Piece provided by the Dalgarno Trust

The Dalgarno Trust is a vibrant community based charity in North Kensington. In this part of the borough there a number of challenges and difficulties the community faces which means it may be a far cry from what some would consider Kensington and Chelsea to represent.

At Dalgarno Trust there are a wide range of services available such as a weekly Food Bank, projects that promote healthy living, address social isolation, volunteering and many other activities and classes. There’s also a pre-school, counselling service and alternative therapies on offer.

The Trust also run a 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 the new CEO, Robin Snook. Following a career in a range of industries across the south of England, Robin brings commercial business and social enterprise expertise to Dalgarno.

Just before Christmas, The Trust was delighted to be visited by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Rutherford who came to see the Food Bank in action.

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The Food Bank provides essential food and other items for up to 80 attendees each week and Dalgarno has succeeded in gaining the support of many retailers in running this operation. This includes not only the donation of a raft of food and household goods, but also retail 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.

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 finding out more about the organisation and its aims, please contact Robin Snook at robin@dalganotrust.org.uk

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