A collaboration with a local award winning social enterprise, Goldfinger Factory, has resulted in a stylish venue for community projects and specialist support activities for local people.
Goldfinger Factory have used their fantastic design skills and creative use of recycled materials to transform a Catalyst retail unit near Ladbroke Grove into a community space that can be put to a variety of uses. Goldfinger Factory also train and employ local people to do the work and give a share of any profits to local community projects.
The bench seating is made from chipboard previously used for the London Marathon and has hidden storage drawers and can be moved around to allow a varied use of the space. Goldfinger Factory also fitted the desks, which were donated by local resident and Habitat designer Tom Dixon, with new tops to match the rest of the furnishings. Other design features include the stacking of chairs and folding-up of tables onto the wall.
The North Kensington Women’s Textile Group have beautifully decorated the space with soft furnishings, and the ceiling light diffusers are illustrated with photographs of the women making the cushions.
“ It’s amazing what has been achieved by local organisations sharing their skills and innovatively using recycled materials. The end product looks just as modern as surrounding shops and galleries,” says Donna Kelly, who works as a Community Investment Co-ordinator for Catalyst.
The Community Space
Catalyst will use the new shop to deliver services to help its residents to improve their circumstances and realise their potential. These services include help to find jobs or access training, dealing with household bills and budgeting, and support for young people.
The new ‘Catalyst & Community’ space is currently open three days per week, Tuesday to Thursday, from 10am to 4pm. No appointment necessary, just pop in say hello and Catalyst’s friendly team will be delighted to help you. Alternatively, please email firstname.lastname@example.org