Piece provided by the Dalgarno Trust
The Dalgarno Trust is a vibrant community based charity in the heart of Ladbroke Grove. In this part of the Borough there are high levels of deprivation and disadvantage; a far cry from what some would consider Kensington and Chelsea to represent.
At Dalgarno Trust there are now a wide range of services available such as a weekly Food Bank, projects that raise awareness of how to live healthily, an initiative that addresses social isolation, community volunteering and many other activities and classes for local residents to engage in. There’s also a pre-school, counselling service and alternative therapies on offer too.
Amongst the more innovative opportunities at Dalgarno is the hugely popular free music tuition class for young people that draws interest from across the Borough. There is also rental space available for anyone wanting to develop a business or provide services to the local community.
At the end of November 2016, former Director Vicki Davies left Dalgarno after many years developing and growing the organisation and handed over to a new CEO, Robin Snook. Following a career in a range of industries Robin will bring commercial business expertise to Dalgarno having worked for a number of companies and social enterprises across the south of England.
Just prior to Christmas, Dalgarno Trust was delighted to be visited by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford who was interested in seeing the operation of the Food Bank.
The Food Bank provides essential food and other items for up to 80 attendees each week. Dalgarno has succeeded in gaining the support of many retailers in running the operation. This includes not only the donation of many diverse products and foodstuffs but also offering the participation of their staff as volunteers. So enthused by what she observed, the Mayor agreed to also take part as a volunteer, helping to distribute products to those in need. Pictured above are the Mayor together with members of staff and volunteers at the Dalgarno Food Bank.
As a charity, Dalgarno Trust relies on grants, donations and fundraising together with the huge generosity of many volunteers from a diversity of backgrounds. If you have an interest in in finding out more about the organisation and its aims, please contact Robin Snook at email@example.com.