This summer, our communities team visited nine of our larger neighbourhoods with their new look summer roadshow.
Over 100 residents from Hertfordshire, Reading, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard, Oxford, Acton, Brent and Southall enjoyed jewellery making workshops and circus skills, alongside bicycle repairs and security marking to help you keep your bikes in tip-top condition.
But that’s not all that was happening in our neighbourhoods. Our Communities team worked closely with local partners to deliver many projects and programmes in our community centres and neighbourhoods through the government’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme.
Our Communities team worked with local partners to help them apply for HAF programme funding and when needed arranged for Catalyst to match fund the programmes and provided our community centres free of charge to help reduce costs.
Here’s some highlights from this summer’s programmes and projects
Acton and Southall
Our Acton and Southall Communities team worked with partners Delve and Sonshine Smiles to help provide activities for 8-16-year-olds in our Friary Park, Westcott Park, Leamington Park, and Windmill Park community centres.
With over 60 young people attending the sessions, activities included multi-sports, dance, drama, arts and crafts, cheerleading, boxing, circus skills and more alongside 480 free hot meals cooked and delivered by Earth Living – co-founded by Catalyst resident, Nocketa.
The activities included girls and youth nights offering cooking, gaming, exercise workouts and football, a music project and employability sessions for any young people starting to think about the next steps in their education and employment.
All the activities were hosted at Catalyst’s The Unity Centre with around 15-20 young people attending each evening.
The project was such a success that Catalyst and YBF are continuing to fund a programme of youth and community activities, delivered by Connect stars, at The Unity Centre.
The Hertfordshire team had various activities over the summer break, including Lark in the Park and the HAPpy activity programme. With over 1000 families engaging in the fun, physical activities, the programme also provided 80 free and healthy meals to local young people.
Our North Kensington Communities team continued working with The Venture Centre to provide over 100 young people with workshops, activities and trips, as well as helping 40 children to attend a three-day residential summer camp.
The programme also supported various Notting Hill Carnival themed events for over 500 families and provided free hot and healthy meals to over 100 children each day through their healthy meals programme.
Our Oxford Communities team supported The Leys CDI Youth Project and Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground (BLAP) who provide activity programmes for children and young people, freshly cooked meals, arts and crafts, sports activities, day trips and more.
In our Dovecote Community Centre the Dovecote Project provided an enjoyable holiday programme for children aged 4-12 years and helped arrange a local clean-up day, litter picking and a treasure hunt in Falcon Close in partnership with GreenSquareAccord.
What’s coming next?
Our Communities team continue to work in partnerships with organisations such as Delve, Sonshine Smiles, The Venture Centre and more to deliver regularly activities and programmes for young people and families in our community centres and neighbourhoods.
You can also read our residents’ and communities stories to find out more about how many of these projects and programmes have supported Catalyst customers on the our stories page and in our Catalyst magazine.