Grenfell Community Leadership Programme

Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, there will be a delay in delivering the next phase of the Community Leadership Programme. The Programme will restart as soon as the current crisis is over and PHE advice on social distancing allows.  

The Grenfell 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.

Workshops have now started 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.

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.

The workshop will start with an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

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 over two sessions:

Session 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 two workshops will be creative, fun and inclusive. There will be interpreters to help translate to all participants and childcare is available.

Session Two – one-to-one training

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

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

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

Dates and times:

  • Session 1: Monday 11 November at 10am to 12 noon
  • Session 2: Monday 25 November at 10am to 12 noon

To be followed by one-to-one coaching sessions.


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.

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 7 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 9 November 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Saturday 16 November 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 30 November 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Sunday 8 December 2019 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 10 December 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 18 December 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 8 January 2020 from 6pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 11 January 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 19 January 2020 from 2pm to 4pm
  • Sunday 26 January 2020 from 2pm to 4pm


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

To register your interest in any of our courses or if you have any questions, please email 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

  • dates in January 2020 and June 2020 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: 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: January 2020 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 and time: February 2020 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: May 2020 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

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)

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)

Three-Day Food Business Course 

More than 15 experienced professionals and experts will share their knowledge with all of you who want to start a food business or grow your own street food, restaurant, café, pub, catering, food truck… The course covers Marketing Research and Strategy, Business Planning, Health & Safety, Accounting, Menu Strategy, Crowdfunding, Loans Schemes, Pricing, Intellectual Property and much more.

Dates and times: Monday 21, Monday 28  and Tuesday 29 October 2019 from 10am to 4pm

Start Your Own Business 

This is a two-and-a-half-hour seminar that will demonstrate the bigger picture of starting a business. It will help identify whether your business idea is viable and will boost your confidence. Having attended the seminar, the next step would be the 3-day “Start Your Own Business” Course.

Dates and times:  Introduction: Thursday 31 October 2019 from 10am to 12:30pm

Get Your Pitch (Brand Story) Ready  

This course, specifically generated to help RBKC residents to present their idea on the “Grenfell Projects Fund” grand programme, will help you to organise your thoughts and build a clear and effective presentation about your brand story in order to impress your audience.

Dates and times: Tuesday 5 November and Thursday 7 November 2019 from 10am to 1pm

Venue for all courses:

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

Register your interest now by contacting Portobello Business Centre on 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:

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’-style Head_Space events will provide inspiration and ‘food for thought’ and encourage innovative ways of thinking and new ways of working in an ever-changing environment.

Dates, times and venues:

Workshop/trainingDate and timeVenue
Gift Aid trainingThursday 17 October 2019 from 9.30am to 12.30pmKensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Safeguarding Adults trainingWednesday 23 October 2019 from 9.30am to 12.30pmKensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
Power of Communities HeadspaceFriday 1 November 2019 from 2pm to 4.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Events FundraisingThursday 7 November 2019 from 2pm to 4.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Introduction to DataTuesday 12 November 2019 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Arts Council SurgeriesThursday 14 November 2019 from 9.30am to 1pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Equality and DiversityThursday 28 November 2019 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Environment Head_SpaceFriday 6 December 2019 from 3.30pm to 5.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Grenfell Project Fund: 'Perfecting your Pitch' SurgeryWednesday 11 December 2019 from 5pm to 7pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Stress in the workplaceThursday 12 December 2019 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Excel for Monitoring and Evaluating your ImpactMonday 16 December 2019 from 10am to 12.30pm

