Get to know us.
We exist to work together with the local community to enable North Kensington to thrive. We dedicate ourselves to the wellbeing of this vibrant community. We work with over 60 member organisations ranging from community groups and residents’ associations to schools and sports clubs, as well as other local groups and people.
See how Westway Trust is changing and responding to new challenges
Our vision is sustainable wellbeing in North Kensington in three ways: Social Wellbeing, Environmental Wellbeing and Economic Wellbeing.
At Westway we have four values that guide us in what we are, how we do things and where we want to be.
Westway in Numbers
given as community investments in 2018/19
of land under the Westway flyover
supplementary schools supported in North Kensington
adult learners taking classes at Westway
local events and Festivals funded through our Festivals & Events fund
people attended our 2019 Portobello Summer Festival
Westway Trust AGM
The Westway Trust Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 January, from 5pm at Maxilla Social Club. The AGM will be held in person and live streamed on Facebook Live. However, Covid-19 does of course remain very much a concern for all of us and so we will be observing appropriate social distancing protocols in the meeting. This will include asking attendees to wear a mask at all times except when actually speaking in the meeting. Seating will also be socially-distanced. In order to ensure that we do not exceed the venue’s capacity, all attendees are asked to register in advance for the meeting via the Eventbrite website. Click here to register to attend as the representative of a member organisation. The meeting will also be live streamed on Facebook Live. When registering to attend, you will be asked whether you will be joining in-person or online. Interaction in the meeting will be restricted for those joining online. Only members who have submitted a question in advance will be able to ask questions online. Registration for non members will open on Wednesday 19 January. Please check back to this page on this date to register your attendance as a non member. Click here to open the meeting agenda. Click here to view the minutes from previous AGM, held on 15 December 2020. View the recording of the 2020 AGM below. ...Find out more
Find out more about how we work in the community
We exist to work together with the local community to enable North Kensington to thrive. We dedicate ourselves to the wellbeing of this vibrant community.Find out more
Westway Trust is Changing
The past 18 months have seen some pretty major changes at Westway Trust. Take a look at how we've responded to new challenges, and what we're doing to put our community at the centre of our charity... ...Find out more
Just Solutions 123
In our commitment to put the community at the centre of everything we do, Westway Trust is proud to be working closely with local grass-roots voluntary organisation Just Solutions 123… The organisation's objectives centre around: Eco-responsibility Micro-metro farming and community harvesting, economic & environmental value to community green spaces Ownership of community green spaces to address food poverty in North Kensington. Improving well-being through eco-sensory interaction Developing green spaces into places of education and training Social interactivity with economic value Community cohesion with our borough-wide Community Kitchen Gardens United Network webpage to be developed by Westway Trust & RBKC Improving physical health by utilising our North Kensington Green spaces for Grow Our Own Gardening groups; Outdoor Yoga and Tai-Chi lessons Developing Roots Community Kitchen with a retail outlet Providing opportunities for volunteering and training building pathways to further education and jobs Empowering journeys from long-term illness or rehabilitation Providing mentoring/peer support to face and make realistic life & career choices improving mental health and emotional well-being #EndtheStigma The organisation was established in 2014 as the brainchild of five women who either live or have close links to, the North Kensington community. Marcia Robinson remains at the core of this community-based project, dedicated to improving the local environment and the wellbeing of residents. Projects Health and well-being - talkshops, benches for talking, empowering and to provide peer support Hope Garden - Just Solutions 123 has consulted with Grenfell survivors and community and have their approval to plant trees and develop small memorial gardens that will be tranquil places of remembrance and reflection around the location of the Grenfell Tower. Known as Hope Garden, the collaboration with Westway Trust transforms a forgotten spaces into a micro farm, fruit orchards and herb gardens. Food that is grown is then cooked, developing sustainable enterprise while increasing biodiversity and local interest in bee population; and to educate using tried and tested methods of beautifying urban areas, giving pride back to forgotten spaces and communities. Geodome and Ecology Centre - Just Solutions 123 has recently received funding from RBKC to undertake a feasibility study into the establishment of a geodome or similar structure to be located under beside Hope Garden, under the Westway and adjacent to the 'Wall of Truth', an Trees 4 Grenfell - Trees and