Coram’s Fields is a unique charity located in the south of Camden. Occupying the site of the former Foundling Hospital and nestled between the original Georgian colonnades, Coram’s Fields is a seven-acre haven for play for children and young people, which aims to promote their cognitive, social, emotional and physical wellbeing through the provision of a range of essential services and facilities. These include: a park and adventure playground, city farm, community nursery, under 5’s drop-in, out of school club, youth programme and sports programme. Around 150,000 people visit every year.
In some areas in the vicinity of Coram’s Fields, the average household income is GBP 26,000 per year, which is lower than the poorest London Borough. Within the King’s Cross ward, where the charity is located, the percentage of children living in poverty is at 48.6 per cent. Health inequalities are also a particular concern, with 36 per cent of 10-11 year olds in the area being either overweight or obese.
Through the youth programme, children and young people can use Coram’s Fields’ modern, self-contained youth centre, which is equipped with a music studio, IT suite, games and creative arts spaces. Open every weekday, young people aged 9-19 can engage in activities and access support, including art and music production, homework/study support, employability workshops and the chance to gain vocational qualifications in their free time.
The sports programme, delivered on over two acres of floodlit football pitches and basketball and tennis courts, delivers some of the best community sports provision in south Camden. Coram’s Fields delivers free, professionally-coached, high-quality sports sessions and tournaments for local children aged 6-19. During term time it offers 25 hours of physical activities per week, rising to 45 during school holidays. In the last year, more than 1,500 young people participated in the sports programme at Coram’s Fields.
Coram’s Fields celebrates its 80th birthday in 2016 and has been an Oak partner since 2014. To find out more about Coram’s Fields, and to get involved, visit: www.coramsfields.org.