We've teamed up with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), Nour Festival of Arts and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company (THSC) to present MTV EMA 2013 Award Winner-Ahmed Soultan, one of the leading figures in the Moroccan music scene. Soultan, will be bringing his Afro-Arabian sounds to the Westway, with a debut guest appearance on Thursday 6th November at the Flyover Portobello, as part of a six week celebration of contemporary Middle Eastern and North African arts and culture.
We’ve recently teamed up with the Clement James Centre, Venture Community Association and Catalyst Housing, to launch ‘Westway Pop Up Crèche’, an affordable childcare solution for public and private sector organisations.
The launch of this unique service not only supports local businesses who often find it a challenge organising and gaining staff attendance to conferences, events or training courses, but the crèche also provides an employment pathway into the childcare sector for individuals who are looking to get a head start into the industry.
The British Academy has announced the 2014 winners of its Schools Language Awards. 14 prizes of £4,000 each were awarded to schools and colleges – or institutions supporting them – to support them with their work to increase the numbers of students learning languages at higher levels.
One of the 14 schools to receive a prize was Azza Supplementary School, based at, Colville Primary School, North Kensington. The prize was awarded to Azza in recognition of its success in improving students’ skills in Arabic and English through the use of poetry, drama and visual arts.
This weekend saw the best of the best in British climbing converge at Sheffield’s ‘National Performance Centre’ for the 2014 British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCCs). Chief amongst them was Westway's Performance Climbing Squad, and it is safe to say they did both the Trust and themselves very proud!
Westway Climbing has the largest junior climbing programme in the UK, with 350 children attending regular classes. These classes cater for the beginner to the elite, and of which the Performance Climbing Squad is a direct result!
We've just announced the beginning of our Creative Apprenticeship Programme in collaboration with Kensington & Chelsea College.
The Trust is specifically looking to attract hard-working,creative and ambitious minded young people aged between 16 and 24, who are keen to jump start their career. With only 16 places available on the 12 month Creative Apprenticeship Programme, individuals will be given access to an extraordinary network within the creative industry.
As part of our strategy to improve health and well-being as well as tackle child obesity in the area, our renowned Westway Sports & Fitness Centre is working with schools in the borough to provide subsidised climbing sessions. This initiative forms the backbone of our strategic plan that will provide children with sporting opportunities that have previously not been readily available to them.
Westway Presents… is proud to introduce an evening with local documentary photographer Steve Mepsted who will be showcasing a photography installation entitled ‘Orphans’ which exemplifies the diversity of the North Kensington community, taken from a photography archive around the time the A40 flyover was built between 1969 and 1971.
In Mid August, the Princes Trust Community group came to Westway Sports Centre to support our holiday programme volunteers as one of their community projects. The group of 16-24 year olds were coming to the end of a 12 week programmed designed to help them develop skills, build confidence, take responsibility and get to know their local community.
Following a successful application to the Creative and Cultural Skills Council, the Westway Trust have now secured funds of more than £150k towards providing creative apprenticeships for local unemployed young people.
A contribution pledged at the end of July from the Creative Employment Programme will help us to fund 16 full time apprenticeships in 10 local organisations. The apprentices will receive one day a week of training at Kensington and Chelsea College.