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Who we are: Octopus is a network of multi-purpose community centres that are unique to the neighbourhood and the communities that they serve. Each are pro-actively participating in Islington's Community Hubs Network, either as lead organisations or in close collaboration with leads.

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Our structure:

Through the pro-bono support of Simmons & Simmons, a world-class international law firm based in the City of London, back in 2001, we were able to come up with a legal structure for Octopus that provided:

  • mutual connectivity between the multi-purpose community centres involved, and
  • legal reasurrance that the individual Management Committees/Board of Trustees needed to make sure their own organisations were protected.

Octopus currently has 9 Director/Trustees, each representing each of the large multi-purpose community centres involved. The role of Director/Trustee is taken up by the appointed Centre Manager/Chief Exectutive Officer.  A simple, uncomplicated yet very effective mutual 'investment' of time, skills and expertise.

Some think our structure and way of working is unique. It certainly provides us with the vehicle and platform to inform and influence. And, it has been known for us to be referred to as a 'best practice' model in community development collaborations.

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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...