ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE: come and take a look at our clean, modern and welcoming facilities. Perfect for meetings, classes, sports and parties. Let us help you find the room to meet your needs at the Centre. 

Hot-desking offer

Are you looking for a well-equipped office space from which to work?

If so, then we can help.

We have two desks available, in the main office at the Centre, For as little as £5 per day, £20 per week or £60 per month (all payable in advance), this includes:

  • Allocated desk space

  • Free Wifi

  • Access to printing & photocopying (fees apply)

  • Cleaning, heating and electricity

  • Use of a modern kitchen facility, with tea & coffee

  • Use of a meeting room (subject to availability)

  • Toilet facilities

  • Friendly welcome and support

Less than 10 minutes from the city centre!

If you're interested, get in touch by calling 01733 756275 or email gconnect157@gmail.com


WANTED: new Board members

Are you committed to supporting improvements in our local community, to working in partnership to deliver opportunities for local residents, to being part of a team that can shape programmes that engage people and help them to develop new skills?


If so, then we need to talk...


We're looking for new Board members to join Gladstone Connect. 

You'll need to attend quarterly Board Meetings and take on some specific projects / work areas to support the Centre Manager and our team of volunteers.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved, and we welcome applications from anyone in our diverse community. For an informal chat, please drop in at the Centre and ask for Richard.


Welcome to Iqbal Pocket Park

We promised you something special and, despite the heavy rain, we've got it planted out. The Gladstone Connect garden is a haven in the city centre, boasting a fantastic array of wildlife attracting plants including fennel, lavender, mullein, lady’s mantle and a huge range of tasty herbs. Community First (Peterborough) and the Allama Iqbal Centre have worked in partnership with volunteers throughout lockdown to maintain the garden so it can be enjoyed by local residents. 


It's not our Park; it's yours! It belongs to the community, and so we'd like to ask you to join with us in keeping it looking special.


Our special park has been attracting various wildlife. It's buzzing with bees, hoverflies, and butterflies; and many local people now enjoy relaxing in this little oasis!


“This is a garden for the community and we want them to use it, enjoy it and be part of it” said Allama Iqbal centre manager, Michelle Bush Batty, “There are so many ways people can help, from adding a painted stone, weeding, watering and planting. Anybody can learn to garden and tending plants reduces stress levels, gives you a sense of pride in your community and helps you meet your neighbours.


The children's play equipment, provided for younger users has proved very popular. It offers a safe place where toddlers can play, under the watchful eye of parents who can now sit and enjoy the display of flowers surrounding them.

Thank you to Peterborough City Council, who funded the installation of this play equipment by DALROD. It looks great!


During lockdown, community helpers and volunteers have come together to create a garden of wonder and amazement! With the support of Wildheart UK we have installed taster pots and we have developed an urban fruit forest to invite people in. This is a garden when you will never hear the words "hands off!"

Dr Caterpillar, built from recycled parts by Up The Garden Bath as a farewell gift for centre manager, Richard Ferris, is filled with herbs which have been used for centuries around the world to aid relaxation, improve skin conditions and boost immunity. The plants have been carefully curated by Rebecca Jackson, Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist from WildHeart UK. 


There's so much to see. Why not come and sit, relax and enjoy being surrounded by nature? You'll love it!


Printing Services

We offer full colour and B/W laser printing and scanning services here at the Centre, including printing direct from your phone.

Prices are 60p per sheet (colour) and 20p per sheet (B/W). Discounts are available for larger jobs. Drop in to discuss your requirements. 

Commit to Get Fit!

Women only fitness classes


We've been awarded funding by City College Peterborough and Living Sport to support a group of women with strength training exercise sessions and nutrition advice.

Yasmin Siddique from YS Training has started our weekly women-only fitness classes, Mondays and Fridays 11am until 12pm, here at the Centre.


Guaranteed to get you fit and lots of fun, the classes are available FREE! Places are limited and need to be booked in advance.


New 5 week course starting 12th April 2021 (During COVID via Microsoft Teams) 

For more information, contact Yasmin by email: yasminsiddique09@gmail.com  

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Reception volunteers

Can you spare an hour or two each week?

We're looking to recruit a team of volunteers to help:

  • welcome visitors to the Centre

  • answer the telephone

  • help with basic admin tasks

  • prepare rooms for meetings & events

In return for your help, we'll support you to learn new skills and build your confidence.

Allama Iqbal Community Centre
157 Cromwell Road
Tel: (01733) 75 62 75
Email: gconnect157@gmail.com
Business Hours
Monday to Thursday 
9:00am to 17:00pm
9:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday- Bookings only
For hire rates see "Contact " page
Why not drop in and take a look at our facilities. We're here for the whole community. Let us help you make your event a success.
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We want your books!

We're always on the look-out for unwanted books (in good condition, please). If you have any lurking at home, in need of a new home, we'd be happy to accept them here.

Just drop them in at the Centre between 0900-1730, Mon-Thu.

It's a great way to improve literacy in our community, building a love of books!

Get reading at our very own micro-library

Now Open

  Mon-Thu, 0900-1700

Friday, 0900-1200

              FREE to use. No library card required               

With lots of children's books, some in Urdu & English, and a selection of easy-to-read adult books; our library is here to support our communities get reading. Just drop in to enjoy a quiet read or sign out a book or two to enjoy at home (just bring them back again, please).

Thanks to the generous support of Vivacity Libraries, lovley people who have made this possible! 





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