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"Community Centres provide much needed services and support to their local residents in a warm and friendly environment. They can be a place of learning, creativity, and most importantly social connectivity for people from all sorts of backgrounds. However, there are still many people that are unaware of the help and facilities community centres offer. We hope that the launch of Community Centre Week in 2014 will encourage people to take a look and discover the activities, services and opportunities available right on their doorstep."  Colin Adams MBE, Centre Manager at Hanley Crouch Community Centre (The Laundry)



Inspiring Community Centres - CCWeekUK

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


Community Centre Week 2016 was another resounding success! Read our report here


We've created a Community Centre Week Pack for you to download:

CCWeekUK 2016

We're now onto our third year, CCWeekUK 2016. In line with Islington's 'Love Islington Parks' events this summer, we're celebrating the pop-up park. We want to take our community centres outside, even if there's not much space, pop-up parks can be as imaginative as you want them to be! Even though CCWeekUK is in July, we can't promise sunshine, but with some invention, even a hall can be a great pop-up park location!

We've produced another donwloadable pack for this year, with top-tips for celebrations, as well as a special pop-up parks page, with ideas on how to make yours a reality. As always, we want to see how you're celebrating, so contact us on social media!


CCWeek successes:

CCWeekUK 2015 was a great success. We built on the 2014's work to involve more people and raise further awareness about community centres. We had lots of involvement both in the real world and in the social media sphere, here's how:

Real World

  • Locality continued to lend their support by promoting CCWeekUK to all of their members and by promoting the week through their blogs.
  • Stockport Homes made contact with Octopus and decided to organise several events, they even produced their very own CCWeekUK themed banner to promote!
  • The Big Alliance organized a team from design company Dalzial and Pow to run a session at Whittington Park's elder's group. They spent the afternoon decorating tea towels and tote bags in CCWeekUK style.
  • We had volunteer interviews at Hanley Crouch and an employability session focused on access to work for people with a disabiity at Hornsey Lane, as well as other great activities that happen every day throughout the Octopus Network.
  • We engaged a group of young people from the NCS The Challenge who went on to design a local campaign to raise the profile of community centres in Islington. They even got people to sign a petition to make sure that community centres remain to be supported.

Social Media

  • Using the hashtag #loveyourcc, we have an impressive 1.8% engagement rate, higher than many of the biggest brands!
  • Our ever-growing following is now at 330!
  • Our hashtag #loveyourcc was mentioned 524 times during the week.
  • We made 16.6k impressions throughout the week; our tweets were on users' feeds 16,000 times!
  • We were mentioned twice by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
  • Each Facebook post reached an average of 79 people.
  • 5 blogs were written about CCWeekUK and we had mentions on several websites









Timetable of events

July 19, 2016 - CC Week 2016

CCWeek 2016 is approching, so watch this space for upcoming events!

July 19, 2016 - Elizabeth House AGM

Elizabeth House's AGM kicks off CCWeek this year. What better way to celebrate than to find out more about the centre, watch performances and have a bite to eat? You can talk to staff about why you #loveyourcc and share your ideas about what could make Elizabeth House even better!

More info here.


July 21, 2016 - Hilldrop Area Community Association Open Day

Hilldrop Area Community Association are having an Open Day!

There will be a range of activities including crafts, growing, a bouncy castle, raffle, dry stone wall workshop, a chance to learn about the centre and much more! 

Head to Hilldrop between 3-5:30pm to join in the fun!

To find out more email office@hilldrop.org.uk or call 020 7607 9453


July 19, 2016 - CCWeekUK events at Caxton House Community Centre

Caxton House Community Centre are holding a number of events during CCWeekUK 2016.

Tuesday 19th July:

  • FREE Friends & Fitness 9.30-11.30am.
  • FREE Film Screening of 'The Lady in the Van' with light refreshments and popcorn. 12-3pm
  • Zumba (women only) 6-7pm. £3
  • Hatha Yoga 7.30-8.30pm

Wednesday 20th July:

  • FREE Short Mat Bowls 10am-12pm
  • Living Space Art School Drawing Class 1.30-4.30pm
  • Aryal Yoga 7:30-8:30pm

Thursday 21st July:

  • Free outdoor gentle exercise session 10-11am
  • FREE pop-up picnic, in partnership with Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre with badge making, bag decorating and biscuit decorating 11am-3pm
  • Family Zumba 6.30-7.30 £2 per adult

Sunday 24th July:

  • This Girl Can Zumba 1-2pm £2
  • Zumba toning 2-3pm £6

For more information, prices and availability, or info about the centre, contact the Main Office on 020 7263 3151, email sue.collins@caxtonhouse.org or visit their page here.





July 19, 2016 - CCWeekUK events at Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre

Hornsey Lane are holding a number of events during CCWeekUK 2016:

Monday 18th July (we know it's just before CCWeek-but it will be too good to miss):

  • Nature Dreamcatcher making during Playscheme 10.30am-12pm

Friday 22nd July:

  • Line Dancing 12-3.15pm

Saturday 23rd July:

  • Day trip to Brighton, pick-up at Hanley Road 8:45am, £12

Monday 25th July:

  • Dance workshop and the Dogs Trust at Playscheme, 8am-6.30pm

For more information, prices and availability regarding the events above, or the centre itself, contact 020 272 5938, email admin@hleca.org.uk or visit their page here

July 19, 2016 - Community Centre Week 2016 at St Luke's Community Centre

There's something for everyone at St Luke's during this year's Community Centre Week: 


  • Monday 18th  July, 1-3pm – EC1 Men’s Shed BBQ in King Square.
  • Tuesday 19th July, 2-3.30pm – St Luke’s Gardening Group on the terrace. Free and open to everyone.
  • Tuesday 19th July am - the Over-55s activity morning at Islington Boat Club.
  • Weds 20th July, 11am - Ready, Steady Let’s Cook.  Low cost cookery class for local adults.  £2.50 per person.
  • Weds 20th July, 4pm - Family Cook and Eat.  Low cost cookery class for local parents and children. 50p per person.
  • Thurs 21st July, 10.30am - Bilingual Cookery Class in Spanish and English. Brush up on your language and cookery skills by attending this amazing class.  Open to local people.  £3 per person. 
  • Monday 25th July – EC1 Men’s Shed gardening group in Kings Square, 1-3pm 

July 21, 2016 - Urban Wild Places Environmental Summer School at Whittington Park

Our Urban Wild Places Environmental Summer School is back for 2016 and the first session is during CCWeek! The first of four sessions 'Earth' themed and will include building a bee bar for the Commmunity Centre.  

All Environmental Summer School sessions will be held in Whittington Park, N19 4RS from 10:30am-12:30pm.

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Ann at ann@octopuscommunities.org.uk or call 020 7263 7095