The Factory Community Project was conceived in 1973 out of an idea that the Islington Voluntary Action Council and Simon Kaplinsky (a local architect) had that people in the Islington ward of Mildmay needed a specific site from which to address their community needs. (specifically a place to take their children).
In 1973 the building on Matthias Road was empty and derelict having been used as a piano factory, an ink factory, a mail order warehouse and as an air raid/fire wardens lookout in the two world wars. The current playground at the front of the building was built on and had a printers company in it with the area behind it (now occupied as the nursery) used a garage where vehicles were spray painted.
In 1975 the building was renovated by Islington Council with Home Office approval for the Factory Community Centre charity for use as a community centre offering services to Under Fives, 5-13s Out of School Project, Youth Clubs, Women’s Activities, Ethnic Minority Groups, Elderly Groups and Community Education.
During the ensuing thirty years the charity has kept to it’s core business while actively adapting the services offered to correspond to the changing needs of the community around it. It is now in a completely new phase of it’s existence reflecting the government’s focus on the green paper “Every Child Matters” and is opening it’s doors as a centre dedicated to the care of children under five years of age and to aiding the parents and carers of those children in all areas of their lives. The Factory has always kept a keen eye on need and responded as quickly as funding opportunities would allow.