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Job Alert! Navigators wanted at SMART…

Borough-based mental health charity SMART have teamed up with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council and Jobs in Mind as part of the Community Living Well Service in West London and are looking to recruit…


The role of a Navigator is an important new support role within the Community Living Well team in the West London area. The Navigation Service is for people with serious stable long term mental health needs who are supported in primary care.

As a Navigator, you will be building and maintaining constructive working relationships with service users, carers, families, colleagues, lay people and wider community networks. You will be at the centre of a team working across and alongside a wide range of both internal service users and external partners.

Excellent communication skills and effective team work are essential for this role. You should have good IT skills, be well organised and be at your best when prioritising a multitude of tasks.

The recruiting organisations particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of mental ill health as a user of services or as carer.

Salary: £22,000. Full time initial contract to March 31st 2019.

How to apply?

The closing date for applications is 9am, Friday 23rd December.

Interviews will be held at SMART (Gertrude Street, SW10) on the week beginning Monday, 2 Jan 2017.

Feature: The St Cuthbert’s Centre – Caring for the Earl’s Court community

If you’ve ever taken a walk down Philbeach Gardens in Earl’s Court you would have noticed one of London’s largest 19th century churches – St. Cuthbert’s – and the adjoining Philbeach Hall, where the St. Cuthbert’s Centre have made their base since 1990.

The St Cuthbert’s Centre aims to reduce social isolation in the Earl’s Court area for older people, those that live alone, those who are at risk – or find themselves – homeless and people experiencing mental illness.

The Centre has an open door, drop-in policy for everyone in the area where people can receive practical help in an informal, safe setting such as inexpensive breakfasts and lunches, laundry, showers, clothes, access to computers and advice and information. Drop-ins are from Monday-Friday from 10.30am-3.30pm.

As well as vital, practical support the centre runs a packed schedule of activities during the week, from reading groups to arts and crafts sessions. Their full schedule is available to download [pdf].

Want to lend a hand?

St Cuthbert’s are always looking for volunteers to help on a regular or occasional basis. A range of opportunities are available, including general day volunteering (organising laundry, greeting and socialising), assisting in the kitchen or running and supporting activities. More information can be found on their Volunteer Factsheet [pdf].

As well as lending your time, St Cuthbert’s also welcome donations of clothes, toiletries, bedding, household goods and food, as well as transport.

Philbeach Hall is also available to hire from the Centre and has a capacity of 300 (standing, 250 seated) with stage area and full kitchen.

For more information on any of the activities or services provided by St Cuthbert’s or to find out how you can get involved visit or telephone 020 7835 1389.

A City Living, Local Life Christmas…

City Living’s got Christmas sorted
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Here’s a taste of what’s been supported
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It’s not just the Arctic elves that have been busy gearing up for Christmas, as residents, groups, businesses and charities in Kensington and Chelsea have been coming together to turn up the festive cheer in the borough. A number of these great goings-on have been supported by local ward Councillors through City Living, Local Life, including:

kicking things off early with the Dalgarno Winter Festival in November;

celebrating Christmas along the King’s Road in Royal Hospital, Stanley and Chelsea Riverside;

helping families experiencing mental health challenges to have the Best Christmas Ever with fresh food, activities, games and presents, including a proper winter coat in Golborne;

illuminating Holland Park Avenue with the Holland Park Village Traders Association as Christmas lights return to area in Holland and Norland;

a special Christmas lunch for members of the St. George’s Lunch Club in Campden;

support for the Stratford Road Business Forum to hold the second Stratford Road Christmas Party on 7 December in Abingdon; and

group gatherings for residents of Nursery Lane and Whitchurch House supported housing schemes in Dalgarno and Notting Dale;

… and with December just over the horizon, expect this list to fill up with more communtiy Christmas events than you can shake a peppermint stick at…

The RBKC Small Grants Fund – what’s being kick-started around the borough?

The second round of the Royal Borough’s 2016/17 Corporate Services Small Grant fund closed last month, and the remaining budget of the £30,000 yearly fund has been awarded to a range of different projects being planned by organisations working in Kensington and Chelsea.

