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City Living Local Life focus: Chelsea Riverside

Down in the south of the borough we go, for a look at Chelsea Riverside and how Councillors and local community groups have been working together through City Living, Local Life.

In recent years, Chelsea Riverside councillors have supported a range of projects from environmental improvements to community get-togethers as well as support for older residents and those looking for employment.

The World’s End piazza has been a focus, with City Living, Local Life helping members of local mental health charity SMART to maintain the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local planters. The piazza has also been brought to life with the annual Chelsea Youth Festival that is organised by, and for, local young people.

But, it’s not just the World’s End that has benefited from City Living, Local Life as the Cremorne Residents’ Association of Lots Village threw a summer fete, Fetters Lane Church saw Ernest and Mary Gillick being commemorated with a blue plaque and the Chelsea FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme was extended in the south of the borough helping young people in the area remain active and healthy. In 2016, councillors also helped to make Christmas that bit more special, supporting festive lights on the Kings Road and a celebration for the World’s End Over 50s’ social club.

For more information about the area, and local activities taking place, visit the Chelsea Riverside ward page on the City Living, Local Life website.


Funding advice: Everything you always wanted to know about Civic Crowdfunding but were too afraid to ask

Residents and community groups are invited to attend a drop-in surgery about Civic Crowdfunding at Westway Trust on Friday 24 February between 2pm-5pm.

Have you ever looked at a nearby green space and thought it could be livened up? Or maybe you have an idea to improve a publicly used building or to install some public art?  Communities across the UK are using crowdfunding to make their ideas come to life. Crowdfunding has been used to raise the profile of projects, gather public support, and raise the money that’s needed to make things happen.

Via Civic Crowdfunders, Spacehive, Kensington and Chelsea has seen five successful projects crowdfunded in the borough so far with approximately £30,000 raised and over 200 backers pledging to a variety of projects from grass root football teams to community art projects.

So if you are busy gathering your costs together and are ready to launch, if you need some tips about social media or who to approach for pledges support, if you have an idea but don’t know what to do next, or just curious to learn about civic crowdfunding and how it works, come and speak to members of Westway Trust, RBKC’s Community Engagement Team who will be on hand to advise where possible.

Come along to the reception area at Westway Trust, 1 Thorpe Close, London W10 5XL between 2pm and 5pm and you will be guided into the surgery.

For more information about crowdfunding in Kensington and Chelsea visit the links below:

For more information about the drop in surgery, contact Westway Trust on 020 8962 5720 or email


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.

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:


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.

YES! Youth Employment Skills available in Kensington and Chelsea with Let Me Play

Aged 16 –24?
Let Me Play have a programme of support for young people 16 –24  looking to progress into education, traineeships or apprenticeships avaliable now in Kensington and Chelsea.

Young people will receive:

  • An allocated key worker to support progression into education, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment
  • Job search & employability skills.
  • Tailored individual programme of support for your pathway.
  • Incentives and opportunities

Their mission is to assist these young people in one (or all) of the following ways and ensure they are sustained in which ever pathway they choose. They will therefore receive ongoing mentoring and support.

  1. College Education (full-time or part-time)
  2. Additional English & Maths (functional skills up to Level 2)
  3. Digital Skills in a Social World qualification
  4. Education in Finance qualification
  5. CV Workshops
  6. Employability Workshops and qualification
  7. Traineeships
  8. Apprenticeships
  9. Employment (full-time or part-time)

For more information and to refer a young person please email: or call 020 3475 7511.  Visit for more information.

City Living, Local Life focus: Abingdon ward needs your ideas

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

As one of the first wards to sign up to the initiative back in 2011, Abingdon has, over the years, focused on a variety of local ideas from community events on Stratford Road, environmental improvements to ESSA conservation area, inter-generational cooking sessions at Kensington United Reformed Church and community space improvements at St. Philips Church.

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 Abingdon ward page to share your ideas, contact your Councillors and find out what has been funded previously.

Abingdon! Share you ideas, and start something good.


Kensington Borough FC launch Spacehive crowdfunding project

The latest crowdfunding opportunity in Kensington and Chelsea is now available to enable a community run football team to compete in a semi-professional league and to hold a community football tournament for young people in the borough.

Established in 2012, Kensington Borough Football Club was set up to engage and involve young people in Kensington and Chelsea in sports, helping them to develop teamwork, discipline, build aspiration and focus them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.

The ‘Green Army’ have excelled through the seasons and are now playing in the Semi Professional Division 1 of the South Midlands Spartans Football League.

In order to help them to continue in their success, they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover costs of pitch hire, league entry and travel costs.  A celebratory football tournament at the end of the season, to scout new players and involve in the entire community has also been lined up.

Making Communities Work and Grow (MCWG), a long established community organisation in North Kensington have been at the helm of this football club.  MCWG lead and coordinator of Kensington Borough FC, Ahmed Bhairien said: “We set up Kensington Borough FC to open doors for disadvantaged young people from a variety of backgrounds.  This community-led football team needs your support to continue to give them focus and aspiration.  Your support will help recognise their achievements and enable the Club to carry on inspiring young people through sport”.

