Our history

Since 1989 HCA has provided sport, play, art and learning activities for everyone in our community – from Under 5’s to older people.  Our history dates back even further to the boys club of the 1920’s, the establishment of Bedford House Community Centre in 1957 and the merger with 1A Arts in 2012.  Throughout our history we’ve worked to develop and promote grassroots development and provide accessible, affordable opportunities that reflect the needs of our community

Our impact

Our activities support a huge range of individuals to improve their well-being, increase their skills and confidence and engage them with the wider community.  In 2017 

  • 75% of parents attending our Under 5’s sessions said it helped reduce isolation and build new friendships
  • 189 older people benefitted from 442 activity sessions focused on physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being
  • 100% of older people supported through Befriending reported reduced isolation and improved well-being
  • 178 young people took part in our Digital Media Project with 14 completing Bronze and Silver Arts Awards
  • 2 gymnastics volunteers achieved Level 1 Coaching qualifications (and are now employed by HCA) we offered 8 arts volunteering opportunities for young people and 1 internship and volunteers contributed 2354 hours to our projects last year