BETTER ARCHWAY FORUM The Better Archway Forum is a community organisation working with the council and others to improve the Archway area. It acts as a voice for residents, businesses and other users of the Archway area on its proposed redevelopment. All local organisations and individuals can become involved, and there are regular group meetings to discuss issues and decide on courses of action.
ARCHWAY TOWN CENTRE GROUP The ATCG is an independent body for the business community in Archway and membership is open to all businesses and employers in Archway. In partnership with Islington Council it works to create a thriving town centre that is clean, safe and accessible with a diverse retail mix.
HIGHGATE NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM A new forum that has recently been set up as a subgroup of the Highgate Society in response to the Localism Act.
ARCHWAY MARKET Archway Market now has a permanent fixture in Navigator Square, every Saturday..
SHAKESPEARE ROADS A small Resident’s Association covering just the quadrant of roads named after Shakespeare characters, it is run by Tom Forde, who you can contact here.
HARBERTON ROAD Harberton Road has its own website. It was set up in 2011 by a handful of neighbours along the street to help spread the word about a number of local initiatives, notably the very successful and enjoyable street parties in 2011 and 2012.
HORNSEY LANE ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE Hornsey lane Estate Community Association provides activities and support for all members of the community, including a nursery, out of school hour’s provision, older people’s services, youth club, employment and work clubs and advice and information.
CAXTON HOUSE Caxton House Community Centre, on St. John’s Way, offers a number of education, fitness and arts projects and provides a key link between like-minded organisations and the local community. See their website, which has an interesting history page.
ISLINGTON U3A The University of the Third Age (U3A) is for anyone who is no longer working full time and wants to keep active. It is about involvement in learning new things, expanding horizons, sharing skills and knowledge, making new friends and helping others to learn. Age is no barrier to learning or to helping others to learn.
ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH St. Andrew’s Church in Whitehall Park provides many community services, such as the Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless, which runs from 1st January to 31st March each year, and youth groups. The hall is available for hire.
HLSI Overlooking Pond Square, the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution offers many activities, events, lectures, exhibitions and courses. It also has a library.
LAUDERDALE HOUSE Situated in Waterlow Park, the house hosts frequent performances, exhibitions, fairs and educational and art activities.
ST. AUGUSTINE’S CHURCH St. Augustine’s Workshop, at the back of the church, runs several courses, including upholstery and chair caning, soft furnishing, and sewing. On Langdon Park Road, Off Archway Road, N6.
WHITTINGTON HOSPITAL Services at the Whittington Hospital seem to be always under threat. DWHC (the Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition) opposes government cuts to the NHS and has the latest information. see their website.
ISLINGTON ENERGY DOCTOR In coordination with their delivery partners Groundwork, Islington are extending their Energy Doctor service across the Archway Low Carbon Zone. A dedicated Energy Doctor is working solely with residents of the Zone, carrying out home visits and providing in depth support.
CAR CLUB There are already five Car Club bays in our area, with another to be added soon in Whitehall Park. There are many more in the wider Archway area. For more information about their location, and how to use them, go to the Zipcar website.
HICAN The Highgate Climate Action Network started in April 2008 with four people and now have over 80 paid-up members. Their concern is raising consciousness about climate change issues in the Highgate area through a number of free public talks.
LIVING STREETS The national charity that stands up for pedestrians, working to create safer, more attractive and enjoyable streets.
SLOW SLOW is a local support group run by and for bereaved parents, aiming to provide mutual support, listening, sharing and space. They hold informal weekly drop-in meetings at their base in North Islington. See their website.
VOLUNTARY ACTION ISLINGTON VAI offer a wide range of services for local organisations, small groups, and volunteers at all stages of their development. They range from one-to-one support, through to training and money management.
VOLUNTEERING IN LONDON Greater London Volunteering is the umbrella organisation for volunteering in London. Their members include Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Development Agencies covering every borough of Greater London. They help 50,000 volunteers and 9,000 organisations every year and encourage people to get involved. Everyone can volunteer, regardless of age, sex, employment status, education and disability. There is a huge variety of activities to get involved in and they can both give information and seek to influence local and regional government, decision-makers and funders on the value of quality, coordinated volunteering activity. They have members in virtually every borough in the region and offer a wide network of opportunities.
