We are working in conjunction with Kensington and Chelsea Social Council to deliver a joint project called K&C Together, a programme that aims to increase the number of Kensington & Chelsea residents working, paid and unpaid, in the borough’s voluntary and community organisations (VCOs). The target population are those who are marginalised, experiencing structural barriers to inclusion, and so are less likely to be found in K&C VCOs, particularly (though not exclusively) in decision-making roles. We think that the better these organisations reflect the reality of life in the borough and the people who live in it, the greater their ability to tackle the causes of the problems local people care most about.
The programme seeks to include and enable anyone who can benefit from it, so we are promoting K&C Together widely and talking with anyone who wants to get involved. We will specifically target people from groups least represented in local VCOs, including:
We know that poverty is one of the biggest barriers to people realising their potential. While many voluntary and community organisations in K&C aim to work with people from low-income households, people with first-hand experience of poverty can face a range of barriers to getting paid or voluntary roles in these groups, so K&C Together also targets people living in low income households.
If you face a barrier to getting involved that isn’t on our list we still want to hear from you. We have asked some local people with experience of the barriers on our list to join us in designing and delivering K&C Together because we know we don’t have all the answers and we need help from you to improve things.
First, we want to understand what you love, what you’re good at, what your goals are, and any things that get in the way of where you want to go. We aim to discuss these things with you and make a plan together. Ways we can help include:
In addition to working with you we will also be working with the organisations to enable them to recognise the barriers they present and start to dismantle them.
Please email Sheona at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07961 208 896 to get involved.