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Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea awards volunteers

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Over 2200 hours of voluntary community work was recognised by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea at an awards ceremony last week.

Catalyst Housing, through its community development arm Catalyst Gateway, supported 82 local people gain placements across three organisations – Meanwhile Gardens, The Venture Community Association and Al-Haaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre. By making volunteering opportunities more accessible for local people Catalyst has been able to increase the capacity of the three host organisations; enabling them to maintain and improve their frontline services.

To recognise the progress and contribution they have made to the Golborne area, 49 volunteers attended an event at the Mayor’s Parlour, Kensington Town Hall. The group were presented with certificates by the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea for their selfless work in the community.

From this experience 23 local people have moved into paid employment as a direct result of their voluntary experience.

Wornington Green lies at the north end of the world famous Portobello Road and was home to 538 social rented households. Our regeneration of Wornington Green is building new social rented homes for all current residents, as well as providing new homes for sale and rent – doubling the total number of homes in the process to almost 1,000. It’s one of dozens of housing developments that the G15 group of London’s largest housing associations have under way, to do their bit to tackle the housing crisis.

Ian Cann, head of community enterprise at Catalyst Gateway said:

“This project has been a fantastic achievement benefiting the community in ways beyond our expectation. Having 23 people move into paid work shows volunteering can be a real stepping stone. People are not only supporting their communities by volunteering but also improving their chances of getting paid work. I look forward to seeing what the team will achieve as the project continues.”