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London Marathon Charitable Trust

Logo_ London Marathon Charitable Trust

has awarded Whittington Park Community Association £150,000 towards our Transforming our Spaces building fund!

We feel very honoured to be chosen as a grant recipient.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust awards grants towards organisations which help people to get active and enjoy the benefits of exercise.

The grant will go towards making Lower and Upper Hocking Hall state-of-the art, multi-use spaces for active classes and community events, with a lift to make Upper Hocking Hall fully accessible.

A massive THANK YOU to all our supporters, volunteers, teachers, councillors, partners and all of you who come to the centre.

We couldn’t have won the award without you!


We will be celebrating the award at the
Big Day Out
Saturday September 9th 2017
12.30 pm  – 5.30 pm

Come and join us for a fun day out in Whittington Park!


Past Event: Film screening – ‘The Divide’

Stay and Play

Sonia with children in garden
Friendly drop-in play session for parents, carers and under 5s.
£1 per famly.

Wednesdays & Thursdays 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm.

Have a look at our Early Years Hub page for more info


DONATE to our building fund!

virgin money giving buttonPlease click on this button to make a donation.  Be part of rebuilding our halls so that we can continue to serve future generations with hosting  classes, parties, social events and more!

New classes !

A new class is coming on Monday 10th November

“BodyWorX – Aerobics & Body conditioning class”.

If you are interested, check with Joanna Deller at the reception. 0207 272 1874.


Our Collective House – Session 1

The first session of the Our Collective House project finally took place on Monday 2nd June in Hocking Hall. Fourteen participants took part following overwhelming interest in the course (we had to work hard in keeping to our limited numbers)!  Our waiting list is building by the day, so we hope this project is the start of more to come.

The first session was about getting a chance for the group to get know each other and learn how to work collectively.  As we will be working on a large textile piece for several weeks this was very important!  We brainstormed on the meaning of “Community,” as well as how people responded to “Islington” in terms of colour, place and meaning, so as to start thinking how we would ultimately build our textile piece about Islington.  

 After a tea and biscuits break, we looked at various maps and how various cities were symbolised this way on paper, paying attention to colours, shapes and lines. We then broke everyone into groups around tables with different sets of tasks.  Each table was fitted with a dice labelled with random sets of instructions on its sides along with different sets of materials (paper, pens, oil pastels and acrylic paints).  It was then up to each group to figure out how to play with the dice and respond to their instructions to create images.  The results were quite surprising!    

PAT Therapy Petting Dog Sessions are continuing for the rest of the year.

Community Police Visits Lunch Club

Islington Community Police Officers visited the Lunch Club for Over 60’s this week to give advice on safety at home.  Lunch Club members really enjoyed the meeting and were happy to receive leaflets and whistles.  If you would like to attend the next surgery get in touch with Gamze at .

Last-Minute Booking Hall Hire Rate for Independent Dance & Theatre Artists



Our community centre is offering our 2 main halls at a concessionary rate of £10/hour for independent dance and theatre groups for last-minute bookings.

Bookings need to be made no more than 7 days ahead of time.  Spaces available are Hocking Hall/Upper Hocking Hall in the mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Payments need to be made within 24 hours of booking.

Right in Whittington Park, our centre has a café and is 10 minutes walking distance from Archway and Tufnell Park underground stations & 3 minutes from Upper Holloway overground station.  There are many local buses on nearby Holloway Road.

For information and to make a booking contact:

Whittington Park Community Association

Yerbury Road

London N19 4RS

T: 0207 272 1847 / E: / follow us on Twitter @WhittingtonPCA


First Month Hall Hire FREE for New Classes

Congratulations and Thank You to Our Board Member Janet Burgess

Janet Burgess, a local Councillor and WPCA Board Member for many years, was nominated at this years “LGIU Awards” on Tuesday 25th February and received the “Age UK Award” in recognition of the difference she has made for older people in Islington.  As Islington Tribune states, Janet was praised “for her part in ending 15-minute care visits and introducing older people’s champions and free swimming for over-60s.”

All of us here at WPCA are proud to have had Janet’s support through all these years and have her on our Board.  We are thrilled for Janet to be recognised for her work in improving care and opportunities for people over 60, something she has always been keen on while working with us.


Emily Georghiou, Age UK, presents the Age UK Award to Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Borough Council. Courtesy of LGIU website.

Help our One O’ Clock Club!

Food Bank Collection Point in the Cafe

Sandra who runs our community cafe is pairing up with a local mum to start a food bank collection point.  The idea came to life last week and there were so many generous donations that Sandra is already going to have to do her first delivery run to the Islington Food Bank .

Anyone can drop by during the cafe’s opening hours from 9am to 6pm with non-perishable items.  The Islington Food Bank website lists supplies that are most needed.  Contact Sandra with any questions on 0753 446 4466 or



New Art Sessions with Cubitt Artists!

New art sessions for people over 55 will begin in 2014 at WPCA in partnership with Cubitt!

Classes will run for 6 weeks from Friday 7th February to Friday 14th March.  Sessions are FREE!

To find out more have a look at this flyer: FLYER .

WPCA Trustee in Local Panto

Our very own Liz Case is performing in the Red Riding Hood Panto at St. Georges Church on Crayford Road on 11th, 12th,13th 14th December.

Lots of familiar faces, adults and children alike, from the community in it ( including one of our trustees !)  so come along and support your local community and have a laugh at the same time.

More details about where to get tickets (Adults £6, children £3 plus concessions)  in a couple of weeks time. – don’t forget to put the date in your diary.


Could you be our Christmas Patron?

Lunch Club Celebrates Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, the Lunch Club for Over 60’s had a special celebration with a Caribbean inspired menu, a pop-up art exhibition in Hocking Hall and an African dance performance.  Kenny the driver for the club also treated us to a great drumming performance.  Our wonderful volunteer Glenda helped to organise the festivities.






















Opportunity for unemployed or low-waged person to move into self-employment


In partnership with Slaughter and May Centa business services are launching a year-long programme helping anyone living in Islington who is unemployed or low-waged move into self-employment. The programme provides intensive and qualified business advice from CENTA, life coaching support and subsidised workspace. We call it Firm Futures.

Highly skilled professionals from Slaughter and May will be on hand during the year to offer one-to-one business mentoring and 10 applicants can also win cash bursaries up to £2000 to help start you off. More details can be found here: How will it work?

This exciting opportunity is open to any resident in Islington, but hurry, the deadline for receiving completed application forms is 3rd November!

The online application form can be downloaded here, please do not hesitate to call Lucan Richards on 020 7278 5757 or email if you need help completing the form.

Click here for more information.

WPCA Faces a More Secure Future!

Read all about it in this great write up from the latest Islington Tribune:

This new long lease is great news for our community centre and reassures us that our redevelopment plans will benefit our users for many years to come!  Find out more about becoming involved in our building plans here:

AGM: All Welcome!

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