green spaces will serve to encourage and assist the process of healing. They will stand as symbolic representations of the love and community spirit witnessed on the night of the tragedy and observed throughout the area and much further afield, ever since. Roots Community Kitchen - Providing a space to sit and socialise while participating at all levels of the delivery of service from growing food to cooking . The kitchen project aims to provide opportunities for volunteers and gain training in gardening to food hygiene and preparation, cooking, serving and selling the produce they have grown. North Kensington houses one of the largest motorways in central London, the A40 Westway, which sweeps through the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Planting trees and creating green spaces will increase the biodiversity of the area and improve air quality and remove toxins from soil. New trees will add colour and variety to the bleak urban landscape. Annual Commemorations Every year on 14 June, as the community marks the anniversary of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Just Solutions123 marks the sad occasion with community events. First anniversary - tree planting in Hope Gardens Second anniversary - 4 trees planted Third anniversary - Candle Lighting in memory of the 72. Marking the 4th anniversary - 14 June 2021 Just Solutions 123 and Trees4Grenfell will be working with partners in the community to mark the anniversary, including: Grenfell United - we'll be placing green hearts around the Maxilla area, inviting the community to come and place the hearts (12-14 June) @TiCLme - green ribbons on trees all over RBKC Latymer Christian Church Grenfell Foundation will be supporting the placement of a porta-cabin at Maxilla, to give people to opportunity to view the proposed plans for garden extension/ecology centre 'Universi-tree' project Planting at the University of East Anglia. We are calling on all universities to plant a tree for Grenfell. Gardening Volunteers Just Solutions 123 coordinates gardening volunteer sessions every week. Meet by the Wall of Truth every Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-4pm Westway Trust is committed to putting the community at the centre of everything we do. We're proud to partner with grass-roots voluntary organisaitons like Just Solutions 123... who are share our aim of enhancing the wellbeing of the North Kensington community. ...Find out more
Westway Trust AGM 2020
Westway Trust’s 2020 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 15 December 2020. Due to the social distancing and other safety requirements in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our AGM this year was an online-only event. Download our Annual Report 2019/2020 here. Meeting Agenda Minutes from 2019 AGM...Find out more
Maxilla memorial & healing space
The Maxilla memorial and healing space, incorporating the 'Wall of Truth', is a space created by and for members of the community in response to the great suffering after the fire at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Sitting underneath the Westway flyover and in direct line of site to nearby Grenfell Tower, the space has been a site of healing and memorial services since the days immediately after the tragedy. Today, the space incorporates community art, a Hope Garden and the Wall of Truth. As custodians of this land on behalf of our community, Westway Trust is committed to ensuring the space is respected, safe and accessible for everyone in our community. To report anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, vandalism or any other conduct deemed disrespectful to this memorial space, please complete this form and a member of the Westway team will respond as soon as possible....Find out more
Westway in Focus
At the end of 2018 we conducted broad-ranging research in the local area – including extensive face-to-face interviews and workshops with local residents.
The research shows clearly the breadth of services and facilities provided across the area, shining a light on our vibrant and diverse community.
Westway in Numbers
Westway Trust supports North Kensington to create its own bright future. We make community investments, support local businesses and not-for-profit activity, organise and support arts and culture events, provide adult learning services and underpin supplementary school provision. This booklet tells our story for 2019-20 in numbers, looking at our resources in three main areas: land, income and staff. It shows where our activity is focused and explains more about the organisation and our colleagues. ...Find out more
Policies and Governance
We have a range of policies which provide a framework within which the organisation operates and help ensure that we deliver our services in an effective and consistent manner.Find out more
Institutional Racism Review
Tutu Foundation UK has been commissioned by Westway Trust to conduct a comprehensive and fully independent review of Westway Trust’s practices, both past and present, following allegations of institutional racism against the organisation.Find out more
One of the many ways in which Westway Trust is so closely linked with the local community is through our Member Organisations, which now number more than 60. These range from community groups and residents’ associations to schools and sports clubs.Find out more