Community Leadership Programme

The Community Leadership Programme will initially provide individuals and organisations who are directly supporting residents in North Kensington with access to a free programme of workshops and courses which will support them to strengthen their skills and help with the ongoing recovery.

Residents told us last year during the Stronger Communities conversations that they want to continue to lead their own recovery but need ongoing skills and training to be able to do that.

The Community Leadership Programme, which is funded through the Grenfell Recovery Strategy, has been established to enable them to do just that. It has been made possible by our voluntary sector partners and the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service who are providing their time and expertise.

Helping local individuals and organisations to support the community

This Programme will support local individuals, residents’ associations as well as new and existing community organisations to continue to support local communities.

Many workshops will start in September and will run into next year. If a course date has not yet been provided by the organisation then please register your interest with them directly and you will be informed of the course date once it has been finalised.

In the North Kensington area, this programme will also assist those wishing to apply for a grant from the new Grenfell Projects Fund which aims to support communities affected by the Grenfell tragedy.  

If you are thinking of applying for a grant, we recommend that you get involved in the Community Leadership Programme as this will help you in preparing the delivery of your local project.

Community Leadership launch event

We will be holding a launch event on Friday 20 September from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Latymer Community Church, 116 Bramley Road, W10 6SU, where you will able to sign up to the Leadership Programme and find out more about the Grenfell Projects Fund.

It is hoped that this Leadership Programme will give everyone the skills they need to deliver projects that can demonstrate they are making a difference in the community.

Next year we will be increasing the offer and making sure that the Community Leadership Programme is delivered in locations in the south of the borough.

If you are interested in attending any of the courses or workshops, you will need to register with them directly. The contact details are contained within the entries of what's on offer on this page.

What’s on offer?

Working our magic with Rugby Portobello Trust

This project at the Rugby Portobello Trust aims to support and empower women from various cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds who are seeking to create networks, launch community projects and services or pursue enterprise opportunities to capitalise on their skills.

Meetings will start with a coffee session in which women participating can network, build bridges, plan and strategise as well as enjoy a lovely cup of coffee as a community.

This project is ideal for women who are considering making applications for grant funding from the new Grenfell Projects Fund.

This project will be delivered in two stages:

Stage One – workshops

This activity will combine capacity building, group work, life and transformational coaching as well as art therapy to encourage the participants to identify new, sustainable ideas to develop their projects and ideas and apply for funding.

The workshops will be creative, fun and inclusive. There will be interpreters to help translate to all participants.

Stage Two – one-to-one training

This stage will be delivered by a Life Coach providing business and personal solutions.

Throughout these two interactive engaging sessions, participants will be supported to:

  • develop their project ideas
  • formulate written plans
  • develop financial plans, and
  • write marketing pitches

Date and time

  • Stage 1: Monday 16 and 23 September at 10am to 12 noon
  • Stage 2: Monday 7 and 14 October at 10am to 12 noon


Rugby Portobello,221 Walmer Road, W11 4EY

To register your interest please email: or visit our office at 221 Walmer Road.

Community money matters by Community Accounting Self Help

Volunteer-based organisations and groups are a vital component of our communities and are key to enabling and supporting community progress, development and recovery. Community Accounting Self Help has created a programme to assist residents in establishing an effective, sustainable and resilient voluntary sector with a range of organisations including charities, social enterprises and residents’ associations.

The courses that will be provided will include financial training in various forms including; budget allocation, cash-flow management, bookkeeping, management accounts, paying staff and volunteers. This will be available to individuals, groups and organisations both on a group training and one-to-one basis.

Date and time

Courses will be available from September.


Bay 20, St Marks Road, W10 6JG

To register your interest in any of our courses or if you have any questions, please or call: 020 8969 0747.

Empowering organisations and building skills with The ClementJames Centre

The ClementJames Centre aims to promote best practice for organisational development and sustainability in the community. ClementJames will offer training courses and consultation sessions that will empower organisations and groups to explore and build on the skills and capabilities required to effectively support the community:

Safeguarding adults training

  • date and time: Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 9.30am to 1pm
  • dates in January and June to be confirmed

Safeguarding means protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. This comprehensive half day’s training will cover: identifying concerns, best practice for recording concerns, when to refer and other tips and guidance.