The latest round saw 23 organisations apply for projects that meet the following priorities:

  • Information and Advice
  • Community Engagement
  • Infrastructure and Capacity Building

Of those 23, the following organisations and projects were successful:

  • Bishop Creighton House for volunteer costs to offer 9 weeks of support to older people who have been discharged by a Community Rehabilitation Team to help maintain an independent lifestyle;
  • Cara Trust for marketing materials to promote its services for older people with HIV/Aids in Kensington and Chelsea;
  • Kalayaan to re-carpet its centre where it offers services for migrant domestic workers;
  • Meanwhile Gardens towards the cost of repairs to the community building’s leaking roof;
  • Portobello Business Centre for video equipment to produce short films/how to’s for budding local entrepreneurs and small businesses;
  • Venture Community Association to refurbishing the community centre’s kitchen to allow hot food to be served to the children playing at the adventure playground; and
  • Women’s Association for Networking and Development (WAND) to raise health awareness for vulnerable women from ethnic minority backgrounds.

For more information on the Small Grants programme, please visit the RBKC website.

Can you help keep a neighbour warm this winter?

Did you know that despite being known as one of the wealthiest places to live, 14.3% of Kensington and Chelsea households are classed as being in fuel poverty and there were 122 cold related deaths in Kensington and Chelsea from 2011 to 2014?

In response to these stark statistics, the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation has launched its Winter Warmth campaign, raising funds so that older people in need can be helped with their heating costs and keep warm. Though anyone is encouraged to contribute, the campaign particularly encourages those who receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment, to donate all or part of it to a neighbour in need.

Many people have to choose between heating and eating, as rising costs and low pensions squeeze their ability to do both. The Foundation works with partners Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, Citizens Advice and Nucleus Legal Advice Centre, helping to ensure your donation reaches the people who need help most.

You can donate, through the Foundation’s website or by telephoning 0207 229 5499.

100% of all donations received go to those who are most in need.

CLLL: Free film premier of Two Potato – an oral history of play in North Kensington, 9 December

Following on from their excellent documentary ‘One Potato‘ exploring children’s play in Chelsea, digital:works have hop-scotched their way up the borough to produce ‘Two Potato’ – and this time the focus is on North Kensington.

With support from the Colville Councillors through City Living, Local Life, the documentary captures the oral history of locals along with archive footage and images of the area.

The film premiers at The Gate Cinema (87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ) on Friday, 9 December at 10.30am. If you would like to attend, please email Mat at digital:works.

For more information on the project do visit

A St John’s Church performance and more, as Kensington Singers raise money for Glass Door…

Join the borough-based Kensington Singers for an evening of community choir at St John’s Notting Hill (W11 2NN) on Monday, 5 December and help raise money for Glass Door Homeless charity.

Glass Door is London’s largest emergency winter night shelter and their main base is at Chelsea Methodist Church on the King’s Road. As well as a warm place to sleep, guests can access food, showers, laundry facilities and advice and signposting services.

The concert kicks off at 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) and tickets are prices at £8/£6 (£10/£8 on the door) with under-5’s going free. Tickets can be booked online.

As well as their St John’s performance, the Singers are shaking their buckets for Glass Door at two free performances on Saturday 3 December as they perform a cappella Christmas numbers at the V&A (1.30pm) and Duke of York Square (4.30pm).

For more information on the Kensington Singers (they’re also looking for new voices), do visit


City Living Local Life focus: Brompton and Hans Town

Residents and community groups of Brompton and Hans Town ward are being asked for ideas and suggestions for things that could improve the local area through City Living, Local Life.

Prior to the local boundary review in 2014 when Brompton ward and Hans Town wards merged, ward councillors have supported a variety of projects from local history (including hitching posts on Ennismore street, chapel restoration at Holy Trinity Sloane Square, World War commemoration projects including the Yalta Memorial opposite the V&A and a blue plaque for Abolitionist Frederick Douglass).

