Living Centre

From the Crick's early days, being a good neighbour has been a priority. To help us have a positive impact locally, over the past few years we have been developing plans for an exciting new community space in the Crick, purpose-built and independent from the institute - the Living Centre.

We're delighted to be working with the Living Centre Partners, a group of Camden charities who won the contract to launch and run the Living Centre.

The Living Centre sits at the heart of our local community engagement programme and together with the Living Centre Partners we'll create a community facility that aims to improve health and wellbeing in the local area.

The Living Centre on Ossulston Street

The Living Centre on Ossulston Street ©Wellcome Images

Introducing the Living Centre Partners

The Living Centre Partners have come together especially for the Living Centre to deliver something unique that's rooted in the St Pancras and Somers Town community - they are in the perfect position to offer local people high-quality services that really complement and add value to those that already exist in the local area.

The group is led by Somers Town Community Association, an organisation that is well-known and has been working with the community on the doorstep of the Crick for more than 30 years.

Joining Somers Town Community Association in the group are Citizens Advice Camden, Voluntary Action Camden, Age UK Camden, Hopscotch Asian Women's Centre, Healthwatch Camden, Origin Housing and Training Link.

Local people at the heart of the plans

The Living Centre Partners have built upon the great deal of work that's been done so far: from workshops with our excellent community-based working group that's been running since 2011; to our work with the award-winning 'Well London' team who talked to more than 500 local people in 2013, gathering their thoughts and ideas (for more detail download the full Well London report [PDF] or our summary version [PDF]).

Core to the Living Centre Partners' plans is working together with the local community at every stage of the Living Centre's development. From having a strong community voice in running the Living Centre, they want people to be involved in developing, delivering and managing activities. They will also ensure there are lots of other ways to get involved, such as jobs for local people, work experience schemes, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities.

What will you find at the Living Centre?

Central to what the Living Centre Partners plan to do is make sure that people living locally can take advantage of the huge range of health and wellbeing services that already exist in Camden - creating a unique hub for a range of wellbeing activities.

By coming together and pooling efforts in the Living Centre they can do this really effectively, joining things up and making the best use of existing resources within the community.

They're going to develop their plans together with local people, and will be launching with a new signposting and referral advice service, so people can find the information and services they really need - the right services for them. Maybe an exercise class at a local community centre, maybe a special programme to help someone quit smoking, or maybe support to find a job.

They're also going to use the Living Centre to unite and expand some services that are already having a positive impact.

For more details, download our special Community Newsletter [PDF] all about the Living Centre Partners and what you'll find inside the centre.

The Living Centre Partners are also eager to forge strong relationships with the Crick and its partners - to make the most of the support and resources they could offer for the benefit of the St Pancras and Somers Town community.

What's next?

Together with the Crick, the Living Centre Partners will spend the next few months setting up the Living Centre, with launch and opening to the public expected in January 2017.

  • The Living Centre is a new community space for local people  
  • It's a two-floor, 450 square metre community facility on the Ossulston Street side of the institute
  • The Living Centre Partners are a consortium of local charities who will launch and run the centre. They will  create a community facility to help improve health and wellbeing in the local area
  • The centre will open to the public in January 2017