Thriving In North Kensington

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.

Services & Support

Our Learning Service team is dedicated to providing support and direct delivery of services for people in our community who benefit from it the most.

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Environment

Environmental well-being  in North Kensington  is one of the 3 pillars of our long-term strategy at Westway.

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Local Economy

Economic well-being in North Kensington is one of the 3 pillars of our long-term strategy at Westway.

In 2019, we created a new post and brought on board Ravinder Dhanjal as our new Head of Local Economy.

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Sport & Fitness

Westway Trust has agreed to work together with leisure operator Everyone Active to manage the sports and fitness enterprise on our estate until at least 2027.

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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture is central to meaningful civic transformation. At Westway Trust, we’re exploring ways to strengthen the North Kensington community through access to arts funding, participation, high-quality programming and cultural spaces.

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Westway Stories:

See the latest stories from our partners in the community

The stories behind some of the fantastic projects in our community

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Contact Us

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Meeting with members: Trustee election

Topic: Trustee election: meeting with members Time: Jan 11, 2021 16:00 London Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88240908777?pwd=N2MyZm1EdXA2bWJwN2d5Q2lWbFgxQT09 Meeting ID: 882 4090 8777 Passcode: 043486...

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Chief Executive recruitment: A participatory approach

In late 2020, we set out on a recruitment campaign to find a new Chief Executive to lead our organisation. Understanding that the selection of a new Chief Executive has wide-reaching implications not just for our organisation but for the community we're here to serve, we committed to a truly participatory approach to the recruitment of this role. Earlier this year we held an open recruitment drive for community members and stakeholders of Westway Trust to form a community selection panel. This panel was finalised in March, and their work has already commenced in reviewing applications and short-listing for the Chief Executive role. The community selection panel has now short-listed four of the applicants for Chief Executive. The next stage in this participatory approach is to invite community members and stakeholders along to a series of webinars, where candidates will be asked a series of questions, and community members invited to listen to the responses and provide feedback to the selection panel. The community selection panel will review the feedback provided by attendees and use this feedback as the basis for further short-listing. We would now like to invite you to register to attend the following four webinars: Candidate A: Friday 23 April, 5-6pm Candidate B: Monday 26 April, 5-6pm - Cancelled due to candidate withdrawing Candidate C: Tuesday 27 April, 5-6pm Candidate D: Wednesday 28 April, 5-6pm You are welcome to attend one, some, or all four events. When registering your attendance, you will be given the option of submitting questions for the candidates. The community selection panel will consider all questions and choose a set of questions which will be asked to all candidates. At the conclusion of each webinar, you will be invited to submit your anonymous feedback through a centralised portal. If you have any questions about this process and our participatory approach to recruitment of this important role, please contact us at hr@westway.org    ...

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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.  ...

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Report an issue

We are committed to ensuring the Westway estate is a safe and welcoming space for the enjoyment of our whole community and visitors alike.  To report anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, vandalism, unauthorised parking or noise issues on the Westway estate, please complete this form and a member of the Westway team will respond as soon as possible....

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Westway Community Noticeboards: Invitation to consultation event

Over the coming weeks, Westway Trust will be working with local artists to create three 'Community Noticeboards' on the Westway estate in the following locations: The hoarding around Acklam Village The Forest School gate/fence (behind ACAVA) The hoarding around the riding arena, behind Westway Sports Centre   You can find out more about the project here.  OnThursday 17 June at 4pm, we'll be holding a consultation event for important stakeholders to meet the artists, see their designs and ask questions about the project.  You can register to join the online meeting here. We hope to see you at the online event!  ...

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Join the Bay 20 Steering Group

Local community centre Bay20 is looking to recruit 2 new members to the centre’s steering committee. This committee was set up initially to oversee the tender process for the selection of a community operator. After a rigorous selection process, North Kensington Heart and Minds CIC were selected to run Bay20. Two years on from that decision, that selection has proven to be worth the rigour as NKHM have managed to totally adapt their model to fit the shifting needs of our diverse community. The steering committee currently consists of 10 local residents, 2 of whom are local councillors. Bay20 are now are looking to fill two vacant positions on the committee with local residents who have links to charities or businesses in North Kensington. We are asking individuals who may be eligible to submit an expression of interest. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 July 2021. If you would like more information on the remit of the committee and how you could play a part, please get in touch with Osama El-Amin at Osama.elamin@westway.org...