Councillors have recently supported older people activities with New Horizons and projects for younger people in the form of music workshops for school children, youth theatre performances and sessions with Intermission Theatre and a football programme via Premier League Kicks with Chelsea Football Club.  Councillors have also supported an Arts and Crafts Festival at Holy Trinity Sloane Square.

City Living, Local Life can support local projects with small amounts of funding.  If you live in the ward and have an idea about how you can improve it why not visit the Brompton and Hans Town ward page to share your ideas, contact your Councillors and find out what has been funded previously.

Brompton and Hans Town! Share you ideas, and start something good.

She’s Behind You! Help Crowdfund the 25th anniversary Portobello Pantomime production of The Snow Queen

The Portobello Pantomime are crowdfunding their 25th Anniversary show this year – a modern take on Han’s Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Supporters of this well-loved and well received west London tradition have until December 14 to raise just over £5,700 to help the production cover essential costs such as costume hire, set building and publicity.

The production is made possible by hard working and dedicated volunteers, while all box office profits will be given to The Shepherd’s Bush Families Project and Solace Women’s Aid.

So, click on the link to make your pledge and read all about this year’s production below:




The Tabernacle (W11 2AY) – 14 – 17 December 2016.

The village of Portobello is a small, parochial kind of place, and the Elders work hard to keep it that way: mirrors, outsiders and smartphones are all banned. But when the malevolent Snow Queen and her narcissistic harem take their quest to gain more followers to the village, Portobello’s insulated idyll comes under threat.

This year’s Panto is a 21st Century update of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale. It also sees the return of the Panto’s founding mother Anna Chancellor, who will be calling the shots from the dugout. If technology is a drug – and sometimes it feels like one – then what, precisely are the side effects? All will be revealed at the Tab this Christmas…

For ticketing information, do visit the Tabernacle’s website.

Enjoy a little early festive cheer with the Stratford Road Christmas Party, 7 December

With a little support from Abingdon Councillors through City Living, Local Life the independent shops and businesses of the borough’s very own Stratford Village are hosting their annual Christmas Street Party.

Kicking off at 5pm on Wednesday, 7 December join the villagers for a free evening of games, food, drink, carol singing, music and shopping.

Come and attend Refugees Welcome Fundraiser at the Mosaic Rooms


Kensington and Chelsea’s Refugee Welcome Committee have organised a fundraising and awareness event on Friday 2 December at 6.30-8.30pm, at the Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0UA.  The purpose of the evening is to raise awareness and funds for the RBKC’s work supporting refugees.

There will be speakers from the Council, Migrants Organise, the Syrian community, the actress Laura Carmichael and others – as well as canapés, music, and an exhibition by artist Katia Kameli.

Find out how you can contribute to the resettlement of refugees in Kensington and Chelsea.


Book your place:


Christmas Countdown: The King’s Road + Christmas…

With support from City Living, Local Life and numerous local businesses and organisations, the King’s Road + Christmas have bought together a sleigh-full of Chelsea Christmas crackers in December.

As part of the festivities, Councillors in Chelsea Riverside, Royal Hospital and Stanley helped to create pocket guides to the rich culture of history of Christmas in the area – which are available up and down the King’s Road and as a PDF here (warning – it’s 11mb!).

So, arm yourself with a guide, wrap a scarf on and head down to Chelsea where you can…

… grab a bargain at the Big Local’s World’s End Christmas Market from 2pm on Friday, 9 December..

…  find out more from the King’s Road + Christmas bunch at their King’s Road Market (Duke of York Square) stall on Saturday, 10 December (from 9:30am) and then…

… join them for a Christmas Walk Along the King’s Road on Saturday, 10 December (from 4:30pm) filled with festive fun, facts and a little bit of fiction…

… whistle, hum or sing along at the Carol Concert on Chelsea Green on Thursday, 13 December from 6:30-7:30pm…

…  brush up on your German and listen to Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1-3) at Cadogdan Hall, Tuesday 17 December from 7:30pm…

… right after you’ve made Christmas decorations at the Saatchi Gallery…

…. and there’s still time to enter the Christmas story competition. Get your 1000 words Chelsea masterpieces in by Monday, 5th December for the chance to win festive shopping vouchers!

