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Plenty of Easter fun for the young

School broke up for Easter and QCCA's youth service made sure there was plenty for young people to do.

Our free holiday camp ran all day from Monday - Thursday 4-7 April and welcomed 57 children. As well as temporary tattoos, campers made tie-dye tee-shirts and took part in fun science experiments. Special guest included Middlesex County Cricket Club who ran cricket and the Roundhouse who oversaw parkour in the Dome. Hot lunches were provided everyday - a total of 179.

Week two included free trips, including an outing to the cinema to see 'Fantastic Beasts: the Secrets of Dumbledore'.

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QCCA wins hardship grants for 23 older members

QCCA has secured hardship grants worth £3,450 for older members struggling with bills.

The government money was distributed through Camden Council but had to be applied for by the end of March.

Many people didn't know about the scheme or found the application process difficult. 

QCCA's new Lifelines Champion for older people had just a month to help as many people as possible. She successfully secured the maximum £150 for 23 older members.

Women's Yoga back at QCCA this Spring

Our popular women's yoga class is back from March at the Dome. 

All women are welcome at these gentle, free sessions that are suitable for all ages and abilities.

They are running on Thursday mornings between 11.30am - 12.30pm from March 3rd. Please email frances@qcca.org.uk if you want to come along. 

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Read our new annual report

Our new annual report 2020-2021 is available to read now, covering everything we did during Covid. Turns out, it was a busy year. We opened our first ever food bank and distributed 62,265 meal or meal equivalents. We held 221 advice and guidance sessions in six months (38% of which were in languages other than English). And we vaccinated 111 people. You'll find the full report here: 

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Holly Lodge Nursery gets thumbs up from Ofsted

QCCA's not-for-profit Holly Lodge nursery was praised by Ofsted this month (February) and given an extremely high 'Good' rating. The inspectors said that 'children arrive at nursery with excitement and enthusiasm' - which they also called a 'warm and friendly' place.

Staff received plaudits for their 'nurturing approach' coupled with high academic standards. The report said: 'Staff talk to children and ask questions that encourage them to think....love of books is skilfully woven throughout the nursery.'

It was also congratulated for its SEN and outdoor play provision.

Foyezur Miah, QCCA's CEO, said: 'We're really proud of what Holly Lodge has achieved. It feels like a happy place as soon as you walk in.'

QCCA runs two not-for-profit nurseries - Holly Lodge and  Caversham Nursery In Kentish Town, also rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

For details about enrolling , email Alketa@qcca.org.uk (Holly Lodge) or Salwa@qcca.org.uk (Caversham).

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Rankin takes a shot at our older members 

He's photographed a lot of pensioners in his time, including Her Majesty the Queen. So we were honoured when photographer Rankin invited some of our older members to his offices in September to have their photographs taken.

The celebrated snapper has his studios five minutes walk from QCCA and wanted to host a day out for regulars.

The results were stunning and captured in full by the Camden New Journal.

You can read all about the day here: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/community-centre-users-snapped-by-top-photographer-rankin

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We're hiring!

We're recruiting for two roles this February and March.

If you have experience in youth work, we're looking for a youth services manager to run Central Camden's largest youth service. The right candidate will also be a strategic thinker who wants to play an active role in our senior management team.

There's also an opportunity to become our interim finance manager on a three-month contract. We're particularly looking for someone with QuickBooks experience.

If you want to find out more about either opportunity, email jobs@qcca.org.uk

Want to know more about apprenticeships?

If you couldn't make our Adult Apprenticeships workshop about learning while you earn, here's a taste of what you missed. Joanne Mauton, an employment and training officer at Camden Council, talks about the free careers support you can get. Camden also has apprenticeship opportunities both internally and through other employers - and they're all ringfenced for Camden residents or people who went to school in the borough.  There's more information here: https://apprenticeships.camden.gov.uk/.

Thanks as well to co-speaker Sally Smith from Central YMCA who has a bunch of her own exciting apprenticeships at the YMCA and other organisations. Details here: https://www.ymca.co.uk/apprenticeships.

Sir Lenny backs our BAME vaccination campaign

Sir Lenny Henry sent us a wonderful message of support this week (April 1) for our Covid vaccination centres. He recorded the video after Gospel Oak resident and QCCA friend Michael Palin told him about the first pop-up centre we ran on March 23, particularly welcoming the BAME community. Over 100 people took the vaccine and we're hoping for even more at our second one  in mid-May. You can also see Sir Lenny's open letter to the black community urging them to get vaccinated here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mKYnTZvIUM&feature=youtu.be

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QCCA donor takes a trip down memory lane

Amrit Maan’s charity work during Covid took him back to his Queen’s Crescent roots.

As the owner of the Punjab - established in 1946 and one of England’s oldest Indian restaurants – he delivered thousands of free meals to charities all over the capital.

But he had no idea that Queen’s Crescent Community Association (QCCA) was one of them until he found himself helping out with deliveries in Camden last Christmas.