Freston Road Hub, 196 Freston Road,
W10 6TT

Creating Easy Infographics for ImpactMonday 16 December 2019 from 1pm to 4.30pm

Freston Road Hub, 196 Freston Road,
W10 6TT

Grenfell Project Fund: ‘Perfecting Your Pitch’ SurgeryWednesday 18 December 2019 from 5pm to 7pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Big Lottery SurgeriesMonday 13 January 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Fire SafetyThursday 16 January 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmVenue to be confirmed
Participation SeminarTuesday 21 January 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
National Lottery Community Fund advice and guidance surgeriesWednesday 22 January from 9.30 am to 1pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Crowdfunding TrainingThursday 30 January 2020 from 10am to 1pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Setting up Finance SystemsMonday 3 February 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Selling Products and Services (for SEs and charities)Thursday 6 February 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Making Numbers Count Head_SpaceWednesday 12 February 2020 from 3.30pm to 5.30pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace Monday 24 February 2020 from 9.30am to 5pm 

Committee Room 1, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX

Monitoring and Evaluation Practice SharingTuesday 3 March 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Grant Fundraising for BeginnersThursday 12 March 2020 from 10am to 12.30pmKensington and Chelsea Social Council, 111-1117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Emergency First Aid At WorkFriday 13 March 2020 from 10am to 5pmBay 20, 71 St Marks Road, W10 6JG
Future of the VCS Head_SpaceTuesday 31 March 2020 from 3.30pm to 5.30pmto be confirmed - see the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council website for details

To register your interest please email

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

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. 

Dates and times:

  • Module one  

    Housing Law - Monday 25 November 2019 from 10am to 2:30pm
    Housing Policy - Saturday 30 November 2019 from 10am to 2:30pm
    Housing Finance - Tuesday 31 December 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm

  • Module two 

    Chairing and Committee Skills - Wednesday 11 December 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Raising Money and Managing your money - Saturday 9 November 2019 from 11am to 3.30pm
    Genera Data Protection Regulations - Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm
    Showing your Value - Saturday 18 January 2020 from 11am to 3.30pm
    Meetings and AGMs - Saturday 25 January 2020 from 11am to 3.30pm 
    Knowledge Exchange Visit - Thursday 26 March 2020.Site visit, times dependent on destination. To be confirmed

  • Module three
    Consulting with your community - Saturday 15 February 2020 from 11am to 3.30pm
    Running community events - Saturday 22 February 2020 from 11am to 3.30pm
    Managing Community buildings - Tuesday 10 March 2020 from 10am to 2.30pm


Bay 20, St Marks Road, W10 6JG

To register your interest, please email

Community coaching and life 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.

Personal life coaching

If you are ready to make changes in your life

Life Coach Bash will work with you over a period of 12 weeks. We will set realistic and achievable goals (small steps) towards your desired life. We will meet every 2 weeks and I will encourage you to meet your desired goal.

You may not believe it now, but you have all the answers and the knowledge how to get where you want to be. I will help you overcome 'self doubt', I will help you overcome your 'limiting beliefs.  We will explore what makes you ‘tick’?  Learn how to develop and sustain self motivation.  We learn to stop thinking and start doing!

Date and time: 

Tuesday 28 July 2020  (time booked directly with client)

To book a place, email, text 07947109876 or you can complete the Register of Interest form 

Community coaching

The group is led by Life Coach Bash. 

Each month you will learn different techniques to help you to develop a range of resilience and positive skills to help you in your daily life.  Each month you will be introduced to a new technique we will work in large and small groups to practice and as a large group we will share how and what we have learnt. The sessions will be interactive and we hope by working with other members of your community you will grow as an individual and as a group. You will learn techniques such as how to become and stay motivated, how to speak confidently in public, how to overcome nerves,  how to overcome self doubt.  Over time the skills will become natural and  provide increased confidence that you can use to make positive changes in all areas of your life.

Date and time:

Tuesday 29 October 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 26 November 2019  from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 17 December 2019 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 28 January 2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 25 February 2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 31 March 2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 28 April 2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 26 May2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm
Tuesday 30 June 2020 from 6.30pm to 8pm

To book a place, email, text 07947109876 or you can complete the Register of Interest form   


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.

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 29 October, Wednesday 30 October and Thursday 31 October 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm 
  • Tuesday 19 October, Wednesday 20 November and Thursday 21 November 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm


Citizens Advice, 2 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ

To register for a place email

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.