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Growing Portobello Square’s Community Offer

This neighbourhood is known for its lively community, and is full of fantastic initiatives that have grown straight out of what people here need and enjoy. Throughout the regeneration, Catalyst Gateway have been supporting those initiatives to grow in strength and scope. For every £1 they’ve invested, they’ve secured another £3.48 of funding from partners – even more when you include ‘in kind’ support like volunteer hours. And the community have put it all to great use…

Goldfinger Factory

A social enterprise based in Trellick Tower, Goldfinger Factory worked with Catalyst to do up the Catalyst community shop at Paul House. Catalyst are also sponsoring a place on their trainee programme, which trains local young people in the skills they need to become self-supporting craftspeople. This creates another paid traineeship for Portobello Square, and gives Goldfinger another pair of hands to make beautiful furniture from upcycled materials. A third of Goldfinger Factory’s profits go back into local projects, so the investment delivers benefits far beyond the trainee themselves. Through this work, Goldfinger Factory have developed a strong relationship with Catalyst and are now delivering community projects in some of our other neighbourhoods.

Community Champions

With the local Public Health Team and Catalyst, the Venture Centre launched the five-year Community Champions project in summer 2016. These brilliant volunteers support people in the area to live well and enjoy life. So far, 19 Champions have been trained in a Level 2 qualification, and used it to deliver 500 hours of support to local people. Since the project launched, they’ve run campaigns on cancer awareness, oral health and winter health. They’ve also surveyed residents to find out health issues, and organised a festive day of fun and relaxation at Christmas for around 30 local families.

North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop

A great way of getting local women together and active in the community, the North Kensington Women’s Textile Workshop worked hard to create the beautiful cushions and light boxes you see in the Community Shop at Paul House.

Catalyst Gateway are helping the group develop the capacity to bid for their ownfunding, by covering their hall hire costs to provide stability and supporting events that raise their profile in the local area.

If you’d like to find out more about any of these projects, contact Donna Kelly, Community Investment Co-ordinator, at Donna.Kelly@chg.org.uk

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