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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 find out how to get involved in 2018!

CCWeek 2015 Report

CCWeek 2016 Report

CCWeek 2017 Report

 

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We're now onto our 5th Year, CCWeekUK 2018!

To celebrate the 5th CCWeek, we are focusing on neighbourliness, to celebrate the community created by Community Centres, and what makes your neighbourhood community strong!

Community Centres provide a great environment to get to know your neighbours, and create strong community ties. Community Centres provide the space, activities and events for local communities to come together, creating a sense of neighbourhood in all parts of the country, and we think this should be celebrated!

With this in mind, Community Centre Week 2018 is the perfect time to invite your neighbourhood into your centre, celebrate the diversity in your community, those who make a difference, and even just have a cuppa with your neighbours! 

We've got lots of ideas about what you could do to celebrate, as we're sure you do too. Download our promotional materials here for ideas, and the poster template to advertise your events!

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.

In collaboration with:

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Timetable of events

July 25, 2018 - CCWeek and Stay Well, Live Well

This event is a celebration of Community Centre Week 2018, and our health and wellbeing project Stay Well, Live Well! Join us for a range of activities and speaker, including massage, Zumba, show jazz and much more!

You can register your place that this event via our Eventbrite page here.

 

July 19, 2018 - Caxton House Local Stories

Local Stories is a FREE neighbourhood story event celebrating the history of the Community Centre and local area, where you can meet your neighbours and share your local stories!

Free refreshments provided but feel free to bring along a dish to share (please bring an ingredients list).

July 19, 2018 - Thursday 19th at Caxton House

ALL FREE

10 - 11am: Gentle exercise in the Main Hall

11 am - 12.30pm: Local Stories event, more info here.

1 - 2pm: Legal advice drop-in in the Cafe

6.30 - 7.30pm: Family Zumba in the Cafe

July 20, 2018 - Friday 20th at Caxton House

9.30am - 1pm: FREE under 5s Stay & Play in the Cafe

July 22, 2018 - Sunday 22nd at Caxton House

1 - 2pm: FREE This Girl Can Zumba in the Cafe

July 23, 2018 - Monday 23rd at Caxton House

9.30am - 1pm: FREE under 5s Stay & Play in the Cafe

July 24, 2018 - Tuesday 24th at Caxton House

ALL FREE

9.30 - 11am: Friends and Fitness, an hour of Zumba followed by some social time

11am - 1pm / 1.30 - 3.30pm: Craft Group, new members please attend the later session

1.30 - 3.30pm: IT drop-in

July 25, 2018 - Wednesday 25th at Caxton House

ALL FREE

10am - 12pm: Short mat bowls

10 - 11am: Pilates

2 - 5pm: Caxton House will be running a Watercolour Workshop and information stall at Octopus' event, see more here.

July 20, 2018 - Hilldrop's Annual Open Day

Join Hilldrop for their annual Summer Open Day!

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July 19, 2018 - Hornsey Lane Kenwood House Picnic for Older People

Meet at Midday at the Hanley Road 210 bus stop and join Hornsey Lane for a free picnic at Kenwood House!

 

 

July 24, 2018 - Holloway Neighbourhood Group Summer BBQ

Meet your neighbours and local community at HNG's summer BBQ!

11am - 2pm

July 24, 2018 - Elizabeth House Parent & Toddlers Gardening

2.30 - 4pm: FREE! Get gardening with Elizabeth House in Margaret Meah's Garden on the Blackstock Estate!

July 19, 2018 - Thursday 19th at St Luke's

7 - 9.30pm: Monthly Cookery Club Special with Matt Driver. £5 per person, EC1 residents only

 

July 20, 2018 - Friday 20th at St Luke's

11am - 1pm: Seasonal vegetables cookery class, open to all £2.50 per person

 

July 23, 2018 - Moday 23rd at St Luke's

11am - 2pm: EC1 Summer Camp: cooking, gardening and chicken cuddling, ages 8-16, EC1 residents on;y, £1.50 per child

6 - 10pm: Sunset social gardening, open to all

 

July 24, 2018 - Tuesday 24th at St Luke's

10.30am - 12.30pm: St Luke's over 55s multicultural group cooking, 55+, by donation for members

2 - 3.30pm: St Luke's Gardening Group, open to all, FREE

July 25, 2018 - Wednesday 25th at St Luke's

11am - 1pm: Ready, Steady, Let's Cook, 16+ EC1 Residents only, £2.50 per person

1 - 2.30pm: St Luke's over 55s members tea party, FREE for members

7pm: St Luke's over 55s film club screening The Dressmaker, £2

July 24, 2018 - Estate We Play Neighbourhood Day

FREE Coffee Morning and Information event

10 to 12 noon.

Join your neighbours to find out about the great things we want to achieve in your neighbourhood.

July 19, 2018 - Thursday 19th at Whittington Park

10.30am - 12.30pm: Gardening workshop in the 4H community garden,  opposite Whittington Park Cafe, open to all

10.45 - 11.45am: Women's fun sports session in Lower Hocking Hall, all ages

July 20, 2018 - Friday 20th at Whittington Park

1.15 - 2pm: Sing-a-long in the lounge with Peter, open to all

July 23, 2018 - Monday 23rd at Whittington Park

10am - 1pm: Bright Start children’s activities (0-8 year olds) – water and sand play, arts and crafts, in the park

July 24, 2018 - Tuesday 24th at Whittington Park

11.30am - 2pm: Nail polish treat with Pang in the lounge

July 25, 2018 - Wednesday 25th at Whittington Park

11.30am - 12.15pm: Walk and Talk in Whittington Park

July 20, 2018 - Elizabeth House Women Only Fun Fitness Class

9.30 - 10.30am: FREE women only fun fitness classes!

July 21, 2018 - Opening of Goodinge Community Centre

Come and explore the new Centre building in your local ward!

July 19, 2018 - Lorriane Estate Community Centre High Tea

1 - 4pm - High Tea at the Lorraine Estate Community Centre!

July 25, 2018 - Westbourne Community Centre Open Day

2-5pm: Discover your local Community Centre at Westbourne's Open Day!

July 23, 2018 - Williamson Street Tea Party

2-4pm: Tea Party at the Community Centre!

July 25, 2018 - Girdlestone Drop-in Event

10 - 12.30: Community Centre Week Drop-in Event

July 23, 2018 - The Peel Wellbeing Day

2-4pm: FREE Wellbeing Day

July 21, 2018 - Hind House Community Rooms Children's Sports Day

1 - 6pm: Children's Sports Day at Hind House Community Rooms on the Harvist Estate!

July 20, 2018 - Open Afternoon at Finsbury Park Comunity Hub

1 - 4pm: Find out about your local centre and the projects they run at this open afternoon!