Who is sharing our space?
Our unit at FinSpace is a focal point of our flexible community space.
Situated in an excellent location, next to the Finsbury Park Station, on a busy junction, it offers exposure to thousands of people daily.
We offer free and affordable space to organisations and individuals who are our members, as well as to non-members.
Our address is:
225-229 Seven Sisters Road N4 2DA
Our unit is perfect for:
-Hotdesking & co-working space
-Pop-up retail space
-Pop-up shop for campaigning/ awareness / promotional activities
-Workshops and trainings
-Meetings and brainstorming sessions
-Regular meetups (ex. slimming groups, peer support groups)
Who is sharing our space?
For Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we have teamed up with Bowel Cancer UK and Islington Health Checks to organise a one day pop-up shop in our FinSpace unit.
Outreach workers from Community Health Ambassadors and Bowel Cancer UK engaged with the public at street level , distributing promotional materials and inviting people to pop in for a chat with Bowel Cancer UK volunteers, in order to find out more about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.
Promotional materials, including leaflets, interactive scratch cards, baloons and high fibre fruit bars were distributed.
The event also featured a workshop where all those interested could find out about how to recognise the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer; and to listen to the stories of two bowel cancer survivors who shared their experience.
Free NHS health checks were also provided to the public in an appropriately arranged space by Islington Health Checks.
For Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we have teamed up with Bowel Cancer U to organise a focus group with Eastern European migrants in our FinSpace unit.
The discussion included 11 participants from 5 different countries.
Bowel Cancer UK aimed to find out how people from Eastern European communities typically process health information and how health interventions can be shaped effectively to work for these communities. In the focus group, we talked about which health promotion strategies work or don't work in Eastern European communities, whether language barriers prevent people from accessing health information and whether/ why Eastern Europeans living in the UK may prefer to access health services in their own home countries.
Findings from this focus group are being used to inform a training package for Public Health staff which aims to increase NHS cancer screening uptake, in Peterborough and Cambridge.
Talk for Health was set up by Psychotherapist Nicky Forsythe to teach the skills and attitudes that allow for more deeply connective talk between people. This in turn leads to greater personal and social wellbeing. The programme teaches therapeutic talk, listening and peer support skills.
In June-July 2016, our space at FinSpace is hosting a series of workshops for graduates of the Talk for Health programme, aimed at furthering learning and improving the mental well-being of participants.
"Bowel Cancer UK were very pleased with the use of FinSpace for holding two separate events; Bowel Cancer UK Pop Up Shop and Health Processing for Eastern European Communities in the UK Focus Group. The shop is ideally located, in the midst of a number of communities. The front area is well lit, comfortable and inviting, and the kitchen and backrooms have been extremely helpful for training and refreshments during sessions. As a small charity that needs to work in community settings from time to time, this space has been incredibly valuable to us. We have been able to work efficiently and effectively with the community during both of the pieces of work, thanks to having the opportunity to use Finspace. Without hesitation, I would recommend this space to anybody who needs a short term presence in the community, it really does have everything that you need." Reema Huzair Senior Health Promotion and Training Officer Bowel Cancer UK