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Team Kensington and Chelsea: Volunteers wanted to mentor a young person in care

The Royal Borough are looking for locals who are interested in establishing a long-term friendship and mentoring role with a young person in care.

Independent Visitor Mentors are there to listen and support their young person, and to take them out on day trips and activities. As well as activities planned by the Mentor themselves there is a wider network of trips, events and training opportunities that Mentors can access.

To become a Mentor, you have to be over 18 years old, have plans to live in London long-term and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 years. No prior experience with young people is necessary, but welcomed.

The role is suited to someone who feels they are a reliable, independent and consistent role model and can bring flexibility, fun and energy to the role.

Recruitment is ongoing. For more information, or to register your interest, contact Crystal Crawford, Independent Visitor and Mentoring Coordinator via email or telephone 07739 317367.

Watch: LWT’s 1982 World’s End documentary…

The year is 1982. The Falklands War has just got underway. The Queen is celebrating her Pearl Jubilee. Canada decide to go it alone. The first Next store has opened. The Smiths are formed.

And on the World’s End, London Weekend Television follow the lives of the children of the estates capturing the ups, downs and robot dance moves of the time…

A big thank you to the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local for bringing it to our attention!

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! Free family lifestyle sessions return in January…

Get a jump start to your New Year with Mytime Active’s free family healthy lifestyle sessions aimed at children and families in Kensington and Chelsea.

Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it! (MEND) bring together specialists, dietitians and nutitionists to help parents and children maintain healthy lifestyles. There are a range of courses and the details are as follows:


A 6 week course run by a registered nutritionist and physical activity specialist. Offers practical chopping and tasting activities and games and exercises aimed at enhancing physical and social development for 2 – 4  year olds.

Mondays from 9 January to 13 February 2017, 10am – 11am at St Cuthbert’s Church, 50 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB

Tuesdays from 10 January to 14 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Chelsea Open Air Nursery and Children’s Centre, 51 Glebe Place, SW3 5JE (open only to children who attend the nursery)

Wednesdays from 11 January to 15 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Servite RC Primary School Nursery, 252 Fulham Road, SW10 9NA (open only to children who attend the nursery)

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 9am – 10am at Colville Primary School, Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF (open only to children who attend the nursery)


A 6 week interactive post-natal weight management programme offering energy boosting workouts and helpful tips on nutrition for you and your baby (0-2 years). Delivered by a physical activity specialist and dietitian.

Tuesdays from 10 January to 14 February 2017, 9:30am –11am at Cheyne Children’s Centre, 10 Thorndike Close, London SW10 0ST

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 10:30am – 12pm at Holmfield House Children’s Centre, 4-6 Golborne Road, W10 5PE

Fridays from 13 January to 17 February 2017, 12:30pm – 2pm at Violet Melchett Children’s Centre, 30 Flood Street, SW3 5RR

Thursdays, 23 February to 30 March 2017, 10am – 11:30am at Dalgarno Trust, Dalgarno Way, W10 5LE (led by female instructors)

MEND 7-13

A 10 week course for children aged 7-13 years who are above a healthy weight. The programme is linked to nutrition, physical activity and behaviour change. Delivered by a registered nutritionist and physical activity specialist.

Saturdays from 21 January to 8 April 2017, 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Chelsea Leisure Centre, Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 5PL

1:1 clinics

Individual sessions for parents/carers with children aged up to four for whom a group programme is unsuitable or with additional needs.

Wednesdays from 9 January 2017, 9am to 3pm at Clare Gardens Children’s Centre, 349 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EG.

All courses are free and delivered by trained, specialist professionals. For more information and to book a place on a course, please visit, or call 020 8323 1725.

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

Get ready for a magical time with The Royal Albert Hall’s Great Orchestral Adventure…

Parents of Kensington and Chelsea! The conductor of the Royal Albert Hall’s orchestra has lost his baton and is very unhappy. But all is not lost! He is about to embark on a magical adventure to find it and bring happiness back to the orchestra…

Join him on Wednesday, 26 October for a trip through faraway lands and mythical places packed with trolls, bears and mermaids.

Perfect for those aged 3+, the performance features stories, singing, dancing, a full orchestra and music from Greig, Wagner, Rossini, John Williams and more. Children will also help shape the performance by voting where the conductor goes next.

There are 2 performances on the day, with doors opening at 12.15pm and 3.45pm. Tickets start at £10 and can be booked on the Royal Albert Hall website.

The Go Golborne Unplug & Play Summer Challenge is on!