For more information on King’s Road + Christmas, please visit

Community debate: Planning in the Borough – can we do better? 7 December 2016

London is a complex, dynamic city which will grow to a ten million population by 2030.  The Mayor of London has a strategic plan for that growth which seeks to provide the homes, jobs and infrastructure for the city, with the boroughs having a key role in delivering those plans.

The UK’s planning system is at the heart of this, but faces challenges around:

  • how communities genuinely influence development in their area;
  • bold, difficult, long-term, strategic decisions about change often being unpopular;
  • development often being seen as negative; and
  • the tensions between economic, social and environmental outcomes from development.

Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics and Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, will debate the value of our planning system in meeting the challenges of London and improving our borough for our successors.

Residents’ contributions to the debate on the night will be welcome.  The event will be held at Kensington Town Hall from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 7 December.  If you are intending to come along, please reply to so the Council has an idea of numbers.

Create, shop and play at the Portobello Winter Festival, 2-4 December 2016…

Kensington dwellers and market buyers and sellers! The first, free Portobello Winter Festival comes to the Green for a weekend of music, craft, food, drink and festive delights…

Taking place from 10am-8pm from Friday, 2 December to Sunday, 4 December, Portobello Green (W10 5TZ), the festival will feature the following (and many more!):

  • A Children’s Grotto and Activity-Land including performances from Irish dancers, live orchestras, beatboxers and choirs
  • The Vintage Clothes Market and traditional Christmas stalls
  • Kindred Studios exclusive designer-maker pop-ups and gift wrapping from sculptors, fashion designers, ceramicists, jewellers and more
  • Acklam Village Winter’s Tale and a Christmas rum shack
  • Winter Carnival Sessions on Sunday from 12noon, featuring Ebony and Mangrove Steelbands and the Soca Divettes
  • Charity/Fundraising Gift Wrap Stall in Tavistock Square

For more information, including stall enquiries and volunteer opportunities, do visit the Westway Trust’s website.

Grab yourself a festive bargain at the Big Lo-ho-ho-cal Christmas Market, 9 December

Join the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local as they bring Christmas cheer to the World’s End Piazza on Friday, 9 December from 2pm-7pm.

As well as a host of local stalls selling gifts and goodies galore, there will be a brass band, the local Sing To Live.. choir, a kids carousel, food, drinks and much, much more…

There are also a few stalls still available for anyone who would like to sell their quality wares. For more information on the event, or to enquire about a stall, do contact Vanessa Kelly, WELR Big Local Coordinator via email or telephone 07464 971428.


Lights, Cameras, Crowdfund! Support the W12 Film Unit

White City Youth Club of the Harrow Club in North Kensington W10 are the latest group currently raising funds through the crowd funding platform Spacehive – –  to run the W12 Film Unit project for young people interested in media and film making.

Based at the Adventure Cafe and Playground on the White City Estate and open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30-9:30 PM, White City Youth Club run activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, hair and beauty, sports, gaming, media projects,recording studio, summer trips and more for 13-19 year olds.

They also offer help with job searching, interviews, CV writing, further education, and searching/applying for apprenticeships.

The Film Unit was an idea created by the young people of White City Youth Club, and will enable this community to produce films, documentaries, music videos, promos and live performances.

The money raised will be used to purchase equipment such as cameras, microphones, tripods, computers and lighting. Young people will be taught by professional film tutors through workshops where they will learn the fundamentals of film making such as screen writing, directing, producing, editing, sound recording and acting. Film Unit members will be able to use their new found skills and knowledge to go out and produce their very own content such as music videos, short films, documentaries, adverts and viral marketing videos. From the content that the film unit members create, the will hold the first W12 Film Festival – showcasing the talent of the film unit.

Simon Melbourne from White City Youth Club said: “We believe that the impact on the participants will be life changing as it will give them new found skills and confidence in their abilities, a deeper knowledge and understanding of the UK film industry, creating job prospects, and a positive future”

All productions made by the young people will be available on a variety of social media platforms and the W12 Film Unit official website, giving the film unit members a sense of achievement, pride and confidence. The W12 Film Unit will also look to increase volunteering, jobs and education, as the young members of the project will be able to use all they have learnt to apply for jobs, apprenticeships and even higher education.  It is hoped that they will also be able to teach other young people what they have learnt.

