Central to what the St Pancras and Somers Town 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’ advice service, so people can find the information and services they really need – the right services for them. Maybe a local exercise class, 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 of the following services that are already having a positive impact, such as Voluntary Action Camden’s Health Advocates and Health Champions.
The Living Centre will be a base for these volunteers, local people who have been trained to provide support and advice, and have a wealth of local knowledge about community activities. They work holistically, looking at the whole person.
Healthwatch Camden volunteers will also be on hand to help people understand the options they have for improving their health and wellbeing.
The centre will also become the home for a host of new, innovative activities from the partners, such as Age UK’s Ageing Better in Camden programme and their Community Connectors who support the most socially isolated and lonely older people in the area to build friendships and community links.
Citizens Advice Camden will be providing free, confidential and independent advice covering everything from debt, welfare and benefits, to housing and employment. They’re also planning to offer support for those with disabilities and illnesses such as cancer.
Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre will provide support for Asian women and their families on a wide range of issues from domestic violence, to employment and housing and welfare benefits. They’ll also deliver their Home Care programme, which recruits and trains local people to provide specialist care in the homes of vulnerable adults in the area.
Origin Housing will also be launching a new Sports Volunteering Time Bank for the whole community in partnership with the Camden Sports Activators team, and Training Link will continue to support community learning, providing courses to help people find work, or improve their basic skills in English and using computers.
And if that’s not enough, the Living Centre Partners are also going to develop new activities with local people. They’ve already collected lots of ideas, from arts and crafts to support for social enterprises.
The Living Centre Partners are also eager to forge strong relationships with the Crick and its partners (Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, King’s College London, and Imperial College London) – to make the most of the support and resources they could offer for the benefit of Somers Town and St Pancras.
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