After the launch of Go Golborne’s 2nd campaign, Unplug & Play, at their Party in the Park, the project’s Summer Challenge is now underway!

The challenge is all about trying to do as many screen-free activities as possible over the summer. And there are great prizes to be won too!

As part of the campaign, all primary school children in Golborne have been given a guide of 45 things to do in or around Golborne this summer. The idea is that children do as many of these activities as possible, gaining reward stickers for each one they do and even for screen-free activities not listed in the guide. At the end of the summer, children can hand back in their guides at various locations and win prizes including a kid’s bike, tickets to the zoo, swimming passes and many more.

To find out more details of the challenge, where you can pick up reward stickers and copies of the guide from and where and when to hand back guides to enter the competition, visit the Unplug & Play Summer Challenge page on the Go Golborne website.

You can also read the Unplug & Play ’45 things to do…’ guide online at the Go Golborne online library.


Summer in the City: 100s of free or low cost activities for young people and families…

Looking for things to do with your children during the Summer holidays? Then look no further than Summer in the City – the free guide produced by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster Councils.

Whether it’s keeping active, playing sport, learning about creepy crawlies or joining the take-over of Regent Street as it closes to cars and opens up for play every Sunday, all event details can be found at


The Disability Sports Summer Festival, Friday, 22nd July

On Friday, 22nd July from 10am-2pm, The Westway Centre (Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP) is opening its doors for a celebration of disabled sport.

Free for all disabled people from 11 years+ and their siblings, the day will feature a range of activities including athletics, boccia, hockey, football, cricket, tennis and rock climbing. Ben Quilter, former Judo Paralympian will also be in attendance.

There’s no need to register – just turn up! Parking is available for cars and mini buses.

For more information, please contact Emma Cranston on 020 7021 0973.

City Living, Local Life: Free launch screening of One Potato – exploring children’s play in Chelsea

With the support of Chelsea Riverside Councillors through City Living, Local Life, Age UK Kensington and Chelsea and local media charity digital:works teamed up to produce One Potato, a film documenting the changing nature of play in Chelsea with local children and older people’s groups.

One Potato builds upon interviews with children conducted by Iona Opie in Chelsea in the 1970s and is based around the World’s End Estate, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

As well as taking part in the film by comparing their experiences of play with local older people, the children also learnt skills in film production and recording and played a large role in putting the film together.

The film is launching on Monday 16 May 2016 at Chelsea Theatre (World’s End Place, SW10 0DR) from 10:30am-12:30pm.

For more information on the project do check out


Can you help the K&C Foundation’s Summer Sparks campaign?

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation exists to help people make a difference close to home by giving to local charities and so improving lives in the Royal Borough. It is now launching its third Summer Sparks campaign, designed to fire up young minds over the summer holidays. Summer Sparks is about giving local children in need the chance to learn new skills, discover new interests, go to new places and enjoy summer 2016.

When people think of Kensington & Chelsea, they picture prosperity and privilege and yet the Royal Borough has the greatest gap between wealth and opportunity of any area in the UK. School summer holidays can be hard for low income families who struggle to pay for opportunities which many would take for granted.

Statistics published by the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council show that:

The second highest level of child poverty in London is found in North Kensington at 41%

• 75% of local children in poverty are aged under 11

• 43% of local families have gone without a holiday for 3 consecutive years

• 29% of local families cannot fund hobbies and sports

• 23% of local families can’t pay for school trips

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation works with local charities on Summer Sparks to provide a wide-range of opportunities including arts, cooking, crafts, drama, music, sports, dance, visits to the cinema, day trips in and outside of London and residential breaks. As a Summer Sparks partner said last year following an excursion, “Some children had never seen the sea before”.

With the help and generosity of local people, businesses and schools, the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation aims to provide more than 1,000 young people this summer in Kensington & Chelsea with experiences they will remember for the rest of their lives.

There are many ways to get involved: could you donate a space, an activity, or help us raise funds? How about a fun run, a no-uniform day, feed family or friends for a fee, or have a quiz night?

Find out how you can make a difference by calling 020 7229 5499, or email

Donations can be made Text KCFS16 £5 to 70070.

Schools Art on Show 2016 now open for submissions…

Submissions are open to all schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who wish to take part in Art on Show 2016.

