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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.

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.

The Venture Centre kids need you!

North Kensington’s Venture Centre is looking to crowdfund £5,000 by Friday 20 May in order to hire a float and create costumes so that some 40 children can take part in the Notting Hill Carnival.

Each year local children watch the carnival pass, but up until this year they have not been able to take part in the parade.

Now the organisation has turned to the civic crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, in a bid to raise the money so the children can join the parade and in the process learn how to make their own carnival costumes and find out about the event’s history.

So far it has raised £875 but is hoping to drum up more support from residents and businesses.  Companies that pledge more than £250 can have their name and branding on the float.

The centre needs to hit its target by 20 May or it will not be able to use any money pledged.

Over 200 local children use the Venture Centre for a variety of activities each week including its steel pan band and the adventure playground.

Nammi Padi, Director of the Venture Centre has said: “This is an opportunity for our kids to partake in local life, building their sense of pride in their neighbourhood. It’s also an opportunity for the children to learn craftsman skills as well as teamwork; an opportunity for them to build their confidence, explore their creative side, and learn about carnival culture and traditions”.

Eleven-year-old Nadya who is hoping to appear at the carnival said: “I love going to carnival and it would be amazing to be part of the parade.  I really hope everyone can support our project!”

To pledge support for the Venture Kids Carnival go to the secure website:

For more information about the Venture Centre, email

Check out the Kensington and Chelsea Hive for more local ideas:

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.

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


Job Opportunity: Junior Project/Outreach worker for the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local

Do you want to work for an exciting community project that will make the World’s End and Lots Road Big Local area an even better place to live?

WELR Big Local is a lottery-funded project which has £1million to spend over 10 years on activities that the local community have decided are important to them. We are now looking for a Junior Project/Outreach Worker to support our Big Local Co-ordinator in engaging with the local community, researching projects and helping to get them up and running. The salary is £20,000 pro rata for 3 days per week (Tuesday to Thursday).

This post would ideally suit a young person from the local area.

Please contact for a job application pack and/or call 07464971428 for an informal chat.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 23 March. The closing date for application is Wednesday 16 March at 17:00.

For more information, do visit the WELR Big Local website at

City Living Local Life: Celebrating youth achievement at EPIC CIC’s Apollo Awards 2015

With support from Dalgarno and Colville ward councillors through City Living, Local Life, Epic CIC, a leading UK youth support service provider, held the youth-led Epic Youth Forum Apollo Awards evening this month at The Tabernacle.

The Apollo Awards is an annual event organised entirely by local young people, including the planning, designing and organisation, and hosted by members of the Epic Youth Forum. The Apollo Awards give young people the opportunity to be recognised and to celebrate the achievement, development, and dedication of their peers in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

“Allowing our young people to take the reins and execute the Apollo Awards themselves only reinforces and delivers on our aim – we want young people to be inspired, and what’s more inspirational than being honoured by your peers? These young people are creating changes in their community and taking ownership of their lives”, Brendan O’Keffe, Managing Director of Epic CIC.

In order to have been nominated for any of the nine Apollo Awards, nominees must have been 13-25 years of age, living in, attending school, and/or be part of a community or sports group in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.


The winners of each category are as follows:

Group Award

Break 4 U – Gemini Jepson & Teta Johnson

Club/Project Contribution Award

Girls’ Football Sessions – Remejo McLean-Thorne & George Bournous

Adult Leader Award

Charlotte O’Sullivan

Volunteers and Citizenship Award

Leah Hastick

Unsung Hero Award

Shamime Ibrahim

Personal Achievement Award

Reihan Husain

Creative Achievement Award

The Street Musketeers

Sports Achievement Award

Paul Higgins

The Epic Youth Forum was launched in September 2014, allowing young people to come together every two weeks to discuss the issues that they were facing and explore ideas to help them make decisions to better their lives.

For more information on the Apollo Awards, Epic Youth Forum and Epic CIC, please visit their website.

Organisations: National Youth Social Action Fund is open!

