Unique partnership between biomedical discovery institute and local charities creates first new community space for 15 years

15 February 2017

The St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre will help improve the health and wellbeing of people living near King's Cross. The Living Centre is a unique partnership between the Francis Crick Institute, a new biomedical discovery institute that opened in King's Cross in 2016, and Living Centre partners, a group of Camden charities that the Crick has commissioned to run the health and wellbeing centre for local people within its new building.

The 450sqm purpose-built community space will offer a range of services that have been developed with local residents to complement successful services already on offer in the area. These include: a job hub; employability workshops; Citizens Advice; healthy living classes; community midwifery services; activities for children and young people; and information on other sources of support in the area.

The Living Centre also aims to be the reference point for a successful community health initiative in Camden, London and beyond.

"The Living Centre is an exciting opportunity to help reduce inequalities in the local area, to make the most of local skills, resources and knowledge, and to work with the Francis Crick Institute and its partners to benefit the community," Sarah Elie, from the Living Centre Partners said.

"At the heart of the centre is a sustainable organisation that works with the local community to create a vibrant, well-used and welcoming community space, delivering a range of affordable, good-value services that seek to improve wellbeing, and complement existing services in the area."

Katie Matthews, the Crick's Director of Public Engagement, said: "The Crick's mission is to help to tackle some of the biggest health challenges facing humanity, from heart disease to cancer. Through our support of the Living Centre, we will also help improve the health of the local community. This is a new template for how institutes like ours can support their immediate neighbours, and we very much look forward to working with the Living Centre Partners on such an exciting project."

Notes to editors:

For further information about the Living Centre and images, contact  Eashmota Khatoon

020 7380 0453

Our website is http://thelivingcentre.org/

Our naming conventions are:

Full name: 'The St Pancras Somers Town Living Centre'

Short name: 'The Living Centre' or 'the centre' (lower case 'c')

For further information about the Francis Crick Institute, contact Katie Matthews 

07734 955308

Naming conventions are:

First reference: 'The Francis Crick Institute' at the start of sentence; 'the Francis Crick Institute' elsewhere

Second and subsequent references: 'the Francis Crick Institute', 'the Crick' (lower case 't'), or 'the institute' (lower case 'i')

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King's College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.