The Schools Art Competition and Exhibition at Leighton House Museum takes place from 15 to 25 June 2016, with a prize-giving with the Mayor for all students whose artworks are selected for exhibition taking place on Tuesday 14 June. Cash prizes sponsored by local art galleries are awarded to winning students.  There is no theme to the competition and exhibition, but schools are encouraged to submit their very best work across a range of media from painting, drawing, photography and sculpture.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Schools ‘Art on Show’ project celebrates work produced within schools in the borough, and aims to encourage children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art. The Art on Show: Competition and Exhibition is held annually at Leighton House Museum, the former home of the leading Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton. Now in its seventeenth year, the project is well established with exciting plans for 2016.

In 2015, 32 schools from across the borough took part and selected artworks from a variety of artists ranging from age 4 to 18 were displayed to professional gallery standards at Leighton House Museum.  Students were also able to opt in to the new Art on Loan programme, which gave them the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in office buildings across the borough.

To take part, schools must complete a submissions form by Friday 6 May 2016.  Full information is available at

For queries, contact Jennifer Wood in the Arts Service via email or by calling 020 7361 3844.

Entry to the Exhibition is free to participating school students and their parents/guardian during Art on Show (15 to 25 June 2016), so save the dates!

City Living, Local Life: Premier League Kicks in the Royal Borough

With City Living, Local Life support from Brompton and Hans Town, Chelsea Riverside, Redcliffe, Royal Hospital and Stanley wards, Chelsea FC Foundation’s Premier League Kicks is expanding in the Royal Borough.

The programme offers anyone aged between 11 – 19 twice weekly football coaching and competitions – and the best bit? It doesn’t Costa thing!

As well as free top-class coaching and the chance to have a kick-around, the Premier League Kicks programme provides a series of workshops on healthy living, volunteering and job prospects, drug and alcohol awareness and first aid – equipping you to navigate life’s Hazards.

So whether you’re a true blue or not, Zouma yourself down to St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, SW3 6NR every Friday and Saturday from 6pm-8pm.

To take part in the programme, all young people require a consent form, filled out and signed by an appropriate adult. Forms are available when you turn up to your first session.

For more information do contact Josh Keys, Premier League Kicks co-ordinator at


Drama, music and dance during the Easter holidays with Chickenshed K&C

Parents of the borough! This Easter the aptly-named inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea are launching an egg-stra special Easter holiday project

Venue: Chelsea Academy, Lots Road, SW10 0AB
Dates: 29 Mar – 1 Apr, from 10am-4pm
Ages: 6 – 11yrs
How much do you have to shell out?: £100

The project is a great opportunity for children to develop their performance skills in drama, music, dance and singing using Chickenshed’s proven teaching methods and unique performance style.

During the week participants will work together to create an original piece based on ideas and concepts from The Grimm Fairy Tales that family and friends will be invited to see at the end of the week. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

And if you’d rather watch from the comfort of a theatre seat, the Chelsea Youth Theatre are teaming up with Chickenshed as part of the Connections Festival…

Take Away by Jackie Kay

Venue: Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s End Place, Kings Road, London SW10 0DR
Dates: Tue 22 Mar and Wed 23 Mar
Times: 7pm
Ages: 11+
Price: £8 | £5 concessions

Take Away tells the story of a town which is in the grip of onions.  Darcus, a travelling poet, turns up and offers to rid the town of the onions with his rhymes, for a small fee.  Take Away is a poetic ensemble piece about a community who pay the price for refusing to keep their promise.

For more information on Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea do visit their website at

Parents! Free half-term delights from Chickenshed K&C

The great, local inclusive theatre company, Chickenshed Kensington and Chelsea are performing their interactive Big Stories from the Little Box at 3 venues for free during half-term week.

Big Stores from the Little Box takes audiences across seas, through jungles and beyond. Puppetry, storytelling and music bring vibrant characters to life in an imaginative, fun performance – proving that good things definitely come in small packages!

The performance is approximately 40 minutes long and is followed by a 15 minute ‘meet the puppets’ and storytelling workshop led by the performers.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Venue: Pimlico Library, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3EY

Times:            10:30 to 11:30am

Ages:              4 to 7 years

Price:              FREE


Venue: Chelsea Library, King’s Road, SW3 5EZ

Times:            1:30 – 2:30pm

Ages:              4 to 7 years

Price:              FREE

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Venue:            Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk,  W8 7RX

Times:            1:30 – 2:30pm

Ages:              4 to 7 years

Price:              FREE


There’s wizards, war and more at your local libraries in February…

Witches, Wizards and Muggles come see; it’s Harry Potter week at North Ken Library!

From 1 – 7 February 2016, there’s fun for all the family as North Kensington Library turns into a mini-Hogwarts to celebrate all things Harry Potter:

Wizard VFX: Tuesday, 2 February, 6pm-7.30pm, North Kensington Library.

