Isledon is a group of related companies delivering public services, based primarily in Islington.
Through Isledon Arts CIC we manage three youth hubs in Islington. Platform is a stunning new arts centre in the old Hornsey Road Baths near Finsbury Park. Lift is a healthy living hub near Angel, complete with gym, dance studio and numerous multi-use rooms. Rose Bowl is a community centre in St Paul’s Park. Lift Kitchen provides an in-house service for cafes at the Lift and Platform and also outside catering at local events.
Through Isledon Here To CIC we run Here To Islington, a service that helps people use their free time better by connecting up with organisations that need their skills.
Isledon Arts and Isledon Here To are community interest companies – social enterprises whose profits and assets are used exclusively for the public good. Overall strategic direction comes from Isledon Partnership LLP, a limited liability partnership between Jonathan Gibbs and Laura Campbell.
We focus on operations where users themselves are highly involved in producing the services they receive. At Lift and Platform we use every aspect of the operation as a development opportunity for young people, including the running of the business itself.
We work with partners who share our beliefs. Isledon Arts is co-owned with theatre charity Trestle Arts Base. We work closely in partnership with Islington Council who commission our services.
Isledon Partnership was founded by Jonathan Gibbs in June 2010, after running Islington’s leisure charitable leisure trust for six years. The contract to manage Platform on behalf of Islington Council was won in April 2011, and Lift followed later that year. Here To Islington launched in January 2013 and Lift Kitchen in January 2014. In April 2015 we were awarded the contract to manage Rose Bowl in Canonbury.
Isledon has a core team of sixteen full time staff and employs a further 30 or so part-time youth workers, duty managers, catering staff and meeters and greeters. Many of our staff are young people who have come through Lift and Platform youth hubs.