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  • Centres involved in this Project
  • 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-led and community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk Read more...
  • 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. 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...

Advising Islington Together

Frontline staff in Community Hubs become Welfare First Aiders to help signpost local residents to the advice and support they need.

Advising Islington Together is a Big Lottery funded project that aims to help advice organisations collaborate effectively with each other and to improve outcomes for those seeking advice in the borough.

Through this initiative we want to ensure that local advice organisations can share expertise and to make quick and effective referrals.  Advising Islington Together helps us work with small local groups and charities, and capacity build their core team.

A key objective is to support the development of new funding streams at a time of unprecedented cuts in public spending.


Octopus is a member of the steering group, along with: 

  • Islington Law Centre
  • Citizen's Advice Bureau
  • Islington's People's Rights
  • Disability Action in Islington
  • Help on Your Doorstep
  • Renaisi
  • Voluntary Action Islington
  • Latin American Women's Rights Service
  • Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation
  • IMECE Women's Centre


Advising Isington Together have recently helped to create a report titled 'It's no fun being on benefits' which includes research into the effect that governement welfare reforms are having on the people of Islington. They worked with Every Voice and Islington Community Network to create the report, which can be found here


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