The first community centre to be built for more than 15 years in one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in London opened today (Wednesday 15 February).
The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre will help improve the health and wellbeing of people living near King’s Cross. The Living Centre is a unique partnership between the Francis Crick Institute, a new biomedical discovery institute that opened in King’s Cross in 2016, and Living Centre partners, a group of Camden charities that the Crick has commissioned to run the health and wellbeing centre for local people within its new building.
The 450sqm purpose-built community space will offer a range of services that have been developed with local residents to complement successful services already on offer in the area. These include: a job hub; employability workshops; Citizens Advice; healthy living classes; community midwifery services; activities for children and young people; and information on other sources of support in the area.
The Living Centre also aims to be the reference point for a successful community health initiative in Camden, London and beyond.
“The Living Centre is an exciting opportunity to help reduce inequalities in the local area, to make the most of local skills, resources and knowledge, and to work with the Francis Crick Institute and its partners to benefit the community,” Sarah Elie, from the Living Centre Partners said.
“At the heart of the centre is a sustainable organisation that works with the local community to create a vibrant, well-used and welcoming community space, delivering a range of affordable, good-value services that seek to improve wellbeing, and complement existing services in the area.”
Katie Matthews, the Crick’s Director of Public Engagement, said: “The Crick’s mission is to help to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing humanity, from heart disease to cancer. Through our support of the Living Centre, we will also help improve the health of the local community. This is a new template for how institutes like ours can support their immediate neighbours, and we very much look forward to working with the Living Centre Partners on such an exciting project.”