Community engagement - no such thing as small change

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I am interested in getting more involved in my community. What can I do?


City Living Local Life logoFind your area using our postcode search to see what Councillors are supporting near you, from community kitchen gardens to local festivals. City Living, Local Life provides small grants for resident-led projects that will make a difference to local life - share your ideas, time or resources with your neighbourhood.


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  • Follow our news and events feed on Twitter, on our blog or sign up for our regular email newsletter, 'Community Cuppa', which shares bitesize community opportunities, fun events and more in no longer than it takes for your usual tea break.



colourful houses in portobelloLearn more on our page on resident associations, including about our Gold Standard Award scheme which provides £500 grants and other benefits to resident associations that demonstrate excellence.



  • Run a street party or community event

illustration of triangle bunting against a blue backgroundSee our 'how to guide' for street parties in the Royal Borough and visit the special events web page for more information on what, if any, licenses you'd need, how to get funding and more.



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What support do you provide to voluntary and community organisations?

Our team is responsible for a liaising with voluntary organisations and community groups and supporting them with a substantial grants scheme and other funding support each year. Our commitment to local voluntary and community organisations is set out in our Compact.

We also support the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council which is an independent charity and umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Kensington and Chelsea. They provide training, funding advice, lobbying and more.

What else does the Community Engagement Team do?

See a full list of our projects and services in our Team Leaflet [PDF] (file size 558Kb)

I am interested in best practice advice on engagement. How can the Community Engagement Team help me?

Our team provides strategic and practical advice on community engagement to the Council. We also aim to better co-ordinate and promote best practice across the Council to reduce duplication and maximise opportunities for local people. Contact us for more information.

You can also read a practical guide produced by Involve, a charity specialising in understanding and sharing creative thinking in engagement and producing practical guides to help practitioners undertake better community engagement activity. The guide is packed with informal and fun ideas on engaging the public in helping design, develop, improve and evaluate services. The Community Engagement Team played an active role in contributing to the production of this document.

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