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Last updated: 06.06.2020

At Somers Town Community Association, The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre and the Somers Town Job Hub we believe that everyone should have equal rights and equal opportunities full stop

The continued violence, discrimination and oppression of black people across the world is abhorrent and is against everything we stand for. Black Lives Matter.

Please take action, the below letter has been taken from the Amenesty International website, please write to your MP calling on them to take racial justice seriously.

Words of solidarity can be powerful, but real, meaningful change in the fight against racism and white supremacy will only come through action. Please write to your MP calling on them to take racial justice seriously. 

Don’t know who your MP is? Find out at Theyworkforyou.com

Letter to your MP (example)

Subject line: Take racial injustice seriously

Dear (insert MP’s name),

I hope this email finds you well in our troubled times.

I, like many others have watched in abject horror the violence being used against peaceful protesters in the USA. I have watched as peaceful protesters exclaiming Black Lives Matter (BLM) have been met with undue force, tear gas and batons from the very people who pledged to protect and serve. I am also concerned about the possibility of protests in the UK being met with undue force by police. 

If it were not enough that black and brown people have to contend with the health inequalities and disparities that have surfaced due to Covid-19, we are seeing the specific continuation of excessive force by police against black people. In the wake of the murders of Ahmaud Abery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, all at the hands of former or current law enforcement officers, people have taken to the streets (in the midst of the pandemic) to express their rage.

I was disconcerted to see the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab MP, refuse to hold Donald Trump to account for his incitement to violence against protesters. As Foreign Secretary, it is his role to call out threats to democratic participation as they occur across the globe. If Trump’s rhetoric had come from a leader in the continent of Africa or Asia, Raab would be the first in line to issue his denouncement. If Dominic Raab cannot speak out for peaceful protestors in the US, we cannot trust that he would speak up for us. I am also flabbergasted at reports that the UK could be sending tear gas, riot shield and rubber bullets.

In the UK, we are facing our own problems. BAME organisations and those working in the criminal justice sector, warned that new police powers provided under coronavirus legislation would detrimentally impact BAME communities. Before Covid-19, black people in England and Wales were 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched. It was no surprise then when a Guardian report recently revealed that BAME people in England were 54% more likely to be fined under the new coronavirus rules than white people. In England, BAME people account for 15.5% of the population and yet they received 22% of the coronavirus lockdown fines.

It has long been known that black people in the UK also experience death disproportionately during or following police contact, especially within police custody and detention. Black people are also disproportionately subjected to taser use

In the coming days, protesters will take to the streets in the UK to stand in solidarity for the BLM protests in the USA, and to support the BLM movements and issues in the UK. As my MP, I call on you to stand with  the protestors in the US, the UK, and globally and work to eradicate the same structural racial injustices that plague the United Kingdom today.

I have four specific asks:

  1. Please write to Dominic Raab MP and ask him to condemn the words and actions of the President of the USA, and call for him to suspend the attack on protesters;
  2. Please write to the Prime Minister and ask him to denounce Trump’s militarisation of the protests in the USA;
  3. Please write to the Home Secretary Priti Patel and ask her to make assurances that UK protesters will not be met with excessive use of force;
  4. Call on the government to immediately suspend licences for tear gas, riot shields and rubber bullets to the USA.

Additionally, please personally commit to proactively increasing your understanding of these issues and to take a stand against structural racism in your position as Member of Parliament whenever you encounter it. 

[If your MP is Black or other POC – and particularly a woman – you can add the below paragraph or something similar:

I know that standing up as a Black/POC man/woman in a white, male dominated parliament is not an easy task, and that you may be subject to backlash in the media, online and maybe even in your workplace as a result. I want to acknowledge and honour your courage. I stand by you as do many others.

I look forward to hearing from you

Best wishes
The Living Centre

Last updated: 16.04.2020

Last updated: 04.04.2020

Protect yourself from scammers

There has been a reported increase in coronavirus related scams across London.

It is always important to remain vigilant, especially when buying things online or accepting help from unknown people.

Please be aware that NHS staff are not going door to door. If someone knocks on your door claiming to be conducting coronavirus tests do not let them in to your house and immediately call the police.

How to protect yourself

Watch out for scam messages.

Don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails, never respond to unsolicited messages and calls asking for your personal or financial details. Remain alert for malicious emails offering testing kits of coronavirus.

Take precautions when shopping online

If you are buying anything from a company or person you do not know and trust, carry out thorough research into them to make sure they are legitimate.

For more information, visit actionfraud.police.uk/shoppingsafely

For further advice on online scams you can also get in touch with Citizens Advice.

Protect your devices

Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. 

For information on how to update devices, visit ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices

If you suspect you have been a a victim of fraud you should report the matter as soon as possible via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline number: 0808 223 1133

Last updated: 23.03.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What You Need To Do


STAY AT HOME you can spread the virus even if you don’t have the symptoms.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.


If you do have to go outside:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home


Guidance as at 23.03.20

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and visitor access

Last updated: 11 March 2020

We’re monitoring the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and putting measures in place to minimise the risk to our staff and visitors.


All visitors to the Somers Town Community Association (STCA) and Living Centre (LC), whether for meetings or events, should be registered before their arrival. Please contact your meeting or event organiser if you’re unsure about whether you have been registered.


We are asking that visitors wash their hands on arrival (there is hand sanitiser at our reception) and that they wash their hands throughout their time in the building.


If you are visiting us from any of the affected areas listed, you should contact the meeting organisers for advice.

Do not visit the STCA or the LC, if you’ve travelled from the following places, even if you do not have symptoms:

  • anywhere in Italy on or after 9 March

  • specific areas in northern Italy in the last 14 days

  • Iran in the last 14 days

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days

  • Daegu, Cheongdo or Gyeongsan in South Korea in the last 14 days

Do not visit the STCA or the LC, if you have travelled from any of these areas in the last 14 days and feel at all unwell:

  • Italy (outside specific areas in northern Italy) before 9 March

  • mainland China outside of Hubei province

  • South Korea outside of Daegu, Cheongdo and Gyeongsan

  • Cambodia

  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Laos

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Myanmar

  • Singapore

  • Taiwan

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam

 This list of countries is being updated regularly. Find the latest advice on coronavirus on the Public Health England website.

About The Living Centre

The Living Centre is a community centre offering health and wellbeing services to the St Pancras and Somers Town Community and beyond.

We provide wide-ranging support and resources for local residents, around all aspects of health – from staying physically well to mental health, ageing healthily to financial health, professional training, counselling, volunteering opportunities and more.

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“We’re determined that the Living Centre will make a real contribution to community health and wellbeing.”

“It’s a very rich (ethnicity, age, culture) community, but it’s hard to bring that all together.”

“Communication is a real issue in Somers Town and even when nice things are happening around not everyone gets to know.”

“The kids here are very bored… we need a nice place for the youths to attend so that they can stop hanging about.”

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