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Free parents weekly advice and information session05/09/2017

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Your chance to receive information, advice and support on disability related issues

For families of people with learning disabilities or autism across London

Every Thursday during term time

9:30 - 11:30

Golden Lane Campus

101 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JA


Join us for Parallel London 2017! 04/08/2017

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It is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday, 3 September 2017.

There’s a 10km, 5km, 1km, 100m and the Super Sensory 1km.

All ages and abilities. No cut off times. Everybody running side by side.

The registration fee is £31 per participant and we are asking that for anyone who can fundraise £80 we will pay their registration fee.

It will be a fantastic day and a wonderful cause to raise money for. If you would like to book a place you can do so here or call us on 020 7607 8762.

Super Sensory 1km

The Super Sensory 1km supports memory by getting participants to complete a course full of multi-sensory experiences, from sound and smell to textures and colour.

This course has been specifically designed to engage all participants to the fullest, including:

  • Individuals with profound and multiple learning disabilities
  • Individuals on the autistic spectrum who engage with the world in a primarily sensory way and welcome the opportunity to rehearse a situation before entering it
  • Individuals who need sensory support to remember an event. This may include people with late-stage dementia or specific brain damage

The sensory world is a lot of fun and sensory stimulation can be used to support everyone’s memory. So, if you are wondering if this event is for you, yes, it is. Everybody is welcome.

Participants who need a helping hand are welcome to bring a friend or family member, free of charge, to push, guide or simply accompany them throughout the course.

You can train for the Super Sensory 1km just like any other challenge event. You can also be re-run through the senses after the event using the same stimuli to help connect with the memory and relive the experience.

Training for the Super Sensory 1km will support participants to fully engage on the day. The sensory experiences have been chosen to maximise the opportunity of participating.

Sign up today and raise money for a cause that matters to you


Marks & Spencer volunteers give a makeover to Leigh Road’s garden!21/07/2017

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Over 30 wonderful volunteers from Marble Arch redesigned our Leigh Road garden filling it with beautiful flowers, herbs & a pizza oven! 

Read more about this amazing tranformation on our blog here. 

Staff members of Doubletree Hilton to run 12k to raise money for their charity of the year, Centre 404!20/06/2017

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Martin Cree Human Resources Administrator  at Doubeltree Hilton talks to us about the companies' previous fundraising challenges and the wonderful work they have been carrying out in partnership with Centre 404:

‘This will be the companies 5th Annual Charity Challenge, in previous years we have cycled over 200 miles, completed a 100 mile challenge of walks, runs, cycles and even kayaking, we relayed around the city, using mainly the traditional methods above and some space hopping!

Each year we have all raised over £50,000 for our corporate charity DePaul which works with homeless people and a local charity chosen by individual hotels. Our company target for 2017 is £100,000.

This year our Charity Month is June, with our main challenge week being the 19th- 23rd June. On 23rd June, a team of runners from DoubleTree by Hilton London Islington will complete a 12k run from Islington to our sister hotel in Chelsea in support of Centre 404. The team will set off at around 10:00am and (with fitness permitting!) are hoping to be at our destination by 11:30am. We will be taking in some of the London sights and posting through our social media channels.

Here at the Doubletree by Hilton London Islington we are very proud of our partnership with Centre 404, and have been very fortunate to have supported them with hosting movie screenings and taking part in last Decembers’ Santa Run. This has helped us as a hotel, to give back to the community of Islington and during our challenge week and Islington-Chelsea run on the 23rd June we hope to be able to raise money to support Islington and create more opportunities for its’ residents.’

If you would like to support Doubletree as they take on this challenge you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dtislignton or contact Amy our Fundraising, Research and Development Coordinator on hopea@centre404.org.uk or call 020 7607 8762.


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TFL has launched a new badge and card to help customers who are less able to stand, get a seat when they need one.
The “Please offer me a seat” badge and card are aimed to alert fellow customers on Public Transport that you are in need of a seat. Following a successful trial, customers said the badge and card made them feel more confident asking for a seat.

Click here to apply for a badge and card

Congratulations to Marathon Runners Deborah & James! 25/04/2017

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“On Sunday 23rd April more people than ever before took to the streets to take part in the London Marathon and we had two amazing fundraisers among them. James Carmody and Deborah Shepherd ran the 26.2 mile course cheered on by friends, family and a group of Centre 404 supporters.


Centre 404 is well known to both James and Deborah and they ran to raise funds to ensure we can continue to deliver our brilliant services, and reach more people who need them. Between them they have managed to raise an incredible £2,425 so far but there is still time to support them! As they recover from their efforts please take the time to visit their fundraising pages and donate what you can…






A big thank you to everyone who has donated so far, the Centre 404 ‘cheering squad’ and our Day Service for making our lovely sign!


And a huge congratulations and thanks to James and Deborah from everyone at Centre 404” 

The London Marathon is happening THIS Sunday. Please help show our support for our runners!19/04/2017

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On Sunday 23rd April two wonderful volunteers will be taking on the challenge of a lifetime for us, running an epic 26.2miles as part of the London Marathon.

James and Deborah have both had contact with Centre 404 in the past, and have their own reasons for running for Centre 404. James, who works as a lawyer for Centre 404, says: “I’ve known Centre 404 for over a decade and can vouch for the dedication of their staff and the quality of the help they provide to the community.”


Deborah is the Headteacher of The Courtyard School in Islington and has chosen to run for Centre 404 after consulting with parents; “I am fully aware of the practical support and guidance that the centre provides for people with disabilities and their families, including many of the families who are part of the Courtyard school community.” They are both training incredibly hard.



Please take the time to follow their stories and donate to them if you can using the links below. Every donation makes those long miles just a little bit easier!



If you would also like to come down and support our volunteers on the day please do. The London marathon is a wonderful, vibrant event; we will meeting at embankment from 1.30p.m to  cheer our volunteers on as they run past. Contact Fiona at fbevans@centre404.org.uk for more information. 

Be part of our Personnel Committee and develop your skills in the voluntary sector11/04/2017

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We are looking for a new volunteer to join our Personnel Committee. This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an HR background or experience to develop their skills in advising on HR strategy in the voluntary sector and to gain an understanding of how a busy front line charity operates.

Primarily this role is to support the organisation in an advisory capacity with the monitoring and review of HR systems and practices and the development of personnel policies and procedures.

Ideally we are looking for someone who has a background in personnel management and who can offer a wide range of experience in this field. A good understanding of the charity sector and CIPD qualification would also be helpful but is not necessary.

Personnel Committee Meetings currently take place every 6 weeks on a weekday between 2 and 4pm. Times and dates of meetings can be negotiated and may be subject to change to suit availability and preferences of committee members.

An induction and any relevant training will be provided if required.

Please send a covering letter and CV to general@centre404.org.uk

Become a Support Worker with Centre 40429/03/2017

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Come and join us for a FREE information session

at 3:00pm on Thursday 6th April 2017!



We are always looking for positive people to work with us to improve the lives and choices of people with a learning disability. We have a range of full-time, part-time and flexible hours support work positions, so why not come along to our free information session to find out more about what the job involves and decide if this is the right career choice for you.


The session will start with an informal talk to provide information and advice on:


  • Centre 404 services and what we do
  • The role of the support worker
  • What makes a good support worker
  • Current support work vacancies
  • Guidance on how to complete an application form


There will then be a chance for you to ask us any questions and have a chat with our staff. Leaflets and application packs will be available to take away with you and refreshments provided.


To book your free place, please contact our reception desk using the details below and provide your full name and contact details.


Tel: 0207 607 8762     Email: general@centre404.org.uk

Web: www.centre404.org.uk