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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


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

Special thanks go to Liv Lemos (Volunteer) and Rosie Apperley for their hard work on the run up to, during and after the week.  Also, Lisa for her excellent design work.  We're looking forward to next year already!









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, and a chance to find out more about the centre, more info to follow.