Portobello Square Bullet Point Briefing: the latest on the regeneration

From everyone at Catalyst, we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well during this time.

Catalyst has written to customers, providing information and guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19), and is working hard to ensure that all the services that people rely on remain in place.

We have sent out the latest issue of Here & Now newsletter, with information on Phase 2 and 3 of the regeneration programme, as well as a Spotlight interview with trainees at Meanwhile Gardens.

We have suspended all customer moves to protect our customers and staff. Most moves into Bond Mansions are complete. Due to current social distancing rules, the rehousing team is carrying out settling-in visits virtually.

United Living restarted work on the road realignment on 13 May. They have returned with a small team and will observe social distancing measures. Both United Living and Catalyst recognise that we have a duty of care towards staff and residents and the work will be monitored. If you have any questions or see something that worries you, please contact United Living on 07710 077785.

The Kensington Catalyst office will remain closed until it is safe to reopen, following government advice. Our Contact Centre is still open at the usual hours, please call 0300 456 2099.

The Venture Centre foodbank is running every Wednesday 12.30 – 3.00PM and every other Saturday 2.00PM – 4.00PM (with the next taking place on Saturday 16th May). There is no referral process, so please drop in.

The Venture Centre are offering a one-off small grant in the form of gas/electricity top up and food vouchers to vulnerable individuals and families residing in North Kensington during the Covid-19 pandemic. For further information on criteria and to complete a referral form please contact Anthony Reid on 020 8960 3234 or 07495 323 765.

All other face-to-face activities are currently on hold from Catalyst Communities and the Venture Centre. In the meantime, Catalyst is running a wellbeing project to offer support to the most vulnerable customers.

The Healthy Lifestyle advisor who is usually present at Catalyst’s community shop on a Wednesday is running a 1-2-1 telephone advice and email support service. Health checks are suspended, however they will be able to advise you on ways to help your physical and mental wellbeing during social distancing. To book a telephone appointment please call 020 3434 2500, email hello@kensingtonandchelsea.org.uk or visit www.oneyou.rbkc.gov.uk.

RBKC have set up a COVID-19 Hub to co-ordinate the support being offered by the Council and by Kensington and Chelsea’s voluntary organisations during the Coronavirus pandemic for vulnerable residents. The hub can signpost and refer people to support who do not have easy access to support and are vulnerable. If you, or someone you know, needs advice and support, please call 020 7361 4326.  Alternatively, please email C19Hub@rbkc.gov.uk.