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Our projects: are inspired! Our focus is on developing and delivering inspiring projects that respond to community need and demand.

current projects
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    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.

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    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.

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    Inspiring Community Centres - CCWeekUK: Coming together makes a real difference in our community, and we're community-led and community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk

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    Inspiring Young People: Octopus is delighted to be supporting the work of London Village Network in Islington. Why?...because we just love youth-led social action. Why?...because we think there's a lot of talented young people out there.

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    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!

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    StayWell, LiveWell: Six of Islington's Community Hubs have come together to encourage their local communities to live healthier lifestyles... how?

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    Growing Octopus Communities: We have the Power to Change. We are committed to developing our unique Community Centre Peer Network to grow our membership!

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    Urban Wild Places: ...We Can Grow - it's a YES until we are told NO!

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We thrive on being able to inspire and on being inspired:

Inspiring Community Buildings: over the past three years the Community Centres have focused attention on developing their environmental credentials and improving their facilities.

Inspiring Young People: over the past 12 months we have dedicated time to building relationships with the team now responsible for developing Islington's exciting new creative space for young people - Platform, based at the old Hornsey Baths site.  We have forged a partnership with Changemakers during the process, which will see us working together on the National Citizen Service pilot during the summer of 2012, 'Sumer of Change'.

Inspiring Communities: we have built upon our highly successful projects such as, Community Works, Community Works2, and the Healthly Living Centre project - 'Islington Health Works' - to develop and now run our innovative new project, Wild Places.

current projects
  • Wild Places - Inspiring Communities, Engaging through Nature: It is all about engaging communities who have limited or no access to nature and the 'great outdoors'. It brings communities together to learn about nature and bio-diversity and experience it for themselves.Read more...
  • Peace Bag Project: For two consecutive years, Octopus and the Islington Faiths Forum have collaborated on a fantastically interactive project to raise awareness of Peace Week amongst children and young people attending out of school activities at some of Islington's largest multi-purpose community centres. Read more...
  • Islington Health Works: Islington Health Works was a five year programme of activities aimed at improving the health of some of the most disadvantaged residents in Islington.Read more...
  • Summer of Change: Octopus is partnering on the National Citizen Service pilot in Islington 'Summer of Change', which is being led by Changemakers in partnership with Islington Council. We are also really excited about developing stronger links with Islington's inspiring new creative space for young people - Platform, which is based on the site of the old Horsney Road Baths.Read more...
  • Advising Islington Together: Frontline staff in Community Hubs become Welfare First Aiders to help signpost local residents to the advice and support they need.Read more...
  • Inspiring Volunteering: Community Centres benefit from a range of Volunteers and we really value the skills and time Volunteers donate! A brand-new project with VAI will inspire a number of new initiatives.Read more...