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On Wednesday night, Centre 404 staff and volunteers headed to Voluntary Action Islington for The Volunteer of The Year Awards where we were nominated for Volunteer Team of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year (16-25yrs old) and Older Volunteer of the Year (60+ yrs old).

Last year we had a wonderful night as our gardening team won Team of the Year and our Chair Jean Willson won The Pat Haynes Memorial Trustee of the Year award. All the volunteers had a wonderful evening and therefore we were excited to go again this year.

Upon arriving we were treated to a delicious feast of Mediterranean food with falafel, humus, pitta, baba ganoush, and other delicious bites and then sat down for Voluntary Action Islington’s AGM. The guest speaker was James Banks from London Funders who gave an interesting talk about volunteer engagement. He has been working and volunteering in London’s voluntary and community sector for over 15 years. Immediately prior to joining London Funders, James was Chief Executive at Greater London Volunteering, the regional membership body for social action charities in the capital.

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Charly, one of Centre 404’s Support Workers at Leigh Road has put together this week’s blog post. Not only has Charly set up a healthy living café at Leigh Road but a few weeks ago she took some service users on a great night out clubbing.

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Charly’s cafe opens on a Thursday at Leigh Road. The food is served at 6.30pm but the cafe opens at 4pm for the tenants to come help prepare the food and learn how to cook and what ingredients are in the food.

What we make is pre discussed in tenants meetings and all the food we make is 500 calories or less ranging from dinners to desserts. I collect all the money from the tenants and I prepare ‘menu cards’. On these I put pictures of what is in the food and the quantity needed and the steps on how to make the food. When it comes to buying the food I support the service users to the local shops to buy the food.

The last time Charly’s cafe was open we made chicken and peppers in whole meal wraps with sweet potatoes wedges and a side salad. This cost only £1.90  per serving  and was only 450 calories.

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*This weeks blog post was written by Centre 404’s Project Manager,  Outreach Service, Javed Bhunno

On Tuesday, this week, we celebrated the 75th birthday of one of our Outreach’s oldest Service User Charlie Merriman. Charlie has been part of our Outreach Service since the service started in April 2011. Charlie was born in 1940s and shares the same date of birth as his favourite singer Vera Lynn!

Charlie is a keen musician and plays jazz music and continues to play in various bands across London. He is a gentle and kind person who is always happy to help others. He is also a very fit person; his doctor told him on a recent visit that his heart is similar age to someone in their 30s!

Here at Centre 404 Outreach Service, we are very proud to have the honour of supporting him and look forward to continuing supporting him for many years to come.  To celebrate his birthday, we dedicated our monthly team meeting to this occasion and invited Charlie to share a cake and few other sweets with rest of the Outreach Team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our annual Centre 404 quiz night is back and is taking place on Friday 3rd March from 6pm at St Luke’s Church. Familiar Centre 404 faces Bob and Derek will be compering the night whilst testing your knowledge alongside a delicious meal of curry, rice and naan bread.

There will be a raffle with some fantastic prices as well as our famous jewellery stall and a bar.

Tickets are only £12 and include a delicious curry meal.  We only have a handful of tickets left so get in touch to purchase them soon to avoid missing out!

Email us at fundraising@centre404.org.uk or call 0207 607 8762 for more information or to purchase your tickets. Alternatively you can book online here.

This week’s blog post comes from our wonderful volunteer Amanda, as she recounts her night out at The National Television Awards.

In January My Husband and Me went to the National Tv awards by tube from Highbury and Islington station to Green Park then we took another Tube from Green Park to the o2 Arena in Greenwich. When we got there we had to walk to Gate H where We was going to sit then We waited for our bags and coats to go through security. After that We took a escalator to the Arena where We was shown where our seats were. We had good seats about 20 or more rows from the front We were there by 630pm  as the show started at 7pm till 10pm.national-television-awards_amanda

Andrew and Me took pictures of the o2 as We were waiting, then about 640pm a warm up man called Andy Collins come on the stage to tell the Audience when to clap, cheer, and boo .

Then at 755pm a countdown started to the start of the show then Dermot o Leary sung with Tom Jones and after that the awards started with Ant and Dec, This Morning, Mrs Brown’s Boys Emmerdale, Casualty, and many more winning Awards.

Then in the break Andrew and Me took a toilet break, Stood at the bar We saw Richard Blackwood, Scott Maslen, Lee Jay and Billy from Eastenders, We also saw Aaron, Robert, Cain, and Moira from Emmerdale, then We saw David, Tyrone, Sarah, Shane ward, from Coronation Street. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Wednesday 25 January, our Chair Jean Willson presented a talk to over 40 guests about the history of Centre 404 and her experiences growing up in the borough of Islington, and as a family carer.

Jean took her audience through the decades introducing it with music. She spoke about what was happening in the decade; what her family was doing; what was happening in the learning disability world, and how the centre was founded and grew.

Jean has been involved with Centre 404 for over 40 years, and an associated exhibition was displayed in the main hall where the talk was held documenting the history of the charity. This included information and pictures from when it was first founded by family carers of people with learning disabilities who were struggling to access the support they needed, and the involvement of our Patron Jeremy Corbyn over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

theo-jacob   danny-walbeck-laurent-koscielny-at-centre-404   arsenal-at-centre-404-xmas-playschemeThursday 22nd December was an extremely special day at Centre 404 as we were privileged to have players from Arsenal give up their time and come and spend the afternoon with our children who were taking part in the Christmas Playscheme.

Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin spent a couple of hours with our children’s group designing Christmas t-shirts, doing arts and crafts, signing cards and also giving out amazing presents!danny-jacob

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Arriving with Centre 404 branded stockings, in Arsenal colours of course, the footballers gave out presents individually to each child and even took some time to learn some makaton.

The atmosphere was amazing and the kids were super excited and couldn’t stop smiling. ‘This is the best day of my life’ was overheard quite a few times demonstrating just what an impact the footballers made.

We would like to say a big thank you to The Arsenal Foundation for arranging this wonderful afternoon and thank you to all the players for giving up their time so close to Christmas.

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You can watch footage from the day here.