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Summer Fun05/10/2015

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It's definitely over now, but we made the most of summer at Centre 404! The learning and leisure team ran another fantastic play scheme over the school holidays. Along with yoga and Artbox for adults, we had 10 days in Islington with 34 young people with a learning disability and their siblings. For the first time, we also had 6 days in Enfield at a local special needs school working with some children brand new to Centre 404.

Some of the things we did:

• London Zoo
• Islington Boat Club
• Regents Park
• 2 days of Circus Workshops with Jackson’s Lane

Once again the incredible team at The Angel Canal Community Trust took 10 young people from Centre 404 for a weeklong trip travelling up the canals of Milton Keynes too. Ian and Laurie were brilliant hosts!

“My best bit is when we have the BBQ because we are all together and we are all having fun with each other.”

Top Marks for Centre 40405/10/2015

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In a recent Local Authority inspection of two of Centre 404’s services we were awarded the highest possible rating. The services looked at were Outreach and Mildmay, both of which support people to live independently in the community.  

Most important to us was the feedback given to assessors by family members and service users. One service user interviewed fed back that he, “had a great deal of independence but was secure in that he could ask for support at any time”. Family members said they were extremely pleased with the support their relatives received. They felt that their relatives had a say, were supported to remain independent and were able to make choices which sometimes didn’t work out.

Centre 404’s Head of Supported Housing Claire Curtis said, “This result is a reflection of the hard work that the support staff, senior support workers and the manager of the service, Javed Bhunnoo, put in. We are really proud of the team.” CEO Linda McGowan added, “We know that staff work really hard and we always strive to do our
best, but it’s really rewarding to have our work externally validated in this way. I really want to thank all the staff for their efforts and all the families and service users for their input.”


Groups and activities 201628/09/2015

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We have now dates for the groups, workshops and activities for parents/ family carers happening at Centre 404.

You can check them here

Don't miss out!

A big thank you to you all!06/08/2015

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Thank you to those who came along to the Family Fun Day on the 12th August at Centre 404.

The numbers attended were our best ever and it would not have been possible without you!

195 people attended the event of which 93 were adults and 102 children. Adding volunteers and staff, the total number of attendees to this year's event was 226.


Thank you for contributing to this amazing day

I hope to see you all at the next one!

Centre 404 Supporting FamiliesTeam


Sports equipment needed07/07/2015

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Feedback to our learning and leisure team shows a demand for more sport! We would love to expand our collection of sports and gym equipment, so if a rowing machine, exercise bike or hand weights are  cluttering up your living room then we can offer them a happy home.

Equally if you have outgrown swimwear that would fit children aged 8 or above then please do donate it, as we often need spares for children caught short!

Swimming for 40423/06/2015

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Dale and Josh, two very lovely swimmers from Lambeth, are raising money for Centre 404. They will be swimming one whole mile through Victoria Docklands without any assistance from armbands or rubber rings. They’ll be strapping on wetsuits and diving into the murky waters on 18th July, all to raise vital funds for people with learning disabilities and their families.

Thanks guys! 

To show your support: https://www.justgiving.com/daleandjoshswimthedocksforcharity

If you'd like to take part in the Great Newham Swim yourself, click here.

Race for Life23/06/2015

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In memory of a lovely lady called Tracey, Centre 404 staff and service users are running Cancer Research's Race for Life this Saturday.

You can donate to one of their pages via JustGiving: http://bit.ly/1GmAveW. 

Tracey was a lady who valued her independence very highly and would not let barriers get in her way. If she wanted something she would go out and get it!

Tracey will be missed by a great many people, her infectious laugh, lovely smile and her constant reminder of "don't do anything I wouldn't do love". The courage and strength she showed through her illness was remarkable and admirable. Tracey lived life to the full and stuck by her principles and beliefs until the end. Her legacy will live on for a long time to come. 

Islington Giving Week: 8th - 15th June29/04/2015

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Islington Giving Week runs from the 8th – 15th June and is an annual week-long programme of activities and events to raise public awareness and understanding of the poverty and inequality faced by many Islington residents, both young and old.

It’s a chance for everyone in the borough to find more out about the voluntary organisations working next door…

Islington has some shocking statistics:

·         16,500 children and young people live in poverty – that’s the fourth highest level of child poverty in England and the second highest in London

·         The highest level of depression and mental ill health in England – Islington also has the highest male suicide rate in London

For more information visit http://www.islingtongiving.org.uk/website_/events-guide/islington-giving-week

Happy Holidays09/04/2015

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Through playschemes, Centre 404’s Learning and Leisure team can able to help some families by taking their children out for fun and games over the holidays. Being able to offer these sessions to families and young people benefits both parties by helping get the young people out of the house and mixing with friends and allows the parents a chance to get those last minute things done. 

Over Christmas  we visited the London Dungeon for a taste of some of London’s most horrible histories. The next day we held a full-on Christmas Party at Centre 404, complete with arts and crafts, a Christmas lunch and a movie. At Easter, we went to a farm, quasar, and the cinema to name just a few activities! 

“I would give the trip an infinity and beyond rating” 
    Charlotte Hill, 13 

“It enabled me to complete the preparation for Christmas without having to take Charly into environments which she finds hard, which lowered my stress and hers and made for a more relaxed and successful Christmas”
    Marianne Hill, Charlotte’s Mum