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Camden Safety Views

This scheme is being run jointly by Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board (formerly Camden Community and Police Consultative Group) and Somers Town Community Association . Camden Safety Views is a brilliantly simple way for residents and visitors to the borough to say how safe they feel anonymously. Not only that, the council and police will feed back what they have done about the issues you raise. All it takes is for you to complete a short online or telephone  survey once every few months. You will even have a chance of winning £50 M&S vouchers every time you complete the survey! The council and police will NEVER have your details. To take part all you need to do is download a form available from: http://camdencpcg.org.uk/projects/ fill it in and return it to Peter Ward admin@camdencpcg.org.uk tel: 020 7383 0000 or hand it in at the community centre.

“Work It Out”

A project is born – ” Work It Out ” is a scheme that has been funded through the Business, Enterprise, Education and Training group of the Neighbourhood Forum. Funding has come through L.B. Camden and has been been targeted to address barriers to employment for people living in the Somers Town area.  STCA was commissioned to undertake research and produce a report – due to be published this month – which would frame the issues which our community feels contribute to making it difficult to enter the employment market. Key to the initial research element of the project has been it’s community led model.  STCA’s Community Organisers and their volunteers  adapted  the “listenings” approach to gather information and were then trained to  analyse the raw data. The  draft findings of the report make interesting reading but we hope most importantly  action  arising from it’s recommendations will make a sustainable difference for people who want to see a shift in access to employment opportunities in Somers Town.

Somers Town Fair

On Saturday 14 September the long awaited Somers Town Fair will be taking place in Ossulston Street NW1. from 12 noon – 7.00pm.  If you like festivals then this is one for you and your family.  It is free to all and will have live music, crafts and food stalls as well as  community projects and fun outdoor activities. Described as a ” street party with live music, performance,stalls and activities created by and including those both working and living in the community”. The festival has a long tradition of showcasing the  very best of our diverse community and is an opportunity to meet your fellow Somers Towners for a day of fun.

“Crepe up”

The enterprising young people at New Horizon have come up with a wonderful new social enterprise operating in Somers Town’s own  Chalton Street market. Every Friday between 11.00am and 3.00pm, “Crepe Up”  will be running a stall selling – not surprisingly – the most tasty, delicious, tantalising crepes in Camden. Go along and support these young entrepreneurs.

Neighbourhood Forum dates

Forthcoming meetings for your diaries:
Neighbourhood Forum is meeting on Monday 16 September from 6.00pm  (S.T. Community Centre).
BEET Group on Tuesday 17 September from 5.00pm (S.T. Community Centre).
Planning and Development (CIP) on Monday 23 September from 6.00pm

Age UK – monthly information, advice and advocacy at STCA

Age UK are running a monthly  information session  in the community centre starting with a coffee morning on Wednesday 18 September between 10.00am  -11.30am. You can drop in at this first session and then book appointments for  subsequent monthly sessions (3rd Wednesday of each month). If you are over fifty, you will  be able to seek advice on a wide range of  topics including , benefits and pensions, housing issues, health and social care, debt, activities, getting your voice heard and long term support. Bengali and Somali speaking advisors will be available.
Please call and book an appointment for any of the following dates: 16 October, 20 November, 11 December, 15 January 2014, 19 February, 19 March.
All sessions run from 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

Become a Camden Safety Views volunteer

If you love and have pride in where you live or work and want to help keep it safe, this is the scheme for you. We are looking for people like you, who want to improve their neighbourhood. We want you to tell us about any aspects which affect the quality of your life and that of your neighbours. Our aim is to have trained volunteers in every street who will contribute their views about their neighbourhood.
This scheme is totally independent of the council and police  and has been launched as a joint project by Camden Community Police Consultative Group (CCPCG) and Somers Town Community Association. The information gathered through the scheme will be shared confidentially with the Camden Community Safety Partnership and used to target resources by having  a real understanding of the concerns of residents and businesses.
You can complete an application from CCPCG website. or phone 0207 383 0000.

Improving community health in Somers Town

We are delivering a project in conjunction with Well London, St Pancras Community Centre and the Francis Crick which will be aimed at building a picture of our community health needs. Any information which is gathered will help to shape future activities and services in the ward and will have a major influence on the development of programmes which will be on offer in the new Living Centre.
We need volunteers for street interviews on 5 and 7 June and a cafe event on 13 June.  As a volunteer you will gain new skills and qualifications  and have the opportunity to contribute to mapping your communities health needs.
We also need Delivery Team Volunteers (DTVs) who will be recruited, trained and supported to develop ongoing community engagement around health issues by : signposting residents to services, becoming local health champions, influencing the design and delivery of  local services, motivating people to take ownership of their health and wellbeing and if they wish by participating in a recognised funded health certificate  offered at beginners level progressing to an accredited, advanced  level.
For more information contact Rebekah Duncan or Vijya Patel on 0207 388 6088

Kings Cross Commissions

Our youth group has completed  a short film  commissioned by Pauline Bickerton from Central St Martins Art and Design School. The film  is available to see in situ at the FoodPlace,  Somers Town’s community cafe.  Concerned with exploring the pressures facing young people in Somers Town the film takes a sometimes humorous look at a serious set of circumstances and the dilemmas facing our young people.
Kings Cross Commissions  has facilitated the production of three films by local groups and the project takes an analytical look at gentrification in Kings Cross. All the commissioned films can be seen no more than a 10 minute walk from Central St Martins. Come in to the FoodPlace to see the Somers Town film any day Monday – Friday between 10.00am and 2.30pm.

Neighbourhood Planning catch up

There is a lot of activity going on in the neighbourhood and here are some dates for your diaries –

Monday 20 May at 1.00pm the Health Working Group meets at Somers Town Community Centre.
Tuesday 21 May at 6.00pm is the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Planning Forum at Ossulston Tenants Hall.
Monday 10 June at 5.45 is the Community Safety Working Group meeting at Somers Town Community Centre.

All  meetings are open to people living and working in Somers Town and who want to make a difference by tackling key issues together.

 

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Tel 020 7388 6088

admin@somerstown.org.uk