Measuring your impact

  • date and time: September to December 2019 (upon demand)

Impact measurement and evaluation is all about helping organisations understand and improve the good work they are doing. In this consultation session you will be assisted to develop tailored monitoring and evaluation tools, so you can reliably capture the full impact of your work.

Positive behaviour management training

  • date and time: Thursday 26 September 2019 at 9.30m - 1.30pm
  • date in January to be confirmed

This half day of training will consider the causes of challenging behaviour among children and young people, identify a range of strategies to deal with challenging behaviour and explore ways in which staff can be supported to deal with challenging behaviour.

Group facilitation training

  • date and time: Thursday 5 December 2019
  • date in February to be confirmed

This collaborative training session will enable participants to reflect on their own facilitation styles and gain a deeper understanding of the hidden dynamics and theories of working with groups.

Impactful presentation and empathic listening training

  • date and time: Wednesday 2 October 2019 - 10am to 3pm
  • date in May to be confirmed

Research shows that a story has seven times the impact of data presented in bullet points. This workshop will help you to avoid ‘death by PowerPoint’ by developing your story and building your empathic listening skills quickly and effectively through immediate practice.

Training is available for organisations/groups delivering projects or services in the community.

Venue for all sessions

The ClementJames Centre, 95 Sirdar Road, W11 4EQ.

To register you interest please

Digital skills workshops by App Workshop

This part of the programme aims to equip individuals, organisations and groups with a range of digital and technological skills. These are vital for progress as they create new opportunities and possibilities for careers and enterprise.

Tutors from App Workshops will provide the following workshops and training courses:

How to build a successful website

  • date and time: Monday 2 September 2019 - 10am to 5pm or Thursday 12 September 2019 - 10am to 5pm

A unique web development workshop that shows you how to build a professional website, sell your products and services and grow your business using the Shopify platform with no design or coding skills required.

How to prototype your mobile app

  • date and time: Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 10am - 5pm or Thursday 19 September 2019 - 10am to 5pm

This workshop centres around creating your mobile app idea, validating it and researching the market in preparation. It also teaches you how to produce a user flow/user journey. This will be followed by a session on building your mobile app.

How to build your own mobile app

  • date and time: Monday 30 September 2019 - 10am to 3pm or Tuesday 1 October 2019 - 10am to 3pm

In this session attendees will learn how to:

  • define mobile app monetisation channels
  • demonstrate user journeys and wireframes
  • publish your app to the Google Play Store
  • measure your App Search Optimisation (ASO)

Digital skills workshop

  • date and time: Monday 16, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 September 2019 - 10am to 2pm,  or Monday 23, Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September 2019 - 10am to 2pm

This three-day, all-encompassing workshop includes training in navigating the Universal Credit system and applying basic digital skills, online job searching workshops and LinkedIn essentials to finding a job online.

Venue for all workshops

The Curve Community Centre,10 Bard Road, W10 6TP.

Email: for more information.

Rocket launch your own business by Portobello Business Centre

This is a unique opportunity for those who want to start their own business to gain knowledge and professional business advice and consultancy from Portobello Business Centre (PBC) staff and partners.PBC is an award-winning Enterprise Agency with more than 25 years of experience, based in North Kensington.

To join this training programme:

  • you must be a pre-start business (neither started your business yet nor registered as self-employed)
  • live in the North Kensington area (proof of address is required)

Starting September 2019, participants will be able to access up to 66 hours of support in up to six one-to-one sessions or a number of different training course/seminars depending on their needs and business idea.

The events will be designed to provide insight into the routes to self-employment:

  • how to select your business idea
  • how to start a business
  • how to start a social enterprise
  • how to build a website
  • branding – your logo, colours, fonts
  • using video and live streaming for your business
  • basic online tools to run your business
  • digital day (social media and SEO practical workshops)

Date and time

The first 'Start Your Business' three-day course is scheduled on 16, 23 and 24 September 2019 from 10am to 4pm.


Portobello Business Centre, Canalside House, 383 Ladbroke Grove,W10 5AA.

