Community engagement

The Crick at Somers Town Festival of Cultures © Wellcome Images

The Crick at Somers Town Festival of Cultures © Wellcome Images

By working in partnership with the local community, we have an opportunity to engage people with the institute's work and help improve the health and wellbeing of those living in the area. We have built relationships with many local residents and organisations, and their input has helped shape our community engagement programme.

At the heart of our local engagement is the Living Centre. Opened in February 2017 and run by a group of community organisations, the Living Centre is a vibrant, inclusive and well-used community space that provides a range of affordable services to help improve health and wellbeing.

We also support community-led projects that help improve health and wellbeing in the local area. Our Community Chest can provide grants of up to £3,000 to get projects off the ground or develop existing activities.

There are many other ways we play an active role in engaging and supporting people in the area. For example, we provide job and training opportunities for people living locally.

Camden schools benefit from our education outreach programme, which features hands-on investigation, discussion events, work experience, and teacher training. Many of these activities take place in the Weston Discovery Lab, a purpose-built space for school students in the Crick, or our Discovery Zone, at nearby Regent High School.

We listen too. Local people's views were taken into account in the design of the building and when agreeing with Camden Council the package of community benefits worth almost £10 million.

To keep residents up to date on our plans and activities, we also publish a regular community newsletter and hold community update meetings twice a year.

  • The Francis Crick Institute is committed to being a good neighbour and making a positive contribution to Somers Town and, more broadly, the London Borough of Camden.