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Community Engagement

There is a single point of contact for voluntary and community sector organisations that wish to discuss community engagement issues and concerns. The dedicated email address for the Community Engagement team is now live and please do forward it on to all relevant contacts, including those that may like to sign up to the regular email bulletin: Communityengagement@grenfellresponse.org

Public meeting next Wednesday at Notting Hill Methodist Church 

The next community public meeting will take place next week, Wednesday 9 August, from 6pm to 7.30pm at Notting Hill Methodist Church, 240 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, W11 4AH. 
 
The session will aim to provide:

  • an update from Response Team representatives
  • a face-to- face question and answer session
  • guidance on information and support available.

Meetings are open to the public, so please do come along or invite people from the Lancaster West estate who you think would like to attend.

If you have suggestions of any issues you would like to see addressed at the meeting, please contact communityengagement@grenfellresponse.org.

Grenfell Assistance Centre moves to long-term premises at The Curve, Bard Road

Located just around the corner from Latimer Road Station and the Westway Centre, it will ensure that there is a space for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to meet up and continue to access services.

The new centre will open its doors on Thursday 20 July and will continue to provide residents with an extensive range of support. The new building will also provide a space for the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire to meet with family, friends and neighbours.

The centre will be open from 10am to 8pm everyday and will provide support and advice from a wide range of agencies including the NHS, Benefits, Post Office, Adults’ and Children’s Social Care, and Housing.

Other services include:

  • emotional support
  • a crèche for children
  • food and toiletries area
  • an area to place orders for new clothes

Community volunteers will also be present to carry on their crucial work of supporting those affected in every way possible

Latest funding update - Press Release from K&C Foundation

Dear supporters and charity partners,

Thank you so much for all your support. We will continue to keep you updated on our Grenfell Tower Fund. Here is our latest press statement.

K&C FOUNDATION DIRECTOR SAYS FAMILIES NEED LONG TERM COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT

The Director of the K&C Foundation, an independent charity based in North Kensington for nearly ten years, has said today that the families affected by last month’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower needed long-term compassionate support, rooted in the local community.

As the K&C Foundation’s Grenfell Tower Fund reaches £4.5 million, Director Susan Dolton said that there should be no immediate deadlines for accessing funds.

“Although we have already made substantial financial commitments to the families affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, this is not a situation for quick fixes or immediate deadlines. What is needed, and what we at the K&C Foundation are committed to deliver, is long-term compassionate support and care based locally here in the community. We appreciate that this is an extremely stressful time and that people will want to come forward in their own time to access support. As such, we need to make sure families can get direct support at the right time, and in the right way, and that is what we are delivering by working with partners with the necessary expertise.”

Susan Dolton also said:

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the K&C Foundation’s Grenfell Tower Fund. The devastating fire has prompted a truly overwhelming response from both individuals and businesses across the UK and abroad.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones, have been injured and who have lost their homes and belongings. We are focused on ensuring that 100% of the monies raised goes to these people who have been directly affected by the fire, and to the local community.

The donations we have received have no deadlines attached to them in terms of when they should be spent and our approach will be that people can access support at a time which is most appropriate to them.”

The Grenfell Tower Fund
As of today, funds from over 25,000 donors mean that the K&C Foundation’s Grenfell Tower Fund total stands at £4.5 million.

Initial support
An initial £120,000 was made available within days of the tragedy to six organisations working on the frontline, due to the Foundation’s existing relationships with local charities. These organisations - Rugby Portobello Trust, ClementJames Centre, Venture Community Association, The Harrow Club and Westway Trust working at the Westway Sports Centre and Latymer Community Church - were able to quickly pass this funding on in the form of payments to people from Grenfell Tower who had lost their homes or those in the wider area who had been displaced.

Joint action
Donations totalling £1.2 million have been committed by the K&C Foundation to a joint charity initiative with British Red Cross and London Emergencies Trust, coordinated by the Charity Commission. These funds enable payments and provide advice and guidance on the following basis:

  • £20,000 for the next of kin of people who have lost their lives or are missing
  • Up to £10,000 to help and support each seriously injured person.

This support is being distributed by the London Emergencies Trust, a charity which has the expertise to support the victims of emergencies. People affected in this way can call the British Red Cross helpline on 0800 458 9472 and will be helped every step of the way.

A new start
The K&C Foundation has set aside a further £1.2 million for ‘ Fresh Start’ grants of £10,000 for every family from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk to help them rebuild their lives. This funding recognises the trauma and stress which the survivors of Grenfell Tower are experiencing and that their wish to find new suitable accommodation is one of their key concerns.

These grants will be made when new temporary or permanent accommodation has been secured and will be paid through the Rugby Portobello Trust, a local organisation which has been one of the centres close to Grenfell Tower offering help and support since the early hours of June 14. Rugby Portobello Trust will also be offering follow up visits to families once they are settled into their new homes and have dedicated two team members to this work. They can be contacted on 0207 229 2928 or email: newhomesteam@rpt.org.uk

The remaining funds
The K&C Foundation’s ongoing response will adapt in line with the total amount raised for the Grenfell Tower Fund as donations continue to come in. The developing needs of residents and the local community will remain at the heart of any response by the K&C Foundation, who will work very closely with the affected community, local voluntary sector, schools and faith groups to ensure that the donations received are used to best effect and benefit those they were intended for in the medium and longer term.

With best wishes

Susan

Susan Dolton - Director, The K&C Foundation