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Celebrating 50 Years of the Social Council

The Social Council was set up in 1960 as a unifying campaigning body for local grassroots groups that had sprung up in response to the race riots in Ladbroke Grove in 1958.

Named the Notting Hill Social Council, the organisation later merged with its younger sister organisation, the Chelsea Social Council and now forms the current umbrella organisation for community and voluntary organisations across the whole borough.

Throughout its history the Social Council has supported local activism and voluntary services. It has played a leading role in significant local campaigns like the opposition to the new Westway flyover in the late 60s and 70s.

In 2010 we celebrated this rich heritage through a year long project which included a series of special events to mark the occasion. The information on these web pages was collated as part of that celebration.