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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 »

It’s a new year, a chance to set goals, start new hobbies and a perfect time to get involved in volunteering.

It has been proven that volunteering boosts self-esteem, employability and health as well as being rewarding to the individuals involved.[i]

At Centre 404 we offer a variety of roles, from developing admin and people skills on reception to being a travel buddy for someone with a learning disability, helping them gain independence, confidence and build up a relationship.

Enjoy singing or playing an instrument? Join our band, The 404 Stormers!img_5201

Like dancing? Help out at our Friday Night Social.

Fancy your hand at doing some cooking? Our day service opportunities as well as our evening groups and activities can always do with an extra pair of hands to come up with delicious recipes and help out in the kitchen.

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Enjoy the outdoors? Come along every Thursday and help us grow plants, vegetables and tend to our award winning garden. Read the rest of this entry »

ian-and-charles  gardening_centre404Yesterday was our last gardening session of the year and it was a busy one that involved not only gardening but learning how to make Christmas table decorations using flowers and leaves from the garden. Elsa kindly brought in a mix of rose buds, white blossoms, ivy leaves and lavender alongside the materials to make a lovely piece for the Christmas table.

We had Christmas songs playing alongside some mince pies and chocolate treats whilst we made the beautiful decorations and they were surprisingly so easy to make!

All you need is:

  • Toilet roll
  • Elastic bands
  • Glue
  • Aluminium foil
  • Flowers, branches, leaves

To make:

  • Wrap some aluminium foil around the toilet roll and fix in place with either glue or an elastic band
  • Place a couple of elastic bands in different places along the roll
  • Place in the flowers and leaves through the elastic bands
  • Decorate with ribbon & any other materials

And there you have a Christmas table decoration!

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It was really good fun and the gardening volunteers loved it. We were also treated to Elsa’s cake concoction which this week was a rich chocolate and raisin cake. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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gardening-group  It may be getting colder and darker but that hasn’t stopped our volunteer gardeners coming each Thursday to help with tidying up the garden, mowing the lawn, sweeping the leaves and still doing some planting. We thought we would have to put the compost bag away until spring however there are still certain plants and herbs that can be planted in autumn time. This Thursday saw us plant some broad beans, garlic, red onions and tulips.

We took some useful tips from James Wong’s guardian article on ways to boost our garlic where we learnt that we needed to ‘Pick the sunniest spot  and plant individual cloves 15cm apart any time between now and late January, and water in well. Scattering a couple of tablespoons of Epsom salts over each square metre of planting bed can up the strength of your garlic.’

As it is the week before Halloween we also thought it would be the perfect time to have some pumpkin pie! Pumpkins are great fun to grow. They are easy to cultivate, but need a sunny position, plenty of water and shelter from cold winds. Once harvested, pumpkins can be used for delicious soup, pies and for roasting. Read the rest of this entry »

ashpotato   debbie The leaves are starting to fall and the nights are slowly crawling in as we are moving into autumn but thankfully the weather has still been warm enough to continue with our garden sessions. In fact we have been extremely lucky with the weather this summer and have accomplished so much in our garden.  We have filled it with daffodils, sunflowers, broad beans, delicious sweet tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb and we have sat down together and eaten the produce, with a cup of tea of course.

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We were incredibly fortunate to have Chris from The Royal Horticultural Society attend Centre 404 & Anson Road to help us with sowing seeds and planting herbs as well as share his fountain of knowledge about gardening with us. We received £500 from The Royal Horticultural Society in addition to 6 visits from Chris, which our volunteers thoroughly enjoyed.

We have also been treated each month by Elsa, one of our garden volunteers, who bakes a cake for the group each time shes visits and lets us guess what ingredients she has used. It is different every month and in the past few months, we have sampled lavender, rose, apple, orange, lemon, almond, just to name a few!

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At Centre 404 we are very proud of our garden and are so grateful to our volunteers who attend every Thursday between 2p.m and 4p.m. Our volunteers not only enjoy coming to help with the garden but it gives them a chance to meet up with each other weekly and socialise. Ashley one of our long standing volunteers said, “I enjoy coming because it gets me away from just staying indoors and watching television every day. I get bored if I just do that. I feel I am doing something worthwhile here and look forward to it and seeing my friends.”

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The weather may be getting colder but we will continue working on our garden over the next couple of months. It’s time for harvesting vegetables so look out for lots of soup being made in the Centre 404 kitchen!

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If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer or in any volunteering opportunities with Centre 404, get in touch at volunteer@centre404.org.uk or call 0207 607 8762

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