FoodCycle’s Hub, serves tasty meals every Sunday lunchtime at the Somers Town Community Centre. Each week, volunteers collect surplus fruit and veg from our local Planet Organic and Waitrose supermarkets and turn these ingredients into nutritious (and delicious!) three-course meals for the community.
If you’re struggling to make ends meet and need a free meal on a Sunday afternoon, you can come along to the Somers Town Community Centre at 1PM – anyone is welcome
The next meeting of the High Speed 2 Campaign Group will be at 6.00pm on Monday 24 February here at the Community Centre. This is an opportunity to express your views and meet with others who are organising opposition to the project. Please also make sure that you have your say by visiting links to the online petitions before the February 27 deadline. ( see links below).
A group of amazing young people from our Hampden Youth Club, applied to “It’s Local” for a grant to develop a drama piece about the impact of unemployment and lack of opportunities for the under 25’s. Last night we saw the result of all this hard “workshopping” and need to thank “Empower Uth” for their inspiration and contribution. In the theatre of Regents High School our team presented, what was a taster of things to come. Covering a variety of key issues, unemployment, teenage pregnancy encounters with the law, we saw what will be developed into a complete play. Our thanks again go to the marvellous Chris Martin who shot and cut a trail for us and who is helping to produce a film of the evenings action.
After four weeks of high level negotiations and wrangling, the Community Centre has a brand new floor in the Main Hall and we are fully open from Monday 2 December.
Apologies to all those people inconvenienced by our closure and many thanks for your patience.
Calling all residents and those who work in the area to come and share ideas about priorities for Somers Town as a neighbourhood. There is a Somers Town Big Local and Planning Event on Saturday 23 March from 12 noon – 4.00pm at Regent High School, Charrington Street, London NW1 1RG. You will be able to talk directly with planners and contribute to mapping what you think is important for the development area. Somers Town Neighbourhood and Youth Forum members will be on hand to discuss the work that have been involved in during the past year. Big Local There will be activities for children, refreshments and a film which was made by young people about living in Somers Town. Phone 0207 388 6088 for further information.
“It’s not like it used to be – when everyone knew one another and families were together” said one of Somers Town’s residents when asked what might make a difference in the area. Well, in response to that notion our Community Organisers along with their volunteers have organised a community extravaganza! On Friday 14 December between 5.00pm & 9.00pm you are welcome to come and share the best of our community’s food, drink, local arts and crafts, talent and entertainment. The evenings programme includes a raffle, stalls, Francis Crick’s “Tree of Life”, workshops, interactive map and discussion, local performers and last but not least ping-pong! We are being supported by the culinary delights cooked up by our partners at FoodCycle. The evening is about getting together and getting to know one another. We will be conducting the Pride of Somers Town activity which will include a fun community mapping exercise and inviting people to enjoy an evening with their neighbours. Hope to see you there.
November 29 is a date to put in your diary . Our Annual General Meeting takes place with the “business” end of the event starting at 11.00am. This is followed by a message from the Mayor, a performance from Regent High Choir, speakers addressing Neighbourhood Planning, Community Organising and engaging with young people and culminates in a buffet lunch provided by the community cafe FoodPlace team. Food for body and soul! What more could you wish for?
The most recent “Heart of Somers Town” event saw over forty people participating in workshops examining L.B. Camden’s “Community Investment Programme” and its potential impact in the area. Chaired and facilitated by the Neighbourhood Forum, the evening was lively, energetic and the first in a series of events which will include another planning for real type event later in the year. The outcomes of this series of workshops will be available later in the year. The Neighbourhood Forum is on the way to being formally constituted and recognised by LB Camden and in an effort to encourage participation will be taking a weekly stall in Chalton Street Market to publicise the work it is undertaking.
The Youth Cafe are making great strides in providing food and hygiene training for members of the youth club and have been cooking up a storm on Monday nights at the centre. We have provided placements in the cafe for young people from New Horizon and are now about to enter into a partnership with the De Vere Academy of Hospitality who will be placing catering and business students with us.
Young people from the Youth Forum are going to be presenting a new volunteering programme “Community Counts” to the Business, Employment, Education and Training (BEET) sub group of the Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum. On Monday 22 October representatives from BEET will hear directly from young people how they wish to gain practical skills and experience whilst at the same time giving something back to their community. We hope that this will be the start of a significant programme which will see young people making a real difference, influencing their own life chances and adding to community outcomes.