Welcome to the
Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre
50 years in the heart of the Royal Docks!
We are a well-established, multi-purpose, voluntary sector organisation, which is firmly rooted in the local community. Our Centre is home to many intercultural and inter-generational groups.
We promote diversity by bringing together people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
We also support those who endeavour to make the Royal Docks area a stronger, healthier and happier place to live for all with a focus on the environment and improving biodiversity.
Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre (formerly the St John’s Community Centre) was established in 1968. We were set up as a charity under registration number 303176 as funding primarily came through the London Borough of Newham and the Diocese of Chelmsford. Initially, we operated as a youth centre but eventually expanded our remit by providing a wider range of services to the local community. In 2001, our charity was registered as a company limited by guarantee under number 4061669.
In 2010, following consultation with stakeholders, we changed our name to the Royal Docks Learning & Activity Centre, Reg Charity No. 1085818
RDLAC’S VISION IS TO BE AT THE HEART OF A VIBRANT & DIVERSE ROYAL DOCKS COMMUNITY, THAT IS ENGAGED WITH LOCAL ISSUES, CULTURE AND LEARNING, LEADING TO THE BEST QUALITY OF LIFE
To improve education and welfare opportunities for local people
To improve the quality of life for all sections of the community by reducing levels of poverty and providing support to those who need it most
to facilitate change by encouraging local people to engage with their community and to play an active role in issues relevant to their lives.
To Ensure ongoing provision of high-quality activities and services to all of the community
Strengthen and develop career skills and opportunities for our local community
Recognise and address arising issues that affect our local community
Collaborate with other support organisations to enhance community cohesion