You Asked Nick: Recapping the Q&A with the Leader of the Council at the Dalgarno Centre

24 Oct

asknickThe Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown, hosted the fifth Ask Nick this month at the Dalgarno Community Centre where North Kensington residents had the chance to put questions to him and the panel.

In an hour and a half of lively Q&A, key issues in the area were discussed, including the Council budget, outsourcing of Council services, road traffic and Little Wormwood Scrubs.

The Leader was joined by Councillor Timothy Coleridge, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Transport and Arts and Councillor Gerard Hargreaves, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Organisations and Resident Engagement, with a number of other councillors in attendance. Council staff and the police were also on hand at a selection of information stands with advice, guidance and useful materials to take away.

Residents who came were overwhelmingly positive, with one resident describing it as “informative, well managed with a good range of topics”. Another implored: “we need to keep this going!”, which is fortunate as another Ask Nick is planned for Central Kensington in early 2015.

Guest blog entry: SPID Theatre

24 Oct

A big hand to Natasha from SPID Theatre for sending in these inspiring words!

Within the Grade II listed building of Kensal House in Ladbroke Grove lies the Community Rooms. It is in this space where SPID Theatre lives and where they conduct free youth theatre workshops for young people ages between 8 to 25 years, and where they also stage professional shows such as their most recent production of iAm (ends tomorrow – October 25th).

SPID’s ethos as a theatre company is one that every local community should have. They create adventurous, immersive work in non-traditional spaces with a focus on indoor and outdoor council estate community spaces, encouraging involvement from disadvantaged local residents.

SPID Photo Strip_edited-1-2Every Tuesday afternoons at 4:45pm, the Far Far Away workshops take place for 8-13 year olds. These workshops unlock participants creative potential and takes you through time and space to discover something completely original, trains you in new skills and empowers you to put on a show at the end of each block. It is so wonderful watching the children at that age use their imagination in the numerous exercises that allow them to build on their communication and teamwork skills. Each session is different and covers everything from movement, voice, and music to acting, set, sound and lighting design. It really is so magnificently diverse; each week brings a whole new excitement!

A different workshop facilitator is selected per block and are asked to bring in their expertise depending on what play has been selected. And the children involved range from every background and neighborhood that it is riveting to see them all work and play together.

I really enjoy working with this company because of its innovation, openness and focus on community development through the arts.  Come and discover more!

To find out more visit or call 020 8968 2961

Join Western Riverside and help promote recycling in the Royal Borough

24 Oct

wrwaWestern Riverside Waste Authority are recruiting for recycling promoters and team leaders to work on a doorstep engagement campaign in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea.

Recycling promoters and team leaders will speak to residents on their doorstep about the recycling services available to them, aiming to increase scheme participation and recycling tonnages.

In Kensington & Chelsea the focus will be on generally increasing recycling behaviour.

Training for the campaign will take place on Tuesday 4 November and doorstepping activity will begin the following day, lasting until Saturday 6 December.

For more information on the role, including pay details and the application form, please visit

Free Housing Advice Day at Kensington Town Hall, Wednesday October 29

23 Oct
  • Do you live in social housing (Council or housing association)
  • Would you like a better understanding of mutual exchange?
  • Are you overcrowded?
  • Are you under-occupying?
  • Do you want to move to a different property?

Mutual ExchangeIf the answers are yes to any of the above, come to the Housing Advice Day next Wednesday 29  October between 1 and 6pm in the Small Hall at Kensington Town Hall., Hornton Street, W8 7NX (Nearest Underground station is High Street Kensington)

Officers will be on hand to provide help and guidance and you can register for mutual exchange for free. There will be a presentation about mutual exchange, the opportunity to meet and exchange with other residents, discussions about Housing Benefit and employment, plus the chance to ask questions and to speak to someone personally about your situation.

No need to book an appointment, just drop-in!


‘Link Up’ with the Pocklington Trust and help people with sight loss

23 Oct

linkupThe Thomas Pocklington Trust are looking for volunteers who would like to join their new ‘Link Up’ service. Link Up aims to enable people over 18 with sight loss to enjoy social events in the Royal Borough and the capital as a whole.

The purpose of Link Up is to support people during non-essential events, such as a visit to the doctor or shopping, but activities such as concerts, art classes, sports and theatre. But don’t worry – if musicals aren’t your thing you can list your own interests too!

Many services users live in Kensington & Chelsea and there is a shortage of local volunteers, so if this opportunity is of interest do visit the Thomas Pocklington Website or contact Ana Toneato ( / 0208 996 1947)

Sunday Brunch – Bring A Dish: Delicious food and great company down at the Dalgarno this Sunday

23 Oct

Sunday BrunchDrop down to the Dalgarno Centre this Sunday (26 October) and brunch with your neighbours from 11.00am-1.00pm.

Simply bring a dish you wish to share, drinks, cakes or anything else for people to enjoy.

For free tickets to the event please visit,

FREE Talk: Inspiring the Aspiring – Entrepreneur Talks at The Dalgarno Trust

22 Oct

Come and join the Dalgarno Trust, on Friday, October 24th from 3pm – 6:30pm to meet and hear from some of London’s most successful entrepreneurs and business professionals including the creator of RastaMouse and famous chef Gary Lee! RataMouse -

The creator of RastaMouse, Michael De Souza, will be at the Dalgarno Trust to share his success story and do a reading from his famous children’s stories!

Gary Lee – Executive Chef of London most famous restaurant will give a motivational talk for aspiring entrepreneurs no matter your age or business idea! Come and find out how he reached the pinnacle of his profession and learn how he runs one of London’s most exclusive restaurants!

Click here to book your FREE place for this sensational Black History Month Event –


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