about isledon

Three Companies

Isledon is a group of related companies delivering public services, based primarily in Islington. The focus is on opportunities where users themselves are highly involved in producing the services they receive. 

Through Isledon Arts CIC we manage two youth hubs in Islington together with Summerversity, the borough's holiday programme. We also manage emotional wellbeing and social prescribing services in partnership with Isledon Council and the NHS. Lift is a healthy living youth hub near Angel, complete with gym, dance studio, outdoor kitchen and numerous multi-use rooms. Rose Bowl is a community centre in St Paul’s Park. Lift Kitchen provides catering services, both in-house and at local events.

Isledon Systems CIC develops software to support youth work, including I'm Here, a suite of applications and website links covering attendances, registrations, session bookings, referrals, recorded outcomes and confidential notes.

Isledon Here To CIC, currently dormant, links people who want to use their free time better with organisations that need their skills.

All three 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.


Isledon Partnership was founded by Jonathan Gibbs in June 2010, after running Islington’s charitable leisure trust. A contract to manage Platform, a stunning new Council-owned arts centre in the old Hornsey Road Baths near Finsbury Park, 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, and in 2019 began our wellbeing and social prescribing services.