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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

We love community centres, and Community Centre Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate them! Launched in 2014, Community Centre Week has got bigger and better every year, reaching more community centres across the country. Our themed weeks have included pop-up parks and community centre histories.

Read our reports on each year so far below, and keep your eyes peeled during Spring 2018 for lots of CCWeek 2018 news!

CCWeek 2015 Report

CCWeek 2016 Report

 

CCW PAGES 2017 Page 001

     

 

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:

The first four years of CCWeekUK have been a great success. We've involved more people and raised 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 continue 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.
  • Octopus Community Hubs hold events every year for Community Centre Week, from Open Days to pop-up parks!
  • In 2015 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

  • Our ever-growing Twitter following is now at 533!
  • Our hashtag #loveyourcc is regularly mentioned hundreds of times during each CCWeek!
  • In 2015 we made 16.6k impressions in the week alone; our tweets were on users' feeds 16,000 times!
  • We were mentioned twice by the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2015.
  • We now have 130 'likes' on Facebook!
  • Every year several organisations write blog posts about CCWeek, including Locality and Power to Change.

Collaborators:

  Locality

 

 

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