Last year our £100,000 community grants programme supported 47 community organisations to run 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.
Westway Trust is pleased to announce that the programme will return this year. It is open to local social enterprises, charitable, voluntary and community organisations working within the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, with a particular focus on communities living in North Kensington, in and around the Westway.
On 16th and 17th July the first Portobello Green Summer Festival took place at Acklam Village and Portobello Green. Showcasing some of the best local young and emerging talent the event drew over 1,500 people.
As you may be aware, we recently conducted a study and found that on average people stay at Portobello Green for only 12minutes as people feel that the space is closed off and it’s design provides to many ‘hideaways’ for anti-social behaviour. We then decided that we would conduct a few events that would provide the public with an opportunity to express their ideas.
On Friday 17th June, Westway Learning hosted 15 volunteers from Discovery Communications, the global communications company that own Discovery Channel and Eurosport among others, on their annual ‘Discover Your Impact’ day. The visit was organised by Volunteering Matters who recommended Westway Trust as a place for the Discovery staff to volunteer.
Portobello Green is a much loved space; an important oasis of leafy calm near to the hustle and bustle of Portobello Road. We conducted a study
recently that found that on average people stay there for only 12 minutes. People feel that the space is closed off and its design creates too many
‘hideaways’ and anti-social behaviour by some of the people that use it.
When we door knocked recently, people expressed a desire for improved landscaping of the Green, more space for performances and for the space to be open and better connected to the adjoining streets.
Westway Trust welcomed volunteer gardeners to Maxilla Gardens to dig three brand new flower beds on the open space off St Marks Road.
About twenty volunteers from the Institute of Languages and Culture at Regent’s University London spent the day digging the soil and planting the beds as part of the Westway Trust gardening team’s corporate volunteering programme.
Westway Trust is delighted to welcome Sheraine Williams to its board of trustees. Sheraine lives in the shadow of the Westway and has long been an active member of the community. She is a full-time mother and takes an regular role in local life. She has been involved in the design and management of many community projects as well as in equality and diversity issues and local consultations.