Living Centre

The Living Centre on Ossulston Street

The Living Centre on Ossulston Street ©Wellcome Images

The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre is a new health and wellbeing centre for people living in Somers Town.

The 450 m2 centre on Ossulston Street is part of the Francis Crick Institute building. It's supported by the institute and run by the Living Centre Partners, a group of Camden community organisations appointed by the Crick.

The Living Centre will help to improve health and wellbeing locally by offering a range of affordable services that have been developed with Somers Town residents, and which complement successful services already on offer in the area.

The services include: a job hub; employability workshops; activities for children and young people; courses in English as a second language; Citizens Advice; community midwifery services; and information on other sources of support in the area.

The Living Centre is the first community space to be built in Somers Town - one of the most deprived 25% of neighbourhoods in London - for more than 15 years. It's a unique and 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. The Living Centre also aims to be the reference point for a successful community health initiative in Camden, London and beyond.

Plans for the Living Centre were developed by the Crick, working closely with the local community. In 2013 the Crick commissioned Well London to consult people living locally on what the Living Centre should offer, and how the community should be involved in its development.

The Living Centre Partners are Somers Town Community Association, Citizens Advice Camden, Voluntary Action Camden, Age UK Camden, Hopscotch Asian Women's Centre, Healthwatch Camden, Origin Housing and Training Link.

  • 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 have  created a community facility to help improve health and wellbeing in the local area