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COVID-19

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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....

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Adult Learning

We offer online and in-person courses. On this page, you can apply to enrol on a course of your choice, read our Learners’ blog, take an online assessment or have your say on the types of courses you’d like to take. If you need help with any of these pages, contact us on 020 8962 5720 or email learning.admin@westway.org...

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Adult Learning

Our new courses start in September, please complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch to complete your registration. [formidable id="80"]...

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About Us:

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The latest news stories from across North Kensington

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Services & Support

Our Learning Service team is dedicated to providing support and direct delivery of services for people in our community who benefit from it the most.

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Westway Community Street

Westway Trust has secured funding from the GLA Good Growth Fund to make significant improvements to the estate through a project called Community Street. The Community Street encompasses the whole Westway estate from Westway Community Transport on Acklam Road to Stable Way and will include improvements to lighting, additional greening, tackling poor air quality and improving a number of the Trust’s buildings.  Westway Community Street – Project Elements Westway Community Street will deliver physical improvements and revitalisation to the Westway Trust estate, as well as improving economic opportunities for local people and businesses. This project is a recognition that local people find the spaces along the length of the flyover unsafe, isolating, polluted and difficult to navigate. The Community Street will be a key wayfinding device providing local people and visitors with the confidence to explore the Westway Trust estate. It will provide more spaces for the community to access, with welcoming arrival spaces, improved public realm and public places to enjoy, particularly energising little used areas. The Community Street will consist of: A range of air quality improvement interventions including green infrastructure. We will also work in partnership with Universities to trial new and innovative solutions to poor air quality. Illumination and animation across the mile long estate including: Feature/artistic lighting A specific focus on areas which feel unsafe and unloved to create distinctive and interesting light features Installation of equipment to enable projections to create informal event spaces along the Community Street. Better integration of Portobello Green Arcade, Portobello Green, Thorpe Close and the Market Canopy resulting in a better trading and visitor experience. Refurbishment of public toilets on Acklam Road – to provide facilities for market traders, visitors and those attending events in Acklam Village Refurbishment of Portobello Green Arcade Refurbishment of Bramley’s Big Adventure Building New street furniture along the estate Directional and interpretive signage to direct people to key locations and to pockets of activity along the estate. Locally commissioned artwork on the walls and on the motorway pillars along the Westway estate which celebrate local heritage and culture Community Street Artists To create awareness for the Community Street project, we have a paid opportunity for community artists to design and build public art on three sites on the Westway estate. Meike Brunkhorsta (Freelance Community Street Art Coordinator) is accepting proposals until Friday 4 June 2021 for ideas that incorporate community notice boards and the newly developed Community Street branding. The artistic elements and notice boards must generate interest and foster engagement with the Community Street project, work effectively to promote a range of messages in the form of posters and leaflets, and be safe, secure and durable in their public locations. Artists interested in submitting ideas should be familiar with the area and be available immediately. Download the full brief and submit your proposal by emailing communitystreet@westway.org by Friday 4 June 2021. Project Timeline As part of our commitment to place the community at the centre of everything we do, we hosted a series of briefings in early March 2021 to update stakeholders on the current work of the Trust and specifically to discuss the Community Street Project and to hear and take on board your feedback. The notes of these briefings can be found here: Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 15/03/2021 Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 16/03/2021 Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 17/03/2021 (12pm) Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 17/03/2021 (6pm) Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 18/03/2021 Notes of Stakeholder Briefing 19/03/2021 You can also watch a recording of one of the online events below. ...

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Learning

It’s never too late (or too early) to learn something new. We offer education and learning support to young people and adults to provide them with the opportunities they need.

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Sport & Fitness

Westway Trust has agreed to work together with leisure operator Everyone Active to manage the sports and fitness enterprise on our estate until at least 2027.

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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture is central to meaningful civic transformation. At Westway Trust, we’re exploring ways to strengthen the North Kensington community through access to arts funding, participation, high-quality programming and cultural spaces.

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Environment

Environmental well-being  in North Kensington  is one of the 3 pillars of our long-term strategy at Westway.

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Events & Activities

There’s always something happening in and around the Westway.
Here’s a list of upcoming community events hosted by Westway and our partners. To find out more about our the work of Westway and our partners, visit the Our Work.

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