We provide a central service and expertise to those who want to give to help improve lives in our community. We work with our excellent network of local charities, helping them to achieve their ambitions to improve the lives of local people.
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
We encourage collaborations between several local charities through our own campaigns which strengthens the ability to respond and make a bigger impact on pressing needs. We currently run three campaigns:
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.
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.
“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.”
Winter Warmth raises funds so that oder 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.
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.’
School summer holidays can be hard for low income families who struggle to pay for opportunities for their children which many of us take for granted. Summer Sparks is our campaign to address this.
Working with local community partners we give local children the chance to enjoy summer. Activities include arts, cooking, crafts, drama, music, sports and dance. Thank you to all of you who have helped us raise funds for this campaign. More news on 2017 soon.
“There is nothing better in the world than to see these kids smile, knowing that despite their troubled experiences, we can offer them the support and affection they deserve.” Summer Sparks volunteer.
Here are some of the people and charities we support
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.
Disabilities and Mental Health, Education, Families, Young People and Children, Employment and Opportunities, Older People, Health and Sport, Homelessness, The Arts and The Environment.
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 Kensington & Chelsea 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