Hand in Hand is a new Volunteer Peer Travel Buddying service from April 2022, that will help Islington residents who experience mental health difficulties get to other locations for appointments, courses, services, green spaces, and events.

The buddies can:

  • Remind you of an appointment
  • Accompany you to appointments, events and activitiesthat you are otherwise struggling to attend
  • Provide you with support and friendly and encouraging conversation en route to the activity
  • Give advice and information about accessing other support services

The peer travel buddies are fully trained and criminal records cleared, but they are not providing therapy or specialist support. They will meet you at your door or convenient location (but cannot come into your home). Their role is primarily in connecting, accompanying, reminding and reassuring.

For more information:

Mon, Tues, Weds – 07526-692507 Email:

Weds, Thurs, & Friday – 07738 236 041 E:

Any time –

To refer yourself for the service email: or visit the Islington Mind website

Hand Hand in Hand is a co-produced project brought to you by Manor Gardens Welfare Trust, Islington MIND, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, (LBI) Islington Council & The SidebySide Network

The Camden Crisis Sanctuary contract was given to Hestia, who run some other crisis services in other boroughs.

You can find the Camden Crisis Sanctuary at the Hopscotch Asian Woman’s Centre, 50-52 Hampstead Road, NW1, not far from Warren St or Euston Square stations. It takes over the space after Hopscotch closes at 5 pm and is open from 5 to 11 pm 365 days per year. There is more information here: Thanks to al our members who commented on the draft leaflet. Here is what it looks like from outside, courtesy of Google street view. You have to ring the bell and speak through the intercom to get admission. There are some regular groups held there including a film night, creative writing and “hot topics” discussion. A hot drink and biscuits always you if you need some support.

Phone: 07825 165 464

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