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SPONSORED SANTA RUN17/10/2014

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On 7th December thousands of fundraisers dressed as Santa will run around Victoria Park in east London. Centre 404 is looking for people ready to put down the mince pies, put on the red suit and raise some money!

You can choose from a 5km or 10km run, so if you are new to running it’s a great way to start. You will also receive a free Santa suit, and lots of fundraising support from Centre 404.

Money you raise will go directly towards running our vital services for people with learning disabilities. Just £10 can provide 4 people with the opportunity to travel to one of our clubs, and £100 could provide fun activities for a group of 12 children for 1 month.

IN BLOOM17/10/2014

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The Centre 404 garden has been awarded a Level 3 by London in Bloom. Charles, one of our volunteer gardeners, went to collect the award at a ceremony in Oval Cricket Ground. He said, “It was really good. I am glad we came and the award is really nice. It will be nice to show everyone.”


We’re really pleased that the hard work of all our volunteer gardeners has been recognised, especially as the judging took place the day after our AGM! A big thank you to everyone who has helped us bloom this year.

A TRIBUTE TO LISA FROM HER MOTHER, PAULINE17/10/2014

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“It was with a heavy heart that we were told on the 2nd August 2014 that our beautiful daughter Lisa had passed away in her sleep.

Lisa spent 23 years in her own home being happy and enjoying life to the full. She enjoyed going to the theatre, cinema, eating out, going to the Emirates to see her beloved Arsenal, shopping, bowling, swimming and wheelchair cycling. There were many things she did with her flatmate Victoria who sadly passed away last September. Lisa was missing her so much, and I feel they are back together once more.


I would like to thank her fantastic support workers, who made all of the above possible.”

A TRIBUTE TO AYSEL FROM TRACEY17/10/2014

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This summer, Tracey's housemate Aysel passed away. She reflects on the 17 years they spent together at their home:

"When I first met Aysel, she was wearing eye glasses and sitting on the chair, and I started talking to her and liked her immediately. I would describe her as someone who was always happy. I remember hearing her laughing upon waking up, and every time I sat and chatted with her.


We used to share music together - Aysel loved dancing. Oh she loved her food so much too! She witnessed and supported me through many of my life achievements. She was very happy and proud I must say when I did my race for life walk. She was a very good friend to me. I miss her a lot!”

 

THE WHEEL DEAL17/10/2014

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Centre 404’s Siblings Group - young people aged 8 - 12 years old who have a sibling with a learning disability - recently took part in an exhilarating roller-skating skating session, run by RollaDome, a charity based in north west London.


The group are always keen to try new and exciting activities and many of them are already experienced ice-skaters. RollaDome were able to set up a tailored session for our young people based in indoor and outdoor playgrounds at Ackland Burghley School, and provided two skilled and experienced coaches.


Although some of the group were hesitant at first, throughout the session they were able to improve and really enjoy their time, with everyone keen to take part in similar sessions in the future. RollaDome have very kindly helped us secure further sessions by providing discounted rates.

Visit www.rolladome.org.uk or email enquiry@rolladome.org.uk for more information.

HELP US WIN UP TO £3,00003/09/2014

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Lloyds Bank's community fund offers local organisations the chance to win up to £3,000. We've been nominated this year, which means we have a chance to win vital funding. But we need votes.

To cast your vote for Centre 404, click here and then press the orange 'vote' button. 

You can also vote by SMS - text VOTE KVP to 61119 - or in the Kentish Town Lloyds Bank branch. Any funding we'll receive will go straight towards running our vital services. 

Spread the word! 

 

 

Music and Poetry Evening28/08/2014

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Centre 404 is hosting an evening of music and poetry in memory of Victoria Willson on Friday 19th September. With music from Dave Ellis and Boo Howard, poetry from Jo Roach, home-cooked food and a well-stocked bar, it's set to be a good time! 

Tickets are £12 and selling fast, with the price including food and entry to a raffle prize draw. Buy them here or RSVP to Tara Willson on tara@willsonfamily.co.uk. All proceeds go to Centre 404. 

Venue: St Luke's Church, London, N7 9JE, doors open at 7pm. 

 

We're looking for committee members!22/07/2014

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Centre 404 is looking for new committee members to help oversee our services. We need volunteers to join our finance, housing and learning & leisure committees.

Each committee meets every 6-8 weeks to provide advice and inform decision-making, helping to ensure our members receive the best possible standard of service.

It’s a great chance to help shape strategy and have a say on the way things are run. Volunteers will need to have excellent communication skills, be able to provide impartial advice, and have some professional skills that are relevant to the committee. Click on each role below to see more:

Finance committee member

Housing committee member

Learning and Leisure committee member

For more information speak to Lizzie on 0207 7697 1335 or email libbotson@centre404.org.uk  

Penny Knits for Centre 404 08/07/2014

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Penny Burdett, a local knitwear designer, will be inviting people into her shop to knit for Centre 404. She plans to create a piece of art that will stretch from her knitting machine, and over both the balconies outside her shop. She says the idea for a knit-a-thon came to her years ago:

“I looked out of the door and thought to myself, what if I just didn’t stop?”

Having previously created ‘distressed’ set pieces for the play Knitting Circle, about women with learning disabilities and mental illness, Penny saw Camden Lock Live as an opportunity to support a charity working in the borough.

“I was told about the sterling work that Centre 404 do, and thought this would be a good opportunity to support a local organisation.”

To add your own stripe to Penny’s work, visit Camden Lock Live on Friday 11th July – the suggested donation is £5. If you can’t make it but still want to support her, click here.  

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