Westway Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of local award winning architectural practice Stiff + Trevillion (S+T) to lead on the design of the Portobello Village project. The commission signifies a major step in the Trust’s ambitious ‘Destination Westway’ vision which plans to transform the Westway estate into a premier top ten London destination.
The Westway grounds and garden team attended the Brighter Kensington and Chelsea Scheme Award Ceremony earlier this month to claim their 2nd place prize - for the creation of a brand new wildlife garden at the Westway Sports & Fitness Centre.
The team were also surprised to receive another two commendations, and were awarded the Princess Alice Countess of Athlone Award for the Environment and received a Certificate in Excellence by the London Gardens Society for showing pride in London by the cultivation of flowers and shrubs but especially for horticultural displays.
A fantastic launch event for local documentary photographer, Steve Mepsted’s ‘Orphans’ photographic exhibition, took place last month. The exhibition which runs every weekend until the end of November, displayed colossal sized art on the walls of Acklam village showing images that capture the diversity of the North Kensington community, taken from a photography archive around the time the A40 flyover was built between 1969 and 1971.
Westway Sports & Fitness, have beaten off strong competition to make it to the finals for this year’s prestigious National Fitness industry award, an annual event which recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the UK.
Our GP Exercise Referrals Programme, has been shortlisted in the Best Rehabilitation Facility awards category in recognition of their excellence and outstanding achievements in rehabilitating patients that have been referred to the programme by their local GP practice in the last 12 months.
MTV EMA 2013 Award-Winner,Ahmed Soultan, one of the leading figures in the Moroccan music scene brought his Afro-Arabian sounds to a crowded house when he made his debut guest appearance earlier this month at the Flyover, Portobello, as part of a six week celebration of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture.
We’ve launched a unique service that supports local businesses who find it a challenge organising and gaining staff attendance at conferences, events and training courses.
The Westway Popup Creche is a new affordable childcare solution for public and private sector organisations and is delivered in partnership with the Clement James Centre, Venture Community Association and Catalyst Housing. The creche service also provides an employment pathway into the childcare sector for individuals who are looking to get ahead start into the industry.
The British Academy has announced Azza Supplementary School, based at Colville Primary School, North Kensington as '2014 winner' of its School Language Award and has awarded them £4,000 in recognition of their success in improving students' skills in Arabic and English through the use of poetry, drama and visual arts.
Azza has been successfully running since 1995 and was set up by parents from the Sudanese community. Approximately 66% of students attending Azza have a Sudanese background and attend the school every Saturday morning to learn GCSE Arabic.
We saw the best of the best in British climbing converge at Sheffield’s ‘National Performance Centre’ for the 2014 British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCCs). Chief amongst them was Westway's Performance Climbing Squad, and its safe to say, they did both the Trust and themselves very proud!
Westway Climbing has the largest junior climbing programme in the UK, with 350 children attending regular classes. These classes cater for the beginner to the elite,of which the Performance Climbing Squad is a direct result!
We've just announced the beginning of our Creative Apprenticeship Programme in collaboration with Kensington & Chelsea College.
The Trust is specifically looking to attract hard-working,creative and ambitious minded young people aged between 16 and 24, who are keen to jump start their career. With only 16 places available on the 12 month Creative Apprenticeship Programme, individuals will be given access to an extraordinary network within the creative industry.
As part of our strategy to improve health and well-being as well as tackle child obesity in the area, our renowned Westway Sports & Fitness Centre is working with schools in the borough to provide subsidised climbing sessions. This initiative forms the backbone of our strategic plan that will provide children with sporting opportunities that have previously not been readily available to them.