ISLINGTON PEOPLE’S RIGHTS Islington People’s Rights (IPR) provides expert, specialist advice and representation to marginalised individuals in and around Islington. IPR delivers specialist welfare benefits and debt advice. IPR has a fierce commitment to a rights based approach and seeks to alleviate poverty and the effects of debt in and around Islington.
PEEL CENTRE DIRECT ACTION PROJECT The Direct Action Project, managed by the Peel Centre, works with Islington residents to increase knowledge and general awareness about mental health issues. Download more info here.
SUNNYSIDE GARDENS As well as being a lovely community garden, Sunnyside Gardens once hosted a weekly organic food market, regular workshops and numerous community events, and they have been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Pennant’. A fire in July 2013, probably arson, put an end to much of that, but the garden has struggling to reinvent itself and is now back on its feet. There’s a bit about them on Greg Foxsmith's blog and pictures on our Reviews page. They have a website and you can follow them on Facebook.
WATERLOW PARK Set on a hillside in Highgate. it boasts one of the best panoramic views over London. It was bequeathed to the public by Sir Sydney Waterlow as a ‘garden for the gardenless’ in 1889. The Friends of Waterlow Park is an independent local community group involved with Park issues and events.
PARKLAND WALK The Parkland Walk Local Nature Reserve follows the route of the old railway line between Finsbury Park and Highgate. The Friends Of The Parkland Walk hold a work session every second Saturday of the month for 2 hours. There is usually at least 1 longer session each month run by The Conservation Volunteers on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
QUEEN’S WOOD The Friends Of Queen's Wood is a voluntary group that was set up to help look after Queen’s Wood and its trees, plants, birds, animals, fungi and other forms of wildlife. We are a very friendly group and are always delighted to welcome new members.
HIGHGATE WOOD The ancient woodland of Highgate Wood is a haven for wildlife and provides numerous easily accessible and scenic woodland trails. There is an excellent playground, a renowned café, an information hut with booklets, newsletters and trail guides and well maintained toilet facilities.
CAMLEY STREET NATURAL PARK Camley Street Natural Park was created from an old coal yard back in 1984. It sits in the middle of King’s Cross, alongside the sparkling new Eurostar station at St Pancras. It is popular with all kinds of people seeking respite from the buzz of the city around them, as well as being a hub for London Wildlife Trust volunteers. Go to the website here.
GILLESPIE PARK NATURE RESERVE Gillespie Park is a 2.8 hectare Local Nature Reserve in the heart of inner city London. The reserve is managed for the benefit of wildlife. An amazing 244 plant species, 94 bird species and 24 types of butterfly have been seen here. Download their brochure.
EAST RESERVOIR NATURE RESERVE London Wildlife Trust has created a garden space on an historic site nestled between the New River and East Reservoir in Stoke Newington. Complete with a fully equipped eco-classroom with a living roof, it provides a base for school visits and a variety of community projects. See also Wild London.
MARKFIELD PARK BEAM ENGINE The Markfield Beam Engine and Museum is housed in its original Grade II listed Engine House in the former sewage treatment works for Tottenham which now forms part of Markfield Park. There is a cafe and wild flower gardens, and it’s right on the River Lea.
GiGL Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) is the capital's environmental records centre, collating, managing and making available detailed information on London's wildlife, parks, nature reserves, gardens and other open spaces. Among their aims are the collection, validation and secure storage of comprehensive data on London's open spaces and biodiversity, and to act as a one-stop-shop for such data for the benefit of Londoners. They have a tool for easily recording the wildlife you see in your garden. Visit their website here.
LONDON WILDLIFE TRUST London Wildlife Trust is the only charity dedicated solely to protecting the capital's wildlife and wild spaces, engaging London's diverse communities through access to our nature reserves, campaigning, volunteering and outdoor learning. Go to their website here.