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  • OTHER PROJECTS
  • Community Hubs Network: Our centres are based at the heart of their communities, offering and hosting an ever-expanding range of services, public events and activities, and spaces to meet friends and contribute to community life. Read more...
  • Inspiring Employability - Career Orienteer: Career Orienteer is our unique and pro-active response to improving back to work support. At the heart of our approach is life-coaching. Read more...
  • Inspiring Community Centres - CCWeekUK: Coming together makes a real difference in our community, and we're community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk Read more...
  • Urban Wild Places : Grow wild things, grow food, grow amazing flowers, grow vegetables and herbs you've never heard of before. We love our urban communities because We Can Grow in the smallest and obscure places! Read more...
  • StayWell, LiveWell: Six of Islington's Community Hubs have come together to encourage their local communities to live healthier lifestyles... how? Read more...
  • Growing Octopus Communities: We have the Power to Change. We are committed to developing our unique Community Centre Peer Network to grow our membership! Read more...
  • Urban Wild Places: ...We Can Grow - it's a YES until we are told NO! Read more...

Inspiring Young People

Octopus is collaborating on the National Citizen Service in Islington, which is being led The Challenge. Why?...because we just love youth-led social action.

The Pod

As part of the Urban Wild Places project, we are working with several groups of young people to develop The Pod - to fuel young people with a passion to combine the 'great outdoors' with social action and community business - to spruce up their neighbourhood and find out to take a more enterprising approach to problems in their neighbourhood.

We are currently working with a group of young people on the Andover Estate who are being supported to develop their social enterprise 'You Grow, We Mow'.  

We're also exploring new ideas that include us using shipping containers ... watch this space!

 

The Zone Youth Project

Continues to be involved in the Hilldrop Community Gardens, which includes a garden on site at the community centre, but now includes brand-new garden that will transform the unloved end of a cul-de-sac.  The first stages of developing the project is to build a dry-stone wall, and over the three-day build, young people will learn the traditional art of dry-stone walling, and gain a certificate of achievement at the end of the three days.  They will of course gain immense benefit from having created a unique structure that will provide an outdoor learning classroom for all ages.

 

NCS The Challenge - CCWeekUK Campaign

This year, a group of young people will get involved in the social media driven CCWeekUK campaign as part of their social action project.  During their social action project, they will apply their social media savvy skills to capturing all what's going on around the Community Centres in Islington. At the same time, they will learn more about what folk love about community centres, and will come up with a plan on how to get more young people involved in and loving their local centre.

 

More information coming soon!

Timetable of events