It’s back up to the north of Kensington and Chelsea this month, as we take a look at City Living, Local Life activity in Dalgarno.
Forming the northern tip of the borough and the western side of Ladbroke Grove, Dalgarno was formed in 2014 and was previously part of St. Charles ward.
Despite being a 2-councillor ward (and therefore smaller in population than most wards in RBKC), Dalgarno is one of the busiest and most active in terms of interest in the programme and numbers of projects funded.
Supporting small and medium ward-based groups is a theme in Dalgarno with local organisations such as Just Solutions 123, The Dalgarno Food Bank, West London Bowling Club and Binbrook and St. Quintin’s Residents Associations receiving support in recent years.
Activities, opportunities and training for younger ward residents has been a priority, and Kensal House-based SPID Theatre have been helped to upskill local young people in creative and performance arts, including animation, demonstrated in SPID’s award-winning High Above the Sky…
Older residents have also benefited from the initiative with a number of health and wellbeing activities such as Open Age’s North Kensington history Walks and Talks and reminiscence projects funded, particularly the West London Bowling Club’s ‘Stories from the Green‘ which explores the individual tales of one of London’s last remaining bowling greens.
Councillors have also made efforts to understand and address social challenges within the ward, including tackling local unemployment with Clement James’ IntoWork programme and supporting the work of the Dalgarno Trust Food Bank with refrigeration units and assisting Kensington and Chelsea Social Council’s work to uncover the reasons behind the rise in food back access.
Celebrating and preserving the unique history and culture of the area is also a priority, illustrated by the support for the work of Dalgarno-based Children and Parent’s Carnival Association to hold the annual Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival which helps to teach children about the origins, tradition and ethos of Carnival.
If you would like to find out more, or to share your ideas for projects in Dalgarno, do visit the City Living, Local Life website.