) – Tuesday 2nd & 9th
A mixture of Chinese movement: Tai Chi; Chi Gung; and a little Yoga all designed to exercise and strengthen most muscles, joints and bones in the body and slowly but surely increase energy and resilience. Delivered by Peter from Healthy Generations on Zoom.
- SLT’s Estorick Art Workshops (F2F) – Tuesday 23rd & 30th August
Flat and 3D Collage (23rd August) - Learn paper construction techniques to create a 3D collage inspired by the relief works of Alexander Archipenko.
Building Bodies (30th August) – Explore the drawings, paintings, and sculptures of figures in the exhibition Archipenko and the Italian Avant Garde and try a range of techniques to build and draw a body in different styles.
- Pond Dipping at Camley Street Natural Park (F2F) – Wednesday 3rd August
A face-to-face visit. Discover what hides in the ponds at Camley Street Natural Park, in a pond dipping session and guided tour in beautiful nature.
- Men's Over 50's Keep Fit Club: 'FitGents' (F2F) - Thursdays
This Face-to-Face 'FitGents' and coffee social club is especially for Men aged 50+ (every Thursday afternoon). Start with 45 minutes of Longevity Keep Fit with Qi Gong Exercises, then relax and chat with a 30 minute coffee social. Places are limited. Booking essential.
- Friday Evening Event: ‘I am Dracula, Welcome to my House’ (On Zoom) – Friday 5th August
Dracula… We all know the name – from film, television, radio… We may even have read the original novel, or one of the many variants by other writers. But did you know that there was a real Dracula? A national hero in his own country, a great soldier and a firm ruler. Followed by a Q&A.
- East-Meets-West: Focused Exercises for Wellbeing (F2F) – Saturday 6th August
Explore the positive benefits of mixed exercises including: sitting and breathing techniques, self-massage and movements and stretching exercises.
- A visit to Kew Gardens (F2F) – Wednesday 10th August
A face-to-face visit. Join us for a visit to Kew Gardens, the World-famous botanic garden housing the largest, most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.
- Mindfulness Workshop: Laughter and Joy (On Zoom) – Saturday 13th August
Explore how mindfulness and laughter can enhance our joy and wellbeing.
- Seated Meditation & Mindful movements (F2F) – Saturday 20th August
Experience how seated meditation can help calm the mind and relax the body through bringing energy of awareness and enjoyments into our bodies.
- Discover the Summer Wildlife at Camley Street Natural Park (F2F) – Wednesday 24th August
A face-to-face visit. Discover and enjoy the summer wildlife at Camley Street Natural Park, on a guided tour in nature.
- The 1951 Festival of Britain (On Zoom) – Friday 26th August
Join Community Historian Carolyn Clark for an illustrated talk as she delves into the history of the 1951 Festival of Britain. Followed by a Q & A.
- Sitting Yoga (F2F) - Saturday 27th August
Feel great. Release stress. Cultivate stillness. 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. 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.
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