The Film Unit are asking for a pledge a minimum of £5 to support the campaign. The deadline  is the December 22 to raise £11,643.

Looking for meeting space in Earl’s Court? Then look no further than The Hub…

Charities, community groups, local residents and clubs! Did you know that the Earl’s Court Community Trust’s Hub at 1A Nevern Place (SW5 9NR) offers free space to help get yourself up and running?

The Hub is available 7 days a week and is located just minutes from Earl’s Court Tube Station. To cover running costs, the Trust do accept voluntary donations of £5 per hour for time spent at The Hub.

The room can sit up to 12 people comfortably and tea and coffee are available.

If you would like to find out more, or to book some time at The Hub, get in touch with the Earl’s Court Community Trust via email or telephone 07484 679458.

More information on the work of the Trust can be found at

Community Safety: Have a Cuppa with a Coppa in Golborne ward…

Do you live, work, shop or study in Golborne ward and want to find out more about local policing? If so, you can find out more over a Cuppa with a Coppa or by attending a street briefing over the coming weeks…

Cuppa with a Coppa

Thursday, 17 November: 8am-9am @ Pizza East, 310 Portobello Road.

Wednesday, 7 December, 8am-9am @ Golborne Deli, 100 Golborne Road

Sunday, 11 December, 11am-12pm @ Pizza East, 310 Portobello Road

Wednesday, 21 December, 8am-9am @ Café O’Porto, Golborne Road

Street Briefings

Wednesday, 23 November: 8am-9am @ St Ervans Road

Friday, 2 December: 8am-9am @ Adair Road




Monday, 5 December: 4pm-5pm @ Malvern Close

Sunday, 11 December, 11am-12pm @ Pizza East, 310 Portobello Road

Each ward in Kensington and Chelsea has a Safer Neighbourhood Team that can be contacted about local policing issues. To contact the Golborne SNT Team do telephone 020 8721 3026 or email . Contact details for each Safer Neighbourhood Team can be found on the RBKC website.

Coming up at the Lacey: Brian Ord and Val Close’s ‘HOUSE & HOTEL’, 22-26 November

Culture Vultures! Notting Hill’s Lacey Contemporary’s next exhibition is coming to their 8 Clarendon Cross (W11 4AP) gallery from 22-26 November.

Brian Ord and Val Close’s HOUSE & HOTEL will explore new works and developments by the artists as they investigate the interiors and exteriors of the traditional style homes we live in.


Brian Ord uses mixed media to create unreal places based on the ‘American Dream’; the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. His work discusses the unattainability of domestic utopia.

Val Close series of work is concerned with consumerism and materialism. Similar to Ords’ themes, Val experiments with mixed media. Her embroidery plays with the idea of the traditional home; the conceptual ‘Comfort Blanket.’ a source of refuge heavily influences her work for its owner, an intimate space.

The gallery will be hosting a private view with the artists on Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 6-8pm, while the exhibition will be open to the public from the 22– 26 November 2016.

For further information, images or to register your interest in the event please contact Tessa at the gallery.

Step inside the archives of Queen’s Gate School, Monday 14 November…

Queen’s Gate School, an independent school for girls established in the borough in 1891, is opening up its archives for a special one-off exhibition to celebrate 125 years of the School on Monday, 14 November.

Queen’s Gate is the school of luminaries such as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Nigella Lawson and Trinny Woodall, and the event will feature speakers including historian Kate Williams, and a special memories tree.

The programme of the evening is as follows:

6.30pm: Professor Kate Williams, London life in the 1890s

7.30pm: Caryl Harris, Behind closed doors: Quirky Queen’s Gate residents

8.30pm: Nia Webb, Queen’s Gate: An Unschooly School

Tickets for the event are £10 (students – £0!) and can be booked online.

Doors open at 6.00pm and close at 9.00pm, and you can come and go as you please. Free refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

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