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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-led and community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk

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


We've created a 2017 Community Centre Week Pack for you to download - here it is!


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We're now onto our 4th Year, CCWeekUK 2017

This year, we are focusing on capturing and celebrating the history of Community Centres, many of which have come about as a result of local resident social action to address identified need for neighbourhood specific spaces - offering a place for social activities, learning and welfare support.

Looking at the history (or timeline) of community centre developmetn in the UK, the key social influencers focused on 'settlements' in poor inner-city areas and developed these as 'club houses' for scientific research concerning poverty and the furthering of wider lives through education, and an enhancement of leadership in local communities.

With this in mind, our focus for CCWeekUK 2017 is to capture how community centres continue to help address poverty, further the lives of local residents, and foster a sense of ownership and leadership in the community, especially through social action. As alwasy, we want to see how you are celebrating, so share your stories and activities on social media, so we can all see just how important community centres are.

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, 2017 - CC Week 2017

CCWeek 2017 is approching, so watch this space for upcoming events!

July 19, 2017 - MoveMe Event

We like to move it, move it!

CCWeekUK 2017 gets off to an energetic start

A number of the Community Centres in Islington have thoroughly enjoyed working with MoveMe Dance over the past couple of years.  Now, perfectly timed to kick off CCWeekUK, MoveMe are holding a public dance event (with professional dancers to guide you through) at the wonderful Assembly Hall in Islington on 19th July between 6:00-8:00pm.

Everyone is welcome but you are encouraged to book a ticket in advance - to avoid disappointment.

You can find out more here: www.movemedance.co.uk


July 19, 2017 - Hilldrop Area Community Association Open Day

On Wednesday 19th July, Hilldrop Area Community Centre are having an Open Day. Along with the usual crowd pullers of face painting, cakes and a bouncy castle, there will be:

  • Songs and music (old tyme and some new tunes, too) delivered by the community ukulele band.
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry reading

Children and young people will be invited to take part in a competition to name Hilldrop's Multi-Use Games Area.


The fun gets going from 2:00pm and it'll go through until 5:00pm.  You can find out more information from the Centre on office@hilldrop.org.uk or just give them a good old fashiond call on the phone: 020 7607 9453


July 19, 2017 - Caxton House Main CCWeekUK Showcase Event - Local Stories

As usual, Caxton House have put on a great showcase of what they do during CCWeekUK.

Wednesday 19th - Caxton kicks off the week with a programme of Short Mat Bowls, Pilates and Drawing and Painting - for all abilities.

  • Thursday 20th - Gental Exercise, Drop-in Legal Advice, Family Zumba
  • Friday 21st - Tango Taster Session
  • Sunday 23rd - This Girl Can Zumba!
  • Monday 24th - Local Stories Social Event
  • Tuesday 25th - Lifestyle Tuesday, Friends and Fitness

More information about what's going on at Caxton can be found here: www.caxtonhouse.org





July 21, 2017 - CCWeekUK events at Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre

If you are a local resident or just want to know what goes on at the Hornsey Lane Community Centre, then CCWeek is the right time to pop along and find out and join in.  This year, Friday 21st is their day - there's going to be a range of intergenerational activities for people of all ages to get involved in.  There's going to be afternoon tea, entertainment and line dancing - to dance off those calories.

  • Friday 21st - Intergenerational fun, entertainment and cream tea

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, 2017 - Community Centre Week 2017 at St Luke's Community Centre

There's a week-long programme of activities showcasing the excellent services and activities at St Luke's Community Centre.

  • Wednesday 19th  - Community History Group, Community Cookery Class, Knitting Group, lots of dancing in a variety of expressive ways, and of course, BINGO!
  • Thursday 20th - Ambitious Communities Celebratory Event: a get together of all the key people and organisations that make St Luke's, well, GREAT!
  • Friday 21st - 100th Birthday Bash - friends come together to celebrate the 100th birthday of one of St Luke's members. Happy Birthday! There's also lots of other things going on, like art clases, yoga, sports massage, and of course, ballroom dancing.
  • Sunday 23rd - Community Social Sunday, there's even an event on the terrace.  Sounds great!
  • Monday 24th - Community Employment Cluster Event, the Men's Shed Gardening Group, and St Luke's Summer Camp
  • Tuesday 25th - the CCWeekUK finale with a Dog Therapy morning, the Islington Boat Club Upperdeckers, a meeting of the Ward Partnership, and the Gardening Group have a get together, too.

For more information contact St Luke's: www.slpt.org.uk

July 17, 2017 - Islington North Summer School - Knowledge is Power!

What a fantastic way to get us all fired up for CCWeekUK 2017 conversations - not quite falling between the 19th-25th, but it's a whoppa...


Empowerment through basic knowledge of political and community structures


  • Monday 17th - Politics and Politicians: who does what and where? Councillors and what they do. MPs and what Parliament does. The London Mayor and Greater London Assembly. Elections: who, what and why?
  • Tuesday 18th - How our community works: getting help and advice. Mental health and wellbeing. Feeling safe.

July 19, 2017 - Tea, Talk and Design

Our friends down at the Mayville are only just recovering from their Great Get Together event, which was of course an amazing success.  So their CCWeekUK 2017 theme is cake - afternoon tea on July 19th and if it's sunny, it'll be tea and cake in the garden.

They'll also be encouraging their users to have a natter over their tea and cake - sharing their thoughts and feelings about the Centre.

Their Homework Club participants will be tasked with designing a new logo for the centre ... that's amazing!

To find our more about what's going on at Mayville take a look at their website: www.mildmaycp.org.uk