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Our Aims: Octopus Communities shares five goals, to: Engage, Inspire, Motivate, Equip and Support.

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Our 5 clear goals:

Engage: those who lead and develop multi-purpose community centres in order to share lessons learned and best practice.

Inspire: a new approach to community development by sharing ideas, thinking big, staying positive and keeping an open door.

Motivate: change by constantly and consistently reviewing what we do so that we can demonstrate impact.

Equip: those responsible for community development with the skills, know-how and values to increase participation and foster strong sustainable communities.

Support: community centre leaders by facilitating routes to a range of expertise and peer-to-peer support.

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We achieve this by:

Developing benchmarks to measure ourselves against so we can demonstrate impact and prove we deliver high quality demand-led services.

Maximising resource utilisation across the network to foster more effective ways of working.

Sharing lessons learned and implementing best practice to facilitate community development, which is based on reflective practice.

Conceiving and implementing an innovative apporoach to community developmet that builds skills and create routes out of poverty and social and economic isolation.

Working together to actively avoid the duplication of services and establish strategic partnerships and joint-fundraising, income generation and cost-saving initiatives.

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CURRENT PROJECTS
  • Community Hubs Network: Our centres are based at the heart of their communities, offering and hosting an ever-expanding range of services, public events and activities, and spaces to meet friends and contribute to community life. Read more...
  • Inspiring Employability - Career Orienteer: Career Orienteer is our unique and pro-active response to improving back to work support. At the heart of our approach is life-coaching. Read more...
  • Inspiring Community Centres - CCWeekUK: Coming together makes a real difference in our community, and we're community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk Read more...
  • Inspiring Young People: Octopus is collaborating on the National Citizen Service in Islington, which is being led The Challenge. Why?...because we just love youth-led social action. Read more...
  • Urban Wild Places : Grow wild things, grow food, grow amazing flowers, grow vegetables and herbs you've never heard of before. We love our urban communities because We Can Grow in the smallest and obscure places! Read more...
  • StayWell, LiveWell: Six of Islington's Community Hubs have come together to encourage their local communities to live healthier lifestyles... how? Read more...
  • Growing Octopus Communities: We have the Power to Change. We are committed to developing our unique Community Centre Peer Network to grow our membership! Read more...
  • Urban Wild Places: ...We Can Grow - it's a YES until we are told NO! Read more...