Around 60% of people in Islington (more than 110,000 people) are classified as either at risk of ill health, or living with 1 or more long-term health conditions.
Islington’s healthy life expectancy for women (61.6 years) and men (60.7 years) is lower than the London (women 64.1, men 64.1) and England (women 64.1, men 63.4) averages. Life expectancy correlates with wealth. Poorer men in Islington are likely to live 8 years less than wealthier men.
The biggest cause of deaths in Islington are cardiovascular problems, and our borough has a higher prevalence of these than other London boroughs. Rates of hospital admissions due to alcohol are significantly higher here than in London and the rest of England.
Despite these major issues, people living here are more physically active than in other London boroughs. However, studies show that this activity is also influenced by inequality; poorer residents, and residents from minority backgrounds and marginalised communities, are less likely to participate in organised physical activity.
We believe everyone in Islington deserves a good life. We want people to feel connected to each other, and to feel part of their communities.
Our partners listen to local people’s concerns and needs and respond with practical solutions that bring people together and offer support.
The Good Neighbours Scheme has been run by local partners Help on Your Doorstep since 2013. In Canonbury (pictured above), King’s Cross and Caledonian Road it reaches out to thousands of local people. Many of them give their time each week, starting football sessions for local children, yoga classes for the community, and getting together to do some gardening, all helping to boost the health and wellbeing of local residents. You can read more about Ernie and his Good Neighbours, below, in Canonbury, here.
The team at Centre 404 provide vital support to people with learning disabilities and their families. It’s a friendly space that has been helping people in the borough since 1951.