Wac Arts is based at Hampstead Town Hall, a converted and expanded 19th and early 20th century municipal building, five minutes walk from Belsize Park Tube Station. The Town Hall is a much-loved landmark which local people fought to keep in public use. The charity therefore strives to provide a range of open access activities for local people partly delivered by Wac Arts and partly delivered through the organisations resident in the building such as the University of the Third Age. This is reflected in the charity’s policy to offer a range of discounts on studio hire for Camden-based groups and residents. Wac Arts also provides a range of projects for local children and young people such as after school clubs and holiday play schemes.
Wac Arts works closely with the local community to ensure that the Town Hall is a centre of local activities and cultural events. Many local residents engage in the organisation’s social activities (such as the Hampstead Film Society or Community Choir), or hire event space (for weddings or other functions). Wac Arts also provides office space and services for charities and other local organisations:
- The University of the 3rd Age (www.u3alondon.org.uk) – The national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK. U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work.
- Akademi: South Asian Dance UK (www.akademi.co.uk) – A registered charity taking South Asian dance into unconventional spaces in the UK.
- Vandervell Foundation – A grant making Trust specialising in support for schools, educational establishments, hospices and health.
- London Gay Men’s Chorus (www.lgmc.org.uk) – An organisation performing a wide variety of music and entertainment.
- Greater London Pensioners Association (grey-glpa.blogspot.co.uk) – An organisation working on behalf of Greater London pensioners to campaign to defend and advance the interests of pensioners by all means possible;
- London Hazards Centre (www.lhc.org.uk) – An organisation helping Londoners enforce their right to live and work in safe environments;
- Community Force For Change (CFOR) (www.cfor.info) – An organisation facilitating community dialogue for violence prevention, social inclusion and creative community leadership within organisations, communities and societies in the UK, the Balkans, in Europe and internationally;
- Tender (tender.org.uk) – a charity that works to promote healthy relationships based on equality and respect, using theatre and the arts to engage young people in violence prevention, enabling them to recognise and avoid abuse and violence;
- Zahid Mubarek Trust / Human Rights Focus (www.thezmt.org) – A charitable organisation which has been developed to provide a voice for the offender population within prisons as well as to advocate for reform within the wider criminal justice system.