Month: November 2017

We’ve Moved! Same Trust, Different Location

We moved. The South Kilburn Trust (SKT) is now officially based at The Granville. The move comes after the completion of the refurbishment of the two top floors of The Granville which have kick-started plans to transform the community building into a purpose-built Enterprise Hub and Community Space.

It’s still ‘business as usual’; SKT projects and services continue with temporary changes to some of their locations. It’s also ‘business as usual’ for existing neighbours; Barnardo’s Children’s Centre and Granville Plus Nursery School as they continue to operate next door.

While building work continues, Granville Community Kitchen and the Otherwise Club will temporarily operate in different locations around South Kilburn, including the Carlton Centre and William Dunbar Tenants Hall.

The South Kilburn Studios tenants will eventually move into the Enterprise Hub in early 2018.

Mark Allan, South Kilburn Trust Chief Executive said, “Our move to The Granville is the first part of our plan to create a multi-purpose space in The Granville open to everyone in the local community – we’ve unpacked and are starting to settle into our new home.

“Although for now the Trust’s services will operate from various venues in the community, due to the refurbishment works still taking place on the ground floors, this move will enable us to physically be based in the heart of the community – which is very important to us – before the new-look Granville officially opens in spring 2018. This is a very exciting time for the South Kilburn Trust and we can’t wait to finally see The Granville come to life again.”

Plans for the new venue include a much-needed Enterprise Hub for local entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations, in addition to a purpose-built community space for residents that will include three large flexible spaces for hire, an open public space, a café and increased access to the garden.

South Kilburn Trust’s new address is: South Kilburn Trust, The Granville, Carlton Vale NW6 5HE.

If you would like to find out more, you can come and visit the Trust at The Granville. Alternatively, call 0207 328 1199 or email for more information.

Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

Pride of South Kilburn – Leader of Somali Community Group Nominated for Brent Award

We are excited to announce that South Kilburn resident and founder of the Somali Community Group, Asha Shirwa, has been nominated for the ‘Community Champion’ Award at this year’s Pride of Brent Awards which will take place on Thursday 23rd November at the Brent Civic Centre.

Asha has worked with women in the Somalian community to address the barriers they face into employment and has tackled these issues head-on by equipping her community with a range of skills and training necessary for access to employment in health, social care and childcare. Since the inception of her organisation, word has spread across the community prompting the organisation to support other cultural groups in South Kilburn.

Asha said, “It is a really good thing to be nominated and I’m really happy, it’s so good for South Kilburn. The Somali Community Group has helped a lot of people into training and employment and we now work with people from different backgrounds, which is good. The focus originally was on the Somalian community but we’ve seen that there’s a wider need across the community which we have been happy to address. Winning this award will definitely mean a lot, not only to me but the whole community.”

Asha has also run Somali Children’s groups in South Kilburn and has put on a number of successful Somali cultural events, as part of the South Kilburn Festival, in a bid to educate the wider community on various aspects of Somalian culture.

The Pride of Brent Awards celebrate those selfless individuals, community groups and local businesses who contribute so much to the borough and who have gone the extra mile to make Brent a better place to live and work in 2017.

For more information, click here.

Good luck Asha!

“It’s All About Making A Difference By Giving Back”

South Kilburn (SK) Family Fun Day ambassador, MC extraordinaire and community champion…these are just some of the things that South Kilburn resident, David Ellison is to local people. Affectionately known to the community as ‘TC’, David’s unwavering love for his community has firmly positioned him as not only a positive role model in South Kilburn, but a living and breathing definition of ‘community spirit’. We caught up with him to learn more about what fuels his passion and commitment to South Kilburn and how he has worked with the Trust over the years to bring his vision for the community to life.

David first engaged the Trust when he saw an advert for the South Kilburn Family Festival in 2015. Naturally, he responded – he wanted to get involved and help out. Sometime later he heard about the Festival committee. With the motivation of ‘making a difference’ and ‘giving back’ to the community that supported him through the loss of his mother, he decided to lend his strong ties with the community and local knowledge to the Festival by joining the Committee.

“I got involved because I wanted to give back as the community has always done a lot for me. It is all about making a difference by giving back. When you start giving back, hopefully people also follow the same example”, says David.

For David, it is not just about giving back, he has an eager interest to form links with organisations in South Kilburn and the community, South Kilburn Trust in particular. He knows all too well that without two-way communication, projects and services cannot affect change, and for David this is something that the SK Family Festival does very well.

“I think we need to maintain links by informing and re-engaging with the people. From my point of view this is the only time that the Trust and the people are actually really talking to each other on a holistic level,” he says.

Through David’s involvement in what has become a South Kilburn tradition – the SK Family Fun Day – he reminds us that an event like this is an important part of community life for many residents, one that is vital in shaping new relationships and a true sense of community.

“On the festival day, it was a great pleasure for me to see so many local people come out and enjoy themselves. It was a great way to meet new people,” says David.

David’s involvement is not only about creating a link between the Trust and the community, it is also about exploring the opportunities available for local people to gain valuable experience and skills by involving them in the planning, coordination and delivery of something for their community.

“My confidence has been growing and I thank the Trust for believing in me enough to give me the opportunity to host our Family Festival…it’s been a learning curve for me; learning how organisations work, punctuality, how to carry yourself in a meeting, how to get information to the wider community, developing community work skills on both sides of the divide. These are skills you just don’t get every day”, says David.

What is very powerful about David’s story is that it demonstrates that in order to improve the community we must start getting involved, giving back and creating opportunities to come together.

We work with local people who are giving back in many ways, David is just one of them. We always welcome opportunities to work with the community.

To get involved, volunteer or talk about the ways that you can help the community, email