A new national funding opportunity for social actions projects for young people has now opened. Further details are below with the deadline for Expressions of Interest at 5.00pm, August 28 2015

The Cabinet Office, in partnership with Pears Foundation, will jointly invest a total of £1.26 million to grow youth social action opportunities for young people (volunteering, fundraising and campaigning). Grants of £50,000 to £200,000 are available.

The fund is aimed at young people aged 20 or less (or 25 for young people with disabilities) from rural areas and/or from lower socio-economic groups. Organisations must demonstrate that their programme meets their principles of great youth social action: Reflective, Challenging, Youth-led, Socially Impactful, Progressive and Embedded. They are particularly interested in projects that:

• Improve the reach and impact of existing programmes
• Are sustainable and scalable in the long term e.g. working with volunteers, through partnerships
• Pilot, within existing programmes, innovative approaches to addressing issues of need, access or inclusivity, or which embrace cross-sector partnerships e.g. with the health, education or social care sectors.

It is the intention that projects will run for two financial years with all money to be spent by July 2017.

The fund is open to applications from Charities, Community Interest Companies and Social Enterprises.

Further details:

Guest blog entry: SPID Theatre

A big hand to Natasha from SPID Theatre for sending in these inspiring words!

Within the Grade II listed building of Kensal House in Ladbroke Grove lies the Community Rooms. It is in this space where SPID Theatre lives and where they conduct free youth theatre workshops for young people ages between 8 to 25 years, and where they also stage professional shows such as their most recent production of iAm (ends tomorrow – October 25th).

SPID’s ethos as a theatre company is one that every local community should have. They create adventurous, immersive work in non-traditional spaces with a focus on indoor and outdoor council estate community spaces, encouraging involvement from disadvantaged local residents.

SPID Photo Strip_edited-1-2Every Tuesday afternoons at 4:45pm, the Far Far Away workshops take place for 8-13 year olds. These workshops unlock participants creative potential and takes you through time and space to discover something completely original, trains you in new skills and empowers you to put on a show at the end of each block. It is so wonderful watching the children at that age use their imagination in the numerous exercises that allow them to build on their communication and teamwork skills. Each session is different and covers everything from movement, voice, and music to acting, set, sound and lighting design. It really is so magnificently diverse; each week brings a whole new excitement!

A different workshop facilitator is selected per block and are asked to bring in their expertise depending on what play has been selected. And the children involved range from every background and neighborhood that it is riveting to see them all work and play together.

I really enjoy working with this company because of its innovation, openness and focus on community development through the arts.  Come and discover more!

To find out more visit or call 020 8968 2961

FREE Talk: Inspiring the Aspiring – Entrepreneur Talks at The Dalgarno Trust

Come and join the Dalgarno Trust, on Friday, October 24th from 3pm – 6:30pm to meet and hear from some of London’s most successful entrepreneurs and business professionals including the creator of RastaMouse and famous chef Gary Lee! RataMouse –

The creator of RastaMouse, Michael De Souza, will be at the Dalgarno Trust to share his success story and do a reading from his famous children’s stories!

Gary Lee – Executive Chef of London most famous restaurant will give a motivational talk for aspiring entrepreneurs no matter your age or business idea! Come and find out how he reached the pinnacle of his profession and learn how he runs one of London’s most exclusive restaurants!

Click here to book your FREE place for this sensational Black History Month Event –

Big Local 16 Sep

NSPCC lauch gang advice helpline

gangs2Being involved with gangs can wreck a young person’s childhood and potentially ruin – or even end – their life. Parents and carers have an important role and responsibility in helping young people stay safe from gangs and to help them to exit. There are concerns that too many children are being drawn into gangs and need adults to intervene and help them – but that there aren’t enough services out there aimed at adults.

The NSPCC can help parents, carers, relatives, professionals or any other adult who may be worried about a child or young person affected by gang related activity – whatever their level of involvement. You can contact the NSPCC’s free 24/7 helpline for advice, support and information.  It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are. Call us for free on 0808 800 5000, email text 88858 or online

Further information is available on the NSPCC website

The Home Office have also produced leaflets for parents and schools and colleges:

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