Community Centre Week runs from 19 – 25 July and aims to remind everyone how important community centres are to our neighbourhoods – how much amazing work they do, and that we should never take them for granted.
The idea was thought up by a group of community centre hubs in Islington, known as the Octopus Community Network. They are celebrating Community Centre Week in Islington with street parties and events, and hope that the campaign will start to grow nationally.
The St Luke’s Trust has played a major role in making Community Centre Week happen. Martyn Craddock, CEO of St Luke’s, said:
“We are starting small but we think it could become a great national campaign in years to come. I don’t there’s anything like it in the UK. We came up with Community Centre Week because we’re passionate about community centres in all neighbourhoods. They are often overlooked and become ‘part of the furniture’, when in fact people need to recognise they exist more, and use them.”
The CEO of the Selby Trust, Sona Mahtani said
“The Selby Centre has over 500 users a day accessing services of the Selby Trust or one of the 100 community organisations who deliver services from here. We are a vital hub to the community enabling local people to access help, support and advice as well as develop skills and integrate into the community. Community Centre Week is an excellent opportunity for us to be recognised for our valuable contribution to the local area”.