Charities chosen for new community facility in King's Cross

The Council has selected a partnership between Somali Youth Development Resource Centre (SYDRC) and Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust (Dragon Hall) to manage a new community building in the heart of the new King's Cross neighbourhood.

Situated in The Plimsoll Building, which is home to the Frank Barnes School and the King's Cross Academy Primary School, the new premises were built for the Council by King's Cross Central Limited Partnership as part of a Section 106 agreement.

A number of applications were received from the voluntary sector by the Council, and SYDRC and Dragon Hall were selected. Each organisation has an excellent track-record of providing services and activities for Camden residents, and have reputations that reach beyond Camden. Recently Dragon Hall was named Charity of the Year by the Government Digital Service.

A range of activities are proposed at the new facility, including addressing health and well-being; education, employment and training activities; art and culture; advice and advocacy and community support and development. The two organisations are planning a launch event and will be contacting local stakeholders in the coming weeks.

“This is an exciting time the King's Cross neighbourhood, with new residents moving in, and where businesses and cultural activities are growing.

“I’m sure that SYDRC and Dragon Hall together make connections that will benefit Camden residents. On behalf of the Council, I wish them every success.”
Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Voluntary Sector

More information on the Strategic Partner Fund can be found on the council’s website.