The fractured nature of the local residential, commercial and service delivery landscape which has led Fitzrovia to be regarded as a ‘neighbourhood without a community’ in some areas offers a challenge and an opportunity to the Fitzrovia Centre.
While the disparate needs and social groups present across the neighbourhood will make it more complex for the centre to develop individual activities and services of relevance to all, they also offer a chance for the creation of a varied programme of activities, delivered and attended by different groups from across the neighbourhood and beyond, which provides opportunities for the entire community and increases available occasions for social mingling and integration alongside.
Work in this area might involve hosting social and drop in sessions, or providing open areas, alongside scheduled activities, to bring participants and hirers together. It could also involve taking a more active role in the scheduling of sessions and the seeking of additional, complementary activities, in order to bring divergent sections of the community together. In its capacity as a ‘community hub’, Fitzrovia Centre might also look into hosting regular local partnership meetings comprised of a range of residential, commercial and VCS stakeholders to offer an occasion for dialogue about local delivery and need, and to increase the strategic basis for future work.