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Social Matters

DUCKS, HUGS & BACK RUBS: DRAGON CAFÉ IS OPEN

Stressed out? Discover

a new Square Mile oasis

AN oasis is defined as ‘a refuge, relief or pleasant

change from what is usual, annoying, or difficult’.

And it’s exactly what entering Shoe Lane Library

felt like when the Dragon Café opened its doors

last Thursday, writes Monika Cvorak.

On any given day, the library on the corner of

Shoe Lane and Little New Street already serves as

an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Square

Mile’s financial district for many a City worker

and resident. Today, however, as they leave the

grey concrete and noisy streets behind them and

descend into the library, visitors are greeted by

much more than merely literature.

“Hello, and welcome to the Dragon Café. Would

you like a free massage?” a young woman says to

every person entering the library, pointing to her

left where a few visitors are getting a shoulder

rub. Next to them, two people are sat on chairs

chatting, while a sign above them says “Problem-

Solving Booth”.

Anxiety

In the opposite corner, a lecture is taking place

with the listeners tucking into their pre-packed

lunches. A few feet over, others are running

around with crayons, paint, brushes and paper.

Close to the entrance, there is a bathtub filled with

rubber ducks.

“So that’s a Lunch & Learn discussion on a new

mental wellbeing and motivation app. Over there

they’re setting up a mask-making workshop, and

if you pick up the shower head of the bathtub,

you can hear other people’s stories on how they

deal with stress and anxiety, and record your own

story,” explains Declan McGill from the Mental

Fight Club, the charity that brought London the

first Dragon Café, situated in Borough, in 2002.

“Usually facilities for mental wellbeing are very

clinical, sterile, kind of frightening and not creative

or inspiring at all,” says Declan. “The aim of the

Dragon Café was to offer people an open space

where they can feel safe to relax and recharge. Now

we’ve brought that to the City.”

While there is more of a buzz today than one

would usually expect in a library, the atmosphere

is warm, welcoming, and homey.

“This is only the beginning, we have a lot of very

different events coming up later in the day,” he says

with enthusiasm: “We’ve got magicians coming in,

a terrarium making workshop, Tai Chi and Kung

Fu classes combined with mindfulness sessions…

ALMOST one in every five workers in the City

of London in 2016 originated from a European

country – the highest figure since records began.

Data from the Office for National Statistics,

requested by the Corporation, shows that 18%

of the Square Mile’s workforce derived from the

European Economic Area (EEA).

Looking at the professional services sector

specifically, data reveals that 12% of the

workforce derived from Europe – more than

double the share of four years previous when

European workers in the sector stood at just 5%.

Separately, the financial and insurance

sector is currently staffed by 13% continental

workers, which, compared to the previous

decade, when the figure was just 8%, marks a

significant increase. Policy chairman Catherine

mental health focus:

at the Dragon Café

We really make sure there’s something for

everyone.” The beauty of the Dragon Café concept

is that there is no pressure, says Declan: “Visitors

can take as much or as little as they like. We want

them to know that they are in control. They can

just observe what’s going on, reflect or practice

mindfulness on their own, or engage in everything

on offer, it’s up to them.”

Despite increased efforts in recent years to remove

the stigma around mental wellbeing, it continues to

be a prevalent issue amongst City workers.

A 2017 survey by the City Mental Health Alliance

found that 47% of respondents have experienced

mental health difficulties while working for their

current employer. Only half of them disclosed this

to someone at work.

The café is the latest venture in a series of events

and campaigns launched by the City of London to

tackle poor mental health in the Square Mile.

“What’s brilliant about this collaboration is that

we can team up our knowledge of City workers and

residents and make sure the programme the café

offers is tailored exactly to the needs of the locals,”

says Xenia Koumi from Business Healthy, a

City-led initiative encouraging businesses to meet

the health and wellbeing needs of their workers.

“We know that a lot of workers in the City are

male, middle aged, and at risk of cardiovascular

diseases. They can also be a difficult group to

reach, in terms of getting them to speak up about

their mental health,” says Xenia. “So we’re keeping

Importance of EU workers

is crystal clear to the Corp

McGuinness believes the figure “crystalizes the

importance” of European workers to the UK’s

financial centre.

“Many Europeans are in limbo over their

future status here, and firms are unclear as

to who they can employ, which is having

repercussions on decision-making across the

continent,” she said.

