Camerados at St Michael’s!

A Camden church is playing host to London’s first Public Living Room, as part of a new initiative to bring together people from diverse backgrounds for mutual support and friendship.

St Michael’s Church in Camden is working in partnership with the community interest company Camerados to transform its garden into a Public Living Room that will provide a place where people, whatever their background or circumstance, can come together for mutual support, counsel and friendship.

Founded eighteen months ago, the Association of Camerados has already established Public Living Rooms in Blackpool, Sheffield, and Oxford, and works to change the lives of those in need by empowering them to help one another, whether they are homeless, bereaved, unemployed, or simply lonely.

There are currently plans to establish Public Living Rooms overseas in Brooklyn, Baltimore and South Maryland, and St Michael’s Church represents a new attempt to bring the movement to London, and will be run from the church for the next three weeks. Afterwards, Camerados hope that the community will take ownership of the Public Living Room, with the Camerados team providing mentoring and advice to ensure that it proves a success.

Fr Tom Plant, Vicar at St Michael’s Church, said “We are really pleased to be hosting London’s first Public Living Room. St Michael’s is place of sanctuary and healing for the isolation and mental stresses of life in the capital, and our mission as a church has always been to help make a family out of strangers.’

Maff Potts, founder of Camerados, said “We are extremely grateful for all of Fr Tom’s help in setting up our new living room. Camerado’s works on the same principals as alcoholics-anonymous, helping those in need by providing a place of mutual support. Feeling empowered and valued is essential to our mental health, and sometimes sharing a cup of tea, and speaking with someone who has also struggled can help lift a person from their darkest moments.”

The Public Living Room will run from St Michael’s Church from 8th to 28th May, and be open Monday to Fridays from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

2 Comments
  • Emily Willard
    Posted at 14:55h, 21 May Reply

    To God be the Glory! Awesome work! A question for you:
    Does your community support include the parish members that are sick, hospitalised and practically alone in the world? I pray it does because I need you to help me find one of your parishioners. I’m in the U.S.A. ,therefore unable to physically do it myself. Dr Jacob Jakeins, a widower and father of a 13 yr old daughter, without family in the world has suffered at least one massive stroke and is in a nursing home in or near Camden Town, in a facility near the water as one can see it from the window of his room. Can somebody please help find him? Please, it is extremely important to give him the support he needs to help him begin his healing process. Thank you in advance for your efforts and prayers. God bless you abundantly.

    In His love, his best friend , Emily

    • SiteManager
      Posted at 16:22h, 22 May Reply

      yes.volunteers from the parish help out as well.

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