Join Klaudija Cermak, whose credits include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to find out more about the weird and wonderful digital effects that brought the films to life.

Magical Craft: Make a magical diary cover, Wednesday, 3 February, 3.30pm-4.45pm, North Kensington Library

Harry Potter Book Night, Thrusday, 4 February: 3.45pm-5pm at Brompton Library and 4.00pm – 7.00pm at North Kensington Library, Saturday, 6 February, 2pm-3pm at Kensington Central Library.

Knit a Hogwarts scarf, Saturday, 6 February, 11am – 12.30pm, North Kensington Library (please bring own wool and needles – minimum size 5mm)

Magical Craft: Make your own Weasley family clock, Saturday, 6 February, 2pm-3pm, Kensington Central Library

Booking is only required for Wizard VFX and Knit a Hogwarts scarf and can be done by visiting your local library or through the eventbrite page.

And for grown-ups there’s much much more on offer at your local library, including: 

An Underground Guide to Literary London, Tuesday 2 February, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Kensington Central Library

Travel the tube network from the comfort of the Central Library and follow the footsteps of Dickens, Shakespeare, Holmes and many other people and characters of literary importance. This is a virtual tour illustrated with pictures and readings.

Chelsea Pensioners talk, Tuesday 16 February, 4pm-5pm, Chelsea Library

The iconic faces of Chelsea and Britain’s army veteran community, the Chelsea Pensioners  talk about their experiences and what it means to be a solider through recent history.

“It’ll all be over by Christmas!” – a brief history of World War I, Thursday, 25 February, 6.30pm-7.45pm, Brompton Library

At the start of the Great War, most expected a short and decisive conflict, but it turned into four years of stalemate that claimed the lives of millions. Find out more about the timeline of World War I through poetry and illustrations at this informative evening.

For complete listings of library events, do visit the Kensington and Chelsea Libraries eventbrite page, or telephone 020 7361 3010. 

Festive cheer at the Westway Christmas Festival, 9 & 10 December 2015…

Come and enjoy a Christmas celebration under the Westway with local stalls, activities, live music and even a special Christmas guest who will be taking a break from making his naughty and nice lists from 5pm-9pm under the Vintage Market canopy.

Performing at the Christmas Festival will be:

The Rhythm Studio, a local youth group

Young Hip Hop performers from Fresh Beats London

Rosie C, Maya Parson, Leora Taha, Jodie Baker from Rugby Portobello

The Second Half Centre’s Singing for All Group

Pan Diva, a local steel pan vocalist

Moroccan band, TIMITAR

Classic Piano from Jumaane Richardson Robin

… and there’s also a range of activities including:

Knitting with Age UK K&C, Christmas Card printing and craft activities with Acava, Notting Hill Churches Homesless Concern and Corner 9 arts, mulled wine and minced pies, a Christmas raffle, festive photobooth, real Reindeer and of course, Santa’s Grotto at Portobello Arcade.

This year all money raised will be donated to the 240Project; supporting people with a history of homelessness. Click here for more info on 240 project.

Dina from Kensington Mums catches up with City Living, Local Life

Kensington Mums have turned 4! And to celebrate, we caught up with Dina Maktabi, Founder and Editor to find out more about the Mums and their future plans… 

Could you give us a flavour of what Kensington Mums is all about?

Kensington Mums is a community online support network, keeping Mums in the loop with the local scoop. We cover everything including what’s on in London with kids and also organise our own ‘mumthly’ meet ups for Mums to connect.

What was the inspiration to create Kensington Mums?

Kensington Mums was created in 2011 with the aim of sharing knowledge and experiences and helping my yummy Kensington Mums learn from one another. After having my second baby, the idea of having a bigger support network came to mind and in a sense created a passion in me to help mums outside my group of friends.

It occurred to me that mums really need a support network so that they won’t feel alone in a haze of milky delight during the first few months of motherhood.

Network support for mums – as the name suggests – supports mums in their journey of motherhood and of course parenting. Sharing tips, swapping advice and ideas are all important in a life of a mother who wants the best for her children.

What has been the biggest highlight to date?

The biggest highlight I would say was in 2013 with the Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition, it was empowering to see so many Mums gathered together from all walks of life, all sharing their own motherhood journey. We even had celebrity Mum of three Tamara Beckwith take part. Since then, we have taken the exhibition online and have interviewed the likes of Liz Earle andAnnabel Karmel just to name a few.

