The recipients of the 2019 Community Grants have been officially notified and announced, with the Trust distributing £93,259 to 39 projects and organisations in the local area.

The aim of the grants is to help community organisations deliver meaningful benefits in the areas of economic, social and environmental wellbeing for the area in and around North Kensington.

Projects aimed at addressing social isolation among older people, around getting young people active, and helping the community advocate for itself feature prominently.

The arts again play a role, with organisations such as Kids on the Green receiving a grant to run circus workshops for young people in Dalgarno. KOTG founder Zoe LeVack said she was “delighted and hugely excited”, adding: “Circus is a wonderful way for young people and children to learn skills around coordination, flexibility and fitness. Our custom-built aerial rig is an exciting piece of kit we can’t wait to share with the community.”

Other recipients include Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, who will be running tea dances in community venues, providing fun, socialising and a little exercise. The Eritrean Parents and Children Association, the Sudanese Community Centre and the Midaye Somali Development Network are just some of the BME groups who have been chosen to receive funds for their important work.

Football, dance, taekwondo, reading schools, complementary healthcare clinics, massage, quizzes and pop and rock workshops also make up a diverse and eclectic range of projects that have received funding. For a list of all the recipients see here.

“WE BELIEVE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE DESERVE THE CHANCE TO TRANSFORM OR ENRICH THEIR LIVES THROUGH MUSIC …

Rhythm Studio Foundation received funding to deliver music workshops to local primary school-age children. Diahann Brown explained how they will reach around 300 local Year 5 and 6 kids: “We believe that young people deserve the chance to transform or enrich their lives through music … and it is increasingly difficult for school budgets to cover the non-core curriculum.

“Children make weekly visits ot our state-of-the-art studios and learn instruments such as drums or guitars, form pop choirs or learn how to create music using coding of Garageband software,” she said.

To find our more about the community grants scheme that Westway Trust runs, perhaps if you are thinking of applying next year, see here.

For more information on Kids on the Green’s Circus Skill Workshops pop into the KOTG centre Mon-Fri from 3.30pm or email info@kidsonthegreen.com – activities start Feb 17.

For more information on Rhythm Studio workshops see https://www.therhythmstudio.co.uk or mail@therhythmstudio.co.uk