Archives for January 2022

After School English, Maths and Science Clubs

Our after school clubs support struggling children and teenagers by offering further education to improve their life chances. Many local families cannot afford these opportunities, and without support for these classes, this education cannot take place.

18 January 2022
Written By hncp

New Funding Secured

We’re delighted to announce John Lyons Charity has agreed to unlock £90,000 in new funding over three years to support our team. Their support helps protect much-needed services for local residents.

Also, through the London Community Foundation, Peabody Housing has promised £30,000 in support of a new Under-Five Stay and Play in Harringay and Islington.

To our funders, thank you for your support to HNCP.

Under-Fives

Offering fun and educational family drop-in activities for under-fives. No need to book – just turn up! (Term time only)

Monday

10am – 11am
11.30am – 12.30pm

St Mary Brookfield Church
Dartmouth Park Road, NW5 1SL

“All Aboard” Active Angels

Active Angels is a great place for babies and toddlers to socialise, make new friends and learn new skills through fun and play. Held in the warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the beautiful St Mary Brookfield Church, this session offers soft play and a lovely selection of toys, and concludes with a singing circle that encourages confidence building and language development.

Tuesday

10am – 11.30am

St Michaels Church
South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BJ

Church Cherubs

Wednesday

10am – 11.30am

St Mary Brookfield Church
Dartmouth Park Road, NW5 1SL

 

“All Aboard” Music Makers and Storytelling

All aboard for our noisy music makers and story time session at St Mary’s, with the usual soft play, musical sing-along and parachute fun. Musicians visit from time to time, and each child’s creativity is encouraged through music and stories. There will also be a chance to hear fruits and learn new skills, as children are encouraged to enjoy healthy eating with their friends. Parents and carers are welcome to read a story while they enjoy their snacks, and families can stay for a three-course lunch with Lulu for a very affordable fee.

Wednesday
10:15am – 10.45am

Highgate United Reformed Church (Pond Square Chapel)
South Grove, London N6 6BA

 

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers is a fun, 30-minute music and movement session introducing the very young to rhymes, songs and signs. Every child taking part has the chance to sing, play a musical instrument, be amazed by the parachute and get lost in a world of bubbles! Sit with your child as they sing, play, listen and learn.

Thursday

10am – 11am
11.30am – 12.30pm

St Mary Brookfield Church
Dartmouth Park Road, NW5 1SL


“All Aboard” Active Angels

Active Angels is a great place for babies and toddlers to socialise, make new friends and learn new skills through fun and play. Held in the warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere of the beautiful St Mary Brookfield Church, this session offers soft play and a lovely selection of toys, and concludes with a singing circle that encourages confidence building and language development.

Friday

10am – 12.30pm

St Mary Brookfield Church
Dartmouth Park Road, NW5 1SL

 

“All Aboard” Babychino and Coffee

With a focus on adults, this session is a relaxed, informal environment where you can meet other local parents, childminders and nannies. Share recipes, skills, experiences and advice while children play with toys.

How Under-Fives Services Help Children

  • Many young children have had little opportunity to interact with others of their age due to lockdowns. Healthy development is directly linked to children socialising and playing with others.
  • Under-fives’ speech and language delay is a cause for concern. Drop-ins can provide effective stimulation for communication and language development.
  • Drop-ins offer a gateway to other specialist services.
  • Many families have no parents currently in work. Children under five are disproportionately affected by low incomes.

Sponsor a child with weekly support

Every child deserves a chance in life. Early years are an absolutely critical time for child development. 

By donating £20 a month, you can support one child’s free place at our under-fives sessions. This is invaluable for children who don’t otherwise have access to free play sessions, and will transform their future prospects.

Remember your loved one and make a difference for a child under five

A donation in honour of a loved one ensures their memory lives on, at the same time as providing services for children.

For more information, email Nadine Reynolds or call 074 1520 0614.

Essential Christmas Services

We’re open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day!

Christmas Day
Being alone at Christmas for many can be upsetting and uncomfortable. Many people may have lost loved ones or simply have no family close to home.

In our new stunning Community Hall, a lunch will be provided for 150 people from the local community on Christmas Day, with our caring staff and volunteers on hand to ensure all have a fabulous day.

Boxing Day
A range of children’s entertainers will join us for a fun morning.
For more information on upcoming events, our new building or to volunteer over Christmas, get in touch.

Venue Hire

We prioritise projects that make a difference to people’s lives, so our venues are often being used for 55 Plus and Education Plus most days and evenings.

We don’t take bookings for parties in any form. We care a great deal about our local community and homes close by and their welfare.

Sports activities are run in partnership with local schools, and our own programmes are funded through grant trusts.

Our brand-new climbing wall will form part of an integrated programme for all ages.

For all catering and food enquiries, please speak to our café teams.