What are the next exciting plans for Kensington Mums?

We have recently celebrated our 4th blog anniversary with a dinner in Holland Park and held our Family Christmas Fair at the Kensington Town Hall, which had over 40 exhibitors, a pamper corner for Mums and lots of entertainment to keep littles ones busy! Stay tuned for what we have planned for 2016!

How can people get involved?

You are welcome to register your details with us for free at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @KensingtonMums

You can also download our free app on iTunes and Google Play.

And finally, what would you say to any mums looking to join?

Welcome to Kensington Mums and embrace your motherhood journey. When you are going crazy for the school run or feeling unmotivated and lost remember that parenting is about enjoying time with your kids because they are only little for a short while. Look forward to seeing you at our coffee mornings and mummy meet ups.

Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube.

Festive Fun and Theatre Workshops at The Tabernacle

Chickenshed is a North London based theatre company that has been creating inclusive theatre and running outreach projects since 1974. On Saturday 28 November they are coming to The Tabernacle to host two events; Christmas Tales and an Adult Theatre Workshop…

Christmas Tales is a fun and festive celebration that takes the very best vibrant Tales from the Shed shows and sprinkles it with new, magical and larger-than-life characters.

Sit back and let the brilliant Tales characters bring you a sackful of silly songs with plenty of potty puppeteering and festive fun. Get ready to laugh, sing and join in with Rain Dear, Snow Manny and all their Christmas fun and games!

Where? The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY

When? Saturday 28 Nov, 10am and 11.30am

How much? £8, free to babies under 1

Who for? 0-6 year olds

Later that afternoon Chickenshed are running an Adult Theatre Workshop where attendees can learn about Chickenshed’s creative inclusive process through drama, dance and music activities. You will learn original material, develop skills and have the chance to devise work with members of Chickenshed artistic staff!

Where? The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, off Portobello Road, London W11 2AY

When? 28 November 2015, 13:30-15:00

How much? Free! With a suggested donation of £5 to be collected on the day.

Who for? Adults only. Minimum 17 years +.

Both of these egg-salent events can be booked through Chickenshed’s box office by calling 020 8292 9222, emailing, or going online

Parents of the borough! Sales, support and socialising with the National Childbirth Trust

The National Childbirth Trust – the UK’s largest charity for parents – Kensington and Chelsea branch offer a range of services, support and ways for you to join their network of parents around the Royal Borough.

Focusing on the first 1000 days of parenthood, NCT K&C offer a huge range of parental support, from Bumps and Babies groups, first aid courses to activities for toddlers. A full range of the services on offer can be found here.

NCT’s Nearly New Sale

 You can also bag a bargain at NCT’s Nearly New sale on Saturday, 10 October from 10am-12pm at Westbourne Grove Church, W11 2RW.

On sale will be baby and children’s clothing, toys, books, maternity wear and equipment. For more information please contact

Entry: £2 donation in aid of NCT.

Get Involved!

As well as providing fantastic support, groups and services, NCT Kensington and Chelsea are also looking for local people to get involved in delivering and shaping their work locally.

So, if you are interested in getting involved, helping new parents and sharing or learning new skills a full list of opportunities, and how to apply for them, can be found here

You can also stay up-to-date with NCT K&C through Facebook, Twitter and checking their website:

13-25? Make a radio play and gain a qualification with SPID Theatre’s Trellick Tales

by Helena Thompson, Artistic Director

Trellick Tales is back next month, from October 3rd, with more free sessions for 13-25 year olds. The BBC has been making a documentary on the project and the Victoria and Albert Museum will be involved too! This is young peoples’ chance to make a radio play with this exciting project, winner of the Clore Duffield Foundation prize. There are limited places so sign up quick:

Sessions take place 12-5 on Saturdays in Trellick Tower, W10. For each session attended some expenses are available and all trips and workshops are completely free. Young people will develop audio recording, performance and script writing skills while learning about the heritage of Trellick Tower. They will use specialist studio equipment and will research the area’s history by talking to elderly residents about their memories. Their work creating a radio play will be accredited to give them a qualification.

Trellick Tales builds on SPID’s groundbreaking work bringing council estates to life through arts and heritage work. The charity is based in Kensal House estate, Ladbroke Grove, where they create youth shows, professional tours and films. They bring audiences together to nurture community life with events which are interactive, promenade or immersive. Prizes include Time Out Critic’s Choice, Fringe Report Best Outreach Company, and First Light Award for Best Film.

Interested Trellick Tales participants can contact SPID on

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