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Halloween Screening: Hotel Transylvania 2 18/10/2016

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Sunday 30th October 2016 2pm to 5pm

at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel 

60 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9LA

Booking required: To book your place please call Beatriz on 02076971336 or email beatriz@centre404.org.uk

***You will not be admitted on the day if you have not previously booked***

Fancy dress competition, music, food and cinema Hotel Transylvania 2 with pop corn!

Tickets are free and refreshments will be provided. Family and friends welcome



Blog post of the week: Meet Emilious14/10/2016

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Emilious  has been volunteering with Centre 404 since October 2014. He is a regular volunteer at our Friday Night Social and has just began volunteering with our Thursday gardening group.

Read more about Emilious' experiences volunteering with Centre 404 on our blog: https://404volunteer.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/meet-volunteer-emilious/​

If you'd like to volunteer at Centre 404 please download our Volunteer Joining FormOnce complete, please send it to volunteer@centre404.org.uk or Centre 404, 404 Camden Road, London, N7 0SJ or contact us on 020 7607 8762 for more information. 

Volunteer Mark raises £500 for Centre 404!07/10/2016

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On 18th September, Mark, our regular Friday Night Social Volunteer, took part in the London Duathlon which involved a 10km run, followed by a 44km bike followed by a 5k run.

The event took place around Richmond Park and the average time for completing the event was three hours. It was definitely a mean feat of a challenge to take part in and we were in awe of Mark taking this on (completing it in 2 hours 36 minutes) but over the moon to learn that he had created a fundraising page for the event, with Centre 404 being his charity of choice to donate money to.

Mark said: “I chose to raise money for Centre 404 as a proud Friday Night Social volunteer. Seeing everyone at the disco always brightens my week and I wanted to be able to do something meaningful to help the centre out.

The Duathlon itself was great fun, but definitely the hardest thing I’ve done sporting wise. As a rugby player I’m not used to long distance sports, the cramps were real! But so glad I did it and I’m planning on a triathlon next summer.”

Mark’s target was to raise £200, however our last visit to his page has shown that not only has he surpassed this target but he has raised more than double the amount!

You can read more about this event and be linked to Mark's fundraising page on our blog: https://404volunteer.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/thank-you-to-volunteer-mark-for-raising-500-for-centre-404/

Enfield Summer Play Scheme 21/09/2016

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This Summer Centre 404 ran a successful and stimulating 4 week summer play scheme in Enfield for young people with Learning Disabilities. Our Scheme supported 10 young people aged 9 to 16 and included those with additional needs and challenging behaviours. Although we have previously run similar schemes in the borough, this represented our longest provision, supporting our highest numbers of young people.

We supported young people to work towards goals such as; developing their independence and essential life skills; building their confidence in accessing mainstream, inclusive activities; and supporting them to experience increased access to play, leisure, sporting and social activities. We also aimed to provide a service that supported parents to experience more ‘ordinary lives’, while feeling confident their child is safe and having their individual needs meet. 

Sessions included healthy cooking, where the group learnt how to make haloumi wraps, vegetable tarts, healthy flap jacks, apple crumple and fruit smoothies. We arranged educational sessions using arts and crafts materials to learn about the ‘food pyramid’ and eating a healthy, balanced diet. The group focussed on money management, taking turns to run a small stall selling things to others in the group. We also took part in dance and yoga classes, played sports and games and watched a movie.

Of the 10 young people that attended positive feedback was given by all of them with 82% rating activities with a smiley face and 85% of their parents rating our service as having a positive impact on their child. Quotes from parents included;

“My Daughter really enjoyed all the activities you provided and being able to do them with others”

“(Staff) were kind and made it very fun!”

“I was really happy with Centre 404 staff and the service”  

Feedback gained from families also highlighted their wish for Centre 404 to do more activities out in the community over the next holiday programme.        

Feedback from previous holiday provision informed the planning for this summer with families and young people letting us know they wanted more activities based around independence and that families want their child to gain something from every session. We found that sessions need to be adaptable and fluid to meet the wide range of abilities and support needs present in the group. We also learnt that speaking with parents before and after the sessions was key to building relationships and getting good quality feedback.

Want to know more about becoming a Support Worker?09/08/2016

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Come and join us for a FREE information session

at 3:00pm on Tuesday 16th August 2016!


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






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ID and discount cards for people with disabilities

Many people use a recent DLA letter or a copy of the SEN statement or EHC Plan to prove that they or a member of your family has a disability. Having proof of a disability may help to:

  • get concessionary rates or free entrance for a carer at some attractions
  • explain a disability is not immediately obvious, such as autistic, global developmental delay
  • avoid queues in areas of difficualty such as theme parks (although there is no garantee of this)

Disability ID cards with a photo are available and avoid people having to carry their paperwork.  An Islington ID card was developed by Centre 404 and has been in use for many years. New or replacement Islington ID cards are no longer available from Centre 404 as a new National Disabled Identification Card (DID) is now available.

Information about Disabled Identification Card can be found here: http://www.did-card.co.uk/index.php

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas and entitles you to one free ticket for the person who is accompanying a disabled person to the cinema. https://www.ceacard.co.uk/)

Saturday Summer Movie Nights 25/07/2016

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From Sat 23rd July to Sat 3rd September we are going to offer a Movie Night activity to replace our termly Friday Social.

The event is for young people and adults aged 16 years and above. We will be open from 6-8.30pm, with the movie starting at 6.30pm once everyone has arrived. 

Contact us on 0207 607 8762 or email liza@centre404.org.uk for more information. 

65th Anniversary19/07/2016

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On Thursday 14th July we celebrated our 65th anniversary by holding our AGM and Annual Summer garden party. It was a wonderful day, attended by over 200 people including service users, family carers and trustees.  

We were extremely fortunate to have our patron, Jeremy Corbyn attend and take time out of his busy schedule to spend with us.  Jeremy has been supporting our charity, Centre 404, for over 30 years and it was lovely to hear his passion for our work.

“Centre 404 represents the best of the voluntary sector. It’s a beacon of what can be achieved and I am honoured to be a patron of the charity.” – Jeremy Corbyn 

We aim to continue to work hard supporting individuals with learning disabilities and hope to continue for another 65 years!

Weekly Parental 'Drop-in' Service13/06/2016

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Do you care for a child with a disability?

Come to our weekly parental drop-in for FREE information, advice and support

Available to families accross London

Every Thursday during term time

9:30 - 12:30

at Golden Lane Campus, Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JA