A Message from the Chair

As your new chair of trustees I am grateful for the input of all members of our community, our staff and volunteers in making the HNCC the incredibly vibrant and special heart of Highgate Newtown that it is.

I am delighted to confirm that it is our intention to maintain as many of HNCC’s current services during the redevelopment as we can. Andrew Sanalitro, our director, has done a sterling job assisting our valued tenants, as well as the services we provide ourselves, to be accommodated in alternative venues which are accessible for our users. Although we won’t operate from a single building we are determined that wherever we provide services we do so in the spirit of HNCC.

Our prime purpose, as before, continues to be a self sufficient community based organisation which provides welcoming, supportive, enriching activities and services within our community, with a special emphasis on young and elderly users.

I am also delighted to introduce you to our new website which will be one of the important ways we will communicate with HNCCs community, particularly once we leave Bertram Street. Departure will be gradual over the spring but complete by the summer and is already underway for some existing services.

In a time of significant cuts I am delighted and proud that HNCC continues to provide so many free services to our community. We are grateful for the continuing generosity of our funders and of course Camden Council who have been particularly supportive of the redevelopment and the significant planning required to make it all happen. Inevitably there will be some inconvenience over the two and a half to three years period of the redevelopment. This is the case particularly for our neighbours and we very much appreciate their forbearance. In the meantime we will do all we can, working with Camden to keep disruption by the developers to a minimum.

As a board of trustees, with our director, staff and volunteers, we are up for the challenge. We are always open to suggestions and offers of assistance: we particularly need volunteers for example to visit lonely older members of our community or cash to help us maintain our community based services.

We look forward in 2018 to welcoming you to our services wherever they may be!

 

Robert Aitken

 

Chair of Trustees, HNCC

Robert Aitken

Chair of Trustees, HNCC