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Latest news: Honouring Local Inspirational Women

‘Here's to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them’

To mark International Women's Day, over a hundred inspirational women in Peterborough were gifted pamper packs on Monday, March 8, as a gesture of gratitude for their efforts.

These women were nominated by local people to appreciate them 'for their contributions to their families and the wider community of Peterborough.'

The packs were kindly put together by Community First Peterborough, Gladstone Connect at the Iqbal Centre on Cromwell Road, Near Neighbours and the Chinese Community, and were hand-delivered to the women across the city. 

Local charities and businesses supported the initiative and donated towards the packs which included crafts, chocolates, a plant pot, wellbeing products and cards and even hand-written letters. 

Our Centre Manager hand delivered packs and said...

"Pamper packs went out to inspirational women across the city who have been nominated by local people because of what they bring to their families or the community.

Having hand written letters to some of these amazing women myself, I had the glimpse into their lives and what they bring to people around them. It was very touching to get to know these women through the eyes of those who benefit from their hard work and support.

The packs are so well deserved and honouring these wonderful women was an absolute pleasure. Seeing their faces light up, huge smiles and some tears, really just goes to show what a little appreciation goes a long way.

Women have been working twice as hard during the lockdown with caring for our elders, home schooling, working from home and balancing the work-life, and feeling generally isolated from those who they may reach out to in order to de-stress and socialise with.

Hopefully, showing them that they are an inspiration to fellow residents  within the city will make up for the extra pressures they have been carrying but doing an awesome job."


Millfield Lens - Youth Group

Learn how to make films using your smartphone!

We are delighted to be offering a NEW youth group project courtesy of

funding received from Youth Inspired in Peterborough.

The funding was jointly received with Community First (Peterborough) 

We will be running a four week project starting Saturday 17th April from 2pm

until 4pm at The Centre. 

The course is FREE but places are limited so booking in advance is required. 

Contact Helen on 07949 301 462 for more details and to book your place!


Coming Soon... ELEV8 GC STARS - Youth Group 


Are you looking for a business opportunity?

Could you run a community cafe at the heart of our diverse and dynamic community?


We're looking for an entrepreneur with catering experience and appropriate qualifications to run Hobson's Cafe here at the Centre. We can offer you a modern, well-equipped kitchen in modern surroundings.


If this could be you, please get in touch for an informal chat with the Centre Manager, by calling 01733 756275 or email:

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"This is such a lovely idea - a place where we can meet up with friends for a chat, and make new ones, too"   

Garden Fun Day a huge success

Our second Gardening Fun Day on Saturday 13th April was a great success, with families enjoying the opportunity to make bird and bat boxes, bug hotels, bird feeders, and seed bombs. Oh, and there was planting going on, too - plenty of dirty hands, as the children got stuck into a spot of gardening.

We're grateful to Nene Park Trust, PECT and sponsors, Subway, who provided us with healthy food options!


Our very own micro-library at the Centre

We're excited to announce that, thanks to our lovely friends at Vivacity Libraries, we have opened our very own micro-library, here at the Centre. It has books for children and adults, mostly in English but with a smaller number of dual language books in English & Urdu. It's free to use: either read books in the Centre or borrow them to read at home (bringing them back, of course!)

You don't need a library card - it'll all run on trust.

If you've got any unwanted books at home, why not donate them to us and help grow our library for the community.

Let's build a love of books and reading - it's a skill for life! We recognise that anything we can do to support our diverse community to improve literacy rates has got to be a good thing. We hope you'll want to join us in making this happen.


Popular Peterborough Matters reporter, Shariqua Ahmed, dropped in to donate some books to our library. Shariqua commented "This is such a lovely idea, bringing a library into the community and providing people with a welcoming space to read books in".

Thank you Shariqua. We really appreciate your support.

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Why not try...
Your local Hydrotherapy Pool

St George's Hydrotherapy Pool, located on Dogsthorpe Road (close to the Fire Station, and next door to St George's School, Lawn Avenue), is a true community facility. It's available for you, Mon-Sat, and you can self-refer (you don't need your doctor to refer you there).

If you wish to find out more or to make a booking, see the details (left).

Friendly, supportive and 36C: what's not to like!?