Residents help to influence future delivery of Grenfell community projects

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Residents’ feedback is now helping to shape how future rounds of Grenfell Projects Funds (GPF) and Community Leadership Programmes (CLP) will be delivered following a recent consultation.

The consultation ran from 18 February to 9 April 2021 and saw almost 100 responses about the GPF and 80 on the CLP. Thanks to everyone who we spoke to and who responded via the survey.

We’ve received a lot of feedback about how residents can be more involved in the design and delivery of both the Fund and Programme. The idea of creating a resident-led steering group or panel proved popular, so we are looking at the best way to go about this. Please keep an eye out for how you can get involved via the Council’s website and other channels. If you’d like to express your interest now, please email GrenfellCommunityTeam@rbkc.gov.uk or call Kevin Ramsey on 07857 696791.

Some other key feedback from residents on the GPF consultation was:

  • Half of those who responded thought the GPF was a success and 64 per cent would recommend that a friend or neighbour apply to the GPF
  • Almost half of respondents said the six themes should remain the same (Wellbeing for children, young people or adults, educational opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, enterprise and qualifications, social and cultural events that bring communities together and provide information to increase connections across the community including initiatives to reduce isolation for older people, community safety that increases the safety of everyone, activities for young people and food growing/greening and food-based activities that increase communities coming together and enhances the local environment)
  • The majority of respondents favoured a combination of a resident-led steering group and a public vote for the decision-making process
  • Residents would like to receive information about the GPF through the Council’s social media platforms, texts, WhatsApp groups and face-to-face meetings. Many respondents felt that the website was the best place to get information about the Fund. 

Feedback on the CLP highlighted:

  • More than half of respondents said that they learnt new things whilst taking part in a CLP course and 49 per cent said that the CLP helped them think about what they can offer to the wider community
  • Residents wanted courses and training to focus on fundraising, budget management, IT and community and bid writing
  • Respondents were keen to have a combination of a resident-led steering group and an online voting process to decide what courses should be delivered as part of the CLP
  • Respondents would like to receive information about the CLP through the Council’s social media platforms, texts, WhatsApp groups and face-to-face meetings. Many respondents felt that the website was the best place to get information about the CLP
  • The need for improved marketing of the CLP to engage more residents

Alongside setting up the resident-led steering group or panel, our other main priority now is to ensure those projects that were successful in year one of the GPF start delivering, now lockdown restrictions are easing. These include a community documentary, planting trees and plants, cycling and swimming lessons, plus many more. Search “Grenfell Projects Fund” on the Council’s website for details of how to get involved. 

You can also find details of how to get involved with current CLP courses by searching "Community Leadership Programme".

To read the full consultation reports and findings on the GPF visit https://consult.rbkc.gov.uk/communities/grenfell-projects-fund-2021/ and for the CLP visit https://consult.rbkc.gov.uk/communities/community-leadership-programme-2021/