Islington People’s Rights is turning fifty
Since Islington People’s Rights (IPR) was founded in 1969, we have been committed to reducing poverty and the effects of debt in Islington. We’re celebrating this important work by launching an exhibition that charts the organisation’s history over the past 50 years in response to welfare reform and the changing face of poverty in Islington.
To coincide with the exhibition, you can also take part in a series of free events including drop in advice sessions, a guided walk around Clerkenwell by author David Rosenberg looking at local radical history, a talk on the impact of Universal credit and storytelling and family activities for the under 5s.
Islington People’s Rights: Fifty years of tackling poverty in the borough opens at Islington Museum on 2 November 2019 and runs until 21 January 2020.
Today, IPR provides direct help to over 2,500 people a year. The exhibition will reflect on current challenges in meeting growing demands for IPR services following the introduction of Universal Credit and years of austerity.
Visit the exhibition and discover the stories of people whose lives have been touched by their connection with IPR.
2 November 2019 – 21 January 2020
245 St John Street
Islington Museum opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Closed: Wednesday and Sunday
- Saturday 9 November, 10.30am
- Saturday 7 December, 10.30am
- Starts: Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4RP
- Ends: Islington Museum
A guided walk in and around Clerkenwell covering fascinating episodes in local radical history, from the Peasants’ revolt of 1381 to today’s May Day marches. The walk is led by David Rosenberg, author of Rebel Footprints: a Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History.
Free event. To reserve your place please visit http://www.eastendwalks.com/?page_id=82
Dan Norris, Head of Advice and Rights, at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) explores the impact of Universal Credit, and work being undertaken to tackle this. This update and discussion follows on, from the successful 2018 Conference “Universal Credit: A whole Community response” organised by Islington People’s Rights and other local advice agencies.
Free event. To reserve your place please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talk-the-impact-of-universal-credit-tickets-76752702399
City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 1HB
Join us for the AGM of Islington People’s Rights (IPR) with speakers including Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, Louisa McGeehan, Director of Policy, Rights and Advocacy, CPAG and John Muldoon, former chair of IPR.
Islington Museum will be open until 6pm that day, so you can visit the exhibition before the event. After the speeches there will be refreshments and a chance to meet IPR trustees, staff and partners.
Free event but registration essential by 14th November (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-peoples-rights-2019-agm-tickets-73427574853)
Friday 22 November, 10am-10.45am
Join Dani the Storyteller on an adventure to discover the stories behind the exhibition.
Free drop in session, no booking required
Messy play exploring stories from the exhibition. Messy Play gets messy so bring old clothes or an apron!
Free drop in session, no booking required
With Islington People’s Rights at Islington Museum
Find out what free help is available in Islington. Meeting for local residents who may have debt issues, and for local organisations that support residents with debts.
Islington People’s Rights delivers the Islington Water Debt Advice Project, supporting those with water debts or other utility debts, through funding from the Thames Water Trust Fund. IPR also provides more general debt advice.
Free event. To reserve your place please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/debt-what-help-is-out-there-tickets-76758126623
Are you having problems with your Welfare Benefits? Is the weight of debt holding you down? Islington People’s Rights (IPR) can help, by providing independent welfare benefits and debt advice. Specialist Caseworker available to assist you with welfare benefits and debt issues.
Free event. No need to book, just drop in to Islington Museum on following dates:
- Monday 11 November 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Saturday 16 November 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Thursday 21 November 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Friday 29 November 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Monday 2 December 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Friday 6 December 10:30am to 12:30pm
- Saturday 14 December 2 to 4pm
- Thursday 9 January 2 to 4pm
- Saturday 18 January 2 to 4pm