Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) tenants, staff and local government representatives celebrated the launch of our newly refurbished community hub and canteen at 181A Isledon Road, with a summer barbecue on Tuesday 22 July.

Deputy Mayor of Islington Councillor Richard Greening officially opened the venue, with the unveiling of a hand-stitched quilt created by 12 participants on a textiles workshop led by Vernella Dyer and Orla O’Flanagan, as part of PBHA’s Creative Industries programme.

‘I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on their achievement, it is certainly an amazing piece of art, and I am pleased to unveil it,’ Councillor Greening said.

PBHA CEO Clare Norton said, ‘The centre is being launched today as a centre where we can offer workshops, group and peer support, as well as support on site for tenants who live in the neighbourhood.’Tenants, participants and staff are all invited to share their ideas for how to use the space.

PBHA is grateful to the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, for their support in funding improvements to the site as part of  Plot to Plate, which aims to transform the food culture of tenants and participants by making locally grown food more accessible, developing skills and promoting healthier lifestyles.