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  • 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...
  • 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. 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...
  • We Can Grow Launch!: Join us for the official launch of our new Big Lottery funded project, We Can Grow, on the 6th April! Look out for lots more information about the project in the coming weeks! Read more...

Communities of Practice are formed by people engaged in collective learning.

Action Learning Sets are a simple and powerful way for individuals to learn from each other.

Power to Change

We are committed to developing our unique Community Centre Peer Network!

We are delighted and challenghed to be involved in the Power to Change's Community Business Peer Network programme.  The programme's network includes thirteen peer network professionals, who come together, to form a Community of Practice.

We love all the learning and sharing!

Power to Change - The Community Business Peer Network Programme

Octopus recognises that Community Centres are community-driven businesses. As a result, we are now part of a Community of Practice exploring, developing and challenging what we do by looking at the seven principles of network development.

  1. Purpose and Identity

  2. Leadership and Decision Making

  3. People and Roles

  4. Value in Networks

  5. Supporting Networks

  6. Measuring Impact

  7. Types of Networks


Our learning is being led and facilitated by Shared Assets and the Social Change Agency and we are SO excited about the potential this offers. We'll keep you informed of our development over the next 18-months - watch this space and follow us on Twitter!

Power to Change research found that 72% of community businesses work closely with other community businesses and 69% actively support the development of community businesses. That, and feedback from community business events, tell us peer networks are one of the most important forms of support a community business can get.


Want to find out more about the Community of Practice, then click the link: http://www.unlockingnetworks.org/



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