Meeting room hire is on offer each day.

Bookings for classes you may wish to run will be accessed by our team.

All promotion items will be checked and approved before any event can take place.

Any group booking will need to have their own insurance, DBS checks and risk assessments in place.

For more information, get in touch.

Opening Spring 2023

TRAVEL PLAN

We have committed to the borough-wide car-free policy set out in Camden’s Local Plan. The proposed development will be car-free and will include secured and covered cycling parking on site. There will be no car parking available on site at all.  
 
We encourage residents and visitors to choose sustainable transport methods to visit our community centre on Bertram Street, including public transport, walking, or cycling. 
 
A Travel Plan is also being drafted as part of the development and will be consulted on and published in due course. The Travel Plan will aim at creating a sustainable, community driven environment for all users, and to encourage residents, community centre staff and visitors to adopt healthy, sustainable lifestyle and travel choices in order to reduce reliance on the private car. 

Opening Spring 2023

Unisex Hairdressers and Nail Bar

Every person should have access to affordable haircuts. It’s about building good mental health and not being excluded from everyday life.

Drop in, sit down, have a coffee, and be with people in a friendly, relaxed environment. The goal is that you come away feeling refreshed and valued.

Our new salon will open with the new building in Spring 2023. Keep an eye on our What’s On page for more details.

When and Where

Opening Spring 2023

Highgate Newtown Community Centre

Laundry

With the new building opening in spring 2023, we’re opening a laundry for people on low incomes. Our charges will be £3.00 a wash and £1.00 a 15-minute dry – less than half the price of other local laundries.

What we do
We supply eco-friendly washing products (Ecover and Simply Eco-Smart) to our customers, and we can refill Ecover laundry liquid, fabric softener and washing-up liquid containers.

Our large washing machines use less water and are faster and more energy-efficient than domestic machines. And because our water is softened (non-chemically) which reduces wear on the machinery, our machines work more efficiently and last longer.

On top of that, our mains supply is metered, and we have limiters fitted which reduce water wastage.

By supplying eco-friendly products, we reduce the amount of harmful pollutants that are put into the drains every day.

When and Where

Opening Spring 2023
Highgate Newtown Community Centre

12 January 2022
Written By hncp

GEM Environmental Services Funds a Christmas Dinner for 100 Elderly People in Highgate Community

The 17th of December was a special day for the Highgate community. GEM – Camden Council’s main mechanical and electrical contractor – teamed up with Highgate Newtown Community Partners to put on a three-course Christmas dinner for the community.

Tables were neatly laid with Christmas treats and GEM goodie bags for each person, and each resident enjoyed a starter, followed by a main with all the trimmings and finishing with a delicious dessert. Laughter and happiness were at the forefront of the event, with live music, entertainment and raffle prizes for all to enjoy.

Natasha Sterling Resident Liaison Officer at GEM stated,
“We were so moved by new Highgate Newtown Community partner and what they are doing for the elderly residents. It was a pleasure to be part of such a fun day and seeing residents enjoying the festive season with their friends whilst having the opportunity to meet new residents within the community. Christmas can be a lonely time for some, the Christmas dinner was a remarkable highlight for the season”.

By working with Highgate Newtown Community Partners, GEM helps make a difference to the lives of older people living alone, not just during the Christmas season, but for the rest of the year too. Gathering residents of the Highgate community together for events like the Christmas Dinner helps foster a strong sense of diversity, and GEM looks forward to rolling out more inclusive events throughout 2022.

“We wanted to do our bit to make a difference and help a local charity provide good memories over the festive season to the residents. Some people may feel lonely at Christmas since Christmas is portrayed as being about families coming together and we wanted to bring the elderly together to enjoy Christmas”. Keith Harris Director

Free Place Scheme

Everyone should be welcome at our all-ages services, and our free place scheme helps make it easier for lower income families to attend – specifically, for Education Plus, Clay Time, Cookery School, sports and 55 Plus.

A panel including representatives from local schools and social services will review applications for free spaces in our programmes each month, giving priority to families struggling to make ends meet and those living in rented housing.

We can only offer free places if people who can afford to pay for services pay into this pot. This means those that can buy another place for a person will be asked to do so.

If you would like to apply for a free place, please fill in this form.

Opening Spring 2023

Cookery School

Come and join our fun, stress-free and informative cookery classes. We’re partnering with local schools and organisations to offer full-day and half-day classes full of practical, “hands-on” learning.

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between, our cookery classes are the perfect indoor activity for friends or family groups, birthday events or team-building outings. Not only that, but our space is adapted for people with disabilities – so all can join.

Schools are welcome to apply to incorporate our daytime classes into their school timetable.

For more information, get in touch.

When and Where

Opening Spring 2023
Highgate Newtown Community Centre