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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.

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The Volunteer of the year Awards  organised by Voluntary Action Islington  took place on Wednesday 2nd November and it was a wonderful night out for staff and volunteers at Centre 404. We put nominations forward for each category and felt we had some strong contenders who have shown a wonderful amount of commitment and passion to volunteering with Centre 404 this year.

The categories for the evening were:

Young Volunteer of the Year: 16 – 25 year olds:

Volunteer of the Year: 26 – 60 year olds

Older Volunteer of the Year: 60+ year olds

Pat Haynes Memorial Trustee of the Year

Volunteering Team of the Year

It was a full house at Voluntary Action Islington with over a hundred people attending. 14 of us went to the awards from Centre 404, consisting of volunteers and staff and were warmly welcomed with sandwiches, drinks and cake.

As it was Voluntary Action Islington’s AGM as well as the awards we sat down to listen to the latest news from the organisation and were also treated to a magic show!

Alex Smith, founder of North London Cares, gave an inspirational talk about how and why he set up the charity as well as its sister charity South London Cares and the impact the charities have made on tackling social isolation in the community.  It is a wonderful charity that works with connecting young professionals living and working in London with their elderly neighbours through social clubs and a love your neighbour programme.

After Alex’s talk it was time for the awards ceremony. The team of the year was the first one announced and Centre 404’s gardening group were the winner!  All of our gardening group apart from Debbie were able to attend and were super excited to have won! We all went up to collect our certificate and were super thrilled to learn that we had won a three course meal, sponsored by Doubletree by Hilton,  at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant so we will look forward to that! Read the rest of this entry »

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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-volunteerduathalon-fundraiserMark 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!

If you would like to donate to Mark for this wonderful event, please follow this link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Briant1

Thank you to all our volunteers and fundraisers! We truly appreciate the time and commitment you give to Centre 404!

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