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Holborn Community Association



Our overarching vision is for a thriving and vibrant local community in Holborn.

• Our mission is to respond to local needs

• Our aim is for everyone to be able to participate fully in their local community.

• We work to empower the whole community in Holborn, increasing resilience, social cohesion, and fostering community spirit.


What we value: User-led; Needs-responsive; Open to local voices; Relationship-building; Taking time; Understanding of local languages, cultures and histories.



Holborn Community Association (HCA) is a community anchor organisation consisting of Bedford House Community Centre, Millman Street Community Centre and 1A Arts, all in the heart of Holborn. HCA is a company limited by guarantee (number 02344228) and a registered charity (number 801064).


It was incorporated on 7th February 1989 as a company limited by guarantee. The governing document is the limited company memorandum and articles of association.


The charity is registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales as Holborn Community Association but uses the working names Bedford House Community Centre, Millman Street Community Centre and 1A Arts.


The objects of HCA are:

To promote the benefit of those persons who live in the [old] Holborn Ward of the London Borough of Camden and its neighbourhood […], without distinction of race, national origin, sex, physical or mental ability or of political, religious or other opinions.


To advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure-time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for these inhabitants.


To associate the local authority, appropriate voluntary Associations, and the inhabitants of the area in a common effort to these ends.


To maintain and manage, and to co-operate with any local statutory authority in the maintenance and management of a Community Centre for activities promoted by the Association in furtherance of the above objects.


A Board of Trustees and Directors governs the work of the Association according to its governing documents. The Board meets quarterly. HCA employs 4 full time and 30 sessional and part time members of staff.




We strive to increase resilience by offering new opportunities to those who would not otherwise have them, fostering learning and sharing, practical and mutual support; and creating a nexus for connections with others from the same local area but often very different circumstances.


We support people to achieve their visions of a good life and to share that with others, living community spirit and helping Holborn help itself.


We give the opportunity to determine and take active part in programmes, and pay forward by using gifts and skills for the benefit of everyone.


We offer an integrated range of services, activities and accessible spaces to all local people, operating sustainably to provide Holborn with a foundation to face future challenges.




President : Frank Dobson


Directors and Trustees: Crispin Burdett (Chair), Jessica Marsh (Vice Chair), Stephen Hargrave (Treasurer), Graham Dunn, Marie Duthie, Jacqui Dyson, Shirley Jacobs, Marc Kennard, Sylvia King, Awale Olad, Christopher Symons.


Auditors: Prestons and Jacksons Partnership LLP Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditor 364-368 Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, IIford, Essex, IG2 6HY


Bankers: The Co-operative Bank plc, Olympic House 6 Olympic Court, off Montford Street, Salford M5 2QP


Registered in England and Wales

Holborn Community Association Company Number 02344228 Registered charity number 801064


Registered & principal office: Bedford House Community Centre, 35 Emerald Street, London, WC1N 3QW