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What we do: Octopus is driven by the collective desire to develop community centres as 'hubs' in the community, where multiple grass-roots services and wide-ranging facilities can be accessed and influenced by the unique needs of diverse communities and local neighbourhoods.

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We are passionate about and committed to grass roots community development:

  • We faciliate collective action to generate solutions to common problems

  • We work collaboratively to develop projects that strengthen civil society

  • We encourage social action and community participation  

  • We work in partnership to align projects that deliver and inform social, economic and environmental policy

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Benefits of working together - comments from the Community Centres

"...provides an opportunity to secure additional funding."

"...improves our ability to identify needs and plan for the future."

"...expands the scale of our capacity to deliver, improves the coordination and quality of services 'on the groun' and ensures they are 'joined-up'."

"...developing new ideas and services through collaborative working."

"...helps to transform strategies into more responsive community experiences."

CURRENT 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...