Join the close-knit community

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Join the close-knit community

From soup group to singing club, elderly residents can look forward to an exciting programme of events at St Pancras Community Centre’s inviting new building, built through our Community Investment Programme.

Betty Davies and Dot Godwin have been friends since they met at the centre ten years ago. Together they attend a range of activities, including a weekly knitting group called Knit’n’Stitch.

‘We’ve got a lot to thank them for’, said Betty, ‘the centre gets us out and about with friends when we’d have been sitting watching the telly. People are always made to feel welcome and we often bring new people along so that they can get involved in whatever’s going on’. ‘We always have a full programme’, she added, ‘sometimes it’s a little too full!’  

Shelagh O’Gorman is a volunteer who runs Knit’n’Stitch, she said, ‘the value of stitching is therapeutic, it gives people something to focus on rather than worry and at the end they have a skill they can take home and something they’ve made during the session.’

‘Older people are very fluid and these groups can fit in and around their appointments. Everyone is welcome to come along when they can, join in and pick up where they left off.’

The Knit’n’Stitch group are currently working with Adriana Cobo, a PhD student at Central Saint Martins. Alongside Adriana, the group have been learning to crochet plastic bag yarn called ‘plarn’, creating colourful designs to be incorporated in a public space project displayed in Granary Square this summer. The project is a fantastic opportunity for older residents to share their stories and be represented in the evolving cultural offer of Camden.

‘The people who come to the knitting group have lived here a long time’, Adrianna said, ‘the project designs relate to the area and if people want to know more about the designs, then the older people are able to tell their stories.’

St Pancras Community Association, who manage the centre, have been a Camden mainstay for decades and in 2016, they moved into a brand new building on Plender Street. The new facilities were paid for through our Community Investment Programme and since opening they have only appreciated in value, acting as a hub where everyone from young parents to elderly people can meet up, make friends and get the most out of the borough.

St Pancras Community Centre are always looking for new volunteers, if you want to get involved you can register your interest at info@spca.org.uk

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