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What do tenants think of Centre 404?09/04/2015

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Every year we ask people who use the Centre 404 housing service to give us feedback. Below are some comments, and some actions to make sure that our service is continually improving. 

  • Everyone said they or their loved one likes where they live and the people they live with
  • The leisure activities like swimming, and daily living activities like cooking, are very popular
  • People like the staff at Centre 404, especially  and find them friendly
  • People are very happy with their support and can do the things they choose

These are the changes we plan to make:

  • An updated accessible version of our data protection policy will be made available to tenants.
  • There will be more updates on staff changes and more opportunities for families to be involved in the recruitment of staff.
  • Staff, service users, families and the housing committee will meet to discuss how to plan more holidays and more social activities in the evening.
  • More inter-house and evening activities will be advertised  

Dignity Action09/04/2015

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The beginning of February signalled the start of Dignity Action Week and at Centre 404 we celebrated across our housing and support services.

Evenrts included

  • Dignity drop-in where staff and service users could come and talk about what dignity means to them.
  • Poetry reading and an art competition for dignity-inspired art works
  • Dignity coffee morning, and to really mark the event, the Mayoress of Islington came along to spend time with people and talk about their lives and support. A great afternoon! 

If you have any thoughts about dignity please contact Claire Curtis, Supported Housing Manager and Dignity Champion. Clairec@centre404.org.uk / 020 7697 1327

Dog's Trust Visit09/04/2015

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Last term Centre 404 made some new friends; can you guess who they are? I’ll give you a hint! There are 3 of them, but together they have 8 legs…That’s right - it was a visit from the Dogs Trust! 

Dog handlers Ruth and Kelly brought in Fudge, their 4-legged friend. As part of the continued work in developing the social skills of our Juniors group (8-12 year olds), Centre 404 and the Dogs Trust partnered up to deliver a session on proper behaviour around dogs, what to do if you’re frightened and how to approach a strange dog. 

After the session the children discussed and wrote down what they had learned.  Most of the comments were “I love Fudge”! 

For more information on the Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

Linda McEnhill Award08/04/2015

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Centre 404’s housing service has won a joint award from a national organisation that recognises outstanding end of life care. They share The Linda McEnhill Award with Islington EliPSe, Camden Palliative Care Team and the Willson Family. 

Given by the National Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities Network, The Linda McEnhill award is given out once a year. It goes to groups or individuals whose work with people with a learning disability at the end of their life has been outstanding. 

Jean Willson nominated her daughter’s team for the award after they worked together to support Victoria with so much love and care: “Her family look back now with peace and pride in being part of the team that enabled Victoria to live happily and die majestically.It is a great accolade for all the splendid work the team did” 

In November 2015, the joint team will present their work at the PCPLD’s AGM in London. 


To read Victoria’s full story, visit www.pcpld.org/real-life-stories.

What's it like to volunteer?04/03/2015

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Heather, one of our many lovely volunteers, wrote a blog about volunteering at Centre 404 for The Access Project, the education charity she works for. She talks about why volunteering benefits more than your CV - here's a snippet: 

"The longer I am at Centre 404 the more I enjoy it. I have been lucky enough to get to know the wonderful staff and volunteers that make the evening possible come rain or shine."

You can read the full blog here. An interview by Charles, a social media volunteer, with both Heather and fellow volunteer June, will also feature in our upcoming newsletter.  

 

 

SPACES IN SERVICE USER WORKING GROUP19/01/2015

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Would you like to meet new people and develop your reading, writing and talking skills?

Spaces are open in the Service User Working Group. This group meets to do things like discuss Centre 404’s Facebook Policy and talk about how we can make documents easier to read.


The group meets every six weeks at Centre 404, always on a Tuesday between 3pm and 4pm.
We are a mixed ability group but a fair amount of talking and/or reading is involved.


If you would like to join or you know someone who you think would like to join please contact Edith on 0207 6971327 or EdithSM@Centre404.org.uk

Volunteer Blog19/01/2015

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Our social media group have been busy blogging over the past few weeks. To check out their articles, click here.  We've covered craft days, movies and our escapades in Centre 404's lovely garden.

If you'd like to join the volunteer social media group, get in touch with Lizzie: 020 7697 1335 / libbotson@centre404.org.uk 

Left: Carol, at the social media group. 

Happy new year29/12/2014

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Best wishes for 2015 from everyone at Centre 404! 

We're open every day except Thursday 1st January. Learning and leisure clubs resume week commencing 5th January. 

And if your new year's resolution is to get healthy, check out JustGiving's ideas for fundraising here. 

 

 

The gift appeal is back!28/11/2014

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Want to feel good this Christmas and spread a bit of festive cheer? Then why not donate a small toy to the Centre 404 gift appeal!

Every year Centre 404 invites over 100 disabled children and their siblings along to the Children's Festive Party where each child gets a small gift from Santa.

This year we are looking for donations of small toys or unwanted gifts. Donations can be handed in to Centre404’s reception located at 404 Camden Road, London N7 0SJ

The Children's Festive Party is happening Saturday 13th December at Centre 404 so the closing date for donations will be Monday 8th December.

Many thanks from Centre 404 and our families! 

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