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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-led and community owned! @CCWeekUK #loveyourcc www.facebook.com/ccweekuk Read more...
    • Inspiring Young People: Octopus is delighted to be supporting the work of London Village Network in Islington. Why?...because we just love youth-led social action. Why?...because we think there's a lot of talented young people out there. 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...

Meet the Team

Anita Gracie

Anita is a Development Officer with the Urban Wild Places Project . She takes particularresponsibility for developing and leading ourprogramme for older people (over 55s) as well as looking after ourproject finances and reporting to funders. Anita joined Octopus in January 2011 as a Development officer with our earlier Wild Places project. 

Anita’s long term career (33 years) was inthe IT industry where she worked for International Computers Limited, eventually leading their sales team which supplied HM Government, many local authorities, and the then newly privatized utilities companies. Her final role with ICL saw her exploring the emerging word of e-delivery of public services, which took her all across Europe and to Hong Kong in search of best practice.

 After taking early retirement from ICL she set up her own consultancy company to pursue e-services as well as helping organisations to bid for Government and European Commission funding.

Anita’s big passion is gardening which has been with her since the age of three. She has a large allotment and is a volunteer Master Gardener with Garden Organic helping novice gardeners to grow veg. Any other spare time is spent in pursuit of the study of history and garden history, and walking her dog on Hampstead Heath. 

 

Hilary Taylor

 

Hilary is a Development Officer with the Urban Wild Places Project. She is responsible for leading on the development of social enterprise for young people as well as assessing impact and change. She joined Octopus in 2010. 

Hilary has a particular interest in setting up enterprises and has worked in numerous enterprise agencies and co-operative development agencies to inspire and motivate people to use their imagination to reach their full potential in setting up their own businesses. This has taken her across Europe, Africa and into Russia to help them develop a market economy in the 90s.

Hilary takes a keen interest in gardening but unfortunately has no outdoor space for this passion, so her flat is a jungle of plants and any outside space is devoted to growing herbs, flowers and vegetables.