Spooky stories take centre stage at Christmas tea

QCCA's drama group entertained party-goers with ghost stories at last month's Christmas tea.

The acting and writing group performed traditional creepy tales from Ireland and Japan as people enjoyed their cake and mince pies.

The event was one of several for older members to celebrate the festive season. We also ran two Christmas lunches with live Irish music for 80 guests. Thanks to our amazing older people's service funders City Bridge Trust, the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Henry Smith Charity.

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Boxing Legend Michael guest of honour at graduation

Boxing legend Michael Watson MBE was guest of honour when our our latest class of 'Off the Hook' students graduated.

Michael met the young people who made it through the course last term and handed out their certificates. The ceremony took place in the Dome on 8 December 2021.

The sporting great found out about Off the Hook on social media earlier this year and contacted us to get involved. Now its ambassador, he likes to visit whenever he can and meet the young boxers. He was also special guest at our last graduation ceremony (photographed here with our CEO Foyezur Miah.)

Off the Hook was started by QCCA and its youth charity partner GOALYC in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police. 



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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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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 looking for a new youth worker based at the Dome on Weedington Road, NW5. It's a part-time role ideally starting before Christmas.

You'll be supporting younger members aged 8 - 19 years old across a varied programme of activities that we deliver on weekdays. There could also be some outreach work, to make sure we're telling everyone locally what we have to offer.

It's a challenging, rewarding job that can genuinely make a difference to the lives of the people you'll be working with. If you want to find out more, we're on Indeed: https://uk.indeed.com/job/youth-support-worker-0hr-contract-5fc30351c02743e4

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


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.