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What we do

We raise awareness of the contrasts and needs that exist locally

We champion the work of small charities to attract support for them

We help donors makes choices about giving which match their own passions

We advise and devise effective ways for people to support local causes

We offer a central hub for giving from individuals, schools and businesses

We make grants to local charities that will offer real benefits to our community

We are a voice for small local charities and groups

We innovate and run impactful campaigns which tackle pressing issues

Making
a difference
  • £312,000
    In grants made to 47 local charities in 2015/16
  • £63,000
    Raised for our Winter Warmth and Summer Sparks campaigns which helped 1,598 local children and adults
  • £128,000
    Worth of in-kind goods and support distributed to 48 charities
  • 253
    Employees from local businesses gave their time and talents
  • 589
    Donations received from local people, businesses, schools and trusts
  • 26
    Schools involved in our projects and campaigns across the Borough

Campaigns

We raise support for individual charities in partnership with them to address local pressing needs, we bring the resources together and the charities deliver the services. Our current campaigns are:

The Young Sparks Campaign

Young Sparks is our campaign to help fire up potential in local children. It embraces all young people, no matter what their background or where they live. They may be dealing with a variety of challenging situations – including families going through a difficult time, low-income households, those for whom English is not the first language, young people who are in hospital or growing up caring for a family member who is ill or disabled.

The campaign raises funds and in-kind support for a network of charities and community groups. They invest in young people in our Borough to help them believe in a positive future and achieve their aspirations.

 

  • 20%+
    of under 16s in Kensington and Chelsea live in poverty
  • 29%
    of families cannot afford to fund hobbies and sport
  • 25%
    of families live in overcrowded conditions

We aim to reach more than 1000 young people a year aged 5-21 through investing in this campaign to improve local young lives.

We act as a central hub and all of the resources donated to us go direct to help our local young people. Follow the download link below to see some of the groups we are working to support.

 

The Hands Across The Borough Campaign

  • £95,516.12
    has been raised so far for Hands Across the Borough

Hands Across the Borough

Thank you so much to those of you who have already got behind our new campaign Hands Across the Borough to combat local isolation and loneliness.

 

As well as working to bring people together and make connections, we are raising funds to invest in projects with our local charity and community partners to provide vital support for those who are particularly vulnerable to loneliness.  Since our campaign launched in December 2016, we have raised £95,516.12 through the very generous support of local people, businesses and schools. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has got on board to help.

“The Drop-in is really important to me. I don’t want to be at home every day. I like seeing my friends. The Hands Across the Borough grant will help Equal People Mencap keep it going. That’s good.”

Equal People Mencap Client

Making a Difference together

You’ve helped us to raise funds to support people with disabilities including hearing-impairment, the bereaved, marginalised people of all ages, women who have suffered domestic violence, older men and those suffering from dementia.

 

These first Hands Across the Borough projects are receiving grants ranging from £1,000 – £10,000 and will be delivered by ADKC (Action Disability Kensington & Chelsea), Age UK Kensington & Chelsea, Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre, Cruse Bereavement Care, Equal People Mencap, Family Friends, Intermission Youth Theatre, Making Communities Work and Grow, Nova New Opportunities, Open Age, St Cuthberts Centre, Westway Trust and Woman’s Trust.

Hands up for Community
  • 47%
    of homes have just one person living in them, the highest % in the country
  • 1000
    adults living in the north of the Borough don’t speak any English, making it harder for them to connect with others
  • 86%
    of the Borough’s housing is flats. Half are above ground floor level and some have no lifts, making access difficult for people with mobility issues
Ideas for ways you can help
  • Donate money to a vital project to help local people who are isolated
  • Fundraise as an individual, business or school
  • Provide a theatre, museum, green space or venue for a community event
  • Donate your time and talent to one of our projects
  • Start a ‘say hello to your neighbour’ project in your own street

The Winter warmth Campaign

Can you help keep a neighbour warm this winter?

Winter Warmth raises funds so that older people who face hardship during the winter months can be helped with their heating costs and keep warm.

Every penny we receive goes to those who need it most. Anyone can help but we particularly encourage those who receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate all or part of it to a neighbour in need.

So far we have allocated £12,909 in funds  to support 45 older  people in need.  Please help if you can.

"I was awarded a Winter Warmth grant last Winter to cover my energy bills. This took away a great deal of stress and worry," A K&C resident.

‘This campaign is a wonderful way for people to share what they don’t seriously need. Donating your winter fuel allowance ensures it directly benefits neighbours  in need.’

Sylvia Syms,
Actress and local resident

Stories

Here are some of the people and charities we support

CLICK THEIR PICTURE FOR MORE INFO

Douglas & Gordon's great furniture donation
Sebastian
Full of Life
Family Friends
Rashid
SMART
Intermission theatre

Charities supported

In 2015/16 we generated direct financial and in kind support for 95 local charities, community groups and social enterprises. We were also supported by 253 employees from local business who gave their time and talents.

The charities we help work in the areas of:

Disabilities and Mental Health, Education, Families, Young People and Children, Employment and Opportunities, Older People, Health and Sport, Homelessness, The Arts and The Environment.

Schools programme

We work with local schools to help inspire, inform and involve children to contribute to the community they are part of.

Glendower Prep at Open Age New Horizons Centre for the WWII Diary Project

Our Schools Programme

Makes schools and young people more aware of their local community through volunteering and campaigns

Builds relationships and encourages links between schools and local charities

Raises funds from local schools, parents and children for local initiatives and groups.

“We have had a fantastic year working with The K&C Foundation. They have continually offered the pupils of Knightsbridge School their expertise and constant encouragement to offer the students the opportunity to volunteer their services within the community.

Norland Place School's little volunteers at Hornimans Adventure Playground

Everyday Magic at Our Lady of Victories Primary School, supported by Bassett House School

The Food Explorers at St Thomas CE Primary School promoting healthy eating