The Curve has closed
The Curve Community Centre is now permanently closed.
Curve staff are continuing to work in North Kensington based voluntary and community organisations and are engaging with residents, service providers and partner organisations to address needs and signpost to opportunities.
- Curve legacy
The Curve Community Centre in Bard Road is now permanently closed. All organisations who were based there are being supported with alternative accommodation, and additional funding being made available for community-led events.
After a number of conversations with the Curve Board of Governors, residents who have expressed an interest in being part of the Curve Legacy working group, and wider community members, there is a collective consensus that the remaining £1.3m Curve budget is used to support those most affected by the Grenfell tragedy. This view is consistent with a community conversation that was held with the North Kensington community last year by an independent organisation on behalf of the Council. Its aim was to hear the community’s aspirations for the future of The Curve.
The community conversation asked how the community wanted The Curve’s remaining £1.3m budget to be spent. Residents chose a Curve Legacy Fund to be set up from the remaining budget, as well as an independent Community Trust to oversee the budget.
Grenfell-affected residents will now get to decide how a new Curve Legacy Fund, designed to fund projects that serve the North Kensington community, will be spent.
- Residents’ working group and independent Community Trust
We have been working to establish a residents’ working group who will appoint the new independent Community Trust. This Trust will oversee the remaining £1.3m Curve budget. The new Community Trust will be made up of members of the North Kensington community.
Following the deadline of 30 June, we have been having informal discussions with residents who expressed an interest in joining the working group. The first of these took place on 12 July with further meetings due to be held throughout the summer. These informal meetings are to provide information so that everyone is up to date. We know that not everyone will be available at the same times or to meet at the same location, and so we are working around people’s needs and availability. We will provide support to the Working Group and organise the first full meeting in the second half of September.
At the meeting on 12 July, residents told us that “we need to be more inclusive of residents from North Kensington” and that they would like to see the opportunity for people to join the group stay open till the first full meeting in September. Given this feedback, we will continue to add interested residents to the Working Group. Residents are also keen that an independent person should chair any future meetings so we will be discussing this at the full meeting in September.
If you would like to join the meeting in September or would like to find out more, please email email@example.com or call 07814 362320.
- How we are helping Curve-based organisations
We have been working closely and sensitively with organisations who were based at The Curve to understand both their needs and the needs of their service users so we can collectively best find solutions that will enable services to continue. The support has included accommodation and also recognising the importance of familiarity for the service users.
This work started at the beginning of the year and we will continue to support these organisations. A nine-month transition plan that includes financial assistance and advice for them to run their programmes at alternative locations, fundraising support and access to organisational development guidance has been put in place.
We have ensured all alternative locations are as close as possible to The Curve to make it easy for residents to travel to and from.
Youth and sports provision previously delivered from The Curve have now moved to Fit for Life Youth HQ at 151 Freston Road.
- Kidzbox with Tyrone
- Salsa with Antonio
- Zumba with Ana
- Fit for Life fitness classes
- Albanian Dance Youth Group sessions
- Jaguar Taekwondo
If you would like a copy of the timetable, please email Fit for Life Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following services who were based at The Curve will be operating from The SPACE, 214 Freston Road:
- Fouzia’s Sewing Class
- Dehlia’s Healthy Cooking
The remaining services who were based at The Curve are term-time providers and will resume their activities in September 2022. Details of their new locations will be added to this web page.
- North Kensington community organisations
There are also lots of other North Kensington community organisations and spaces offering different facilities and service for local residents. We have listed them on this page:
- SPACE (214 Freston Road, W10) - The SPACE is a community-led health and wellbeing hub that offers a variety of services to Grenfell-affected communities including food support, a baby bank, a holistic wellbeing programme and more. Contact the SPACE at email@example.com or on 0800 047 8161.
- Fit for Life Youth (151 Freston Road, W10) - FFLY provides educational and sports programmes for the North Kensington community. As well as delivering sports coaching for children, young people and adults, FFLY operate a gym and deliver sports coaching qualifications for young adults. Contact FFLY at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07949 162082.
- The Harrow Club (187 Freston Road, W10) - The Harrow Clun works with children and families and provides a range of youth club activities and programmes to support, entertain and develop the life skills of local youths. Contact Harrow Club at email@example.com or on 020 8969 2528.
- Rugby Portobello Trust (221 Walmer Road, W11) - RPT is a charity that supports children, youth and families through educational, sport, arts and music projects as well as employment programmes and mental health support. Contact RPT at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7229 2928.
- Bay20 (71 St Mark’s Road, W10) - is a community space that provides spaces for local people as well as a community café. Contact Bay20 at email@example.com or on 020 3579 0384.
- The ClementJames Centre (95 Sirdar Road, W11) - The centre provides a range of support to local residents including employment support, educational support for children and young people, functional skills courses for adults, and wellbeing and advice. Contact ClementJames at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7221 8810.
- Dalgarno Community Centre (Dalgarno Way, W10) - Dalgarno is a community centre that runs projects and services promoting health, wellbeing and inclusion. Activities include health and wellbeing programmes, community champions, volunteering opportunities and a community foodbank, as well as fitness and music classes. Contact Dalgarno at email@example.com or on 020 8969 6300.
- Lancaster Youth Hub (128 Lancaster Road, W11) - Lancaster is a fully integrated youth club that runs a programme of activities aged 13 to 19 or up to 25 if they have a disability or are care leavers. The club programme includes open access nights as well as music production sessions, arts and crafts, cooking classes and accessibility nights designed for young people with additional needs. Contact the Youth Hub Coordinator on 07890 604817.
- Canalside Activity Centre (Canal Close, W10) - Canalside is a water sports site that offers activities for children and young people aged 8 to 18, including kayaking, canoeing, wall climbing, and after-school multi-sport coaching sessions. The Youth Club runs at Canalside on Wednesdays from 5 to 6pm. Kayaking is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4.30 to 7pm. Contact John Kain at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- New funding for North Ken community projects
We recognise the importance of communities being able to organise events of cultural significance as well as events that commemorate the Grenfell tragedy. Therefore, we are making funding available to North Kensington communities to lead and organise events. These can be:
- cultural events
- events that raise awareness of issues that affect the community
- events that pay respect or honour bereaved and survivors of the Grenfell tragedy
- events that bring communities together for collective reflection.
A number of these events were previously held at The Curve Community Centre. The Council will continue to support events that bring communities together, celebrate diversity and are organised in a way that is inclusive.
Who can apply:
- a not-for-profit organisation based in North Kensington
- an individual affiliated to a registered group in North Kensington
What we can fund:
- costs of venue hire and other related event costs
- refreshments for consumption at the event
- small items of expenditure for activities
- any other reasonable expenditure directly relating to the activity
- Applicants may be asked to present a breakdown of costs.
What the fund will not pay for:
- private events e.g. birthdays, christenings, graduation
- events or activities that are already being funded through other Grenfell funding programmes
- political events or campaigning
- profit-making or fundraising activities
- running costs including salaries
- transportation costs, storage or delivery fees
How much can I apply for?
- the maximum amount is £1,500
How to apply:
To request an application form please email GrenfellCommunityTeam@rbkc.gov.uk or call Sami on 07739 314338.
Anyone interested in planning and delivering an event should contact GrenfellCommunityTeam@rbkc.gov.uk or call Sami on 07739 314338 for more information.
Last updated: 29 July 2022