Westway Trust, a charity that aims to improve the Westway area, has announced it will award up to £100,000 in community funding this year through its new Community Grants programme. Applications for funding will open on the 3 August.
Westway Trust’s member organisations have elected Naami Padi as one of their representatives on the Trust’s Board of Trustees.
Naami is a familiar face in the local area. She is Director of the Venture Community Association (VCA). The VCA is at the heart of the Golborne community and comprises the popular Notting Hill Adventure Playground, a busy community centre and London’s only purpose-built steel band rehearsal and tuning facility.
A total of £100,000 will be available to local charities and community organisations when Westway Trust re-launches its grant-making programme next month.
Grants of up to £2,500 will be on offer for projects which celebrate the local area’s culture and heritage; make the most of the local diversity and talent; improve health and well-being in the local community; or improve economic opportunity.
There are two types of grants:
Community Celebration Grants – up to £500 for one-off community celebrations and events.
This year’s Westway Trust Community Festival on Sunday 26 July will be bigger and better than ever with a vibrant mix of music and family fun.
The festival takes place on Portobello Green from 12noon to 6pm. It’s a FREE fun day out for all the family and will include a live stage, children’s activities, local stalls and international food on offer.
Showcasing the diversity and talents of the area, it will involve a wide range of community groups, organisations and schools.
Free adult learning sessions at Westway Trust are opening up a world of new choices and opportunities for people who have struggled with basic skills since moving to the UK.
More than 30 people came along to taster sessions in English, maths, IT and sewing that Westway Trust organised as part of National Adult Learning Week from 13-19 June.
Westway Trust’s Learning & Skills Development Manager, Joe Freeman, said many of those who came along had lived in the UK for years but had been too focussed on survival to improve their lives with new skills.
More than 900 children took part in a fun-filled day of tennis circuits and competitions in the run up to Wimbledon at the Westway Sports Schools’ Tennis Festival on Friday 26 June.
Part of Westway Sports & Fitness Schools’ Tennis Programme, the event allowed children from Years 1-7 to learn more about the game, compete against pupils from other schools and have fun while engaging in a healthy activity.
The spirit of the seaside comes to the Westway later this month when 40 tons of sand is shipped in to create a unique urban beach for the whole community to enjoy.
Acklam Village Market will be transformed to host three days packed full of exciting seaside holiday fun, food, drink and entertainment. Commissioned by the National Trust, the Westway beach forms part of the Council’s ninth InTRANSIT Festival of Arts.