Our Electric Vehicle Launch: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

On Tuesday 5th October 2021 we celebrated the arrival of our first electric vehicle, the Nissan eNV-200Envy, which has been expertly modified by Brotherwood to make it fully accessible for one wheelchair user and four other passengers.

Besides providing an improved journey for our service users, the new car is powered by electricity from our new solar panels, which enables us to lower our carbon emissions, reduce the impact of traffic pollution and make a substantial cost saving.

Our guests for the launch and ribbon cutting ceremony included some of our funders, service users, staff, volunteers, trustees and Helen Chapman from the Islington Tribune. They all also had the opportunity to join a tour of our newly refurbished building with additional spaces, accessibility and environmental improvements in the company of our CEO and Chair of Trustees.

The launch of our electric vehicle is part of our wider commitment to sustainability and reducing our environmental impact. Our recent Phase 3 refurbishment and renovation works had an important environmental focus, such as installing our ASHP pump, solar panels, green sedum living roofs, electric charging point, and sourcing eco-friendly and energy-efficient materials inside.

Our previous Chair and now President for Centre 404, Jean Willson OBE, will be taking small groups of people on a tour of the building from the end of this month, sharing the charity’s experiences of Building Our Future campaign over the last 10 years. If you’re interested in the tours please contact general@centre404.org.uk

A heartfelt thank you to the funders: The Morris Charitable Trust, The Charles S French Charitable Trust, The Edward Gostling Foundation, The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, The Clothworkers Foundation, The Hobson Charity and a Trust wishing to remain anonymous for helping us take this important step towards improved transport service for our service users as well as further reducing our environmental impact.

We are proud that our efforts can contribute to the wider community as well, helping to meet Islington Council’s Net Zero Carbon by 2030 target and the local festival planned from 18th-29th October 2021 to help the community tackle the climate emergency: ‘Islington Together: Let’s talk about a greener future.