The group have to December 2 2016 to raise over £14,000. To pledge to this project, visit their Spacehive project page:

If you have an idea for crowdfunding, or are interested in finding out about what has been crowdfunded so far, please visit The Kensington and Chelsea Hive.  Also visit Westway’s Community Grants Hive .





Spacehive update: Transform your neighbourhood in Kensington and Chelsea

As civic crowdfunders Spacehive continue to enable local groups and organisations in Kensington and Chelsea to develop new ideas to enhance the civic space, lets take one more look at the ideas that successfully hit their targets this year.

Venture Centre Kids Carnival

The Venture Centre in North Kensington crowdfunded over £5,000 to send 40 of their kids to this year’s carnival.  Pledges went towards float hire, costume and materials.  The results were pretty impressive!  Read about the experiences of crowdfunding by project lead and Director of the Venture Centre, Naami Padi on the Spacehive blog.



1200 Cranes

1200 cranes, 600 hours, 500km of string, one community.  A collaboration project between Kindred Studios and Dalgarno Trust saw a successful crowdfunded public art project take place in the North of the borough, with the local community creating origami cranes to suspend from the Dalgarno Trust’s atrium for all to enjoy.  Over £2,000 was raised for materials and to produce this wonderful short film about the experience.


Golborne Festival

The longstanding community festival organised by the Golborne Forum wanted to raise over £10,000 to ensure all the fun-filled, family orientated street party featuring live music, international food, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and more were free to the local community to enjoy.  And enjoy they certainly did.


Now what?

More and more ideas are going up on the Kensington and Chelsea Hive – if you have an idea to transform your neighbourhood, why not do the same and build up the support you need to deliver your ideas.

Having launched their own hive recently, Westway Trust are making grants of £4,000 to successful crowdfunding projects locally.  Find out more on the Westway Trust Community Grants Hive now!

Crowdfunding opportunities to grow in Kensington and Chelsea with Westway Trust

Following a successful first year in which 131 organisations and individuals backed 3 projects in Kensington and Chelsea through The Kensington and Chelsea Hive, Westway Trust will soon launch their own hive as part of their Community Grants Programme to encourage local groups and organisations to crowdfund.

Westway Trust and Spacehive are holding a free workshop for local people who want to crowdfund for projects that benefit their local community. The workshop will take place at the Venture Community Association on Wornington Road on Wednesday September 7 from 2pm.

Westway Trust will make grants of £4,000 to successful crowdfunding projects locally.

The Westway Trust Community Grants programme makes up to £100,000 of grants to local projects each year. Last year 47 community organisations received funding for celebrations and events in the local community . Those events ranged from zumba classes for Ethiopian women to a celebration of the history of a local bowling club.

At the workshop, Spacehive will  explain how crowdfunding works and how to run successful campaigns. In addition Naami Padi, from Venture Community Association which successfully crowdfunded over £5,000 to enable 40 of their kids to appear on a float at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Speaking about crowdfunding, Phil Nichols, Head of Charity Income and Impact at Westway Trust, said:

“Having seen crowdfunding work so successfully for many projects [and in Kensington and Chelsea] we want to see if we can support it make even more money available to local community projects.

“Apart from potentially helping groups to raise more funds, crowdfunding can also help raise their profile in the local community, and even beyond. It can also lead to other benefits like more volunteers asking to get involved, for example.”

Anyone interested in the Community Grants programme or coming to the workshop should visit

The Kensington and Chelsea Hive continues to remain available for great ideas to transform your neighbourhood.



Venture Photography: 10 week walking and photography groups for the community

The Venture Centre are offering two exciting photography activities for local residents in September that will get you out and about this September…

Pace Photography with Denise Semple, Thursday mornings, 10:30am – 12:30pm from 15 September – for people who enjoy walking, photos, local history, making friends and fun.

Photobook Project with Paula Roush, Saturday mornings, 10:30am – 12:30pm from 24 September – make your own photobook addressing time, place, and memory though walking and photographing.

Both projects are free to attend and open to all skill levels.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so get in early to register your interest at the Venture Centre Reception or by calling 020 8960 3234.

Go Golborne launches “Unplug and Play”


The project tackling childhood obesity in North Kensington Go Golborne, have launched their 2nd campaign, “Unplug and Play”!

This campaign is all about helping children to be active and to develop healthy screen habits this summer and beyond.

Go Golborne are focusing on screen time because too much of it can be bad for our health. As well as it being unhealthy – because it is time spent sitting rather than being active – too much screen time has also been linked to sleep deprivation and lack of attention, which can contribute towards problems in school.

With this in mind, health experts recommend that children try to spend no more than two hours a day using a screen.

To help children (and their parents!) to Unplug & Play, Go Golborne are inviting them to take part in the Unplug & Play Summer Challenge. Simply pick up a copy of the ‘45 things to do this summer’ guide around Golborne and see how many of the activities you can tick off! The guide is jam packed with ideas for local activities and things to keep children occupied at home.

