Mindful of the positive role of sport and physical activity in maintaining a good level of well being, Somers Town Community Association has joined forces with London Borough of Camden and the West Euston Partnership. Sports Activators based across Somers Town and Regents Park will deliver a project which is designed to develop a culture of sports participation by individuals and will incorporate a range of training and volunteering opportunities. Funded by Sport England, for three years, this project will develop community based opportunities and promote increased participation and access. In short the project will encourage people to be more active, hopefully more healthy and happier.
Somers Town Community Assoc. in partnership with Somers Town Youth Club, Corams Youth Centre and the Surma Centre have had a great success in securing funding from the Big Lottery to support a full time worker and two trainees to deliver dedicated work to girls and young women for the next three years. Working across four youth centres and providing up to six sessions a week the new youth workers will be managed from STCA and will be recruited for in the New Year. Sessions will aim to support and create the kind of environment which will expand opportunities, build confidence and see an expansion of activities and influence for girls and young women across the South Camden area.
Open City Docs, London’s Global Documentary Festival, will be launching Somers Town Film Club this September in partnership with Somers Town Community Centre. Somers Town Film Club will host free monthly screenings of documentaries as well as a free training scheme. The first Friday of each month will see the community centre open it’s doors for local residents to enjoy free films and join in the conversation with the filmmakers.
Behind the scenes, the Film Club will be run by Somers Town residents in partnership with Open City Docs. There will be a training session for interested residents on the first Sunday of each month. These training sessions will covers all aspects of running a film club from programming, hosting Q&As, sourcing films and marketing events. The perfect opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about events and film culture.
The film club is part of Open City Docs’ community outreach work which runs alongside their other projects including Open City Docs Fest which runs each June in Bloomsbury and across London and the Open City Docs School with offers courses for filmmakers looking to learn more about the craft of documentary filmmaking.
The first screening will take place on Friday 5th September at 7pm with the film to be announced soon.
Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London and a proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
The Neighbourhood Planning Forum has secured funds and through the BEET group, has employed an Advisor who will help support Somers Town residents to find meaningful jobs and training. Julia Marcus will deliver one to one sessions for individuals seeking support to complete CVs, applications or who may wish to focus on interview skills or help devise personalised action plans. Call Julia on 07949 144230 or email her at Julia@somerstown.org.uk Somers Town Employment Flyer 
A partnership of eleven organisations, drawn from all sectors, is submitting a bid to the Lottery’s Fulfilling Lives Ageing Better programme. This bid aims to address isolation and loneliness in older people. STCA is one of a group of partners with the bid being led by Age UK Camden. A presentation of what has been learned, how this is shaping the bid and an opportunity for individuals and others to contribute additional input is planned for Monday 31 March between 12noon and 3:00pm at the Somers Town Community Centre. Lunch will be provided. RSVP email@example.com.
We have been very excited to participate in this far reaching project considering the question of what does “wellbeing” mean for our community. Initiated by Sarah Strang, Artist in Residence at the Royal College of General Practitioners, this project has engaged with residents and members of the RCGP to explore the experience of care within an extended framework of visual art.
“The Birth of Wellbeing is a project about community relations, memory and local history, exploring through a form of consultation comprising walks, interviews, surveys and photography, how these factors might relate to healthcare policy and provision and contribute to a sense of wellbeing in the central London district of Somers Town.” Press Release
Go to https://vimeo.com/89443446 for a short video extract from Sarah’s film “Travelling Dairy”.
After strenuous efforts by all those involved Chalton Street Market looks set for a significant revival of fortune.
Efforts by our local Councillors , STCA and other organisations in the area have resulted in a plan to regenerate the market into a thriving local hub. Reduced daily rates for stalls have been negotiated and we look forward to seeing a diverse range of traders adding to the rich mix that is Somers Town.
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).