Register your interest now by contacting Portobello Business Centre on tel. 020 7460 5050, or email us at

Reaching potential by Kensington and Chelsea Social Council

Kensington and Chelsea Social Council (KCSC) aims to assist individuals and organisations that want to provide original and innovative services to help the local community as well as supporting existing organisations to provide services in a sustainable way. The programme we have set out to do this has three main components:

Monthly workshops for start-up enterprises

This will consist of relaxed and creative monthly forums that provide networking opportunities to enable people to discuss and share ideas, ‘ideas labs’ that will enable those with similar interests to work together on a common cause, and the opportunity to meet specialist advisors for specific support.

Sustainable organisations training programme

This programme is for established organisations to help ensure they are sustainable long-term. This will be done by providing basic training on essentials (such as safeguarding and first aid), supporting staff development, and planning for the future and income generation.

Head_Space interactive talks and organisational development seminars

The seminars will cover a different subject every month, helping to build relationships between organisations and enabling leaders to consider new ways of working. The ‘Ted talks’-styleHead_Space events will provide inspirationand ‘food for thought’ and encourage innovative ways of thinking and new ways of working in an ever-changing environment.

Date and time

Autumn 2019

Venue to be confirmed

To register your interest please email:

For any queries call 020 7243 9809 and for more information please visit our

Tenants Participation Advisory Service Residents Associations’ (Tpas) training

Tpas will provide sessions for residents’ associations (RAs). The programme includes engaging, dynamic and wide-ranging training programmes and courses to ensure that residents’ associations are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful and self-sustaining.

We will run a modular programme that focuses on three key areas of learning:

Module one - Understanding the housing world

This module aims to equip RAs with the knowledge and understanding of housing policy, law and finance to provide them with an understanding of the background and context to the work they do, as well as the issues that affect people in their communities.

Module two - Running a successful residents’ association

This module covers the governance of RAs and the practices needed to ensure they are sustainable and successful.

Module three - Connecting with the community

This module ensures associations reflect their members’ priorities, and that they understand the priorities of the community. It will also help them to deliver a successful programme of activities and events within their community.

Date and time

  • Module one – September to October 2019
  • Module two – October to November 2019
  • Module three – February to March 2020


Bay 20, St Marks Road, W10 6JG

To register your interest, please email

Community coaching by Styleutions

We at Styleutions believe in this community’s future and will enable communities to identify its vast skill set and explore its potential. Our empowerment programme will be delivered in two parts; the first is community coaching and the second is individual, one-to-one coaching.

Community coaching

Our community coaching programme aspires to bring together members of the community to allow them to gain a better understanding of themselves and of each other, network, and strategise in a way that gives them greater confidence in their abilities and helps them achieve their goals. There will a two-hour session running every month starting September.

One to One coaching

Through our one-to-one coaching programme we aim to assist committed and determined individuals to achieve their life goals and aspirations. We will do this by helping them set realistic, smart goals, seize opportunities, plan and organise effectively and have a positive attitude in general.

Sessions are provided on an appointment basis, starting September.

Registration is open to all, to register your interest please email:

Date and time

  • starts October 2019


The Curve Community Centre, 10 Bard Road, W10 6TP

Introductory programme for leadership and management development

Leadership and management development is believed to be of benefit to any organisation. This belief is underpinned by well-established evidence that identifies the positive link between initiatives for the development of those with leadership and management responsibilities and the performance of both individuals and their organisations.

This three-day workshop delivered by Sukha Consulting will introduce participants to three core elements:

Leading self - will focus on emotional intelligence and explore self-awareness, building relationships and identifying the key leadership attributes of individual participants.

Leading others - will focus on developing a flexible approach to leadership, core leadership styles and how to get the best out of others - individuals, teams and partner organisations.

Leading across and beyond the organisation - will focus on transformational leadership with a particular emphasis on leading change both within the organisation and with partners and stakeholders.Participants will be introduced to leadership and management theory and will be asked to engage with one another and the workshop material to inform and enhance how they currently leadand manage.

Date and time to be confirmed


Bay 20, St Marks Road, W10 6JG.

To register for a place email:  or call 07980 016647.

Free workspace and office accommodation at Citizens Advice

At Citizens Advice we have space available.

If you need a desk for a day in a serviced office with wifi, or need a large meeting room for a few hours or a day, then our offices at 2 Acklam Road W10 5QZ is a good location close to the station.

Single desks are available in a fully working environment with CAB staff. The large meeting room is a great space to hold workshops or deliver training.

To book a room call: 020 8962 3483.