St Thomas Carnvial: celebrating local history of North Kensington this Thursday 14 July

St Thomas CE Primary School invites you to celebrate North Kensington’s local history on Thursday 14 July from 2.30pm, at St Thomas Primary, Appleford Road, W10 , 5Ef.

Supported in part by City Living, Local Life/Love Golborne, a procession celebrating the 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival will take place from 2.30pm in the foundation school playground and the main school playground at 3pm.

The processions will be folllowed by a number of performances from pupils.  at 4pm, the St Thomas’ Pop up museum will be officially opened to the public.  The pop-up museum will exhibit the work of the pupils from the year long, whole-school local area project.

The exhibition will be open until 6pm.  following this, it will be open 9am-3.30pm on Friday 15 July, Monday 18 July, and 9am-12pm on Tuesday 19 July. Food, music, games and stalls will also take place in the playground until 6pm.

Volunteers! Spare some time and pick up a spade in Holland Park

Come along to a conservation volunteer work day at Holland Park and get hands on with nature. You can gain knowledge, meet like-minded people, get active outdoors and if you like, take a valuable step towards a career in nature conservation.

The team meets at 10.30am on the third Saturday of the month at Holland Park Café. The day closes at 3.30 pm but you can give as many hours as you can.

No specialist skills are required – all that’s needed is enthusiasm and time. Refreshments, gloves, tools and instructions are provided. All you need to bring are sturdy shoes, old clothes, waterproofs and your lunch!

Litro Magazine presents: ‘Cuba’ at Kensington Central Library, July 19

Residents are invited to an attend an evening of creative writing workshops and live readings about Cuba on Tuesday 19 July, 6.30pm-7.45pm at Kensington Central Library.

Litro Magazine is a free magazine in publication for 10 years , with the ethos of giving a platform to emerging artists and writers both in Kensington and Chelsea and throughout London- covering a variety of elements within the creative arts industry including writing, travel, film, art, theatre and poetry. The Magazine is available free in all good bookshops (including at the ICA!) – please visit

Book tour place at any library in Kensington and Chelsea or visit



Portobello Square: Bullet Point Briefing from Catalyst Housing July 2016


  • 9/7/16 – North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop 30th birthday celebration. Catalyst are honoured to be supporting a celebration of 30 years of local women coming together at weekly sewing classes at the Venture Centre. Guests will be will be treated to a spectacular fashion show, fabulous food, music and much more.


  • 10/7/2016 – Golborne Festival. The Catalyst regeneration team and the Residents Steering Group will be staffing the stand at this popular annual event while the Goldfinger Project will be inviting people to contribute to a collaborative artwork. The results will be displayed in the Catalyst & Community space in Paul House.


  • 15/7/2016 – Volunteer day for anyone interested in meeting their neighbours and helping to make the estate look greener. We’ll be tending the existing flower beds and planting up some new bike locks by the ramp next to Paul House. Meet in the temporary orchard opposite Thompson House at 10.30am. Refreshments provided.

FUNDING ALERT: Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate England Scheme Opens to Applications

The Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate England Grant scheme has been set up in response to a YouGov poll where 60% of respondents said that they could not remember ever coming together to celebrate anything with their community. Big Lottery are offering £3.875 million in funding to change this.

The scheme will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary or community organisations, schools or statutory bodies to hold one off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important, such as the Queens 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know the neighbours better.

Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community.

Priority will be given to applications which show:

  • Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures.
  • That the proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.

Applications can be submitted at any time and are open on a ‘first come, first served’ basis until the funding is exhausted.

More information can be found  on the Big Lottery website

The year is 1966! Read the latest Colville Community History Project Newsletter and free slideshow event on July 26

With support  coming from City Living, Local Life, Colville residents are invited to attend a free slideshow talk on Tuesday July 26 6-9 pm at Book & Kitchen 31 All Saints Road London W11 1HE.

1966 The year the decade exploded in Notting Hill.  This History talk and slideshow by Tom Vague and will cover everything from Muhammed Ali to the World Cup.

If you were on the local scene in 1966 please come along and share your memories.

The latest issue of the Colville Community History Project newsletter can be read on the website.

RSVP for free to the slideshow on the Book and Kitchen website

City Living Local Life: CAPCA putting North Kensington in the Carnival mood

Parents and children are invited to this year’s Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival on Monday 8 August from 11.30am-5pm at Kensington Memorial Park (W10 6NP).

Organised by the Children and Parents Carnival Association with funding coming in part from City Living, Local Life Dalgarno and Love Golborne, this year’s theme is ‘Rio’ – so come dressed in beads, wings and lots of bright colours!

As well as the nursery parade, the day is full of a range of competitions and activities including:

  • Baby Dry Derby
  • Glamorous Mothers and Baby Competition
  • Kings & Queens Competition
  • Junior Steelband Competition
  • Banners Competition
  • Seniors ‘Best Carnival Hat’
  • Special Acts & Entertainment

For further information, contact Charlotte at 020 8968 4840 or email





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