“Securing a good trade deal without a sound

immigration policy would be a hollow victory,

so it’s vital this is addressed sooner rather than

later.

“At the end of last year government made

progress on EU citizens’ rights, which meant

we were able to move to move to Phase 2 of

negotiations. We need to continue to build on

this momentum.”

that in mind when setting up the programme. I

think what distinguishes this Dragon Café is the

fact that we’re really targeting the local population,

trying to bring together workers and residents. In

that sense, it’s kind of a hyperlocal service.”

The Dragon Café in the City will run fortnightly

on Thursdays between noon and 8.30pm until

12 July. The next one is billed to take place on

22 February.

For more details on upcoming programmes, go

to dragoncafeinthecity.com.

Artizan Street Library

1 Artizan St, E1 7AF

Barbican Library

Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS

Bishopsgate Institute Library

230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH

City of London Information Centre

St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8BX

Coffee Stall

In front of St Mary Abchurch,

Abchurch Lane, EC4N 7BA

Coppa Club

4 St. Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AY

El Vino Wine Merchant

6 Martin Lane, Cannon St, EC4R 0DP

Fuller’s - The Counting House

50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD

Fuller’s - The Old Bank of England

194 Fleet St, EC4A 2LT

Giddy Up Coffee

Fortune Street Park, EC1Y 0SB

Jeeves Dry Cleaners

131 Fleet St, EC4A 2BH

J Rogers & Sons - Shoe Repair

28 Liverpool St, EC2M 7PD

Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury, EC2V 7HH

Merchant House

13 Well Court, EC4M 9DN

8 Bride Court, EC4Y 8DU

You’ll be able to pick up your

copy every fortnight from one

of the above collection points.

Firms fired up for

Dragon Awards

BUSINESSES tackling social problems in

London are being called on to enter this

year’s Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards – the

Capital’s top responsible business gongs.

The annual ceremony celebrates

companies large and small that are

improving people’s lives; from increasing

the diversity of their workforce to

volunteering in the community to helping

social enterprises to grow.

The best of the bunch will contest six

awards, with shortlisted firms invited to

Mansion House later this year when the

winners will be announced in the company of

Charles Bowman.

“These awards celebrate the excellent work

of business supporting communities across

London and tackling social issues,” said the

Lord Mayor.

Opportunity

“We will recognise firms that are

improving society through their responsible

business programmes and leading the way for

others.

“London’s businesses should be more vocal

about the positive work they do for society –

and these awards are a fantastic opportunity

to do just that.

“I am particularly pleased, this year, to

launch a new award: the Lord Mayor’s Award

– Business of Trust Champion.”

Over the last 30 years, responsible

businesses which have applied to the Dragon

Awards have helped an estimated 10million

people, mobilising 200,000 business

volunteers and giving nearly £250m in

donations and in-kind support to London’s

communities.

Nincom Soup

Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE

Oh’Lola

58 Hatton Garden, EC1N 8LS

Pod Good Food

75 King William Street, EC4N 7BE

dragonawards.org.uk

www.citymatters.london

Protestant Truth Society Inc - Book Shop

184 Fleet St, EC4A 2HJ

Rome Coffee Cart

3 Fleet Place, EC4M 7RD

Scott’s Shoe Repair & Dry Cleaners

City Thameslink Holborn Concourse, EC4M 7RA

65 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7JH

Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE

Shoe Lane Library

Little Hill House, Little New Street, EC4A 3JR

Spitalfields Market E1

Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA

Sweetings Restaurant

39 Queen Victoria St, EC4N 4SF

Temple Brew House

46 Essex St, WC2R 3JF

The Franklin Building

124 Goswell Road, EC1V 7DP

The M Bar

48-51 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LT

The Natural Kitchen

15-17 New St Square, Fetter Lane, EC4A 3AP

176 Aldersgate St, EC1A 4HR

Waterstones

Leadenhall Market,

1-3 Whittington Ave, EC3V 1PJ

Ye Old Cheshire Cheese

145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU


LONDON BOROUGH OF

TOWER HAMLETS

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is reviewing its current

Statement of Licensing Policy and undertaking statutory

consultation in respect of this review. The consultation

began on 12 January, and will run for 12 weeks finishing at

12 midnight on 10 April 2018.

If you wish to take part in this consultation please visit

the link to our survey below. You can also contact the

Licensing Team via email at Licensing@towerhamlets.gov.uk

or Telephone 020 7364 5008.

http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/licensing


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