The Greenwood Place project

About the plans for Greenwood Place

Greenwood
                     Place Kentish Town

Camden Council is developing a new community resource centre at Greenwood Place in Kentish Town, which is planned to open in Autumn 2018.

The vision is for the centre to be a place where people can choose to come and access a wide range of support designed to enable independence and help people to achieve the outcomes they want for themselves.

It is an opportunity for offering training and employment, encouraging social enterprises to grow and supporting people living in the community to maintain and develop their own independence. It will encourage income generation and, importantly, it is an opportunity for a user-led organisation to take control and develop a place that truly responds to the needs of the people of Camden.

The new fully accessible centre at Greenwood Place will bring lots of opportunities, including:

  • Camden’s first ever Centre for Independent Living (CIL), led by disabled people, for disabled people, run by a consortium of Camden voluntary sector disability organisations led by Camden Disability Action. The CIL will offer a range of services and activities that support independence, inclusion, health and wellbeing
  • Separate spaces for services supporting people with mental ill-health, learning disabilities, profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism
  • Facilities and space that can be used by the whole community, including a cafe, a large room for conferences, events or dance, accessible meeting rooms and rooms designed for art, computers and music activities
  • Flexible spaces which can be hired out by community groups and independent organisations
  • A building which can be used by social enterprises to provide training and employment opportunities (a social enterprise is a business with a social aim that re-invests any profit back into services or the community)

Existing services

Services currently being run from Highgate Day Centre (mental ill-health) will move into the new building once it opens, along with the New Shoots service (learning disabilities) which is currently being run from Shoot Up Hill in Fortune Green and the services for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) currently run from Mayford and Peperfield Day Centres.

How will the new centre be paid for?

In 2010 we adopted a 15-year programme for improving our buildings and services. This is called the Community Investment Programme (CIP). The Greenwood Place development is a part of the CIP.

The CIP was designed to ensure that we make the best use of our assets and continue investing in Camden’s future and places. Through the CIP we are selling or redeveloping properties that are out of date, expensive to maintain, underused, and/or do not meet modern accessibility standards. This programme will help us generate money that is not otherwise available, to reinvest into improving services and facilities across Camden.

The construction of the new centre at Greenwood Place will be paid for by selling some existing service buildings (Raglan House, Shoot Up Hill and Highgate Day Centre) that will no longer be needed once the new centre is ready.

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