North Kensington community is asked to help co-create future adult support

Tuesday 2 February 2021

Kensington and Chelsea Council has been working with some brilliant grassroot providers under the ‘Together 4 Grenfell’ umbrella to deliver services for adults in the North Kensington community.

We have recently launched a consultation to ask for your help to make sure we’re getting it right and that we are reaching as many people as possible.

The existing projects, co-produced with local community organisations, aim to support adults in North Kensington who have been impacted by Grenfell. They are funded through the five-year Grenfell Recovery Strategy which was set up to support bereaved, survivors and the local community.

Built around the needs of local residents, they have been providing culturally appropriate support, including 1-2-1 counselling, mentoring, peer support, signposting and group wellbeing activities and  support for the past two years. The services are delivered by Al Hasaniya, Making Communities Work and Grow, Midaye and Al Manaar Cultural Heritage Centre.

With three years of the Recovery Programme remaining, we want to work with the community to gather feedback to help us shape the next phase of support. We have been working with the current Together 4 Grenfell providers to develop service proposals and have been speaking to our health and community and voluntary partners to support this and help us to plan for new services.

We also want to hear from the community about the services currently on offer, any experiences they may have had, what might need to be improved, what would make them access the services if they don’t already and what they feel could be better provided in the future. We also want to hear about any gaps in the offer (such as targeted services for older people or peer support projects which allow residents to come together to support one another in recovery) and to understand residents’ views about how we can better communicate the support available and involve residents in the planning and reviewing of services.

To get involved and have your say, please complete the survey at https://consult.rbkc.gov.uk/adults-social-care-and-health/adults-emotional-health-and-wellbeing/. We are planning a number of focus groups and workshops to support this consultation process over the next few weeks and want to have community representation at these.

If you would like to discuss this further, need assistance in completing the survey, would like the translated survey in Arabic or Somali, or want to be part of the focus groups please email Hooda Sabbah at Grenfellcommissioning@rbkc.gov.uk (Monday to Friday) or call 07712 549000 (Monday to Thursday).

The consultation runs until Monday 15 March 2021.