“Really good, met other parents, great sense of community, and kept Freya occupied!”
Neighbours2Friends is our activities programme for people aged 1 – 100! Originally set up with funding from the London Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to bring residents of our local Alexandra and Ainsworth and Rowley Way estates together, Neighbours2Friends has really taken off over the last couple of years and is now open to all. For more info on any of the below, contact our Activities Facilitator Simone on 02076248378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Trips 2pm every first and second Saturday of the month, free
Our popular Saturday Trips are a great way to sightsee and socialise! We go out in all seasons, meeting at Abbey Community Centre and travel by public transport to visit amazing free London attractions: museums, parks, markets and events.
On past trips we’ve enjoyed and been inspired by Regents Park Rose gardens, Camley Nature Reserve, Tate Modern, the Museum of Childhood, the Wellcome Collection, Southbank Winter Festival, Charity Recycled Fashion Show, Camden Arts Centre, Geffrye Museum, Kenwood House, Spitalfields Market, Sir John Soanes Museum and many more! Occasionally we are given free or discounted tickets to attractions such as Kew Gardens and London Zoo thanks to their wonderful community schemes. Children under 16 must be accompanied with their parents. For details of trips coming up give Simone a ring on 020 7624 8378.
‘Thank you very much for arranging outing to Kew Gardens. I thoroughly enjoyed it very much. I met new friends and had a good company. Simone and Gavin looked after us like a family. All the credits goes to them. I look forward to the next visit.”
Arts’n'Crafts drop in 11am – 1pm every Saturday, £1 by donation
Drop by Abbey’s main hall on a Saturday morning and you’ll find locals of all ages relaxing and getting creative with paints and crafts! Every session is inspired in a different theme. Community members exchange and explore ideas together and meet new friends. It’s definitely not just for kids! We have an emphasis on using recycled materials and most of our resources come from the Hackney SCRAP project.
‘The Art and Crafts at the Abbey Centre is a very good subject that gives people of all ages ideas for putting any material to good use. It makes older people relax and makes you know more people of any age and background. To make you share another people’s method and cooperate in working together.”
Here the group are building a mini Kilburn community, made of recycled cardboard! Children and adults made models of the buildings, houses, community centre and local church.
This activity takes place alongside our community cafe so most participants tend to stay for a meal or drink afterwards. Arts’n'crafts is £1 by donation but there is no pressure to donate if you are unable to do so. Again, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
‘I come here with my children every Saturday. They love it and enjoy it very much. We can’t wait to come here and talk about these activities all week. Simone is a special person. She is kind and loving towards everyone. For me, mum of 3, is very pleasant to come here and have a little chat. I can see all other people enjoying themselves. I really like the idea of having open café and other activities at the same time. It puts the community together.’
Table tennis drop in 6-8pm, Mondays, free
Anyone for a spot of ping-pong? Join in every Monday evening with this friendly, all-abilities session lead by a volunteer professional table tennis coach. Children, parents, young and older people socialize, keep fit and have fun together.
Our ping-pong sessions are so popular that we had to invest in a new table! We now have four, some of which were courtesy of the brilliant Loop in the Community initiative. There is also a board games corner available for whoever feels like a break from running around!
‘Great people, atmosphere, laughs. Does not feel like 2 hours, great fun getting fit. Nice to meet community and find out things. Thank you!’