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.

Policies

Westway Trust has 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. Our policies are kept under review and are updated as necessary

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Equality and Diversity Policy

Our Equality and Diversity policy and action plan seek to formalise our commitment to being an inclusive organisation that values and reflects the diversity of the community we serve.

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Our Finances

A detailed breakdown of budgets and finances for Westway Trust can be found in our Annual Report.

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Governance

Our constitution sets out the principles and procedures by which Westway Trust is governed and our work is overseen by our trustees.

The trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s running well.

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Annual Report

Our annual report highlights the Trust’s achievements over the last year – both in our stewardship of the Westway estate and in our partnerships with local people and local groups.

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Funding & Grants:

Participatory Grant Making

Westway Trust is currently developing a process whereby the community can participate in the decision-making behind Westway’s community investment and grant-making activities. We began developing  a pilot programme in early 2020. Participatory Grant-making involves a range of different methods and challenges. At its heart, this approach gives greater decision-making power over grants to the communities impacted by funding decisions. Throughout 2019 and early 2020, we have been running a number of community meetings and events to help us understand the types of programmes or initiatives that local people want funded. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic we gained this insight by recruiting 14 people including local residents and staff from local charitable organisations, to form a steering group to take the pilot programme forward. The steering group began co-designing how the fund would work in practice, the application process, and decide how decisions will be made. Once the nationwide Coronavirus lockdown had begun, the impact suffered within the community meant this pilot had to be re-evaluated. After much deliberation our trustees decided to give this pilot the green light with a re-newed focus on the needs of young people aged 11-18 yrs. After recruiting a new steering group of 10 young people from across North Kensington, this pilot has emerged as an opportunity to provide 11-18 yr. olds in the 5 wards with a chance to be heard, be creative and have fun. Up to £250 is available for individual applicants. Alternatively, group applications are welcomed. £500 for 2 people in a group. £750 for 3 people in a group....

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Funding & Grants:

Rapid Response Fund

We recognise there are occasions when it is expedient for us to consider making grants to individuals and organisations on a discretionary basis for a purpose that falls outside the eligibility criteria for the Community Grants Programme, the Festivals & Events Fund, or other established grants programmes.  These grants are made in response to a clear need, identified by the individual or organisation making the request for financial support, to deliver a project or other work that will add value to the organisation’s overall outputs and deliver additional benefit for the local community. Often, decisions about such requests necessarily need to be made quickly. The Rapid Response Fund is not intended as a supplementary funding stream for those already in receipt of an investment from us. We would not normally make a discretionary investment if the request appeared eligible for consideration under a main funding programme....

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Westway Stories:

School of Rhyme

Poet Paul Lyalls works with Westway to provide poetry workshops at North Kensington’s supplementary schools and explains why poetry is an art form for everyone

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Westway Stories:

L&A's Beautie at Podobello

Lilah at L&A’s Beautie explains the benefits of working out of the Podobello pop-up shops on Thorpe Close

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Westway Stories:

Age UK Carnival Party 2019

Age UK set up a Carnival celebration for older people supported by Westway Trust

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